Hello, friends! How is your Summer going so far?
Ours is starting big with a family trip to Europe. We’re traveling to Greece for a friend’s wedding. I haven’t been to Greece since 1989, and I’ve wanted to go back ever since. The wedding is in Thessaloniki, and then we’re onto the island of Mykonos, and then Athens. Join me on Instagram if you like vacation pictures. Have you been to any of these spots? I’d love to hear your must-visit recommendations.
The next leg of my adventure is back home in Portland. I’m speaking at the World Domination Summit — a gathering I can best describe as “kindling for the soul.” The loose theme is “living an unconventional life,” and 3000 people come to Portland to be inspired by a combination of talks, activities, workshops and impromptu meetups. I’m incredibly honored that WDS founder (and fellow Portlander) Chris Guillebeau has invited me to do this.
I’ve been gathering notes for this talk for months. As the themes have settled and coalesced, I’ve been surprised to discover that the lessons I’ve learned as a parent and as a writer are pretty much the same.
After WDS, I head to New York to meet back up with my family. We’re pitching in at an internal charity:water “hackathon” Rael is helping organize. (In case you’re not familiar with charity:water, check out the short video above. They’re doing the crucial work of making clean drinking water available to communities in developing countries.)
While I’m in New York, I’m also going to visit with my editor and the publicity team at Workman Publishing to talk about the Parent Hacks book. This will be the second time I’ve visited the Workman offices. I’ll share my visit on Instagram so you can meet some of the talented people there.
And then: home. Our big plans for the rest of the summer are…hanging out at the local pool, spending time with family and friends, walking to the frozen yogurt shop, and letting our feet and imaginations take us where they will.
See you soon, friends.
Photo credit: Christophe Menebouef (cc)