Get “comfortable being uncomfortable”: Speaking with authors and world travelers Emily Orton and Erik Orton! Podcast Episode 282

Heads up: keep listening after the interview, because I read out Emily Orton’s responses to questions that were asked in the We Turned Out Okay Facebook group. Her responses are awesome and I don’t want you to miss them!

Sometimes we have down moments in our lives. Times where we second-guess ourselves and our choices; times where we’re not sure what direction to go.
That was the case for Erik Orton, at a low point in his life when a project he put all his time and energy – and his family’s financial savings – into, failed.

But something incredibly beautiful was born of that time. He and his wife Emily decided to change things up completely and go on an adventure!

Their memoir, Seven at Sea, describes the year they spent in a sailboat, traveling the world with their 5 children, the youngest of whom has Down syndrome.

If you’re stuck, if you’re feeling bogged down or not sure which way to turn, I hope this conversation helps you find a way.

Plus in Parenting News: A compelling New York Times article by Professor Emily Oster, author of the forthcoming book Cribsheet, about how parents aren’t necessarily paying attention to the child-rearing stuff that matters most.

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  • A cheat sheet on the highlights of our conversation, which goes far, far beyond their year on the beloved sailboat Fezywig
  • Links that come up in today’s conversation
  • The video of the week: “How to get out of a parenting rut”

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Cheat sheet on the highlights from today’s conversation

1) “I had to get comfortable, being uncomfortable.”
Erik and Emily share how this lesson was not one learned just by themselves, but also by their children. In fact in a recent phone conversation one of their older children shared this thought! She linked her ability to be comfortable with discomfort, and how good that’s been for her, and how she learned it on board the Fezywig.

2) “Slowing down and spending time together” was one of the best parts of their year in a sailboat.
Erik shares that, for him, this was a super important part of the trip. Spending time together as a family, and also meeting people and making lifelong friends, both contributed to the wonderful and life-changing aspects of this voyage.

3) “Stopping to be grateful in the midst of the chaos.”
Emily shares that sometimes this was really difficult! Because there was a lot of chaos. But she learned that just being together won out over the frustrations she experienced.

Key Links

Click here to check out Erik and Emily’s blog,
Click here for the direct link to their beautiful travel memoir, Seven at Sea.

Join the private WTOO Facebook group… Click here!
The Facebook group is where I do our Magic Words for Parents Facebook live every Monday, and it’s also where listeners got their questions answered (which you’ll hear at the end of today’s conversation πŸ™‚

Click here for Emily Oster’s New York Times article, “There’s Evidence on How to Raise Children, but Our Parents Listening?” that comes up in today’s Parenting News Segment.

Mark McGuinness, past We Turned Out Okay guest, comes up in our conversation because of his work with creative’s in the 21st century. Click here for episode 188, my conversation with Mark.

Beverly Beckham, Boston Globe columnist, often shares stories about her beloved granddaughter, who lives with Down syndrome.
Click here for a recent column of Beverly’s, “She is loved by family and friends. Isn’t that enough?”.

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