Do Big Small Things by Bruce Poon Tip

Are you constantly searching for you place in the world? Are you ready to throw yourself in to the world with everything you’ve got? If your answers to either of these questions is “yes” (or alternatively “Of course! who isn’t?”) then Do Big Small Things is the book for you. Written by New York Times best-selling author Bruce Poon Tip, the book doubles as both a guide towards freedom and adventure and a space to document all of your thoughts and experiences along the way.

The book’s motto is that it doesn't matter how the small things you do are, do enough and they will add up to something big and brilliant! With this in mind, projects include pages for you to fill with rubbings as you try and reconnect with nature to letters to write to someone you wish you had never lost touch with. Depending on the reader, each step will be with a big or small step outside the comfort zone. Luckily, there are motivational quotes (and I mean genuinely motivational, not Pinterest, cringe motivational), are sprinkled throughout the book to help coax you in to taking the scary yet necessary steps to achieve your dream. 

Despite the focus being on travel and adventure, Do Big Small Things is also packed with design inspiration. Each and every page features a typographic design, illustration or pattern of some sort. And, as it’s an activity book, there is plenty of space for you to make your own mark too. The challenge is to write/ draw/ create on each page in whatever way you choose in oder to document the hidden treasure you find, sudden epiphanies you have and meaningful connections you make along the way. Do Big Small Things is today’s travel journal and tomorrow’s memory book.

Do Big Small Things isn't like most of the books I have featured before on the blog but I found to to be particularly relevant to to creatives. Firstly, it is all about connection. Design, especially freelance, can be isolating so the value of genuine connection is always something we should bare in mind. Secondly, in some way or another, all creatives are drawing on their experiences in life in life to create whatever they create and so this makes getting out and experiencing the world, as well as pausing to think about what you have seen, all the more important. After all, in Bruce Poon Tip’s own words, “living is the rarest thing in the world, because so many of us just exist”.

You can order a copy of Do Big Small Things here.

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