The Journey to Happiness: ‘The Big Tiny’ Book Review

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One unhealthy way of living that I have pledged myself away from is the 9-5 gig. With a move to working from home, I found myself with an abundance of time, creative energy and the ability to get everything done in a day I had always wanted. I no longer to commute to work, stand and wait for a clock to count down or interact with people who don’t better my life.

I have made steps toward a life that Dee Williams has found in her new release, The Big Tiny: A Built-It-Myself Memoir (Disclosure: I received the book for free.) Dee’s book speaks deeply to my heart and reminds me the path I’m taking is the right thing to do. Choosing happiness is always worth making the sacrifices of creature comforts; in time you’ll find that what you think is a sacrifice now, really was a burden on you before. That what you think you’ll miss out on, is exactly what you needed to get away from all along.big tiny

I came across this book at the perfect time in my life. As a young millennial, the world is a wide open space and you can create whatever kind of life you desire. I constantly seek happiness and reject negative influences on my life, whether they be a toxic relationship, a bad job or an unhealthy way of thought.

Dee Williams crafted an incredible story about her journey to self-sustainability and her own realization of happiness. I devoured her wonderful book in just a single day because it spoke so deeply to me. Dee pays a special attention to the world, with passages like:

“this is the time ‘the ceiling is the thinnest,’ the moment that the Earth’s creatures have the greatest access to the heavens; the time when nuns and priests wake to pray, shuffling in their prayer shawls and pouring themselves into the cosmos.”

If you’ve ever second-guessed your choices in life or have found yourself briefly on a path that made you unhappy, this memoir will remind you that the right choice to happiness is always right around the corner.

“But the facts are the facts: I found a certain bigness in my little house-a sense of largeness, freedom, and happiness that comes when you see there’s no place you’d rather be.” –The Big Tiny

P.S. The Tiny House in the feature photo is a cabin close to my heart, built by relatives. One day I’ll build my own!

Photos: Elizabeth Adan (featured), Gregg Kulick (book cover art)

PrintBy Elizabeth Adan

Elizabeth Adan is a Freelance Writer, Publicist and Brand Ambassador. Her blog Aquaberry Bliss is a unique food and travel blog dedicated to expanding your world and inspiring your creativity. When Elizabeth isn’t traveling, you’ll find her writing, hiking or gardening. Find Elizabeth on Twitter @stillaporcupine and on LinkedIn.

8 thoughts on “The Journey to Happiness: ‘The Big Tiny’ Book Review

  1. Elizabeth, this post speaks to my heart, as I am on my path of living an open hearted life and turning down life choices that don’t speak to my heart….such as the 9-5 job. I quit 1 1/2 yrs ago, and I’ve been working from home as an herbalist and holistic life coach. I am older than you, and wish I’d had the courage to follow my heart in this regard long ago. I have 2 children and a husband, and there are always fear-based reasons for staying in a box. But I feel like I’m going more and more off grid in ways that are setting me free, and I’ve never been happier! I heard an interview with Dee Williams on NPR about her tiny house book, and I was so inspired by it! In the end, the host asked Dee if she recommends that everyone go live in a tiny house, and I love how she replied…”No, I’m advocating that everyone fall in love with the home they live in and fall in love with their neighbors”. So good. I dream of living in a tiny house on land. But for now, we have a pretty small house that fits the family, and we spend as much time outside as we can! Thanks for your blog. And love to you on your path.


    • Thank you for your wonderful thoughts! I am so glad to hear you feel similar to me. As a young person, I am one of the only people my age who is making choices like these and it’s sad to see my friends fade away as they climb further up the corporate ladder. I love that quote you heard from Dee on NPR, I agree, I think that loving where you live and being happy in whatever shape that may take is the most important. Good luck to you as well, I love connecting with fellow travelers on the journey to happiness! =]


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