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January 2010
Issue: 3
A Look Back and a Look Ahead
 
Sarah Susanka Last year at this time, we were wondering what was in store for us as the recession really hit home.  This year we know.  We've seen so many of our assumptions about how things work come under scrutiny, and many people have felt as though their lives have been placed on pause while the economy and the world order sort themselves out.
 
The press and media have been extremely interested in the Not So Big message this year, and it appears Not So Big has now gone mainstream.  Sustainability is coming of age, and the words "not so big" encapsulate a sensibility that many now aspire to as more appropriate for the times.

As you'll see from the articles (listed at right) making up this minizine, this year has brought many wonderful gifts and opportunities for me.  One key item not on the list, but worth mentioning, is that my plan to bring a television series into being is taking shape, with a few acts of providence helping the dream along over the past few months.  Keep your fingers crossed for me, and I'll tell you more as soon as I'm able.

I hope you'll enjoy exploring the articles and links, and will visit me online in the near future.

Note: If you are using Safari as your web browser, you may need to right click or control click in order to open some of the links within the articles below.  We apologize for the inconvenience.
Now Available for Pre-order: 
More Not So Big Solutions For Your Home
 
More Not So Big Solutions for Your HomeI'm excited to announce that another Not So Big book is on the way.  Due out in bookstores March 2, 2010, More Not So Big Solutions for Your Home is a compilation of articles I wrote for Taunton Press' Inspired House and Fine Homebuilding magazines.  Like its predecessor, Not So Big Solutions for Your Home, this new book is chock full of valuable information about everything from what to do with a room that's too tall, to dealing with the teardown phenomenon in our inner ring suburbs, to designing a laundry room that works.  Read more

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Join Sarah on Facebook and Twitter
 
Join Sarah on FacebookThe last few months have been an adventure in the world of social networking for me.  For quite a while I resisted Facebook, not really understanding what it was or why it might be a useful tool to communicate with readers, friends and fans. But after much urging from my staff, I decided to give it a try, and quickly recognized its benefits.  Read more

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A Vision for Not So Big Communities 
 
English villageEver since moving to the United States as a teenager in 1971, I've believed that there is a better way to shape human settlements than what is currently practiced in this country.  I was born in England, where it is not unusual to see houses that are many hundreds of years old.  Although in many cases the floors are uneven and the finishes have been redone many dozens of times over, the original bones of the structure are still as beautiful as when the home was new.  Read more

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Short on Clients?  Register for the Directory 
 
The Not So Big House Home Professionals DirectoryWhen I first wrote The Not So Big House, it occurred to me that though I was telling my readers to find a good architect, designer, builder or remodeler to help them realize their Not So Big dreams of home, I also knew that it was quite a challenge to find such people.  So to help homeowners search for professionals in their area with the skills and the Not So Big know-how to assist them, I launched the Home Professionals Directory on the Not So Big House website.  Read more

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Not So Big Home Plans 
 
A Not So Big House perspectiveIf you've ever had a chance to visit the Not So Big Plans for Sale page on NotSoBigHouse.com, you might have noticed that there is a wide variety of architecturally designed plans for people looking for better (though not necessarily bigger) homes.  In the coming year I will be increasing this selection by developing plans to address the needs of two markets in particular -- cottages that are truly compact; and smaller but better-designed houses for builders who want to improve their product line for the new economy.  Read more

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Sarah's Upcoming Appearances 
 
Sarah speaks at the University of Denver's Bridges to the Future ConferenceSeveral of you have written to me asking for more details about my upcoming appearances, so I thought I'd share with you my plans for the next few months.  As we head into 2010, many organizations are seeking the Not So Big message, both for home and life, as part of their upcoming events.  The message is obviously timely as many parts of our culture grapple with downsizing, rightsizing, and living with greater balance and sustainability.  Read more

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Come to a Not So Big Life Workshop 
 
The Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really MattersThis February, I have the privilege of offering another weekend workshop at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.  The Not So Big Life workshop is ideal for anyone engaging in the inner journey, from beginners to long time students of anyThe Not So Big Life: Making Room for What Really Matters spiritual tradition.  It offers a way to take all that you are learning on your journey to the next level, helping you to integrate what you are coming to know into everyday life.    Read more

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Sarah's Book Recommendations

Book recommendationsEvery year, a number of authors and publishers invite me to provide endorsements for books they are working on.  This gives me the opportunity to read some wonderful books that I wouldn't otherwise have known about.  I also sometimes have the opportunity to contribute to a book or two in some way each year.  Here is this year's collection of books that have come across my desk.  All of them offer powerful insights into our current circumstances, and are well worth reading.  Read more

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The Year End Review: A Tool for Finding Your Own Not So Big Life

Sarah's gardenAll of us have dreams for ourselves and our lives, but sadly, most of us don't live them because we never take the time to listen to what our hearts long to do.  In The Not So Big Life, I encourage readers to engage in an exercise I call "The Year End Review" in order to find the true meaningfulness they long for.  Read more

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Happy New Year!

Sarah Susanka at homeAlthough it's been a year for the record books in terms of the economy, it's been an amazingly productive time for the incubation and nurturing of new opportunities.  I have a feeling that 2010 is going to see many more ventures come to fruition -- each of them tailored to the needs of this more frugal era. 

Wherever your own life is leading you, and no matter how different it may look than it did a year ago, I hope you'll see the potential in it for a better, though not necessarily bigger, life that's full of the richness that comes from living in and for the moment.  Ultimately that's all there is.  I wish all of you a fulfilling and abundant 2010.

Sarah


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In This Issue
The Next Not So Big Book
Join Sarah on Facebook and Twitter
A Vision for Not So Big Communities
The Home Professionals Directory
Not So Big Home Plans
Sarah's Upcoming Appearances
A Not So Big Life Workshop
Sarah's Book Recommendations
The Year End Review
Happy New Year!
Sarah's Dream Window
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Sarah's Websites
 

 

The Not So Big House website

The Not So Big House site is full of useful information for people wanting to know how to build a house that favors quality or quantity. 
 
 

The Not So Big Life website

The Not So Big Life site is what Sarah describes as the second half of the book, providing a community through which to engage your own not so big life. 
 


  Sarah Susanka website

The portal to all of Sarah's websites, Susanka.com also has some great resources for architects.









Not So Big Life Website Tips

The Not So Big Life website

Roger Parker wrote a wonderful article for his blog, Published and Profitable, about how to use Sarah's website, NotSoBigLife.com.  Thanks Roger for a great explanation.  We couldn't have said it better.
 













Sarah's Dream Window


Sarah and her Marvin dream window

Sarah recently designed her dream window for a Marvin Window campaign.

Click here to see a video and read about the window.  If you mouse over Sarah's picture on the left, you'll see links to her bio and the video.













 

Sarah is interviewed at the Timbercreek Zero Energy House

Sarah was interviewed in early November of 2009 during her visit to Lewisville, Texas after giving a talk at the Timbercreek Zero Energy House.  Click here to watch the video interview.
 





 
 
 
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