Why Small Steps?
Are you searching?
Are you not sure of the path you are on or if you are living the life you are meant to be living? Do you want to raise your children with faith but feel turned off by your childhood religious experience? Or do you feel like you haven’t had time to talk to God because you’re just too busy?
I know the feeling. I spent a good deal of my life searching, waiting to stumble into my “real life.” Then I realized I was in the right spot, doing the right thing, living the way I was created to live. I started Small Steps to share this philosophy of self-acceptance.
Through Small Steps, I help people get closer to God and more in line with themselves — their most authentic selves. In small group gatherings, book clubs, blog posts, workshops, and retreats, I present incremental ways we can reconnect to our deeper selves. I break down the really pretty boxes that we think we should be contained in and show that we are already are who we always wanted to be. We’re totally freaking awesome and were that way the moment we came into being.
I want you to find or reconnect with your spiritual side. If you went to church as a child but found yourself straying after hearing something preached from the pulpit that made you really uncomfortable and unsure, Small Steps can help reignite your faith. God doesn’t want us to just give up when we aren’t sure or don’t agree. Not even close. God wants us to question and to try again, to seek, and to find. And like all things it’s so much better when we have the love and support of others.
Let me help you start living authentically — now. You don’t need to search very far for God because God is within and has been there from the beginning. You just need to be willing to explore what God means to you and reconnect with who you truly are.
Who Is Elizabeth Small?
Born into an Irish Catholic family, I am the youngest of eight kids. I graduated from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in faith justice. Even from my earliest weeks on Hawk Hill, I knew that we were all called to something greater and that we all needed a place to call home and people to love us. The rest follows.
After serving for a year as a Jesuit volunteer in San Diego, living with some incredibly awesome other young grads and trying to live in community, I came back to the East Coast to work in campus ministry. I received a master’s degree in pastoral ministry at Boston College and began work in professional campus ministry, which I have done for the last seven years. I founded Small Steps in July 2014.