100 Questions

A few weeks ago I took a 4 day writing retreat upstate with my badass friend Laura Newman. We wrote, read, laughed, danced, did yoga, drank coffee, took long walks, and slept late. 

While away, I did a writing exercise:
Write down 100 questions. Any question will do. 
Spend time choosing the 10 questions that stand out most.
Organize the top 10 questions in order of importance to you.

Here's what I discovered:

10. Which side of the pillow?
9. Why do I feel guilty when I do what I want?
8. How will I know?
7. Who invented monogamy?
6. Why do we argue?
5. Do successful people feel successful?
4. Who much do I not know about?
3. Who do we think we are?
2. Am I profound enough - enough of the time?
1. What is the quietest sound?

Exercise sourced from the book How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day by Michael J Gelb

I wrote a book!

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Yes, it's true.

I WROTE A BOOK!
Some of These Things Happened
a collection of short stories, poems, essays, and passages


Join me and a group of my amazing friends as we celebrate the launch of my first book! Started over 3 years ago, and now totally self-published and homemade, this book proves that the only thing getting in my way has been myself!

VIRTUAL LAUNCH PARTY - HOSTED BY LYDIA & FRIENDS
Wednesday, September 27th
12:15pm EST
Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/lydia.billings
(seriously - you can attend this party in your pj's)

Hear from all sorts of folks who have written, are currently writing, or are thinking about writing their own books. They'll share stories about the creative process and what they've discovered along the way.

CLICK HERE on 9/27 at 12:15pm EST to attend: https://www.facebook.com/lydia.billings

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More info forthcoming as we approach the launch date! RSVP here to stay updated about my amazing co-hosts and more!

Australia (Part 2)

So, we've been here a full week. A week of reading books, playing cards, taking walks, sipping coffee, taking naps, applying sunscreen, prawn fishing, more walks, sipping gin, more cards, and lots of eating. 

A few highlights:

We flew for 17 hours from Los Angeles to Melbourne. LOTS of movies.

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We arrived at 8am local time, and I somehow managed to stay up all day until about 9pm. We got loopy toward the end, for sure. Giggling like punchy little kids.  

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I ordered Iced Coffee and was given cold coffee with ice cream floating in it! Drank the whole thing anyway, of course. Maybe they know my birthday is coming up...

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We took a long sunny walk (actually a few). 

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Walked near the Yarra River. 

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Went kangaroo spotting! (And ate some kangaroo as well, shh) 

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I've been taking TONS of photos that I'll share once I return and get some editing time with my computer. Only brought my phone and iPad here, and am enjoying spending very little time in front of screens.  

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We visited an art museum at Federation Square in downtown Melbourne.  

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And then spent 3 days at Lake Tyers Beach, where I discovered the softest sand, the greenest beach forest, and a very natural talent for prawn fishing. 

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We've got 2 more days in Melbourne before we hop on another plane. Today we're sipping iced long blacks (americano) and heading to Victoria Market. Later we'll relax by the pool and I'll probably finish my second book for the week.  

Finishing up today's breakfast: 

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