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Summer Happenings: Travel, Teaching & Gratitude

Photo by Tammy Strobel; Mt. Shasta.

Y’all, I can’t believe it’s June! Spring has been lovely, and I’m looking forward to summer. I never thought I’d utter those words because summer isn’t my favorite season. However, it was a long and cold winter, and I’m determined not to complain about the hot days that are ahead.

In addition to basking in the nice weather, here’s what I’m focusing on as spring ends and summer begins:

1. During August, Logan and I will be in The Netherlands for a few weeks. We’re going to stay in Amsterdam, Leiden, and take plenty of day trips to other communities via bike and train. I’m EXCITED to see the country and to connect with friends. Also, I’ll be hosting a reader meet-up while I’m in The Netherlands. Stay tuned for details.

2. I’m trying to write another book. Currently, I’m working on the book proposal, which is a beast to write. So far, I’ve rewritten the overview at least fifteen times. With luck, I’ll finish the proposal by the end of summer. If the concept is good, my agent will pitch the idea to publishers. If you’re curious about the publishing process, I highly recommend reading How to Publish Your Book by David Fugate.

3. I’m collaborating with the Women’s Business Center at JEDI. We’re hosting a FREE webinar on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, from 12–1 p.m. Pacific Time, called The Art & Discipline of BloggingUpdate: You can listen to the webinar here.

4. And last but not least, gratitude is on my mind. I can’t express how grateful I am for good health. The immense joy and happiness I’ve experienced over the last year is the result of tiny action steps taken over a sustained period. Some of those steps included working with a counselor to deal with grief, starting CrossFit, eating healthy food, and more.

In a recent Instagram post, Laura McKowen talked about how important it is to acknowledge all the good in our lives. She said:

“It’s taken me a long time to trust feeling good. I’m slowly starting to relax into it without wondering when the other shoe will drop, or if I’ll explode it, or how close pain is tracking my heels. I’ve learned I can accept the good. That I deserve it as much as anything else. That it’ll come and go, just like the darkness. You’re allowed to feel joy. You can be really, truly in love with your life. For me, I had to stop pouring wine all over everything to be able to feel all the way through anything: sadness, guilt, excitement, and yes – joy. It’s a slower build, but so much deeper, so much more sustaining.”

I couldn’t agree more. It feels good to feel good! Wishing you a gratitude-filled week.


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  • Solitary Diner June 6, 2017, 7:25 pm

    If you are even the slightest bit nerdy, I strongly suggest a visit to Micropia (https://www.micropia.nl/en/#gref) while you’re in Amsterdam. It’s a museum devoted to all things microbial, which has the potential to be horribly boring, but the exhibits are quite interactive and varied and anything but boring. I had a great time there, as did my completely non-scientist girlfriend, who said that it was one of the best museums she’d ever been to.

    Foodhallen (http://foodhallen.nl/) is also worth a visit for some tasty eats.

    • Tammy Strobel June 7, 2017, 10:20 am

      Awesome! Thanks for the tips. My husband is a scientist, so we’ll check out Micropia! Also Foodhallen sounds amazing. Have a great day.