What would you do with a yellow envelope?
Plagued by anxiety and a persistent feeling that there was more to life than paychecks and mortgages, Kim and her husband decide to uproot their lives and travel around the world. Just before their departure, they’re given an unexpected gift that will shape their adventures: a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money away to those they encounter on their journey.
Through Ecuador, India, Nepal, and beyond, the pair encounter problems at every step, including major challenges to their marriage. But as Kim and her husband figure out how to give to the people they meet and to each other, they learn that money does not have a thing to do with the capacity to give.
The Yellow Envelope is a vividly insightful look at how travel stretches and pushes the traveler, and it tells the tale of the transformative power of giving, not just of money, but also of ourselves.
The Yellow Envelope is available for pre-order at the links below and will be published on 4/1/17.
Five years ago I was at a crossroads in my life. I had a good job and I lived in a wonderful city. I owned a house and a car and a wardrobe full of clothes. By the looks of it, I was successful. But there was a deeper truth inside of me that cried out for something more.
I’d always dreamed of traveling the world and I wanted to write for a living. Instead, I’d built a life of spreadsheets, cubicles, and two weeks of vacation time. I was selling my life for a paycheck.
Deep down I knew that if I did not pursue my dreams some essential part of me would be lost forever. But I was terrified. My dreams felt impossible.
Still, I set out down the path towards my dreams. I had to. I did not know what I was doing. I groped through the darkness and hoped that the fears and resistance I faced were normal. I had no idea what to expect. I’d never met anyone who’d so completely rearranged their life.
It was a long and scary process but in May 2012 I finally left my home and 9-5 job behind to travel the world and write full-time. And I’m still going strong today. Along the way I’ve learned some incredibly valuable lessons.
Life On Fire: A Step-By-Step Guide To Living Your Dreams is the book that I wish had been written when I set out to chase my biggest dreams.
Life on Fire is available on Amazon in paperback ($8.99) and e-book ($4.99). It’s also available as a PDF download ($4.99).
Life doesn’t come with a road map.
That much is clear in So Many Stories: Selected Essays on Life, Adventure and Fighting Like Hell for Your Dreams, a collection of So Many Places blog posts that chronicle my 4-year struggle to bring my dreams of traveling and writing to life.
So Many Stories brings the best of So Many Places together in one place. Rich with longing, adventure and insights, this book will help you believe in the possibility of your own wild and far-flung aspirations.
So Many Stories is available as a PDF download ($4.99).
Bring home the best of So Many Places today.
In April-May 2013 my husband Brian and I walked the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal (you can read about the journey here). At the time, we were frustrated with the lack of quality information on the Internet for people who were planning on hiking the Annapurna Circuit.
This guide fills in the information gaps currently present on the Internet. The guide gathers reader FAQ’s about permits, routes, side trails, gear, safety and sanitary concerns and much, much more. It’s a comprehensive collection of all of the information needed to hike the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. Please note that this guide does not include maps, though it does tell you where to buy the maps you’ll need in Nepal.
The Annapurna Circuit Hiking Guide is sold as a PDF for only $1.99!
I walked El Camino Frances (the French Way and the most popular route of the Camino de Santiago) in September-October 2013 and documented the trip here on my blog. Afterwards, I asked my readers to send me their burning questions about the Camino. Their questions, and my answers, have formed this guide.
The Camino de Santiago guide is sold as a PDF for only $1.99.