Dee WilliamsBask, I say. Bask away.

Immerse yourself in Dee Williams' world and you'll get much more than tips on how or why to build a tiny house.

You'll find heaping helpings of gratitude. You'll be swimming in a pool of humility. You'll learn what it means to be a true member of a small community … and how generosity flows back and forth among friends.

I met her in-person at World Domination Summit 2014 and, let me tell you, she's a motivational force for good. Fortunately, I got to tell the story at the end of this episode of how Dee motivated me to help her hitch her 56 sq. ft. “retirement home” to her truck.

Unsurprisingly, she was grateful (and so was her dog, Ole).

Dee Williams and Ole

For the record, Dee is the founder of Portland Alternative Dwellings, the author of the popular The Big Tiny, has been featured in The New York Times and CBS This Morning, and knows a good pair of overall when she sees one.

You'll hear some common themes from Dee with a lot of uncommon wisdom. For example:

It's very easy to stop seeing the beauty and adventure in the simple things. Writing a book was a reintroduction to these simple things that I love so much. – Dee Williams

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It was a real gift to be able to see my life with a texture and a depth that I don't really think I understood before I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. – Dee Williams

And two more …

We have huge appetites for stuff … that we never actually use. – Dee Williams

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There's nothing like hanging out with kids to make you rearrange your brain and slow down. You don't have any option around it. It's same with nature. – Dee Williams

Need more reasons to listen to this episode? Alrighty. Here ya go.

You're about to Learn …

  • How downsizing increases your ability to ask for (and get) help.
  • How confronting death reshapes your view of everything.
  • Why (and when) Dee experienced the “perfect storm of awakening.”
  • The intense liberation from shedding debt and stuff.
  • How far Dee will downsize from her 84 sq. ft. house to her “retirement home.”
  • How experiencing poverty or civil war – first-hand – changes you.
  • Why Dee quickly had more time, money, and freedom post-tiny house.
  • How to improve your relationship to nature … and find your sense of “bigness.”
  • Why Dee contributes so much to (and gets back a ton from) her local community.
  • How to have skyrocketing gratitude and humility.

Resources and Items Mentioned in This Episode:


  • [05:32] Dee's seeds of awesomeness
  • [10:48] Dee's trip to Guatemala and the health challenges that changed her
  • [15:48] The decision to build a tiny house
  • [22:11] What Dee has gained from living in her tiny house
  • [28:29] The intent behind and impact of The Big Tiny
  • [35:01] Slowing down and tending to your relationships
  • [38:41] Dee's impatience and overactive brain
  • [47:48] Where to find Dee online and offline

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