An Update and A Bonus Postcard: Shelter Island, New York

What happens when you’re so busy with deadlines that you’re away from social media for a few days?

Things like getting a photo published (photo #3 in essay):

And having your blog included in a list by Trip Logic of “100 Reasons to Travel Inspired by Bloggers From Across the Globe”  – check out #6  – thanks, Trip Logic!

If this time last year was super busy with the Road Warrior program starting, this year is somehow no different. I have one major deadline, my Jamaica book project is still going and a couple of articles are due >> at the same time. Meanwhile the email inquiries keep flooding my inbox – “How do I get into this field? What camera should I buy?” If you’ve emailed me this past week, please bear with me, I’ll reply as soon as I’m able.

Meanwhile I’m feeling immensely grateful each day and working hard has never felt so good. I’ve been on Shelter Island with my family and friends, working and playing on the beach with my nephew, my little stepsister and the other six kids in the house on my short breaks! It’s been an ideal getaway to get work done, believe it or not (and who says you can’t find island life in your own backyard?)

Here is a bonus postcard from July 4 – jumping off the dock at Shelter Island. I hope everyone had a great holiday, and if you’ve never been to Shelter Island, I highly recommend it – it’s just two and a half hours from New York City and makes for a wonderful getaway. More photos soon but for now, I must go and delve back into work.

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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning, Ethiopian-American travel writer, photographer and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize, Moon Belize Cayes, and Moon Dominican Republic (October 2016). Her work focuses on Caribbean culture and adventure, and has been published in AFAR, CNN Travel, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, and Every Day With Rachael Ray, among many others. Lily is also the 2016 recipient of the Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism for her Caribbean coverage, from the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Lily calls herself a “culture-holic”–she speaks four languages fluently and has lived in Cote d’Ivoire, England, Jamaica, Belize, the Dominican Republic and traveled to some 30+ countries around the world. Last but not least, she is a former corporate attorney who ditched her Washington DC office for the road in 2009 to pursue her dream of becoming a storyteller. Lily holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish (summa cum laude) from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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  1. April D. Thompson 15 July, 2012 at 9:42 AM #

    Congrats on the publication and inclusion in the top 100 list! Glad you were able to get away and enjoy family while working on your projects. Looking forward to the final products!

  2. Lebawit Lily Girma 16 July, 2012 at 10:28 AM #

    Thanks, April! It was a nice change for sure. Fingers crossed on the final products, looking forward to seeing yours too! 🙂

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