Who would have thought that when I experienced a huge epiphany after ending yet another unavailable relationship, that I would still be sharing the resulting insights and changes I made ten years later? Yes — Baggage Reclaim is ten years this September! I am embarking on this new decade by shifting gears and getting out there and meeting readers, delivering talks and workshops, doing book signings, and having a hell of lot of fun. I want to get out there and help readers solve problems, reclaim themselves and find the humour and compassion in their experiences.
When: From September 2015 for at least 12 months
Where: Wherever you want me
Now in order for this to happen, I need readers to help me because I am but one person. Part of the reason why I didn’t get out on tour before is because logistics plus the kids being a lot younger made it a tad challenging. It’s been easier to go where I know. The kids are a bit older now but I’ve also wised up to the fact that I need to ask for help and get readers on board.
I need your help!
I don’t have a manager or a big team of people sorting out stuff for me and so I need insight on venues and who wants me where. Once there’s a location and a shortlist of venues, it’s a lot easier to sort out. I want to do fun stuff wherever I go so if you want me to be a part of an event that you’re already organising, let’s talk. If you’re super eager to be involved and want to work with me to get me to where you are, great! Let’s talk!
We’ve already had Baggage Reclaim Day in London and the Birthday party. There are three workshops happening in Dublin on the 12th December and I’m finalising Manchester. I am in the US too, so keep an eye on the events page.
Will you come to other parts of the UK?
Will you come to other parts of the US and not just go to New York like you always do?
Will you come to other parts of the world?
As long as there’s enough people booked to make the trip viable, I’m there.
Which places have you got in mind?
This is by no means anything close to an exhaustive list but here are some initial places. These are a mix of where I’m definitely going or where people have already asked for me to come: Around the UK, back home in Dublin, Ireland, Paris, Amsterdam, Canada, Australia, Dubai and several cities in the US including New York, Baltimore, DC, Florida (still deciding where although one of my best pals lives in Palm Beach and a few people have mentioned Orlando), Los Angeles, San Francisco, possibly San Diego, Chicago and no doubt I’ll head south and somewhere in the middle. My cousin is also in the process of launching an amazing B&B in Jamaica and so I’ll have to do a retreat there too. I am open to suggestions!
Will you be bringing your kids and husband?
Not unless it coincides with somewhere that we’re going. The girls have school, my husband has his own hectic work schedule and we also have a nutty dog. Some of you have met my husband (NY and London) so if he does manage to come along on any of my trips, you just might get to meet him.
Are you going to be away for a whole year or so?
I’m not going to be travelling all the time because it would be exhausting and energy is an important part of the work I do. I also want to enjoy family life and juggle everything else I have to do. I’ll be doing tour stuff a couple of weeks a month although some months will be busier than others or will be easier to do because the kids are on holiday so I can cart them with me.
Will you tell funny stories and have a comedy element?
Absofrickinlutely. I’m not sure that I can pull off stand-up but I will make you laugh. A lot.
Are you up for partying?
Yes but I don’t like shots and I don’t drink wine so invite me to places that do divine cocktails (and decent food so that I don’t drink on an empty stomach). And remember that I can’t eat wheat. I know, I know. But that’s about the extent of my ‘rider’ haha.
Will all events be paid?
Stuff like talks and workshops will be but I will mix in meetups and signings.
Is there anything else I can do to help?
Please help to spread the word about Baggage Reclaim, using social media (e.g. Instagram, Facebook etc) or your blog/publication, or telling your friends when I’m in town.
Where can I register my interest?
Complete the form here and tell me where you’d like to see me.
I have a brilliant idea! What should I do about it?
Tell me! If you have something that you think I should be involved with drop me an email natalie at baggagreclaim dot co do uk (replacing the at with @ and the dots with . No spaces).