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Recently I had the privilege of giving a TEDx Talk in Philadelphia at Drexel University. The theme for the day was “The Next X.” Since TED Talks are designed to be “ideas worth sharing,” my message was about “The Next . . . Phase of Your Life.”

When Michael and I started out a few years ago on the journey that would become Changes in Longitude, we had no idea we were entering a new phase in our life.  We thought it would just be a break from our normal routine. (Well, okay, there was that little bit about a trip around the world with our buddy Little Rocky mixed in there.)  But the concept that our life would change so radically, and indeed even be a topic for a TED Talk, never crossed our minds.

Little Rocky TEDx DrexelU

Little Rocky was a big part of the TEDx Talk

There was a fascinating array of speakers that day, including an astronaut who had flown on the space shuttle and a mathematical genius who developed the world’s largest game of “Pong,” played on the side of a skyscraper.  Our round the world journey never took us to outer space, but it still managed to transform our lives into the nomadic lifestyle we lead today.

Ultimately, my message was that it’s okay to disrupt your own life. Please take a look and tell me what you think.

Special thanks to my friend Donna Higgins for introducing me to TED!

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