“The Big Tiny” is a Great Read!

by Tammy Strobel on April 22, 2014

Today, The Big Tiny hits the shelves! It’s a beautiful book by my friend Dee Williams. I’m thrilled to help her with the book launch, and I hope you will buy her new memoir.

First, listen to the audio segment I recorded about Dee’s book:

the big tiny

Second, in conjunction with Dee’s publisher — Blue Rider Press — we are giving away three copies of The Big Tiny.

To enter the giveaway please follow the instructions below:

  • Leave a comment at the bottom of this post and fill in this sentence: “Happiness is. . .”
  • Leave your first and last name in the comment form, along with your email address. If you win the book, I need a way to contact you.
  • I will announce the winners on Monday, April 28, 2014!

To help spread the word about Dee’s book, please:

  • Share this post on social media sites.
  • If you can’t afford to purchase The Big Tiny, visit your local library and ask a librarian to order a few copies.

Enjoy the book,
Tammy

P. S. Comments are closed.

1 Emmy Smith April 22, 2014

Happiness is a lazy day with my kids.

2 Sherone Taylor April 22, 2014

“Happiness is spending time with family. It’s as simple as that! “

3 Caitlyn April 22, 2014

Happiness is automatic coffeemakers set the night before, a great song on the radio you haven’t heard in years, and 8 green lights in a row on your commute into work :)

4 Julie Andrews April 22, 2014

Happiness is a warm puppy… :-) ~ Charles Schultz

5 Sophie April 22, 2014

now.

6 Alandis Johnson April 22, 2014

Happiness is finding communities (like this one!) to learn more about tiny-house living. It truly is inspiring to see so many people in this space pursuing a life that’s so intentional. I am a doctoral student, so this space definitely provides much needed respite from the academic world. :)

7 Tammy Carty April 22, 2014

Happiness is peace of mind.

8 Melissa Johnson April 22, 2014

Happiness is an early morning walk.

9 Abbe Trent April 22, 2014

Happiness is “lagom.”

10 Amber Marie April 22, 2014

Happiness is snuggling with my kitties in the sunshine.

11 Jeannie April 22, 2014

Happiness is when I’m at my parent’s house, and actually snuggling in bed with them – even at 26 years old, I love this. We share stories of each other’s weeks, and then maybe they start bickering while I roll my eyes. :P I’m pretty happy then. Happiness is all of my loved ones together, with me!

12 Laura Flashberg April 22, 2014

Happiness is seeing warm smiles…happy faces , full bellies……and all animals safe and in loving homes or running free in their own habitat…….

13 Judy Snyder April 22, 2014

Happiness is knowing everything you have is everything you need.

14 Julia April 22, 2014

Happiness is discovering and apreciating the moment right now.
Thank you Tammy for this blog and your books!

15 Allie Fischman April 22, 2014

Happiness is spending spring break lounging with pooches while reading books about happiness and blogs about minimalism.

16 Jenn April 22, 2014

Happiness is finding the perfect spot to knit, with the perfect yarn.

17 Melinda Schoutens April 22, 2014

“Happiness is spending time surrounded by nature with my children.”

18 Mary Huang April 22, 2014

Happiness is having good health.

19 Ashley Grimes April 22, 2014

Happiness is accepting and loving the person you were meant to be. After that everything falls into place.

20 Mary Huang April 22, 2014

Happiness is having no worries!

21 Michelle Yee April 22, 2014

Happiness is coming home to the smell of a home cooked meal, made especially for you!

22 kyenne April 22, 2014

Happiness is a choice.

23 LB Confer April 22, 2014

Happiness is always surrounding me.

24 Marjorie Cooper April 22, 2014

Happiness is spending time with my family!
Happiness is learning to live small.
Happiness is listening to my boyfriend play classical guitar.

25 christina laluna April 22, 2014

Happiness is knowing there is always another way.

26 Sophia Mitchell April 22, 2014

Happiness is making memories with friends and family.

27 Joseph Abbey April 22, 2014

Happiness is having what you need with people you love.

28 Rebecca Lancaster April 22, 2014

Happiness is tickle fights with my daughter.

29 Mariah Ford April 22, 2014

Happiness is birdsong in the morning!

30 Carrie Jesse April 22, 2014

Happiness is in the pursuit, not the destination.

31 Marla April 22, 2014

Happiness is somewhere between joy and contentment according “Buddha’s Brain” (Rick Hanson), with rapture at the top of the scale, and tranquility and the bottom. “In general, find the sweet spot where you are just active enough inside your mind to encourage these various states, but not over-directing your mind or attached to any particular result.” By directing focus, we can move ourselves up and down the scales, affecting the bio-chemistry of our brain. New awareness for me, though I believe I understood this without “knowing” in my younger years.

32 Leah Eister-Hargrave April 22, 2014

Oh how fun! :o)

Happiness is–a quiet, slow day with family. Coffee and pastries together, games and good food. Time outside watching the hummingbirds and seeing the sun and sky and clouds.

33 Kelli McClements April 22, 2014

Happiness is time with my dog, a stack of books, and a bowl of chocolate–all of which would fit perfectly in a Tiny House!

34 Len Wong April 22, 2014

Happiness is kitty snuggles.

35 Katie Goetz April 22, 2014

Happiness is a great book!

36 Maartje Man April 22, 2014

Happines is a beautiful bee flying around my garden, hopping from flower to flower.

37 Tammy Quinn April 22, 2014

Happiness is…when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Mahatma Gandhi
A constant reminder to myself.

38 Kathy April 22, 2014

Happiness is being content in what you do, where you live and who you connect with in life.

39 Sandra April 22, 2014

Happiness is being content with the way things are and not wanting them to be any other way!
Thank you for giving us the chance of receiving a copy of this book as a give-away!

40 Sabrina April 22, 2014

Thanks for the recommendation, Tammy! I just bought the ebook for my reader and will start reading it this evening! (No need to enter me for the giveaway!)
Happiness is enjoying a quiet evening with a good book!

41 Kristin Noelle April 22, 2014

Happiness is breathing deeply, and consciously, with my feet on earth.

42 Tim Morris April 22, 2014

Happiness is living in the moment and loving….

43 Christal Wise April 22, 2014

Happiness is sunshine, beautiful flowers and the love of my life :)

44 Joanna April 22, 2014

Happiness is peace of mind.

45 ellen o April 22, 2014

having what you need and needing what you have

46 Linda Long April 22, 2014

Happiness is right here waiting for you.

47 Leilani Levee April 22, 2014

Happiness is….
For me, happiness is keeping the flow of happiness in motion.
I take time to appreciate beauty in the ordinary experiences of life; a warm breeze, a cup of tea, birds singing, anything can become an occasion for noticing that my happiness is an inner state of awareness.

The more I connect to the inner and the outer, simply by taking notice, I strengthening and magnifying the knowledge that pleasure and happiness are already in me.

And…we can all participate in this!

48 Maria Almaguer April 22, 2014

Happiness is greeting a new day, every day.

49 Leah Denney April 22, 2014

Happiness is…sitting outside on a warm, Spring day, listening to the wind in the trees, watching the birds come by the feeder, smelling the fresh air, listening to all the nature sounds.

50 Meg Scofield April 22, 2014

Happiness is waking up in the morning and having enough to get by.

51 Dennie White April 22, 2014

Happiness is… my cat sleeping on my shoulder and gently snoring in my ear.

52 Linda Shore April 22, 2014

Happiness is retirement and a kitten named “Boots”!

53 Alane O'Hagan April 22, 2014

happiness is sharing a meal with a friend.

54 Sarah Richendollar April 22, 2014

Happiness is….nothing on my mind and chocolate in my hand…er, mouth. :)

55 Sandi De'ak April 22, 2014

Happiness is a nap in a sun-spot with no where to be but here.

56 Joy Bader April 22, 2014
57 Jessica Kortuem April 22, 2014

Happiness is the simplest things in life!

58 Sara Donlon April 22, 2014

Happiness is…a Spring walk with my husband and pup.

59 Fineke de Jong April 22, 2014

Happiness is loving the moment and sharing it with someone you love.

60 Karla Tschetter April 22, 2014

Happiness in my family!

61 Bette Young April 22, 2014

Happiness is … a new book!

62 Emily April 22, 2014

Happiness is something that sneaks up on you when you’re helping others and not looking for it.

63 Amanda Cisco April 22, 2014

Happiness is a delicious latte at a cafe and writing in my journal.

64 Sandi Brauns April 22, 2014

Happiness is loving on my puppies.

65 Tara Modarelli April 22, 2014

Happiness is being with the one you love in a “Tiny” space.

66 Priti April 22, 2014

Happiness is waking up without an alarm. :)

67 Lisa P. April 22, 2014

Happiness is a lazy day with my husband and cats.

68 brinke guthrie April 22, 2014

Happiness is a Giants four-game sweep of the Dodgers. #BEATLA.

69 Amber Huggenberger April 22, 2014

Happiness is knowing my family is healthy.

70 Angela Mrozinski April 22, 2014

Happiness is when a multitude of little things all align in a way that makes a hard day easier. Happiness is beautiful tulips on a neighbors window sill bringing cheer to our little world.

71 Darcy Rudnick April 22, 2014

Happiness is relaxing because nothing is under control.

72 Beverly Youngman April 22, 2014

Happiness is three dry dogs on a rainy day!

73 Cindi April 22, 2014

Happiness is… being healthy, happy and at peace with who I am.

74 Alisa Kane April 22, 2014

Happiness is the way my niece and nephew say my name when they want to get my attention. “Auntie LeeeeeeLaaaaa….”

75 Merry King April 22, 2014

Happiness is freedom. :)

76 Roberta Merrill April 22, 2014

Happiness is a cup of tea and gratitude

77 Tonja degolier April 22, 2014

whatever happiness means to you.

78 Dominique Poulin April 22, 2014

Happiness is like a river, it flows through you in waves.

79 Sharni Montgomery April 23, 2014

Happiness is a moment outside today, sanding sticks and branches to paint, who knew that happiness resided there? I sure didn’t. I realised it was because I was creating and I was in the moment. That is where happiness resides.

80 Kathy Minchin April 23, 2014

Happiness is…sharing a love for something with someone-else.

Thanks for sharing so much of yourself and your lifestyle, Tammy.

Wishing you and Dee all the best.

81 Maggie Nelson April 23, 2014

Happiness is freedom from a mortgage and all day Saturday cleaning sessions.

82 Joe MacKrell April 23, 2014

Happiness is tucking my son in at 8 pm..and waking up again at 2am to go to bed!

83 Donna Walstrom April 23, 2014

Happiness is a warm cat in your lap, a great knitting project to work on, and the knowledge that stuff is not what makes the world revolve.

84 joshua blanchard April 23, 2014

Happiness is living everday as though it could be your last and making it count.

85 Lara Blair April 23, 2014

Happiness is hammock, a good (new!) read, and a Sunday filled with margin.

(so enjoy following your journey—greetings from Portland :) )

86 Eve Greene April 23, 2014

Happiness is a hummingbird sipping nectar in my garden.

87 James LaMee April 23, 2014

Happiness is having a small footprint, but living a BIG life.

88 Liza Russell April 23, 2014

Happiness is believing in yourself and following those beliefs.

89 leslie April 23, 2014

Happiness is that wave of joy when I really look at someone I love- fully present and drinking it all in!

90 Susan Schwenk April 23, 2014

Happiness is sharing toast with orange marmalade and a cup of tea with my husband.

91 Delicia April 23, 2014

Happiness is each now moment and the choice I make within it to be happy.

Thanks Tammy, another great giveaway! Such fun. x

92 Shelly Simpson April 23, 2014

Happiness is an open mind and an open heart.

93 Michelle Deemer April 23, 2014

Happiness is finding joy in those around you – whether it be with family, kids, or just living a simple less complicated life. I believe that collecting more things doesn’t mean happy. Happiness is what you make of it!

94 Erica Breuer April 23, 2014

Happiness is different for everyone, but always better when we share it together ♥

95 La Rae Randall April 23, 2014

Happiness is…snuggles from my dogs, a warm cup of coffee, kisses from my husband, and the knowledge that we still have dreams to achieve in this life.

96 Ashley Solis April 23, 2014

Happiness is drinking coffee in the early morning with my partner and puppy.

97 Kelly barton April 23, 2014

happiness is…in this year of my 50 turns bringing in more slowing down, creating new tiny spaces and dreaming of a small dwelling. xoxo

98 Joan Crowell April 23, 2014

Happiness is the freedom to pursue your greatest joy, whether that is raising a family, travel, pursuing a beloved hobby or much loved career, or whatever defines joy for you.

99 Elizabeth April 23, 2014

Happiness is inside us!

100 Jessica Atcheson April 23, 2014

Happiness is a cup of tea, a window seat, a wood fire, a pen. Happiness is an ache in muscles used to build something with my own two hands. Happiness is the swelling of my heart at the sight of my favorite people. Happiness is so many things to be grateful for.

Happiness is the Big Tiny and Dee’s smiling face!

101 Lori Friesen April 23, 2014

Happiness is being surrounded by those you love and those who love you.

102 Cathrine Ramström April 23, 2014

Happiness is to be alive <3

103 Iris Wetzels April 23, 2014

Happiness is waking up in the morning without an alarm, looking through your window and watch the sunrise. Knowing that you have no plans for that day and you can go wherever you want.

104 melody (mandarine's) April 23, 2014

Happiness is a tiny home in the countryside, filled with handcrafted things and a mountain of yarn.

105 Anna April 23, 2014

Happiness is enjoying the life you have.

106 SummerEllen April 23, 2014

Happiness is living.

107 Paul Bouffleur April 23, 2014

Happiness is realizing that I have EVERYTHING (and more) than I need in my family and friends. Everything else is excess.

108 Emily Tanke April 23, 2014

Happiness is loving other people and having a heart that gives:)

109 Jenny Riley April 23, 2014

Happiness is seeing the joy in your family and friends and, further, wanting to be a person who can contribute to that joy forever. =)

110 Teresa Authier April 23, 2014

Happiness is seeing my daughter being successful in college after hating and dropping out of high school!

111 Frank Giansante April 23, 2014

Happiness is not making someone/something a priority that will only make u an option.

112 Ren Hurst-Setzer April 23, 2014

“Happiness is creating sanctuary in your life”

113 Abby Kibler April 23, 2014

Happiness is spending a day exploring with, laughing, and enjoying my children.

114 Cheryl Warren April 23, 2014

Happiness is having a full and happy heart. The ways that I have my heart be full and happy are spending as much time as possible with my amazing family and being out in nature enjoying this amazing creation!!

115 Gabrielle Kidd April 23, 2014

Happiness is living in the now with no expections. And perphaps a garden of organic veggies with a mountain view in the back ground;)

116 Karin Bates April 23, 2014

Happiness is when I remember to ground myself with gratitude in the present moment.

117 Sophie Thielke April 23, 2014

Happiness is finding comfort in God rather than things. Leading a life full of grace and gaining wisdom through life’s ups and downs. Living Tiny can be freeing and empowering leaving time and space for God to work on you and through you. Amen!

118 Laura Williams April 23, 2014

Happiness is looking forward to a tiny house life 2 years from now. So exciting to virtually meet other like-minded folks and knowing that I am not crazy! (okay, maybe just not crazy because of this!)

119 Britni Gorman April 23, 2014

Happiness is a long, peaceful walk on a trail.

120 Tagati Oxendine April 23, 2014

“Happiness is. . .”

curling up with a good book and a moggie in one’s lap.

121 Michaela Gawlyta April 23, 2014

Happiness is having knitting needles in my hands, making a cozy sweater, while drinking a cup of coffee.

122 Colleen April 23, 2014

Exactly!

123 Patty Cleversy April 23, 2014

Happiness is dancing to the beat of your own drum and being true to yourself (and )actual dancing!!!

124 Casey Brazell April 23, 2014

Happiness is being able to choose what you do with your own time.

125 caroline mailloux April 23, 2014

Agreed!

126 Kelly Byrd April 23, 2014

Happiness is acceptance.

Thanks for this opportunity, Tammy! #PeopleOverStuff
@KelByrd

127 Deidre Thomason April 23, 2014

Happiness is slowing down and finding joy in the simple things in life.

128 Michelle Ayala April 23, 2014

Happiness is… being with the ones you love. :)

(BTW, it’s awesome that you’re doing this giveaway! I just found out about the book less than 30 minutes ago and had just finished putting it on my amazon wishlist when I saw on FB that you’re doing this. Thank you!!

129 Troy Koubsky April 23, 2014

” Happiness is having insight on who you are in the world, and that everyone can bring joy and meaning to others lives.”

130 Cindy Corum April 23, 2014

Happiness is reading the inspirational, new memoir, The Big Tiny, in hopes of making my dream of downsizing, and building a tiny house come true in the near future. Thanks Dee!!

131 Sarah Sweet April 23, 2014

Happiness is a sunny day spent outside with my husband and dog.

132 Jessie Giudice April 23, 2014

Happiness is finally finding the one person who fits together with you like puzzle pieces.

133 Meghan Arnold April 23, 2014

Happiness is a sunny hike alone in the woods with nothing but your thoughts and your favorite trail foods.

Thanks for all you do!

134 Alasha Brito April 23, 2014

Happiness is steaming cup of coffee while sitting on the front porch, on an early summer morning.

135 Justine White April 23, 2014

Happiness is life each day. Waking with your kitty spooning you on the bed, the sound of your own chickens making you healthy eggs and humming birds right outside your bedroom window. Breathing in each moment God gives us is pure Happiness especially knowing we don’t deserve it. Its just simply given.

136 Geneva Wilson April 23, 2014

Happiness is pets (kids) full of unconditional love, the sound of birds, a sweet breeze, a comfy chair and a good book.

137 Kirsten Daniels April 23, 2014

Happiness is…
doing what you love
and loving what you do.

138 Todd R April 23, 2014

Happiness is getting older!
(And my birthday is April 29th – your give-away day! Perfect!)
:-)

139 Christian W. April 23, 2014

Happiness is a community of low-impact, sustainable living.

140 caroline mailloux April 23, 2014

Love this!

141 KJ April 23, 2014

Happiness is time to relax!

142 Tammy Brantley April 23, 2014

Happiness is living a life that you LOVE!

143 April gilbert April 23, 2014

Happiness is a mindful choice.

144 Mylene Deveau April 23, 2014

Happiness is being content with what is.

145 Alexandra Tietjen April 23, 2014

Happiness is the joy of Christ. It lasts forever <3.

146 caroline mailloux April 23, 2014

Happiness is feeling free and declutered!

147 Rachel Carrera April 23, 2014

Happiness is…
choosing people over things and time over money.

148 meg simmons April 23, 2014

Happiness is being true to yourself.

149 Olivia April 23, 2014

Happiness is… blue skies and warm sun, tiny blossoms on the tree outside my home, my daughters’ giggles before bedtime, beds with fresh cotton sheets, and open windows letting in cool breezes on a beautiful Spring night.

150 s.e. April 23, 2014

Happiness is having a roof over my head, enough food and clean water every single day. Spring sunshine after a long cold winter is pretty wonderful too.

151 Brandi Jimenez April 23, 2014

Happiness is living in the now

152 Colleen April 23, 2014

Happiness is having enough time for the important stuff – friends and family.

153 Jessa Smith April 23, 2014

Happiness is SNUGGLING my husband and kitties in a warm cozy fresh bed with the ocean outside the window – feeling safe and content!

154 Rachel G April 23, 2014

Happiness is living simply, breathing deeply and traveling lightly.

155 Sarah April 23, 2014

Happiness is………….a good book and a glass of wine:)

156 Juan Lopez April 23, 2014

Happiness is living.

157 Jane Houben April 23, 2014

Happiness is… purring cats!

158 Anna Puhakka April 24, 2014

Happiness is being with the Source.

159 Martha MaloneyHuss April 24, 2014

Happiness is everywhere!

160 Natalie Bakody April 24, 2014

Happiness is how it feels inside when the sun is shining after too many days of grey skies.

161 Laurie Despres April 24, 2014

Happiness is having enough and knowing you have enough.

162 Tracy B April 24, 2014

Happiness is a slow, lazy morning.

163 Michele April 24, 2014

Happiness is being present.

164 Sonia Carpowich April 24, 2014

happiness is…is happens.

165 Stacy April 24, 2014

Happiness is quiet time :)

166 Courtney April 24, 2014

Happiness is…being present and mindful.

167 Allie April 24, 2014

Happiness is…snuggles with my two wee girls in our tiny home!

168 Vickey April 24, 2014

Happiness is….found within yourself.

169 David Armstrong April 24, 2014

Happiness is a successful experiment.

170 Shannon McMillan April 24, 2014

Happiness is SIMPLICITY!

171 Kristen Schiffman April 24, 2014

Happiness is… letting life ebb & flow.

172 Brandy Hubbard April 24, 2014

Happiness is a staycation with my hubby!

173 LaVonne Hammelman April 24, 2014

Happiness is…. a cat nap with my cat.

174 Sheryl Satorre April 24, 2014

Happiness is making MOMENTS

175 Rhonda Christman April 25, 2014

Happiness is EVERYWHERE!!

176 Jamie April 25, 2014

Happiness is watching my dog sleep after a big day of hiking.

177 Brian Dusablon April 25, 2014

Happiness is…seeing someone else who can’t stop smiling because of something you’ve done for them.

178 Danielle Dobbs April 25, 2014

Happiness is, the happy sleepy you get after staying up way too late the night before trying to finish an amazing book.

179 Monica Mandeville April 25, 2014

Happiness is the small moments where I need nothing else in the world to be more content.

180 Kathryn Reaume April 25, 2014

Happiness is drawing under a gazebo in the park with my little girl! Wonderful!

181 Robin Davis April 25, 2014

Happiness is…the moment my 11 year old daughter and I first lock eyes when I pick her up from school everyday.

182 Ginger M April 25, 2014

Happiness is a beautiful, lazy day at home with my family!

183 Ashley Derkacs April 26, 2014

dirt between my toes, stars above my head, and little hands to hold.

184 Judy Sariego April 26, 2014

Happiness is…,Having family and friends who love and care about you along with loving pets. And enjoying the process of learning to live a simpler life with less STUFF, so I can appreciate the more important things in life, which are basically free!

185 Brianne Pickett April 28, 2014

Happiness is watching a new baby sleep.

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