The last month has been a whirlwind of writing, teaching, and photography. Today I thought it would be fun to share four fun updates with you.
1. Pre-orders of my book are being shipped! My book, You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap), will be in stores by September 18th. However, Amazon is starting to ship pre-orders! If you pre-ordered a copy, from Amazon, it will arrive on your doorstep soon. Also, my lovely publisher sent advanced reading copies off to my blogging buddies last week! I’m thrilled to see the book making it’s way into the world and I have to admit, I’m nervous too. I hope readers enjoy the book and find it helpful too.
2. A goodbye party. On Saturday night a group of twenty friends came over to the tiny house for a going away party. The weather was perfect for a celebration. The bash was potluck style and everyone brought really good food and booze. Plus, our sweet neighbors loaned us chairs, tables, and we even had a giant plug-in snowman that illuminated the yard when it got dark. Totally awesome!
I still can’t believe we’ll be moving to California on September 4, with the tiny house in tow. As our friends left the tiny house on Saturday night, I almost started crying. I’m excited to begin our new adventure and also sad to leave Portland behind. I try to keep reminding myself that I can always come back to Portland to visit.
3. The no-sugar challenge is coming to a close. Since this is my last week in Portland, I’ve decided to end the challenge early. There are a few sweet treats that I want to taste before we leave Portland next week. Don’t worry, I’m not going to go overboard with sugar. I’m going to keep my sugar intake low because being off the sweet stuff helped me shift my diet toward eating real food again. And that was the whole point.
4. My writing ecourse ended on Sunday and it was three weeks of pure fun. The group of folks who signed up were wonderful and I loved getting to know them. I’m super excited to teach the course again in October. If you’re interested, you can register for the fall course on September 17. For more information on the course, click here.
Parting words . . .
A lot of friends and family members have asked me what the future holds for us. At our party on Saturday night, I told a friend that this year has taught me an important lesson; that it’s impossible to plan life. Yes, you can set goals and sketch out what you’d like to see happen (I do that at the beginning of each year). But the thing is, you never know what’s around the corner. For example, I never imagined that my dad would die this year or that we would be moving back home. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next six months, but I do know this . . .
In eight days, I’m moving to northern California with my best friend and life partner. Ever since my dad died, I’ve experienced an intense desire to live my life well and follow my heart because I know that’s what my dad would want. I can’t make new memories with him, but I can honor his life by working hard, being kind, and practicing gratitude.