Thank you for an amazing past few weeks!
During the month of July, my family embarked on a 3,000 mile journey from Omaha, NE to Atlanta, GA to Austin, TX to celebrate the release of Things That Matter: Overcoming Distraction to Pursue a More Meaningful Life.
During that time, we visited 12 cities to speak and meet thousands of you from the Becoming Minimalist Community.
In 2016, we toured the West Coast when The More of Less released.
In 2019, we toured the East Coast when The Minimalist Home was published.
And in 2022, we toured twelve cities in the Midwest and South for Things That Matter.
Because my speaking events began outdrawing the capacity of bookstores back in 2019, we rented space on college campuses for this tour. This change brought a lot of extra work, but allowed so many more people to attend. I’m thankful for my wife Kim who handled all of the venue logistics. If you’re looking for a Tour Manager… I know one! :)
Each event contained a guest speaker, a talk from me on the topic of “overcoming distraction to pursue a more meaningful life,” a Q&A with the audience, and time for book signing & photos.
At every event, I was met with the following words, “Thank you for coming here.” But I learned early in the tour the person who benefited the most during our time together was me.
Getting to meet so many of you face-to-face and hearing your stories of how Becoming Minimalist has impacted your life was truly inspiring. It was encouraging to me each time to keep doing what I’m doing.
I publish words on the Internet. I read the comments that are left on articles or posts on social media. And I get to read emails from many of you. But nothing can replace getting to see you in-person and hearing your stories firsthand.
So, from the bottom of my heart, to everyone who attended one of the events, thank you!
I visited the following cities: Phoenix, Omaha, Des Moines, Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville, Nashville, Atlanta, Birmingham, New Orleans, Houston, and Austin.
And if you did not have a chance to attend an event, rest assured, there will be more.
If you could have attended one of the events, it might have looked something like this:
Special thanks to the following guest speakers who joined me on stage:
- Adam Baker
- Kim Becker
- Joe Darago
- Bob and Linda Lotich
- Scott Rose
- Joel Runyon
- Rachel Macy Stafford
- Bob Thune Sr.
Along the route, I took some extra notes. :)
Based entirely on the popular vote, here were some of my family’s favorite places to visit during the tour:
Our favorite Restaurants:
Our favorite Ice Cream:
And our favorite Activities:
This is, almost certainly, something I will do again. There is a season of life right around the corner when my kids will no longer be at home and I will be able to travel with Kim and do more speaking events at that time.
Until then, you can find all of my upcoming speaking engagements, or invite me to speak at your next event, here on My Speaking page.