Small is Powerful


I used to think that small was beautiful. Rather like a delicate rosebud in a cut-crystal vase. Or a butterfly wing.

Now I know differently. Now I know,

Small is Powerful.

I think we should join together — we the small folk. Because the things we hold dear are life changing.

We value stories, whether they are heard by one, or by many.
We value passion, rippling out from it’s small circles into every widening arcs.
We value the small start, the first try, the handmade, and the good effort.
We value subtle leaders who influence without smoke and mirrors, braggadocio, or hustle.
We value each unique soul, allowing her to bring healing, justice, and beauty to world at her own right-fit pace.

We believe small is powerful — because it has been evidenced in our own lives. Because it changes the lives of others.

Won’t you join this tiny revolution?

Click to tweet the good word.

Small is Powerful.

1. Add this badge to your blog, pin it on your favorites board, or use it as your Facebook profile picture and beckon other like-minded souls.

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2. Put your link in the comments below so the magpies can find one another.

3. Hop on board our mailing list so we can keep in touch!  (Top of page, stage right.)

In a busy, internet world your recommendations go a long way in helping our tribe gather. Give yourself a big high-five for helping! (Thanks, you.) 


You Might Also Like The Small is Powerful Series:

Small is Powerful 1: Church of Art (Tango)
Small is Powerful 2: Introduction
Small is Powerful 3: Curated Care -The Power of Less
Small is Powerful 4: Sustainable Passion
Small is Powerful 5: *8Things
Small is Powerful 6: Aimee Mullins
Small is Powerful 7: Finding a Hand to Hold
Small is Powerful 8: Church of Art (Ok Go)
Small is Powerful 9: Closing Blessing


{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Angela May 21, 2012 at 5:49 am

Hi, I love the cocept of being passionate about what your blog about versus watching your site meter. I just added your button, thank you!!

Rachel Heath June 28, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Wonderful! Just added the button to my sidebar… small is beautiful, and my blog is small indeed!

Gloria July 16, 2012 at 11:43 pm

How Glad I am to have found your site.Thank you! for creating it.
:) Can’t wait to dive in!

Martine July 19, 2012 at 10:44 am

Greetings, It’s nice to know that others out there agree that it’s the passion that counts and not the stats. I just added your button to my blog.

Marie July 20, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I just added the button Gentle Ruins. <3

Stacey July 24, 2012 at 10:26 am

Hey! I just added your button to my sidebar. My blog is Thanks for the connection. :)


Kim August 2, 2012 at 6:59 am

I love the “small is beautiful” idea! Small counts, too!

Antje August 27, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I love it and just added the button on my sidebar.
Thank you for this idea!

Siddaleah September 4, 2012 at 9:10 pm

What a lovely idea! I just added my blog to the revolution. :-)

Jen September 6, 2012 at 8:40 am

Just put a button up. Thanks for the Manifesto. :)

Naomi September 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Thank you, Rachel and Jen. I finally came over to see what these little buttons are all about and I love your mission!!! I’ve added the passionate blog button to my footer because that’s indeed one word to describe me.

Jani Franck September 28, 2012 at 4:28 am

I love this idea, pleased to be a part of it :)

Lisa September 28, 2012 at 9:10 am

Hi, love the blog and idea. So I added your button on my blog as well :) Have a great weekend.

Julie A October 13, 2012 at 7:28 am

Really neat idea, just added the blog button. I am passionate with anything I do.

Rachelle November 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Thanks Julie! Your blog has a fun, casual spirit. It makes it accessible and not to picture-perfect. I liked your advice on organizing — “don’t schedule every minute of your day.” That’s the biggest trap!

Cynthia M. November 16, 2012 at 9:43 am

I had the ‘small is beautiful’ image on my blog for quite some time, and came back to revisit the manifesto, and love the shift! My personal blog is intentionally small, and I love being able to be recognized for my blogging choices!

Rachelle November 16, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Thanks Cynthia. I like how this little movement has shifted direction slightly as well. At one point I had a list (now lost due to technical gremlins) with over 1,000 people who had added the original “Small is Beautiful” badge. I only wish I had thought to capture their email address so we could all grow into “Small is Powerful” together!

Woz November 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm

i don’t know why i hadn’t seen this before! i’m proudly displaying a small is powerful badge on my site. this concept is so very close to my heart right now. it’s becoming one of battle cries. <3

amy*lou December 29, 2012 at 10:19 am

just found this and have added it to my blog. thank you! :)

Laura January 13, 2013 at 11:00 am
Liza February 16, 2013 at 5:49 pm

This is awesome! ♥ I’ve added it to my site. :3

Jennifer February 26, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Adding to my website!

Verdee March 10, 2013 at 4:58 pm

This is a wonderful idea. Thank you for this. :)


lella March 18, 2013 at 11:23 pm

I have been in Small is Beautiful for some time now and I just joined Small is Powerful, too. Thank you, Mz. Magpie, for starting this one, too. I put the button n my side bar. Scroll down though! I have an ancient blog.

Maia March 21, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Oh wooow! I love this small beautiful ripple in the big (muddy) pond! My blog comes from a vulnerable place around chronic illness/self-love and the healing journey. The goal is to blast taboos of chronic/mental illness into the bright rainbow light of a DIY self-care community & creative empowerment. In health & pain,
<3 Maia

Angie March 22, 2013 at 2:26 pm

I hope you don’t mind but I started a tribe over at triberr for this movement. If you’d like to join here is the link:

Terri April 14, 2013 at 2:47 am

Great initiative – love it!

ally September 23, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Just added the button to my sidebar. Love this idea. :)

Nicole October 3, 2013 at 9:33 pm

I’m an old school “small is beautiful” gal and I’ll I like the way this one sounds.

Jennifer October 12, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Amazing! Got the badge on my blog right away! thanks for this wonderful thing you’re sharing. :)

Andrea Ferrell November 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm

I just discovered this thanks to a friend, and I’m already looking forward to reading more. I’ve barely covered the tip of the iceberg! :)

Andrea Ferrell December 3, 2013 at 6:17 pm

I just moved my blog from a subdomain to my own! Just reapplying for all the blog communities I’ve joined. :)

Sara December 17, 2013 at 11:44 pm

I had “Small is Beautiful” for the longest time :)

Pam Hogeweide February 6, 2014 at 11:39 am

LOVE this! I just added your Small is Powerful button to my sidebar. I love what you are about and I love your voice!