Tell me: Where are you at home in the world?
Well, here it is. This week is just another regular week, to be honest. Except for me and my family, it’s not.
At Home in the World has been a years-long project, and finally, finally, it’s arrived in your mailboxes and on the shelves of your local bookstores.
It’s cause for a celebration. Because yes, while this book is a travel memoir about my year spent traveling around the world with my clan, it exists because of you. You are the reason this book about the love of both home and the world will tuck into the nooks and crannies of the globe.
And I’m mad-crazy grateful.
So this is what I want to do this week to celebrate.
All week long on The Simple Show and here on AoS, I’m going to share little tidbits about the places where I feel at home in the world—small stories about the places I love, big and small. So far:
Now? I’m inviting you to do the same.
Here’s your invitation: tell me about one of the three things, below, and I’ll feature them all this week on the podcast, blog, and social. Share them however you want—as an essay, a podcast, a video, or a quick social media post.
Let’s celebrate the sacred places in our life that have meant something to our journeys. I’ll help you share them with the world!
1. Share about a place where you feel at home in the world.
This can be anything from a little coffee shop in an obscure back alley in a tiny village in Central Asia, all the way to your favorite armchair in the corner of your bedroom. Tell me why you love being there so much, and why it feels like home to you.
It doesn’t have to be an exciting or sexy place. Really. Sometimes it’s the “boring” places that end up mattering most to us.
This can be 1-2 sentences posted on social media, all the way to a lengthier essay published on your own blog or on Medium. Or heck, a podcast episode. You do you.
2. Write about a city (of any size) you love.
Guide me through your favorite bits about this place! We have a series called I Love This Place here on AoS, and these are the questions I use to get my writers thinking—feel free to use any of these, or pick your own:
- What’s the most obvious must-see place/landmark to visit? (i.e., the Eiffel Tower in Paris). What’s your opinion of it?
- Where’s a favorite place of yours to eat out with family or friends?
- Describe a great date (for you) in this place.
- Describe the attitude, demographic, and/or style of its residents.
- If you spent a morning or afternoon entirely outdoors here, what would you do?
- How would you spend $20 here?
- What’s a great holiday to spend in this place? Give us some ideas on what you’d do.
- Tell us about a great store here.
- What would you do if you could only spend 48 hours here?
- Share a personal favorite memory of yours that happened in this place.
3. Tell me why you’ve chosen to stay wherever it is you call home…
…even though it’s not perfect. Why is your community important to you? At Home in the World celebrates being home just as much as exploring the world.
Near the end of At Home I talk about something called the Vow of Stability, which the nuns at Our Lady of Mississippi Abbey say is “resisting the temptation to escape the truth about ourselves by restless movement from one place to the next.”
What does this look like in your life?
Any of this can be posted anywhere—on social media, on your own blog, on Medium, YouTube, or anywhere else, so long as I can read it, see it, or listen to it.
• IMPORTANT: You can rework something you’ve previously published, but in all submissions, please either link back to this post or link to the book directly from your favorite bookseller, mentioning the book’s title. (I say this is ‘important’ because we’re getting a lot of submissions missing a mention that it’s in celebration of the release of At Home.)
• Kindly use the hashtag #athomeintheworld, and where it makes sense, tag me.
• Also, feel free to use any of these images.
Here’s where you can find me:
Important! Then, share it with me here:
This will ensure I see your submission, so I can make sure and share it with the Art of Simple/Simple Show community.
I’m so excited to see what you share this week! ….And I can’t wait to share with you, starting tomorrow, about the little pins on the map I love.
To get your juices flowing, tell me in the comments whether you’re: A. more of a homebody, B. more of a wanderlust-filled explorer, or C. an even amount of both. (I’m totally C.)
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