THE YELLOW ENVELOPE
Listen to the Big Blend Radio interview with Kim Dinan about her new memoir, “The Yellow Envelope: One Gift, Three Rules, and A Life-Changing Journey Around the World.”
Travel blogger Kim Dinan quit her job, sold her home in Portland and convinced her husband to embark on a round-the-world travel adventure with no timeline or particular destination in mind.
On the eve of their departure, they received an unusual going away gift from friends…a yellow envelope with $1,000 and three simple instructions for giving it away during their travels:
Rule #1: Don’t over think it!
Rule # 2: Share your experiences! (… if you want to)
Rule # 3: Don’t feel pressured to give it all away!
In her new memoir, The Yellow Envelope: One Gift, Three Rules, and A Life-Changing Journey Around the World, Kim shares how the gift traveled with her through a rickshaw race in India, volunteering at a children’s literacy and arts center in Ecuador, visiting a tiny island in Peru, trekking across Nepal, and beyond.
As Kim 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. Kim was so inspired by the power of the yellow envelope, that she’s encouraging small acts of kindness through The Yellow Envelope Project. And every copy of her book contains a yellow envelope so readers can join in.
Kim Dinan is a freelance writer and blogger, whose travel blog, www.So-Many-Places.com, was selected by USA Today as one of the 2014 Best Hiking and Outdoor Travel blogs. Her writing has appeared in OnTrak Magazine and Northwest Travel Magazine, among others, and she was on a speaking tour for Backpacker Magazine.