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Alright, it’s official…. I’M COMING ON A WORLD (FREEKIN’) TOUR! Can you tell I’m losing my mind a little bit?!
Let’s back up for a second. This news requires a back story! (*don’t have time for- or care about– the backstory? Just skip to the bottom and get the scoop, so you can tell me where you are in the world!*)
In January I launched the ShowMeYourDrills challenge, and more people than I’d ever imagined joined the fun (to be precise, we’re up to about 22,000 people as of the writing of this article- WHAT!). During the challenge, by popular demand, I created ShowMeYourLetters as the “next step” workbook- and again, more people than I’d ever imagined bought it.
At this point in the story, I’m mind blown by the crazy amounts of support and kind words I’ve received… and my amazing students are starting to ask for more and more workbooks.
Now hit pause for a sec. It’s February, right after I’ve launched the Minuscules (lowercase) workbook, and I’m chomping at the bit to get the next one out. Ryan and I head out for our long awaited vacation to Costa Rica for 10 days. One night, about half way into our trip, we’re sitting at the most beautiful restaurant on the beach. We’re (admittedly) a couple of margaritas into the evening, we’ve got our toes in the sand, and we’re watching the most beautiful sunset. We pull out a map of the world, open it up on the table, and I say to him:
“Wouldn’t it be so amazing if we could go meet all of these students who have been working through this online content with me?”
… and then we literally just started picking points on the map. I picked one, he picked one. I picked one, he picked one. And we just kept going until we both looked at each other and realized….
This could really happen.
With the sale of the first workbook, and the upcoming sales of the next ones… I had been so blessed with the support of you guys (my wonderful, amazing, talented students), that it was ACTUALLY financially possible for me to quit my job, Ryan to take a leave from his, and for us to TRAVEL THE FRIGGIN’ WORLD for 6 months.
It was not something Ryan or I had ever even dreamed of doing… but after that conversation, we talked some more and decided…. how can we not do this?! This is happening.
**Actual photographic evidence of that fateful night in Costa Rica!**
If you’ve made it this far, congrats (LOL!) and thanks for reading!
Now let’s get to the practical stuff. Here’s the DEALIO:
- Am I just taking 6 months off to travel?
No friggin’ way, José! I will be continuing to do and teach as much as I can online. So yes, ShowMeYourDrills and all of the online teaching I do will still be available. I will also be continuing my YouTube channel tutorials (coming soon!) and blogging weekly with new tips/tricks on calligraphy.
- Am I teaching workshops around the world?
Naaaaaaaah. Why not? Because I will be doing MEETUPS instead! These meetups will be totally free and hosted in cities/venues to be determined (more on that in a sec!). Just a fun chance to come and hang out with me and other fellow Happy Ever Crafters, and play with calligraphy stuff! I just want to meet you- you already learn from me online, so let’s just hang out instead of have a formal workshop… cool?
- What does Tombow have to do with this “world tour”?
Uuuuuuuuhhhhhhmmmmmm…. you know Tombow? My favourite pen company evvvahhhhh? Well… they’re sponsoring me. What does that mean for you? It means that if you come to a meetup, you’re getting free Tombow stuff.
*INSERT FREAKING OUT EMOJI HERE*!
- Where am I going, specifically?
Well, friend…. that’s where you come in. I’ve created a form where you can go and enter your name/email address and location, so that I can find out where you want me to come! Once I’ve got those replies, I’ll have a better idea of where I’ll be going, and more importantly, I’ll be able to contact you directly if I’m coming to your city/country!
You can find and fill out that location form HERE!
Seriously, friend- I’d LOVE to come and hang out with you… wherever you are. Click that link above and tell me where!
Got any travel tips? Hit me in the comments! I’d love to hear ’em!
Freaking-out-about-leaving-my-home-for-6-months but also cannot-wait-to-meet-you,
Ummmm, is it just me or is the US not an option for the country selection?
Try it now 🙂 For some reason it wasn’t on the original countries list but I added it manually! 🙂
Omg soooo exciting! I’m from Hong Kong but will most likely be working out of Bangkok in Thailand from September until March! Please swing by Thailand… it’s amazing 😀
I’d love for you to come to Berlin & Potsdam:
Loads of tourists come here all the time, they can’t all be wrong 😉
The oldest city in America, St. Augustine Florida.
Hola, me encanta tu trabajo, considera Nuevo León, Mexico.
Saludos y un abrazo.
Hi! Congrats on this Friggin World Tour. I have to say that I started following you even before the first ever basic drills were introduced. So I feel like a long lost pal ? That being said I live in a small town called Uxbridge in Ontario. About 1/2 outside Newmarket and an hour from the downtown T.O. So I understand the likely hood is slim of seeing you in this tour. But I truly wish you all the very very best on the adventure. Enjoy the world and people. Take this opportunity and enjoy it to its fullest since you are young and able to. You only live once and you are getting to live your dream. ? From Wendy Wyndham, Uxbridge Ontario ??
So excited for you!
I’m really hope you come to Arizona!!
Yaaaaay!!! You must definitely come to Sydney, Australia! (Unless it’s mid Dec-mid Jan, and then you must go to Scotland ?) Can’t have a world tour without coming to Australia! This is so excitingly Becca!
Would love for you to come to Kentucky 🙂
I am in Munich – how about Germany or Austria or Switzerland? Or, of course, any of our beatiful German Cities ??
You KNOW you wanna come to San Francisco!
This is soooo EXCITING!!! Six whole months thats insane and the fact you just get to travel the world… Im so jealous! Well I hope you make it to the Dallas/ Fort Worth area of Texas!!
First of all holy cow!!! Congratulations!! Second…I’m sure in your long list of geographical possibilities, you’re just DYYINNNGG to visit Mississauga! ? Good luck, have fun, take photos, and eat your way around the world! ?
So stinking cool!!!! I’m the Grand Rapids, MI area with easy to access to Detroit and Chicago! The Midwest is GORGEOUS in fall/winter/spring/summer so just tell me when you’re coming and I’ll give you a must see list 😉
Awesome!!!! Come to El Salvador!!! You must stop by to change planes!!! You can spend the night or have 4 hours in my country before flying to Costa Rica or Panamá!!
Spokane Washington ?
Toledo Ohio – could easily travel to Detroit or Ann Arbor Michigan! So excited!
The Netherland preferably in the city of Deventer.
Austin Texas!! ❤️
Come to Mumbai, India!!!!
Excited at the prospect of you coming to the beautiful Fraser Valley of British Columbia! There are so many choices for you to demonstrate!!! Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack to name a few are max 1.5 hrs or if traveling a distance from Vancouver airport isn’t an ideal option, then Vancouver or Richmond would be wonderful too… I would come to you!!
The Netherlands!!!! Amsterdam or Urk ?
Come stay with me in Mesa, Arizona! We’ll go see the Grand Canyon!
Matthews NC (just outside of Charlotte!)
so excited for you, and so excited for all of us who are so far away!! CANT WAIT heavy breathing !!!!
I am so glad and grateful to you for all your support and help. Sorry I haven’t been able to be as active lately. Hoping that will get better.
Thank you.? Tombow ✈? n Becca.?
I’m so happy for you Becca, you have put in so much time and effort teaching us calligraphy. And you were able to make this your full-time job. So it seems fitting that you should be able to visit with your students. I hope I do get to meet you. Yay.
I know you said you’re not coming to USA until maybe after the 6-month world tour, but if you make it to Puerto Rico (which is USA, but in the Caribbean and where there’s not much physical access to the good lettering stuff), I would consider traveling from Georgia for the meet up since I’m from PR!! Anyhow, good luck on your world tour and I hope you have an amazing experience and get to meet all followers that live abroad!
So happy for you Becca! You deserve it. All your hard work has paid off. I’m so grateful to have started my calligraphy journey with you by taking one of your classes. You are a great teacher! Would love to meet up again. Would you consider starting the world tour here in your own city?
Beautiful State of Utah (Salt Lake City would be fun, since there’s a lot more people does calligraphy there. But, I’m in Saint George Utah just 4 hours south. We can go to Zion National Park and many more ???
Congratulations! Travelling is the best! I love travelling too. Hope to see you.
San Jose, California… home to the Winchester Mystery House and less than an hour’s drive to San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Monterey. The Bay Area Lettering Squad (@BayAreaLetters) would love to meet up with you!
South America, Chile ??!!! Here are lots of lettering lovers and i’m sure that they’d love to meet you, including me! I live in Viña del mar wich is very near from Santiago (the capital). The idea of getting some tombows sounds awesome!!! Hope you visit,
María de los Angeles Brieba
Excited for you Becca. I’m in Singapore and here has lots of passionate calligraphers. I’m sure it will be a fun and interesting meetup in this lovely tropical city.
I hope you can give Guatemala a chance! 😀 We will be thrilled to have you here and take you for a nice coffee around. 🙂
I also hope you come before me going to India to work, lol. I’ll be outside of the country for a couple months, hopefully we won’t cross paths, lmao.
So exciting!! 😀
So Happy For you!!! And I wish that you should come to Chennai,India!I would be sooo delighted . pls do come okayyyy?
I live on Kauai, but there are probably more people who can meet up on Oahu.
I am so happy and excited you are doing this! Thank you! Anyways, one travel tip would be to, if you haven’t heard this already, buy tickets on Tuesday around 6 weeks before your flight That’s usually when they are the cheapest! Anyways thank you once again!!
Yay! And yay for you!! So awesome to be able to make a living doing what you love to do!! And to meet folks too that love the same thing!! You are truly blessed! And it’s your honey too!! Dang girl, enjoy! I hope you come to California! I’m in central California in the valley, a little town called Exeter. My home down of cuteness!! I hope to drive to where you pick in this state! Have a safe trip and a good time!!
You are doing an awesome thing and I think that you will gain so much from travelling around the world. I dont want to be obvious here :p but you do need to visit London ?
What a great opportunity for you and for us! I would love to meet you when you are in the Netherlands. It’s a small country (but a lot bigger than just Amsterdam, where most of the tourists go) I live in the north of the Netherlands in Meppel. But I don’t bother to drive to a meeting?.
Oh happy travels! Based in Co. Kerry in Ireland (on the must do Wild Atlantic Way) but would travel to meet you anywhere in the country for coffee and calligraphy!
Please come to Gibraltar. We just moved here and the weather is beautiful ?
I’m Irish ?? living and teaching English in Japan ??. You will get your supplies super cheap here (they’re mostly Japanese!) and I’ve lots of students who would love to learn this art ?. We have lots of snow up North so bring your ski gear to experience some of the best snow if you come here and travel in Winter!
This is freaking amazing!!! Here in Wilmington, NC!!! Can’t wait to find out if you’ll be visiting any of us here in the Carolinas!! Thanks Becca & Tombow for this amazing opportunity!! ???
Please make a swing through the southern States! Louisville (great bourbon), Cincinnati (great aquarium), and Nashville (great music AND great food) would all be sweet choices. There are lots of people interested in lettering and calligraphy here, so you’d meet a whole bunch of us! Happy trails!
When will you be announcing your stops?! Hoping for a stop in the Carolinas!
Wooowww itll be SO MUCH fun if you could come to São Paulo, Brazil! ❤️❤️❤️
How awesome is this!! Toronto, ON 🙂
London is happening right?!
Turkey! I’m down south in Antalya, but modern calligraphy workshops are becoming quite the thing in Istanbul and I would totally travel up for this! You could do a meetup in Europe in the morning and Asia in the afternoon – no other city on earth can offer that! 🙂
Would be great to see you here in the Cotswolds (beautiful part of the UK) 🙂
Penn State has hockey… just sayin’ ?
Columbus Ohio has HOCKEY ? Go Bluejackets!!! Just saying ??
What an amazing adventure! I filled in the form, stating my small, small town in southern Sweden where I live (Höganäs). But I doubt anyone else would go there. 😉 On the other hand – I live close to the super cool, nice, chill and beautiful capital of Denmark: Copenhagen. Come there! 😀
BORDEAUX where I live at the moment or MILAN where I come from PLEASE! Plus, they are amazing cities! 😉
Best of luck in this new adventure.
You both look so happy and traveling somewhere in the world is something everybody should do once in their lives as they really open up your mind and makes you appreciate life and meet so many wonderful people willing to help without expecting anything back.
I hope to get to meet you in the Northeast! 🙂
Bon Voyage! Feliz Viaje!
Please share pictures and stories of all the places you go. I’m sure you have many followers, like me, that will never be able to travel. I would love to see the world through your eyes.
Come to Hong Kong!!!
I see you are in Thailand. A small island out from TRANG – Koh Kradan *)is fantastic for a couple of days diving or snorkeling.
Don’t go there on a day trip from Saladan/Koh Lanta! The day trip people never tell you where the fantastic coral reef is…
Stay cheap in beach huts or at the wonderful place, the resort Seven seas.
*) Thai people go there for underwater weddings!!!
Regards, Inger in Falsterbo, Sweden
Fantastic adventure and experience! I really hope you come to Chicago (next summer! 😉
Can’t wait to see your pics of all the places you’re going.
Oh my god!!! I live in Tokyo and would loooooooooove to do the meet-ups!!!!!!!
Hi Satoko! What is your e-mail address?
Right now I live in Exas Kyle,Tx to be exact 20 miles s of Austin. But I’m moving to Mesa AZ in December. It’s a suburb of Phoenix. I hope I get the chance to see you.
Please come to Wisconsin! Not too far from Canada. I think we might be done with the arctic air (and 20 below windchills) for awhile. ?
I’m curious what’s your route in Europe. Are you planning to visit the Netherlands?
I live in Amsterdam and it would be great to do a MeetUp with you in this vibrant and artistic city!!!
Please let me know if I could help you to organize something here 😉 I just dropped in my email in the link above.
Wish you a lovely day/evening,
You have to come to San Antonio, Texas!!! There are so many of my teacher friends who are calligraphy freaks! It would be awesome!!!!
pls come to hyderabad, india