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's writing and photography have been published in CNN Travel, New York Magazine, AFAR, Delta Sky, MorningCalm Magazine (Korea Air), The Guardian, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, The Travel Channel, BBC Travel, and more. Lily is the author of MOON BELIZE and MOON BELIZE CAYES for Moon Travel Guides; she is currently writing a brand new edition of MOON DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (October 2016 release). She is also AFAR’s Jamaica expert, and author of the AFAR Jamaica Country Guide. A serial expat, Lily has lived and studied on three continents, including Africa–from her native Ethiopia to Côte d’Ivoire–Europe and the Americas, and is fluent in four languages. A former attorney who ditched the office for the road in 2009, she favors all things culture, adventure and storytelling, and escapes Washington DC’s winters every year. Lily has 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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