This summer is an exciting time for me. With another book in the pipeline, due out 15th October, I’m revamping my website and getting my house in order, ready to hit the ground running (or the water rowing).

I’m going to take August as a break from blogging – not that I won’t be busy writing behind the scenes, but I’d like to take a little hiatus before I relaunch with a new style in early September. (I’ll still be Tweeting and Facebooking, though, so I’m not disappearing entirely.)

Here’s a flavour of what’s to come:

I’m going to blog regularly (yes, really!) on three main areas: Adventure, Inspiration, and Environment.

The core of the Adventure strand will be a brand new podcast: Roz Savage’s Adventure Podcast. Each week I’ll be “in conversation with” a different guest about their projects / expeditions / adventures, trying to get to the heart of why they do what they do, and how they do it. The goal is to leave listeners feeling inspired, energised, and informed.

I’ve been podcasting since 2008 (you can listen to my Pacific podcasts online). During my ocean rowing years I was always the interviewee, so I’m excited about flipping things around so I get to ask the questions – although really, the goal is to have a fun and informative conversation rather than a traditional Q&A interview.

Within the Inspiration strand I’ll be picking up on the lessons that I have learned both on and off the ocean. I’d already done a lot of reading and processing and thinking before I started rowing oceans, and 520 days of solitude on the sea gave me the opportunity for a heck of a lot more thinking – which, I think, has led to some useful insights. As Einstein said, “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” I’ll be presenting them in a way that I hope you will find useful as you face that challenge that we all share – the one called life.

roz in bantry
At the West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry, Ireland, earlier this month

Environment – well, I can’t NOT write about it! Concern over the way we’re treating our planet was what inspired me to start rowing across oceans in the first place, and I still believe it’s the Number One issue facing our generation. The human population has doubled in my lifetime, and we’re consuming more resources than ever. So for those of you who have followed my evolution as an environmental advocate, fear not – my passion for sustainability is still very much front of mind.

I hope you’ll enjoy all this good stuff. Have a great summer and I’ll see you in September! (or on Twitter or on Facebook)

P.S. Just in case you missed it, I’m releasing a sneak preview of my upcoming book, Stop Drifting, Start Rowing. If you’re already on my mailing list you should have received details of how to download your copy of the Prologue and Chapter 1. If you’re not on my mailing list yet, please sign up in the box on the right to get your free sneak peek!

P.P.S. On 6th AugustI’m doing an online event to benefit the wonderful work of the Pachamama Alliance. In a moderated conversation, writer and activist Drew Dellinger and I will be exploring the intersection of cosmology and art, and how unbridled passion for the planet can break through the destructive stories of our time and create an entirely new landscape of possibility. Please join us by registering here!

P.P.P.S. If you’re feeling energetic, we’re doing a big sponsored row in London (or you can join in virtually) to raise money to refurbish an old hospital ship on Lake Malawi so that it can once again serve the communities around the lake. Please check out what we’re doing at The Big Row. Even if you can’t be there, you can still donate to this life-saving cause!

 

 

7 Comments

  • Hi Roz…just reviewed you last post and upcoming activities…your PPPS about the Big Row caught my eye as I worked with a Jesuit Brother years ago in bush Alaska there for a 6 month “retreat” from Africa…he was from Malawi…would love to donate from afar but the Big Row website does not list a way to “donate”…take a look, maybe pass on a word organizers to get a box on the home page for those of us “across the pond” who want “To Donate”… thanks…

    Sounds like you are having a good summer…enjoy…

    Brad in Scappoose OR

    • Hi Brad. That’s an oversight – thanks for bringing it to my attention! You CAN donate here, and the funds will go direct to the Chauncy Maples Malawi Trust for the refurbishment of the ship: http://www.justgiving.com/cmmt
      Thank you!! Give my love to Oregon!

  • Looking forward to this upcoming phase … you keep me on the edge of my seat with anticipation of what’s next … in fact, I am now keeping myself on the edge of my seat with anticipation of what’s next in MY new life. Again, thanks for your inspiration and introducing me to a new paradigm for life.

  • Looking forward to the podcasts. I’d love to hear a discussion between you and Ellen MacArthur on how you both ended up going from sea to environment but from different backgrounds.
    Regards
    John

    • John, that’s a great idea. Let me get into the swing of it first – but I’ve put her on my list of future interviewees!

  • Hi Roz,

    I am really looking forward to your forthcoming book. I know it will be an excellent read. I’ve said it before, and I repeat: you are an inspiration, and you changed my life. I have your signed poster on my office wall when you visited Sacramento. Thank you for that. Never stop rowing!

    Bruce

    • Thanks, Bruce, for your kind words. I promise I won’t stop rowing – although these days the rowing is metaphorical rather than real!

      The new website should be going live(ish) tomorrow – watch out for new colour scheme and structure – hopefully now easier to find the stuff you want!

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