The risk of meeting you—wanna anyway?

You’re probably seeing the posts all over the blogosphere, where everyone’s sharing their Word Of The Year. Predictable, unoriginal, slightly cheesy—yes. But I actually love this recent trend; it feels more all-encompassing and less pragmatic than a list of resolutions. In a good way.

And so, I shall subject you to another one of those posts, along some fun announcements that need your feedback. (I know, we normally do weekend links on Saturdays, but this calls for a “special edition” post. Thanks for your grace here.)

I racked my brain for a good word for 2014, but couldn’t come up with one until yesterday. Seasons have a feel, a gist to them, and claiming a word for the next 365 feels like putting feet to those intangible feelings.

And so? My word for 2014 is RISK.

Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? But really, this word makes my insides do a little dance, in a good way. Risk is the only consistent word that comes to mind when I think of everything on my family’s plate this next year.

I feel like I need a little risk in my life these days. This blog has been a beautiful thing in my life the past six years, and while the topic of “simple living” might ruffle the feathers of some, I wouldn’t exactly call it controversial. Which suits me; I’m not one to deal well with hot-button topics.

But there’s a flip side to the simple-living coin, and I want to explore that topic a bit more this year—namely, living unconventionally. I’ve found that an unconventional life is a natural byproduct of prioritizing simplicity, and the more my family pursues doing life that makes sense for us, the more we—well, don’t quite fit the mold.

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So? I plan on writing about that a bit more, especially since this year looks downright crazy for us. I love the life we live, but there’s a bit of risk to it—pursuing an unconventional education, working unconventional jobs, and embarking on unconventional travel.

I want to embrace the risk of swimming upstream, of going against the grain. And encourage you to do the same, however it looks for you.

Shall we meet?

There’s also a bit of risk to our family’s plans in February and March: coming to see you! Not sure if you’ve noticed, but a book tour isn’t really the norm with authors anymore, mostly because of the Internet. It’s so easy to connect with readers from the comfort of your own living room, so why spend money and time on travel to connect with readers in the flesh?

Well, I’ll tell you why for me: because it’s different when you meet people in the flesh.

I love connecting with each of you online, but it’s so much better when you can shake hands, ruffle the hair on your kids’ heads, and laugh with a cup of tea in hand. And while selling my book is important, sure, so is finally meeting some of you, face-to-face.

And so this is a risk. It’s a risk to the book publisher, because they need to sell books in order for a book tour to make sense (they are a business, after all), and it’s a risk to our family because it involves road-tripping together for four to six weeks while we still do work and school.

But we still want to do this, because the pay-off is huge: a real-life, solid, in-the-flesh connection with you guys, who make this blog what it is. What’s not to love about this idea? Bring on the risk, I say!

So here’s where you come in: traveling the U.S. and meeting you in the flesh won’t work without your feedback. Maybe we’ll do reader meet-ups in coffee shops, we might do a book signing or two in bookstores, or perhaps we’ll even do a big family-friendly playdate at a park (all three of my kids will be with me, after all!). But none of it will happen if you’re not interested.

What we know so far

This whole crazy grassroots blog tour idea is still being fleshed out, though we’re rapidly making plans. Here’s what we’ve got so far:

Launch party for Notes From a Blue Bike: all are welcome!

Thursday, February 6

Book Launch Party at Palm Door
401 Sabine St, Austin, TX 78701
5-7 p.m.
Appetizers, drinks, live music, and a book signing
Books will be available
Kids welcome

This party is open to any and everyone—the whole family is invited! The IF Gathering is the next day, so if you’re heading to Austin for the conference, please fly in a day early to make the party. I’d love to meet you!

After this, my family and I plan to road trip up the east coast (ish), with these potential cities/areas throughout February and early March:

  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Northwest Arkansas
  • Atlanta
  • Charlotte
  • D.C. area
  • New York City
  • Chicago

Then, later in the spring, we’d like to do the west coast, potentially hitting these cities:

  • Seattle
  • Portland
  • San Francisco
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego

(I know, I know… this entirely leaves out Middle America. Stats show that there are quite a few of you near Denver, so if we can do something there, we’ll do our best to make it happen!)

So, would you help me out with two things?

1. If you’re near any of these locales, would you let me know if you’re interested in a meet-up?

2. And if so, would you prefer a signing in a book store, a coffee shop meet-up, a kid-friendly gathering, or something else all together?

Book tour for Notes From a Blue Bike!

This will help us out tremendously as we finalize plans, so thank you in advance! I’ll share the final schedule when it’s a done deal. We may add cities as we go, of course, and if you’re outside the U.S., don’t worry—I would absolutely LOVE to do reader meet-ups during our round-the-world trip starting this fall. I’ll keep you posted where we’ll be when!

And in the meantime, pre-ordering the book is an amazing thing for an author—it tells booksellers that this book matters to you, and they’ll make more of an effort to spread the word thusly. You can do so here:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | …or at your favorite indie bookseller!

Alright—what are your thoughts on all this? I’m open to any and all feedback!

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253 Comments

  1. Alissa

    I work at a library in central Illinois 3 hours south of Chicago and would love to host and put together a program/gathering for you at my library. We love to have authors and I enjoy reading your blog.

    • Elizabeth

      I’m in Central Illinois too…so I will totally add my plea to Alissa’s!!

  2. Gwen

    I live in central New Jersey. Don’t know how many other fans of simple mom are out here, but I would love to meet you!

    • Allie

      South Jersey here — if you want to add Philadelphia to your stops in between DC and NYC 🙂

      • Meredith

        My family lives in Philadelphia, so that would be a great stop for me as well! Coffee Shop or Kid Friendly would be my preferences! It is seldom I get to run out without them… 🙂

    • Karen

      I’m also from central Jersey, just outside Philly–would love to attend locally!

      • MemeGRL

        One more vote for Philly! We have a blogger group that craves excuses to meet so let me know if you are coming this way and we will see if we can rally!

    • Lisa

      Another vote for the Philly area! I could get up to NYC too, but Philly is easier. I will have a tiny tiny person plus a four year old, quite likely, so a kid-friendly spot sounds dreamy to me. The weather might not accommodate something outside, I suppose…

      • Valerie

        I vote for Philly, too! There are amazing locations in and around Philly that would be great for a meet-up. I am part of a moms group with 65 ladies. I bet a few of them would love to be apart of this. My personal preference would be sans kids. It is hard enough to have a normal conversation with my friends while kids are in tow. So, it would be nice to connect with other ladies without being distracted. 🙂

  3. Casey

    I’m in Charlotte and will totally come out when you guys are here! A meetup at a coffee shop would be so fantastic!

  4. Sarah M

    Hi Tsh, I had emailed you way back when (months ago?) when you first mentioned this in your newsletter. I would love to do any form of meet-up, though book signing in a book-store is least preferable, imo, just because it feels so impersonal (and personal seems to be what you’re going for). I would love the coffee shop, host a home gathering (up in Blaine, WA, 2 hours north of Seattle or 45 min. south of Vancouver, BC), or a park meet up near one of those two cities. I’d more than likely have my kids with me too, unless it’s a weekend that you happen to be in my neck of the woods. I’m excited to read your new book!
    Sarah M

  5. Becca

    Sounds like an amazing trip! Any chance on venturing north to Minneapolis? Lots of simple living fans up here!;)

    • Tsh

      Not sure… it’d depend on the publisher! We’ll see. 🙂

      • Catherine

        Another vote for Minneapolis! Any sort of meet up would suit me fine but a kid friendly one would be my preference.

  6. Kristin Cannelora

    I would absolutely show up to a Seattle area gathering! I don’t think I have a preference when it comes to location/setting. I would come regardless. I am very excited about the idea! Thanks so much for putting in the hard work that is required for a tour!

  7. Angela Mills

    I’m near Los Angeles and I’d love to come meet you! I think a coffee shop sounds great, but I know that probably won’t work, logistically. I’m afraid you’re just too famous 🙂

    A big, family gathering sounds cool and different, and perfect for your readership. I like how you are totally honest about needing to sell some books!

    • Tsh

      Thanks, Angela!

    • Stacey Jae

      I’m in the LA/Pasadena area and a big family gathering sounds wonderful. Maybe we could commandeer Brookside Park (near the Rose Bowl)!

  8. Kate

    So exciting! Would love to attend a Seattle-area meetup. If you’re up for a beautiful ferry ride, Eagle Harbor Bookstore on Bainbridge Island would be a great spot – and I bet we could gather a great group.

    • Tsh

      We adore Bainbridge! Gone there several times. Love a good excuse. 🙂

  9. Coleen

    I’m just east of Seattle (15 min) and would love to meet up and/or offer up my house if you and your family would like a place to stay. (Home-cooked meals! Beds! Books! More space than a hotel!) I’m open to meeting wherever.

  10. Charlotte

    I live just outside of Portland and would love to attend either a bookstore event or a more casual coffee-shop gig. Let me know the details and I will be there!

  11. Melissa Camara Wilkins

    I’m in the San Diego area, and I think a family-friendly event would be fun!

  12. Jennifer

    I’m another Seattle area fan and reader. I’d meet up anywhere but a library or even my church would be great locations to draw your community!

    • Tsh

      Ooh, a church! Why didn’t I think of that?

      • Jennifer

        Awesome! The church we attend would be a great place. It hosts a lot of community events and activities; a baby preschool, martial arts classes, yoga, a health center, counseling, etc. A meet and greet book event with YOU would be m awesome special event!

  13. mindy

    I’m in Atlanta. You’re welcome to stay with us of you want! I feel like I know you from here, Instagram, and podcast:) I’d love a meet-up at a park. Downtown would work well. You could hit up the aquarium and children’s museum while you’re there.

    • Julie

      I, too, am throwing in my vote for an Atlanta meetup!

  14. K

    I’ll look forward to maybe meeting up with you on your around-the-world trip!

  15. Nicola O.

    I would definitely come out to meet you in Seattle. We have a couple of bookstores that are excellent author hosts (University bookstore, Third Place Books) and there is also the Northwest Bookfest (http://nwbookfest.com/) and of course, coffee shops are totally in our wheelhouse. Will keep an eye on your schedule!

  16. Tiffany

    I’m in DFW and in a book club! Let me know if you’re interested in a meet up and I’ll round up some gals. I would recommend the mid-cities (such as Arlington or Bedford) so people from Fort Worth and Dallas can come.

    • Tsh

      Good point. Thanks!

    • Susan

      If the weather’s nice, River Legacy Park in N Arlington is a very large, very kid-friendly park.

  17. Laura

    Hi Tsh, I live in Santa Cruz,Ca and worked at a local indie book store / cafe called, Capitola BookCafe for over a decade. I could talk to my friends and get you to come!!!! Let me know if you’re interested. Not far from San Jose and San Francisco (Bay Area).

    • Tsh

      I love indie bookstores!

  18. Christine Gough

    Live 3 hrs west of bend and 2 hrs south of PDX. Happy to come to either for any event!! So excited!!

  19. Beth K

    Kansas City, please!:). Though I could trek as far as Omaha or Oklahoma City without much difficulty. Good luck with the tour- it looks great !

  20. Jessica

    Hi Tsh! I’m just north of Houston and would love to meet you when you come! For me a kid-friendly gathering would likely work out best, but I’d probably try to make anything work. Fun!

  21. Hannah

    Hi Tsh! First time commenter, but long time reader… 🙂 The closest to me would be Chicago, and I would love to make it work. A coffee shop meet-up sounds to the best to me.

  22. Nadia

    I live near Madison, Wisconsin and would love to meet you at a coffee shop gathering in Chicago!

  23. Selina

    Yay! You’re coming to Atlanta!!! Anything that’s kid friendly would be awesome. And while I love the idea of a park play-date it will most likely depend on the weather at that time. It could still feel like winter. It actually does get cold in the South. Haha! So excited about this!

    • Tsh

      I know; the weather all over the place could toss out any ideas for a park playdate. We may have to do a coffee shop, or otherwise indoor gathering.

  24. Lori

    We are just north of Atlanta and your family is welcome to stay with us when you are here. I see you already have an Atlanta offer, but I wanted to extend a welcome anyway. We are in Alpharetta/Milton, GA if you want to Google it and see how you think it might fit with your travel plans. Feel free to email me with questions. However you do Atlanta, we will certainly plan to come out for your event. What a fun family project for you all. I love it!

  25. Isabella

    I’m in DFW and would be elated if you visited. It’s pretty cool now that you’re the AoS, I don’t look silly as a 16 year old reading a mom blog. I can’t wait to purchase this book tsh.

    • Tsh

      Nice! Love that.

  26. Jill

    Chicago! I’d love something kid friendly, but the very unpredictable Chicago spring weather could make that hard.

    Excited for you and your family!

  27. MomofTwoPreciousGirls

    I’m north of Atlanta too and I would love either a coffee shop or kid friendly event! That would be super cool….I’m in Suwanee, GA and we have a town center with a giant green park where festivals are held a lot. It has one of those water fountain splash parks and a huge green space (we fly kites there a lot).

    Can’t wait for whatever you decided!

  28. Aimee

    Please don’t skip Denver! I am in central Denver and right up the street from an independent book store “The Tattered Cover” (off Colfax) and close to an assortment of parks, and coffee shops. It would be great fun to meet you! Don’t underestimate how many folks may make their way out to see you! Every book signing I have been to with my kids have been slightly miserable and I have ended up leaving without actually getting the book signed because it was just too much to ask of my boys which was super disappointing. However, it was worth it to see a favorite author speaking in person, and my oldest still remembers and says: “Hey! we saw her, remember mom?” Please let me know if I can help in any way.

    • Tsh

      I’m totally up for it! It just depends on the publisher, and in a smaller way, the sanity of my children after non-stop travel. 🙂

      • Rebecca

        Yes – come to Denver!! 🙂

      • Jill

        I would love to see you in Denver as well! I am looking forward to you new book!

    • Kelly

      The Tattered Cover is the best bookstore I’ve ever been to.

      Better than Powell’s!

      • Kelly

        Another vote for Denver – and the Tattered Cover is the best!

  29. Jaime

    I’m a long time reader and would absolutely love to meet you. I’m in Chattanooga, but would definitely travel to Atlanta to meet you. I think a relaxed coffee shop meet up sounds cool, or a book signing.

  30. Rachael

    I live in Waco. I have ideas of getting down to Austin (with my sister?? who is huge preggo), but must talk to the Hubby and sister. Now, when you say ‘whole family’, that includes little kids (aka. 2 and 3 years old)? Just wanting to clarify.

    Thanks!

    • Tsh

      Yep! My 3, 6, and 9-year-olds will be with me, too! So why not, I say? 🙂

  31. Melanie

    Please don’t skip Greenville, SC! You’ll be passing right by it between Atlanta and Charlotte. I would love some kind of kid-friendly event and would do whatever needed to help orchestrate it. Or a coffee shop would work too. There is an independent coffee shop downtown (http://www.coffeeunderground.biz) that has a LARGE space in the back for groups and events. There are also some wonderful parks. You might not get quite as many attendees as you might get in one of the larger cities, but Greenville is a lovely place to visit regardless :).

    • Tsh

      I have a good friend in Greenville, so maybe!

  32. Angie

    I’m in the Seattle area and vote coffee shop or play date!

  33. Brooke

    I live in Greenville, SC and of course think you should add our city to your stops on your way from Atlanta to Charlotte- we were listed as number 2 on outdoor magazines places to live in the US so it’s a pretty cool town :). But I would also probably be able to make the drive up to Charlotte to see you and I think a coffee shop meetup sounds very cool.

  34. Leah

    Do you know where you’ll be coming in NW Arkansas? I hope you come to Siloam Springs (home of Dayspring! And me!). There is a great coffee house/bookstore here that would be perfect.

    • Tsh

      That’s about where I’ll be (I think it’s the B&N in Rogers?)! It’ll probably be the second week of February, but I’ll publish hard dates when I know them!

      • Sherry

        I currently live in Tulsa, but used to live a long time in NW Arkansas, where we still have family. It’s just 1 1/2 hours away. I’m so excited that you’ll be there! I wish it was going to be at the Fayetteville Barnes & Noble (it was practically our second home, they’re almost like family :-), but Rogers works too. Can’t wait!

        • Alyssa

          I live in Tulsa too and would be more than happy to drive to Rogers (although I vote for Fayetteville as well). I have at least one other friend who would come with me, although I might be able to rope a few more in too.

  35. Bree Hester

    Hi Tsh,

    I live in the DC area, and would love to meet you! I think a coffee shop would be better. I have a few recommendations if you need them. 🙂

    • Jen Hoffman

      I’m in the DC area, too. (Northern VA) and will absolutely to come out to meet ya – anywhere. If you need any help coordinating, I’m happy to help! Can’t wait to connect in person!

      • Lisa-Jo Baker (@lisajobaker)

        Me too!! DC AREA FOR THE WIN!!!! Yay Tsh!!! You guys would be welcome to come crash at our place too 🙂

      • Lory

        yay! For Northern/Va/DC!! Will be there!

        • Cass Lacey

          Hi, I would love to participate anything in the DC area. I am in MD but can go anywhere in DC or Norther VA as well. Did I say I would love to do this? If it helps I can say it one more time….. love to be part of a meet up in the DC area : )

  36. Kaylie

    Oh Yay! I’m going to be at IF Austin so I can go to this!!!!! I live way out in the middle of nowhere Texas so actually getting do go to meet ups or even conferences most of the time is almost impossible. So glad this is going to work out!

    • Tsh

      Awesome! Looking forward to meeting you.

  37. Rebecca

    Hi I am in Chicago and would love to meet you at a Book event. Kid friendly would be best!

  38. Esther

    hi there! thrilled with your book tour plans. i am in the DC area and would love to meet you. i think a coffee shop would be awesome. we have kids too so anything where kids are welcome is great. we have some great farm to table options in DC – check out Farmers Fishers Bakers right in Georgetowne.

    • Tsh

      Thanks for the tip!

  39. Cary

    Oh come to Minneapolis! There are awesome local bookstores to do signings at, or you could go crazy and do one at the Mall of America too. =)

    Blessings to you and your family through this all – thanks so much for all you share here in this simple space.

  40. Cary

    And another note, I echo the comment prior that you should not underestimate the amount of people that come out to see you! I have seen authors use a FB event to get an estimate of how many people would come – maybe something like that could work for you? Would at least give you an idea of whether or not a coffee shop would be way to small (which is what I think personally =).

    • Tsh

      Yep, we’ll be doing that for sure, so don’t worry! 🙂

  41. Sara C.

    I would come to one in Bend definetly! The idea of a coffee shop is nice but Barnes and Noble maybe?

  42. Maureen

    Wish you were coming to Montana. I live in Helena and read your blog on my feedly. Love your style, heart and writing. Well, I do get to Portland once a year to visit our son. Maybe the universe will conspire tomake our paths cross someday. Best of luck on your tour!

    • Tsh

      I adore Montana! My sister and brother-in-law live in Kallispel so we try to make it out there once during the summer. I’ll let you know if we’re ever in the area!

      • Maureen

        Awesome, Tsh! Let me know in advance and I’ll put out the word. Summer or fall … A family friendly outdoor gathering at Spring Meadow Lake state park. Or Bozeman … Missoula even

      • Maureen

        Or Kalispell. To Montanans, distance is all relative. 🙂

  43. Cheyenne

    I live in the western suburbs of Chicago, and I would love to bring my family to meet yours! My husbands travels A LOT as a photojournalist for a nonprofit missionary sending agency and we homeschool our 3 kids (well, the 9 and 5 year olds but not the baby…yet). So it would be so nice to meet your whole family!

  44. Kelly

    I think you should continue a little more north and see Boston 🙂 Lots of kid friendly things to do here! I’ll most likely have a newborn so if you do something, kid friendly would be best for me. I’m hoping he will be somewhat portable ha ha.

    • Tsh

      We do love Boston! It’s a great city.

  45. Kristin thomas

    Hi! I will for sure attend an event in San Francisco. I would prefer a coffee shop or a family friendly event, but would attend any. I would love even more if you held something in Sacramento! It is closer to where I live. Thanks and good luck!

  46. Judy

    Charlotte, yay! I am from there and live nearby, would def drive into town. Best indie bookstore is Park Road Bookstore. There are a couple of big Barnes and Nobles in town too, coffeeshop would be great also. Weather here is hit or miss in that time frame, so wouldn’t recommend outside unless you have a backup plan nearby. Looking forward to it!

    • Tsh

      Thanks for the tip!

  47. Carrie M

    Would love to meetup near Dallas – kids included or free is good by me. Best wishes on the tour!

  48. Amanda

    I live in Conneticut and I would LOVE to meet you! Please let us know when you’ll be in either NYC or Boston and my little fam and I will be there. Something kid friendly is preferred but anywhere is good!

  49. Angelena

    We’d like to host you in Temecula near (1 hour north) San Diego.
    We have the Holistic Learning Network. A perfect place to meet and sign books.
    Have a blast!

  50. Jodi

    I am in the Seattle area and would love a kid friendly gathering! Of course, if there is a way to combine that with coffee all the better. Can’t wait to read the new book and meet you!

  51. Sarah Bohl Designs

    I’m in the DC area (Arlington VA), and can’t wait to meet you and get some books! I’m happy to help with some location ideas!

    • Tsh

      Thanks, Sarah!

      • Katie

        I am now closer to Baltimore but would definitely be interested in a DC area get-together. My former church in Clarendon would be a fantastic place to meet. They are right by the metro and have a child development center that might serve as a good spot for a child friendly gathering. Many of the church’s ministries and philosophies seem compatible with your message. Check out their website here:http://www.1bc.org/

    • Terri-Lynn Torrez

      I’ve only recently discovered your site but I’m hooked. I’m also in the DC area (Maryland side). Would love a book signing; there are small bookstores in DC that still do this sort of thing. Really anywhere works for me, except possibly a church. Not sure I’d be particularly comfortable meeting in a church.

  52. Emily

    I’m in San Jose – I’d love for you to come here! There’s a great local bookstore called Hicklebee’s which is primarily a children’s bookstore, but they cater to adults as well and they host authors frequently. I could ride my (red) bike to meet you!

  53. Sara Harris

    I am in the Seattle area, and would recommend Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park (just north of Seattle). It is easy to get to, they do lots of book readings (large and small), have fun little coffee shops and restaurants in the store, it is kid friendly. I saw Glennon Melton there a while back (Momastery).

    • Tsh

      Awesome! Good to know.

  54. Rachel

    Yay! This would be such fun to meet you! I live in central Pennsylvania, which is a few hours from Philly, DC (also NYC but that would be a more challenging day trip due to cost). I am open to whatever setting you pick, I might bring my kids or leave them at home.

    • Tsh

      If there’s enough interest, we may do Philly! We’ll see.

  55. Tragic Sandwich

    Hey, your kickoff date is my birthday! Cool!

    I’m in L.A., so when you make your way out here, I’d love to have a meetup.

  56. Maggie

    I’m also in western suburbs of Chicago (and there is a great indie bookstore called Anderson’s out here. They host author events very regularly.) So my vote would be chi-town!

  57. Allie

    Hi Tsh,

    I live in the DC area, and would love to meet up with you!

    I’ll come to any kind of event. If you want something neat, check out Politics and Prose bookstore in DC. It’s a great privately owned book store, super cute, and often parters with great authors for their books. Otherwise, there is a ton of great places in the area.

    Quick question. I haven’t ordered my book yet. Would it be easier / better for you for me to wait until you’ve booked a location in DC and then buy my book straight from THAT store, or should I order it online right now? I have no major preference – whichever helps your book tour!

    Allie

    • Tsh

      Thanks for the feedback!

      Honestly, whatever you want to do is great—I love supporting indie bookshops, so that’s always fun. But pre-ordering really is HUGE for authors. People in the book business always look at the first week of a book’s sales to guesstimate how well it will sell overall, and will advertise/promote accordingly. And pre-sales are counted towards the book’s first week, because the sale isn’t marked as a done deal until the book releases in its first week. Make sense?

      Either way is great, though! All love for anyone who reads anything I write, no matter how they get it in their hands. 🙂

    • Terri-Lynn Torrez

      Another vote for Politics and Prose. Love this bookstore.

  58. Amanda

    I vote portland Oregon!

  59. Laura

    I live in the Portland, OR. area. I’m thinking that a big kiddo-friendly coffee shop would be nice. Tabor Space is awesome and The Grind in Milwaukie; both encourage the kiddos to come. It will be exciting to meet you AND your fans. Yay to like minded people!

  60. Lana Wilkens

    Oh dang! I’m in Norman, OK (right in the middle of the country!) and the closest on your list is 3 hours away. Perhaps I can combine a trip down to Houston to see my parents and do the meet up there. Any rough idea of what month that’d be?? I would love to meet you and read your new book. We’re finally planning our scouting trip to France for next December so money is tight, but meeting you would be worth it! 😉

    • Tsh

      It’ll be in February or early March!

  61. Debbie

    So glad to see that you’ll be coming to Houston, where I now live. I’d love to meet up…depending on the time/day, a park/playdate would be great, since my kids are in preschool/kinder OR a coffeeshop meet up. Really, anything would be fabulous! I’ve already pre-ordered my book and am so looking forward to reading it!

  62. Jen

    Another for Portland here! I’m not particular on location or type of gathering.

  63. Kerstin

    Hi Tsh! I am so excited to hear that you have a tour in the works! I live about 2 hours from Charlotte in Pittsboro, NC and I happen to work with an indie bookstore called McIntyre’s Books in a place called Fearrington Village. We would LOVE LOVE LOVE to host you for a reading/signing/playdate! We could so something in the bookstore, or we could do more of a playtime in the gardens around the store, or possibly even a signing and playtime in the beer garden (also part of Fearrington, and also one of our favorite places to go with the kids – they play while Mama and Daddy enjoy a cold one). Oh please say you’ll visit! Here’s a link to the bookstore: http://www.fearrington.com/village-shops/mcintyres-books/

    • Tsh

      Thanks for the info! I’ll totally let you know.

  64. Carol Kunnerup

    I think that there is a lovely little Rapid City, South Dakota in between Chicago and Seattle, even on the way to Denver…. 😀

    I would love, love, love to see you make it there. Remember there is Mount Rushmore and the Mammoth Site and a jillion other wonderfully educational sites to visit/see. I know this is not a vacation, it is work, but…..all work and no play….. 😀

    I would love to see you there. Is there anything I can do to help make this happen? 😀

    • Tsh

      That would be fun! It’d depend on the publisher and what-not, so we’ll see…

  65. Kay

    I’m in Orange County, so if there is a meet up in LA or San Diego I would love to attend. I am not partial to the where but lean toward family friendly and not an alcohol soaked event.

    • Tsh

      Ha! Totally not alcohol soaked. 🙂

  66. Fenton

    Hey there! I live in the DC area and would love to come to your book signing! I like the coffee shop idea, but it might not be big enough for you. If you are coming in Feb., I would recommend something inside, because the weather here is quite unpredictable. Have a great day!!

  67. Frances

    Hello! I have been reading for just over a year and I really enjoy the content on your blog and podcast. We live near San Francisco. A coffee shop meet up or a kid friendly park play time would be awesome. My kiddos: 9yr old girl, 7 yr old boy and 2 yr old girl.

    • Joyce

      Frances, We are near San Francisco too. It looks like there are a few others who commented from the Bay Area too. I’m looking forward to the West Coast ridealongs.

      Can’t wait to meet you, Tsh!

  68. Kim @ Homesteader's Heart

    Oh man!! I’m sad to not see Florida on there anywhere. I would have trekked from the East Coast to Orlando or something for sure. But I also understand you can’t be everywhere. It’ll be exciting where ever you go and I’m sure you will still meet fabulous people (just not me *wink*)
    I personally love your word. Mine is Persevere.
    Have a lovely day.
    Kim

    • Tsh

      I know; I’d love to do Florida, especially since I do see readership there. I wish it were more on the way to other places we need to be! Let’s just see how things go, okay? 😉

      • Kim @ Homesteader's Heart

        That’s the problem with Florida. We aren’t on the way to anywhere. But we do have the best weather right now. *smile*

    • gina

      Yes! I was so amazed that SW Arkansas is a stop and not the third (soon to be MOST) populated state, Florida, is not a destination. I actually questioned if I was the only one from Florida reading the blog! Well, Florida is like three states in one! So happy I met YHL here when they promoted their book. Would loved to have met simple folks! And we ride bike in Florida! All year!:)

  69. Angie

    I’m in Chicago. I’d love to attend something kid-friendly!

  70. Shannon Smith

    Would you consider Orange County rather than Los Angeles? There is a huge conservative demographic around south orange county – Saddleback Church area – Mission Viejo / Lake Forest / Irvine. YOu can stay with me. 🙂 Or do a signing at a church… Our church has a great meeting / hospitality area. Good luck with the tour and your “risky” year.

    • Tsh

      I just mean the “Los Angeles area;” a firm location hasn’t been set yet. We’ll see!

  71. Jenny

    I am in the Charlotte area and would love a play date or coffee shop gathering! There is a sweet little locally owned coffee shop just up the road that is kid friendly and I would be happy to help coordinate things with the owner. 🙂

    • Tsh

      Thanks! I’ll let you know.

  72. Ruth

    Tsh,
    I’m near Allentown, PA (an hour north of Philadelphia). Would you come meet and speak to my MOPs group?!
    Ruth

  73. Kacey

    I’d be up for a Dallas meet up, especially a kid-friendly play date. Klyde Warren Park, maybe?

  74. Hannah Novak

    I would come if you did a meet up in Seattle! I think a coffee shop type setting would be perfect.

  75. Marla Taviano

    I LOVE THIS. Too bad I live in Middle America (Columbus, OH) and don’t have a whole lot to offer you. (Although we did just put our house on the market and move with our 3 kiddos into a 797 sq ft apartment in a complex that’s primarily East African refugees. Simple! Missional!) 🙂 If you happen to be driving to Chicago from somewhere in the east, LET ME KNOW!! My fam would love to meet yours. And, in the meantime, we’re learning all we can from your trip-around-the-world plans. Blessings on your book. Can’t wait to read it!! xoxoxo

    • Tsh

      If we drive past you, Marla, of COURSE I’d let you know! 🙂

  76. Katie

    Would love to join you in Portland OR!

  77. Deborah

    What? No Pittsburgh?? You’re missing one of the best cities in the US! Just kidding….kind of 🙂 But seriously, we are on the way from Chi-town to the east coast 🙂

  78. Dee

    On a Meetup: YES! I see you are doing an East Texas thing…New Orleans is a short hop away. It’s a popular destination for writers of all kinds and there are lots of book promo things you can do here. The Indie bookshops would love you and our local public radio station has a great show called The Reading Life where they interview authors. I have no doubt that you could put together a great meetup here!

    On Word of the Year: I’ve never before chosen my own word. Our church gives out epiphany stars and on the stars you get a word. I’ve had things like knowledge, restoration, kindness, etc. But this year, as I was doing some end of year thinking/beginning of year planning, I realized that nourish was coming up over and over. 2013 was a rough year and I feel so depleted. I need to nourish myself in all ways – physically with good healthy food and exercise, mentally with new ways to write, and personally with (maybe) a new job or some other changes in my life. It’s exciting to have a word for the year that fits so well. (By the way…you were the first person I ever saw do this a few years ago.)

  79. Keetra

    Kid-friendly meet-up in the Chicago area would be SO great!!!!

  80. Heather

    If you end up adding Cincinnati, the Joseph Beth Booksellers often host book signings… They are a local chain. I would love to see you in my neck of the woods!

    If not, there is always a chance I will be on the west coast in the Spring, and I will check if you are in any cities I am at the same time. 🙂

    What a neat adventure for your family!

  81. Natasha

    I’m in Hillsboro, which is just outside of Portland, OR. I would love to come to a bookstore signing, coffee shop, family friendly event; anything! Just, if you could keep it west of the river that would be AWESOME. It seems like all the cool stuff is in SE Portland (which IS a really cool place) but getting in and out of there from the outlying areas is a pain. I am looking forward to your trip!

  82. Cobi

    San Diego…You bet! Kid friendly or coffee shop.

  83. Sarah Dunning Park

    We’re in for San Francisco, obviously! 🙂

    I’m torn regarding locales. While I always prefer child-friendly locations, there is definitely something appealing about an evening meet-up, sans kids…

    And this may not be logistically feasible, but it could be cool to adapt as you go — i.e., see what works and what doesn’t, and change plans accordingly.

    Can’t wait to see you!

  84. Tricia

    I’m in DC and I’d meet you at any kind of event! But if a kid-friendly thing works out here, I’d love to bring my two little ones along!

  85. Jennifer

    Yay! ATL! So excited you’re coming to Atlanta! I’d love to join you at a meet up! Love the site and so enjoy the podcasts.

  86. Susan NC Price

    I see Anderson’s bookstore has already been mentioned for Chicago-west. My church might also be interested in hosting you at an event as a community outreach–we have a preschool and it seems like a reasonable tie-in.

  87. Julie

    What an awesome idea and sweet thing for your family to do! I live near Charlotte and would come to any kind of event to see/support you guys and can either bring my kids or not depending on the venue!

  88. Jami

    YAY! I’m so glad to see Charlotte on your list! Would LOVE to have you come here! I’m a fan of the coffee shop thing – it’s just so much more personal than a book signing. Your signature in my book isn’t nearly as meaningful as having an opportunity to share time, space, thoughts, etc. Ordered my book from Amazon and can’t wait for it to arrive!

  89. Lisagrace Alsbury

    I live near Seattle – I’ll so be there, wherever it is! I “got” your book for Christmas, so excited!

  90. Patty

    I have loved your Organized Simplicity book and am so inspired by your courage to live life on the cusp as it is! I live 2.5 hours north of LA, so depending on what you decide to do and when, I might come. Usually if I am in LA it is for a work day, so though a kid-meet-up would suit me here in the Central Valley, in LA it wouldn’t be my preference. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t come for a kid-meet-up time. Traveling with children means you have to do what meets their needs. I would have loved to have done a meet-up when we were in Bend this Advent (staying on Mirror Pond in my in-law’s home there). Blessings on this new chapter of your adventure, Tsh.

  91. Becca

    I’m in Charlotte and would love to come
    out! Kids will be in tow, but we love coffee shos! Always up for an adventure!

  92. Erin

    I’m in Austin and would love a kid-friendly event or coffee shop-type meet up. Outside regular work hours would be even better since I’m a WOHM.

  93. Catherine

    PLEASE come to Denver!!!

  94. tacy

    If you come to Atlanta, please do the Marietta/west side if possible, so I can come see you! It would be closer from where I’m coming from. Maybe a coffee shop in Marietta?! 🙂

  95. Anne Judd

    Come just a little bit north and make your tour “international” in Port Moody, BC just a few hours north of Seattle! 😉
    I bet you have some Canadian readers who would love to meet up…

  96. Hannah

    First of all, thank you for the first part of your post! My family came away from Christmas with socks and books, because didn’t ask for anything else! And we’ve been feeling a little weird and out there (but content) with our simple living, schooling and eating choices lately.

    Also, we are about three hours east of Chicago in North Central IN right on the way from NY to IL, do you need a place to stay on your way? Maybe this is a weird thing to ask, but using your word, I’m taking a risk! We’d love to host you!

  97. Lisa

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE come to the Chicago area (suburbs, especially)! I love all of your ideas for types of meet ups but the coffee shop idea stands out the most for me-simple and intimate. Two options in the suburbs of Chicago are Andersen’s Bookstore in downtown Naperville, IL (which often has book signings and is in a great area) or Townhouse Books and Cafe in St. Charles, IL. Townhouse would be a perfect blend of bookstore and coffee shop (excellent food)! I recently launched my professional organizing business and would love to help you by spreading the word about this event! I’d love to talk more and make this event happen! So exciting!

  98. Jenn Becker

    Hurray for Portland being on the list! I would LOVE either a coffee setting or family friendly meet up. There are so many options here! I can’t wait to find out the final details.:)

  99. Nicole

    Another vote for Philly (pa suburbs)!

  100. Lisa

    This is so exciting! Congrats on your newest book, and on planning a tour! How fun for your family! I’m a long time reader in Portland, OR, and would absolutely attend a meet up here! A family friendly one would be wonderful (I have 2 kiddos myself), but yah, you might need a biggish space? You are kinda famous. 😉 But would love a coffee shop setting, park, Powells, whatever. I’ll be there! And I’ll preorder the book now too!

  101. Emily

    I would love to host a gathering, but my living room is super tiny. But if there are any meetups around Connecticut, I would love to meet you, Tsh!

  102. Heather

    I’m in Siloam Springs, AR and I’m giving an internal squeal right now, and a thank you to Dayspring – NW Arkansas doesn’t tend to be on the book tour beat. It sounds like you’ve already got a location set for here, so I won’t give feedback on that, but did want you to know that I’m excited about your new book, and would love to come to a meet up.

  103. robin

    I’m in Menlo Park, CA, which is a suburb of San Francisco. Would love to be a part of a meet-up! We live in a tiny house, but are happy to host something, too. It would be great to meet others who are into living simply (and you!). Can’t wait to read your new book!

  104. Caroline

    Never posted a comment before, but I echo the excitement I see in other comments about an Atlanta stop! Though, I beg for a central-Atlanta meet-up however it happens, as I’m about 30-minutes west of ATL. 🙂 Yay!

    Family-friendly would be ideal, too, as I have a 7 and 5 year old and very likely by then may have a newborn in tow. 🙂

  105. Stacie

    I’m in the Seattle area! I’d love to meet up at a coffee shop or a play date.

  106. Miriam

    I would be interested to come to an event in NJ or NYC.

  107. olugbemisola

    I’d love to join you in NYC. Something in Brooklyn might be a great bet — lots of possibilities. Kid-friendly would be wonderful, but anything works! Looking forward to the book.

  108. rachel

    I am in Austin and plan to come, regardless if locale. My preference? A book signing at a bookstore sounds fun but a kid-friendly gathering sounds practical:)

  109. Alissa

    I’m in PDX and I’m guessing you’re going to need a BIG space in this city! There are cute kid-friendly coffee shops, but your readers are going to overwhelm a space like that. Someone above mentioned a church – we go to a big on in LO that could surely accommodate a large crowd.

    Depending on weather, a big park could be awesome, too.

  110. Kimberly

    I live in the north Dallas area and would most definitely love to meet you! I’ve been following your blog since before you moved back to the states, and the daily docket was new. 🙂 We homeschool so kid friendly is great, but really, any setting will be awesome! Yay!

  111. Breanne

    I’m from Nova Scotia but we’re planning a West Coast trip this spring and will probably be in Seattle and San Diego/Los Angeles so I’ll be watching for your firm schedule and see if our dates work out. =) It would be fabulous if it worked out to meet you and your family in person. I love how you are doing your book tour!

  112. Ali Gibbons

    I live in Iowa City but we go every couple of months we go to Chicago to visit my husband’s parents and we have many friends in that area. Would love to time a visit with one of your meetups! Since we’d be with Grandma & Grandpa, kid-friendly isn’t as important to me at the moment, and I’d be pretty flexible. Coffee shop or other event sounds like a lovely idea!

  113. Jessica

    I wish you were coming to Denver. I hope you can work it into your trip or a different trip soon!

  114. Kristin S

    NC! How about at Nester’s in Charlotte?!?!? She may not want us descending on her home though so somewhere nearby?

    And what a fun book launch spot in Austin!

  115. Jess

    What a neat idea! I hope all the plans work out! If there aren’t enough people in Charlotte, would you consider Raleigh, NC?

  116. Mary Keel

    Please come to SF! We have great coffee shops, bookstores, and parks, so any of those options are great. I’d also be happy to share with you a list of good things to do with the kids if you make it this way.

  117. Amanda

    I would do my best to make it to a San Francisco meetup, although Sacramento would be much closer.
    This sounds like a great idea! I most like the coffee shop environment, or kid friendly play date.

  118. Mary

    Yay! Come to Seattle. Most of the bookstores are coffee shops. :). Elliott Bay Book Co is a great choice but keep us posted as I’ll come whatever the venue.

  119. Dawn

    Hi Tsh! I am very excited to see NYC on the list! I would love to meet up in a coffee shop there. There is also a great bookstore on Long Island called Book Revue that has a tea/coffee cafe that would be perfect. Looking forward to it!

  120. Mariah D.

    I’m in Portland (NE) and would be interested in a coffee shop or brew pub meet-up/ a kid-friendly gathering. There are awesome options that are family friendly in North East and South East. A personal favorite is Laurelwood Pub (multiple locations) which have a kids play area and inexpensive food and brews during the late afternoon.
    I enjoyed One Bite and it really helped me make progress during a year with some big changes.
    Good Luck with the launch!

  121. Elizabeth

    Hi Tsh! I would love to meet you in the DC area. I think kid-friendly would be my first choice, but church/coffee shop/bookstore would work, too.

    I’m excited to hear all about your trip. I think it will be a fun family adventure. I hope you have some time for a little sightseeing along the way, too!

  122. Joanna

    I’m in Dallas and would love to meet! I’m open to whatever you think would work best. Kid friendly is always great but a coffee shop or bookstore would probably work for that.

  123. Michelle Waite

    I am in Portland, Oregon. I imagine you are working with Powells Books here. I live closest to the Hawthorne Powells, but they usually like to do author events over at Cedar Hills.

  124. Mea

    Hi Tsh,

    I love this idea and congrats on another great book! I am in Boston and if it’s not too late, would love to help to put together a reading and/or gathering…NYC is not too far,only 4 hours, but I would love to have you visit. I can also help with getting your guys all set up in a very cool gallery space/ air b and b that is roomy and includes a kitchen!!

    Keep me posted!

  125. Stefanni

    I too am north of Houston and would love to meet you! A coffee shop would be great! So glad you are doing this.

  126. Lindsey

    I am in Naperville IL (45 min south west of Chicago) so I will come see you in “the city”. I would also love to host you at my house or help with any other plans for Chicagoland. There is a great bookstore named Anderson’s in Naperville which hosts authors very often.

    • Kristen

      Yahhhh chicago! 😉

  127. Jamie Ivey

    YES I’ll see you in Austin at IF. 🙂

  128. Amy

    Los Angeles-area reader here! Would love to meet you at whatever venue works for you. 🙂

  129. Cherie

    I’m in San Diego and would love to see you at a bookstore signing,maybe Warwicks in La Jolla or a meeting on the grass at La Jolla Cove-one of the most beautiful places in the world if you ask me:)

  130. Aubrey

    Please come to Sacramento and drink our delicious coffee! 🙂

  131. Jada

    YES! Seattle! I am an hour north of the city in a quaint town called Snohomish, and it would be absolutely wonderful for a meet-up! Or driving to the city is no biggie either! Would love that! YEA! Can’t wait for more details.

    • Jada

      Definitely look up Snohomish! It’s got a great little downtown. Would be perfect for a coffee-shop meet-up and/or a kid-friendly meet-up. Lots of fabulous places.
      http://www.historicdowntownsnohomish.org/

  132. Lynne B

    We’d love to join you for a child friendly event in the San Diego area. What fun! We are just east in Santee.

  133. Kari

    THRILLED you’ll be in Atlanta! We just moved into a home in the Druid Hills area near Emory Univ campus. Although I see other invites for you in this area, please add me to the list–I’d love to have you & your family to our home, and depending upon estimates of number of people, could host here, as well! 🙂

  134. Johanna

    I love this! Wish I still lived in the US so I could participate:-) Alas, if you decide to come to Scotland, let us know!

    I have your book on pre-order. So excited about it. I’m not sure when it will come out here in UK.

  135. Brittnie

    Houston, Texas and would love any type of meet up/book signing! But I especially love the idea of a coffee shop meet up. Way to take a big Risk for this New year!

  136. Dee

    Hope to see you when you’re in HOUSTON! Any meeting place is fine with me. Can’t wait to read the book!

  137. Melissa

    I’m about 3 hours from DC and would love a meet up! Book signing and any festivities would be fantastic.

  138. Rachael

    Any chance for Asheville?

  139. Aimee

    Yay for Northwest Arkansas! I’d prefer a coffee setup as bookstores are kind of a stand in line, get book signed , leave setup. 🙂

  140. Kim from Philadelphia

    Another vote for Philadelphia area here!
    Lots of like- minded people in these parts!

    Love your blog and your mission!!

  141. Dana at Happy Little Lovelies

    So thrilled you’re coming to Charlotte! I figured with The Nester here, we had a pretty good shot. :). Speaking of which… I’m going to be super tacky (and unsouthern), but her barn! Also, we have a fantastic, quirky French bakery called Amelie’s that we love here (So did the pioneer woman when she came). It has lots of space, is open 24 hrs and is pretty centrally located… and the best desserts ever. Can’t wait to meet you!

  142. Liz

    We’d love to have you in northwest Arkansas!

  143. Destri

    Would love to meet up in Dallas. And I vote for a coffee shop – but would meet you anywhere!

  144. Mandi

    I sure hope the D.C. area makes your list, but we’ll probably drive to see you if you’re anywhere within a few hours of us! If you’re looking for slightly outside of D.C., Winchester would be just lovely, and I know you have many fans in this area. 🙂

  145. Jessica Hoffman

    I’m in Indianapolis and would really try to make to the Chicago meet up. It would depend on a lot of factors, weather, work, kids. Family friendly sounds great, but I’d be tempted to leave my kids behind and car pool with anyone else inIndy area.

  146. Alex G

    I live in Seattle, and would love it! There are a lot of great coffee shops and local book stores in the area that would be great. Even an awesome organic juice bar that has a large space and perfect for something like this. Lots of choices, highly recommend!

  147. Rachel

    Chicago would be the closest for us! We are in Cereal City (Battle Creek, MI), and I vote for bookstore or coffee house!

  148. Nora

    Orange County, Ca. is a happy medium between San Diego & L.A. I see from above posts there are a few whom are from Orange County. Several large Barnes & Nobles in Orange County to Host or quaint coffee places for a more intimate setting. Looking forward to your book! Happy Travels!

  149. Nicole

    I live in Northern Virginia and have followed your blog for years! I have to say, I would meet you just about anywhere here in the DC area! Can’t wait to hear your travel plans to the area!!

  150. Jeanine

    I live in Greensboro, NC and would definitely make the trip to Charlotte to see you. Also, if those are your feet, they look gorgeous! What is the nail polish you used?

  151. Courtney

    I would love the opportunity to meet you AND other people striving to live simply! I’m located in Columbus but we’re used to many tours going through the Cleveland or Cincinnati area instead of through Cbus. Cleveland would be a good bet because you could stop in Philly and Cleveland on your way to Chicago. :o)

    Looking forward to hearing more about your tour!

  152. Kanae

    It would be great if you can have a gathering in Portland OR!! I would LOVE to join with my kids 🙂 kids friendly place would be wonderful since I have a baby. I came to learn about you through your book “Organized Simplicity” a couple years ago and am very excited to read your new book!

  153. Caitlin

    I’m in Charlotte and would love to meet you! Kid friendly event or coffee shop is my vote. I’ve been reading your blog (and books) for years, I’m totally excited!!

  154. Renee P.

    I’m in the SF Bay Area, so anywhere such as SF, San Jose, Santa Cruz would be doable for me. It would be so fun to meet you!
    I just went to my first book signing this week (Nom Nom Paleo!) and it was so nice to see a REAL person behind the words and pictures.

  155. Candice

    I live in NC, and I hope I can make it to Charlotte!! I’d like any kind of meet up.

  156. Jen

    I don’t think Hawaii will make your book tour – bummer! I did want to say that I definitely want to hear more about living a more unconventional life. We made some big changes this year that most people found a bit crazy, but for us, it seemed crazy not to the take the risk. I would love to hear more about your experience and hear more from a community of the unconventional risk takers. Thank you for sharing your work and best of luck with the book tour!

  157. Kelly

    I live in Santa Barbara, which is a picturesque and historic coastal city about 1.5 hours northwest of Los Angeles. Because it’s situated along the 101 freeway, it would be a great pit stop between Los Angeles and the Bay Area! I attend a fairly large church here that is teeming with young families– lots of fun mamas in their late twenties to late thirties! I’d say that we’re your exact target demographic! (As an example, our women’s ministry recently sponsored a successful study of Jen Hatmaker’s 7 Experiment!) We also have a vibrant MOPS group that meets bi-weekly and has almost 80 members. It would be such a pleasure to host you at our church for a Q & A session and/or social. If you’ve never visited Santa Barbara, I strongly recommend that you look it up on Google Images! There is so much beauty and character here– and plenty of women who would be delighted to connect with you!

    • Christine

      I posted below about Ventura before reading this post from Kelly! I would definitely go to Santa Barbara to see you!!!! Love SB – my college alma mater is there!!!!!

  158. In the Snowy North

    This has little to do with your book tour, but my question is this: you are living a story very different from the rest of the states. You mention that you do not fit the mold. I feel as if we live differently than most of our friends and family, and sometimes it seems very lonely. How do you stay the course?

  159. Christine

    A vote for Los Angeles area or Ventura (20 min south of Santa Barbara) would be great! Kid friendly gathering is a preference but I will come see you in any type of venue/location!

  160. Jamie

    I guess us mid-westerners should speak up more. I’ve been reading your blog for about a year, and it has transformed my household. I’m in Northeastern Ohio, so there might be an east coast trip in my future. Good luck Tsh!

  161. Tricia

    Hi there! I’ve really enjoyed your blog for about a year and a half now! I live in midtown NYC…def let me know what you are thinking about for here…I would be happy to throw out some ideas. I actually helped host a Power of Moms event here in my building’s amenities twice now. Do you know that awesome website? I follow them and all the Simple websites….anyway! Let me know! xo

  162. Mrs. Prichard

    I live in a southern California city and would love to meet you in the LA area. A bookstore location would be great, I could feed my book addiction. Though I am also addicted to coffee, you can see the dilema.
    🙂 Looking forward to meeting you, I am a huge fan of your blog and previous books. Thank you for all you do.
    Mrs. P

  163. Denise P.

    I am from the DC area (that is a very large area these days). I would love to be at any kind of meet up but I agree that the book signing is the least appealing. I live in the Frederick area which is 1 hour north of DC, still considered a suburb though. There is a great family owned bookstore, Curious Iguana, that does lots of book talks. They might be a great locale for an intimate meetup. If not their owners are very knowledgeable and friendly and would have tips on other local spots. Where ever you stop I hope to see you there. My husband gifted me your Organized Simplicity book for mother’s day several years ago and I have been a faithful follower ever since. Thanks for doing what you do and sharing all you do. It motivates and inspires.

  164. Hannah T

    I live in Houston and would definitely come to meet you. Have you looked into Blue Willow Bookshop?

  165. lindley

    Well, now that so many people have written asking you to stop by their cities, you may not see this, but Memphis just seems perfect for you on your way from NW Arkansas to ATL! So surprised people haven’t shouted out already!! Think on it, look at your map and timing and let me know!! Perfect, local bookstore/coffee shop right around the corner!! Would love for Memphis to represent those not close to ATL!!!

  166. Laura

    I’m in for Dallas! The Half Price Books on NW Highway (the flagship) might be a nice place to sign but also be able to hang out. Coffee shop, semi-private but large room, cool atmosphere.

  167. laura

    I live about 3 hours from Charlotte but would LOVE to make the drive up and meet you!

  168. Kristen

    Chicago! Wooooot woot! Heck yes. Technically I’m closer to Wisconsin but am soooooo willing to travel. Now pe ding on dates…. and eeather .ay not be the. Est idea to do an outside playdate (its negative 20 withoutwindchill today!) But am jp for whatever! I would LOVE to meet you in person, however that looks! Totally stoked! 🙂

    Ps…very cool that your doing this!

    • Kristen

      Pps… sry for the typos…on a cracked by my toddler screen…typing thru the cracks lol

  169. Teri

    Another vote for Portland… or Vancouver, WA. I actually live in Vancouver, it’s just across the river from Portland, and we have a very friendly and community oriented Barnes & Noble. Jan Brett (illustrator/author) had a book event there a while back. Very well attended.
    But I’ll do my best to attend wherever you end up in the Portland metro area.

  170. Jennifer

    Hi Tsh! Yay! San Francisco!

  171. Dana

    Another vote for Philly! (or NE Suburbs ) Would love to come to a meet up 🙂

  172. Sarah K

    I look forward to you writing more about not fitting the mold and being unconventional. This has been on my mind quite a bit. So far, I can slip under the radar with the things I’m into, goals for living, etc. But, as I’m considering homeschooling this coming fall and not participating in some of the expected activities when having a school age child, my willingness to stand out or be different is feeling a bit more tested.

    Thanks!

  173. Samantha

    NW ARKANSAS!!!!

    I hope it’s Fayetteville, such a fun little city that has worked so hard on a local culture. What Fayettevville has accomplished with it’s parks, stores, bike paths, community involvement is AMAZING. We have lived all over the US thanks to a husband with a military career but Fayetteville is one of our all time favorites.

  174. Cat

    So if you’re coming to NC, come a little farther east 2&1/2 hrs. There is a great indie book shop in the cool little town of Southern Pines. The Country Bookshop loves author tours! They do a great job bringing in authors frequently. The Sandhills area also has a large homeschool community so we could definitely network and get a good crowd together.
    Just a thought! Can’t wait to see you on tour!

  175. Shelley

    Excited that you’ll be hitting Chicago! I live in Madison (which is a town I think you’d LOVE) but would definitely be willing to make the 2 hour trek into Chicago to have a meet up with you! Love the idea of a family friend coffee shop and I also like the idea of drinks and apps for adults only. Whichever way you end up going, I plan to be there! Have fun with all the planning and travelling!

  176. Melissa Diskin

    If you come to Atlanta, definitely look up Little Shop of Stories — they have a fun space for meet ups (and are an amazing indie bookstore). It’s on the Decatur Square, so you can run your kids around, feed them from some amazing restaurants, shop if you want, or just laze at a cafe. (Plus Marta has a station right underneath the square for easy travel access.) Decatur is a lovely southern town that Atlanta grew around — so you get that fun small-town vibe without having to actually go miles out of the city. (And I’m lucky to live here!)

  177. Amy

    Yes to Charlotte, Tsh!

  178. Stephanie

    I forgot to mention that I’d be happy to help coordinate a meet-up in Tucson and/or Phoenix. I am well-connected to the blogging/writing communities in both cities.

  179. Melanie

    Definitely San Diego! Riverside/Temecula (in between SD and LA) would be even better!

  180. Kiasa

    It looks like you are already planning on NYC so this is probably a moot comment. But if/when you come I’ll do my best to make it! I live 45 min outside the city, but go into the city all the time. I would love to be able to bring my kids, but finding an indoor venue in NYC (cause it will be in Feb or Mar–too cold to be outside) that is child friendly would be practically impossible. Keep us posted!!! If you want advice on locations I’d love to help, I know the city well.

    Have fun!!!

  181. Bren

    Holy wow! Lots of comments so I’m sure others responded … I could get to Portland (and would!) for any event. We have 2 kiddos so family-friendly would be fun; I’m also *always* up for a Moms Night Out. 😀 We’re in western Oregon (about 45 mins west of Portland) if you want a small-town venue – we have lots! Wonderful to see you doing this … pre-ordered my copy long ago. 🙂

  182. Darcy Wiley

    I’d love to have you here in the Indianapolis area (and I know a bunch of your fans and incourage readers around here would, too!). If Chicago is the only option, I’d try to make that work. But, seriously, Indy would be so much more easily navigable for you. 🙂

  183. Hillary

    Portland, Oregon! Powell’s Books downtown or in Cedar Mill would have enough room, or one of Portland Parks and Recreation or Tualatin Hills Parks and Rec facilities would work, too!
    Whoop whoop!

  184. Emily

    You could come to New Braunfels, TX – it’s on your way to Houston from Austin 🙂

  185. Lea Pigage

    Tsh! I live in Whitehorse, Yukon way up in Northern Canada. It is a pretty magical place. Any chance you are coming here on your round the world trip? I would really enjoy a coffee or play date with you and your family. There are even direct flights over the summer from Frankfurt. Reading your books and websites has really inspired me and my family to live simply too. We have managed to cut back on work hours and figure out where our priorities really are. Thanks for being so inspirational – to all of us!

    Lea

  186. Emily

    I live in New York City, and would love a coffee shop meet up here! I’d also be happy to help give advice on good meet up spots around here that can accommodate a group, if needed. Best of luck with the tour!

  187. Allison

    We’re not too far from NYC. Some nice old fashioned bookstores in northern NJ, which isn’t too far from NYC either – that would be fun! Let us know when your plans are finalized.

  188. Ipek

    Would love to meet you either in Boston or Istanbul, my two hometowns, and I can be your local guide and host, as much as you’d like.

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