I want to do a better job keeping in touch with all of my friends, new and old, far and near, but email newsletters are too formal and I want to keep it more fun and personal.
So I decided to share this digital "postcard" every month, highlighting a few things that were going on.
I hope you like it - and I'd love to hear from you, too!
After another great year living in southeast Asia, I'm back visiting Hamden, Connecticut where I grew up. Coming back to the U.S. is definitely always a shock to the system, and it's funny what stands out to me - like the fact that the roads here are so orderly and completely empty early in the mornings.
But this is my annual chance to regroup and prepare for the next year abroad. It's like hitting Pause on my life and I love the chance to rest up, get a ton of work done, and transform from a minimalist to an online shopping addict, once again.
We were lucky enough to take a vacation (working-vacation for me) to beautiful Maine, where we chilled on the lake, walked in the woods, and ate lobster. Of course it's great to catch up with my crazy family!
The coolest gift I've EVER received!
My artistic and awesome 16-year old nephew, Ryan, has been making custom sneakers in a big way, and surprised me with this insanely cool pair of Nike Air Force Ones, hand-painted to replicate the cover of my latest book. It's the best gift I've ever received in my life! Check out his stuff at @GoldStatusCustoms on Instagram or email Ryan
My passion and life's work is really to help kids, particularly those who live in tough conditions in poor countries. In fact, studies show that the single best way to help the plight of children, women, families, and any society is to get girls in school (and keep them there.)
To help gain awareness, I recently completed a photo blog, The difficult and dangerous journey of school children around the world. It's a good one to take a look at with your kids. Thanks for the support!
It's been an honor to help write the book The Young Lions, about my good friend Judd Reid's legendary career in Kyokushin karate. I promise you'll be amazed! The book will be out next month, and you can get updates on Judd's Facebook.
I definitely miss the beautiful beaches and wonderful people in The Philippines! It's great to be back in my hometown, and I get to visit California in October, but I already have my return plane ticket to the country of 7,500 islands. I hope more people come visit me this year so I can play tour guide!
In the midst of all this traveling and fun I've been working super hard but loving it, delivering blogging, social media, and online marketing campaigns to businesses. I even do free marketing work for charities and non-profits, so email me if you or your company needs any help.