Last year for my birthday I went to Norway with 200 of my closest friends. Fun times!
This year I went to Bali… by myself. It was a very different experience, but also good.
Being alone is good for you—or at least, it’s good for me. I needed some time away to reflect and recharge.
I don’t have 36 lessons for turning 36. (Those posts are easier to write when you’re 25, I think—though I did try one a couple years ago.)
But even without the 36 lessons, I’m excited about the future. Pioneer Nation was great. As much work as it is to put on a big event, once it begins I’m always reminded of why we do it—and of course, the answer comes back to community. People matter!
In a few short months we’ll be welcoming several thousand people to Portland for the fourth WDS, and this is no small project. Even though the event is still 90 days away, in less than a month it will become almost a full-time endeavor to produce.
A lot of people have been asking if it’s too late to get a WDS ticket. It’s not! We’ll have one final round of ticket sales toward the end of April. Join the waiting list for early notice.
After Bali I went to Tokyo and saw a bunch of people at several events and interviews, ending with an all-Japanese crowd at a meetup arranged by my friend mehori.
Soon I’ll be home and working on more projects, including a big change to the original AONC blog that I’ve now been writing for more than five years.
This fall I’ll be back on tour with a new book, seeing friends and readers all over the world.
And I’ll probably do some other things too, because that’s how I work. But whatever I do, I hope it advances the interests of everyone who reads the blog or otherwise participates in our little world.
The best is yet to come! Thanks for being around.