LIVE Interview with bestselling author, speaker, thought-leader, Sarah Susanka

Yes, I said “home” not “house” because as I have come to find out myself, your outer spaces are very much a reflection of your inner spaces. What does that mean for us busy moms who are going a mile a minute? Whose inner lives and outer lives are often both noisy and chaotic? (Have you seen the inside of my car lately???)

We invite you to watch the INTERVIEW with bestselling author, Sarah Susanka below. Susanka tells us that bigger and more is not necessarily better… bigger houses, more stuff and more activities don’t equate to more happiness and fulfillment.

Have you experienced this? I know I have. Where are you in your life? Do you feel like your life is bulging at the seams? Are you feeling compelled to do some renovating?

Get In On the Conversation
I’ve read from the book myself in How to Open Up Your Life and first wrote about it in How to Change Your Life. You can also read excerpts from the book, courtesy of ABC News/Good Morning America. Thank you to everyone who WATCHED/CHATTED/TWEETED with us on September 29!

As part of 12for12K’s Go Global 24, Sarah Susanka has generously donated 2 signed books to the raffle. Check back here in the comments for details… as they continue to unfold!!! :)

And, if you are as enamored by the transformation in The Not So Big Life, please join Sarah (and me!)  in the Community Forum on her website where she discusses many of the concepts we discussed today, like The Hall of Mirrors!

About Sarah
Bestselling author, architect and cultural visionary, Sarah Susanka is leading a movement that is redefining the American home. Her “build better, not bigger” approach to residential design has been embraced across the country and her “Not So Big” philosophy has sparked international dialogue. Today, with Susanka as emissary, the “Not So Big” movement is evolving beyond habitation and into how we inhabit our lives.

Sarah has appeared on numerous television and radio programs including Oprah, Charlie Rose, and Diane Rehm, and has received many accolades for her work. Fast Company named her to their debut list of “Fast 50” innovators whose achievements have helped to change society. Newsweek selected her as a “top newsmaker” for 2000, and US News and World Report dubbed her an “innovator in American culture” in 1998.

Comments

  1. Sarah,
    Any good advice for turning a seldom used bedroom into a guest bedroom/office area? We need to use it for both but the big bed in the room overpowers the space.

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  2. Joanne Kelley says:

    Sarah, Can’t wait to finish your book. I live in a ‘typical’ 2 story home – with clutter piles and many other elements you identify :). Other than tearing out walls, what are the top 3 things you might recommend I do to immediately ‘open’ my home (and life?).
    Thanks

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  3. Sarah,

    I’m wanting to start on a long overdue renovation of our home. Our budget is limited so we’ll have to concentrate our efforts in certain areas, initially. Where do you suggest we begin? Thanks.

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  4. Diana Baumohl says:

    Sarah-
    I read the excerpt to your book and I really appreciated your list of key ingredients and especially your ending quote from Murray (and thank you for clearing up the confusion about attribution – I tried to figure this out and couldnt get a clear answer!) This quote was given to me by a mentor/teacher of mine a year ago and it really resonated with me! I agree that a planned, thoughtful approach to “unpeeling” the layers of conditioning is a great approach to try to get to the “yearnings of your heart and soul”. thank you!

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  5. Delia Unson says:

    I’m reading her book “The Not So Big Life” right now and I like how she used an architectural perspective to look at her own inner life and gives a clear blueprint for her readers to plumb their depths as well (through journaling about what matters to them on the deepest level). I’m planning on doing the exercises which appear to help one with deep looking beyond just our present, bringing us back to what mattered to us as kids – the magical moments that entranced us.

    Great book! Looking forward to watching your interview on the 29th!

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  6. man that interview with sarah was so much FUN!!!! ria, i love our life… smiles. thanks to the almost 70 of you in the chat room for the great questions and comments!!!

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  7. Sarah,

    I’m wanting to start on a long overdue renovation of our home. Our budget is limited so we’ll have to concentrate our efforts in certain areas, initially. Where do you suggest we begin? Thanks.

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  8. I’m reading her book “The Not So Big Life” right now and I like how she used an architectural perspective to look at her own inner life and gives a clear blueprint for her readers to plumb their depths as well (through journaling about what matters to them on the deepest level). I’m planning on doing the exercises which appear to help one with deep looking beyond just our present, bringing us back to what mattered to us as kids – the magical moments that entranced us.

    Great book! Looking forward to watching your interview on the 29th!

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