by: Kim Dinan
What Would You Do with a Yellow Envelope?
After Kim and her husband decide to quit their jobs to travel around the world, they're given a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money away. The only three rules for the envelope: Don't overthink it; share your experiences; don't feel pressured to give it all away.
Through Ecuador, Peru, Nepal, and beyond, Kim and Brian face obstacles, including major challenges to their relationship. As she distributes the gift to people she encounters along the way she learns that money does not have a thing to do with the capacity to give, but that giving--of ourselves--is transformational.
I am excited to be part of the ‘Yellow Envelope’ blog tour. It is a fun non-fiction book by Kim Dinan. She and her husband sold everything they owned and decided to tour the world. Right before they left their friends gave them a yellow envelope full of money. The rules were: don’t overthink it; share your experiences; don’t feel pressured to give it all away.
I can’t wait to read it. For now here is my Q & A with Kim. Check back in the next couple of weeks for my review.
1. If you could live anyplace other than where you currently live, where would it be?
Good question! It would have to be someplace beautiful, remote and in the mountains, maybe some tiny Swiss village in the Alps. I don’t know which one. I’ll have to go do some on-the-ground research!
2. What is the single most important piece of advice would you give to someone who wants to downsize and travel?
Do something every single day that leads you in the direction of your goal. It took me three years to downsize and save money so that I could travel. Some days the only thing I could do to inch toward my goal was saving a few bucks or cleaning out my closet and donating everything I didn’t need. But I literally did at least one thing every day to reach my goal and I know that those small steps are the reason I was finally able to take the big leap.
3. What is the one place that you most want to travel to that you haven’t been to yet?
There are so many places! Right now I am dreaming of a camping trip in Iceland, a road trip in Ireland and bouncing around the beaches of Thailand.
4. What is your all-time favorite book?
That’s too hard to answer, there are so many. Books that have moved me or meant a lot to me over the years are Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye by Rachel Joyce, She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb, nearly all of Mary Oliver’s poetry… the list goes on.
5.When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a poet and a professional soccer player. Now I get to be a writer and play soccer for fun, so I’m not too far off the mark. I think my child-self would be proud that she’s been able to build the kind of life she loves.
6. What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Eating really spicy Indian food while watching reruns of Shark Tank. But I don’t feel that guilty about it!