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Discover the groundbreaking new approach to designing and re-building your life with the creative ingenuity used in architecture for decades. 


Being the Architect of our Epic Lives empowers each of us to discover our true desires and build an epic life around that inspiration.
— Karen Otis

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In our modern world, so many people are battling unhappiness and dissatisfaction in their lives. Karen Otis, architect and author, delivers a groundbreaking new approach to designing and re-building your life with the creative ingenuity she has used in architecture for decades. By extending her “Architectural Method” to life-building, she reveals a completely new way of thinking where the results are profound, unexpected, life-changing, and transformational. Otis shows you how to take the architectural method of creativity and decision making and project it onto your own life to find direction and fluidity to spiritually “awaken your soul” to a life rich in inspiration and joy. Whether you are unhappy or unfulfilled with your personal life, your relationships, or your career, this Method holds the answers to change all that. Her eight steps and thoughtful exercises unleash your power to take the mundane and make it meaningful; the expected, and make it memorable. Rather than r-e-a-c-t-i-n-g to life, you can begin c-r-e-a-t-i-n-g your life.


Here's what people are saying about Be the Architect of Your life:

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Marci Shimoff 

1# NY Times Bestselling Author of Happy For No Reason, Love For No Reason, and Chicken Soup For The Woman's Soul.

"Be The Architect of Your Life draws a fascinating correlation between building a great home and building an extraordinary life. Karen Otis offers eight clear and easy-to-follow steps to create a life of happiness, passion, and purpose.”

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Josselyne Saccio 

Personal manager, JHA Management

"As a New York-based manager, I advise actors, musicians and other talent how to design and start living an inspired life every day. This book is a very unique step-by-step guide on how to access our true intuition and really be the architect in our own experiences."

Liza Shaw 

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist,

"The power to thrive in life lies in our ability to pick up the pieces when things fall apart. Karen's story of divorce and then applying the steps she's honed as an architect to rebuild life will not only help you survive but turn it around to thrive."

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Anne Grady 

Two-time TEDx Speaker and Best-Selliing Author, "52 Strategies for Life, Love, and Work"

"This book helps you first envision your dreams and then helps you lay the foundation to actually live them."


J. Huniu 

I love this book! The author explains a bit of her journey which made it feel very authentic for me personally. Each easy to read chapter begins with a thoughtful/ inspirational message that seems to resonate in different ways! Her method makes sense which makes it is easy to get started and execute her method! I am on my way to defining my purpose and how I can make/create it!


Eric A. 

For many of us that have found success in their career comes naturally, and yet other areas of our lives challenge us - - this is an amazing book. Karen is a highly successful architect that shared these same challenges, found a practical way to apply how she creates success in her career to how she could create success in relationships. The result is an inspiring guideline for all of us on how we can architect our lives. Thanks Karen!


This book is a gem. I love the way the author uses the creative process to help you re-imagine your life. The book provides clear steps to take and lots to think about. I recommend reading it, no matter where you are in your life. It's a quick read and offers great insight.

Lynda Joyce Brown 

Stuck is Stuck. It doesn't matter if you make $30,000 a year or $100,000 and you want to go to the next level. Stuck is Stuck, and as the author puts it, Painfully Stuck which is: Chapter 14 Painfully Stuck. What I found for me with my life experiences, I needed to cut to the chase quickly to get UN-stuck... ...After reading this book, I can't wait to conquer my biggest fears, I have help at my fingertips.


William E. 

As someone who is interested in design and architecture, I feel this book does an incredible job of bridging the gap between personal growth and the inspirational power of design. Karen lays the foundation for a new way of looking at life which can resonate with anyone willing to join her. I strongly recommend this book.

Rubina B. 

A very captivating and insightful book. I loved it and would recommend it to everyone. The book offered valuable advice and I really enjoyed it.