Today is the day!
The Yellow Envelope is finally here!!
Five years ago, back before I quit my job, sold all of my stuff and set out on this journey, I wrote a blog post called “Why I’m Quitting my Job to Travel.” In the post, I tried to explain my desire for more:
“I don’t really even know what more is. All I know is that more has something to do with traveling and writing. I know it has something to do with stepping away from my cubicle and my dictated schedule and living. It has something to do with expanding the orb that my life rotates in. More is a physical desire, a yearning, the way others must long for a child or for someone who is gone.”
Back then, if you’d told me that I’d be writing to you on the day my book is published (!!!!! Please note there are not enough exclamation points in the world to express how I feel!!!!!), I wouldn’t have believed it. I have to admit that somewhere deep down I always did think this day could come, but it felt like a near-impossible dream. (I mean, landing on the moon isn’t out of the realm of possibility either- others have done it, but me? Unlikely).
And so, before I dive into my announcements today, I just want to take this little moment to acknowledge that my desire for more was not some starry-eyed delusion (as I feared, many times) but instead a solid, inner truth pointing me in the right direction all along. No matter what happens in the future, I will think of this day as the moment it all came full circle– and for that I am awed, humbled and grateful.
The Yellow Envelope is here!
The Yellow Envelope: One Gift, Three Rules and a Life-Changing Journey Around the World is published today! It’s available at your local bookstore, Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Target just chose The Yellow Envelope for its emerging authors program– and you can find it on their shelves beginning April 25!
I am elated. I am terrified. I really hope you like the book. Today I am loading my one-year-old into the car and driving to every bookstore within a 30-mile radius to stare at it on the shelves. I can hardly believe this is happening… but it is!!
If you’re in the Cincinnati area please join me tonight (4/4/17) at Joseph-Beth booksellers in Hyde Park for The Yellow Envelope book launch. I’ll be discussing, reading and signing the book as well as trying not to hyperventilate in front of the crowd.
In the coming weeks and months I will strike out on The Yellow Envelope book tour. I’ll be stopping in the following cities (with more to come) and you can learn all the details here:
Columbus, OH * Vancouver, WA * Portland, OR * Bowling Green, KY * Nashville, TN * Asheville, NC * Boone, NC * Madison, WI * Dubuque, IA * Perrysburg, OH * Morgantown, WV * Tigard, OR * Vancouver, BC- Canada * River Falls, WI * Omaha, NE * Harrisonburg, VA *
I hope to see you on the road!
One more thing…
Before I close here I just want to extend a heartfelt thank you. Many of you have been reading this blog for a long time and have followed my journey even before I left Portland. Your support- and the support of the new readers along the way- have meant more than I can express. It is an honor to share this space with you.