Lily Ann Fouts

What I Do

You know how when you meet a new person, one of the first things they ask is “So, what do you do?”

That's not an easy question for me.

I used to have a simple answer: “I’m a teacher.” How convenient to have one-word answers that everybody understands!

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Behind the Scenes of 7YR: Our Book Writing Tools

It takes a lot of dedication to write a book. It’s a major undertaking! Co-authoring a book has its advantages, but also adds a new layer of complexity, especially when the co-authors live far apart, as my mom and I do. Are you curious about how we’re doing it?

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the writing tools my mom and I are using to co-write our book, Seven Years Running. […]

Taking a Blogging Sabbatical

Do you ever go grocery shopping and then try to unload everything all at once so you don’t have to make multiple trips from the car to the house?  You stagger up the steps, struggle at the doorway with all your bags and fumble around to find your keys while the heavy sacks cut into your wrists, restricting your circulation.  You finally lurch into the kitchen, heave everything into a mound on the floor, and listen to the sickening crunch of your taco shells under your canned peaches. […]

2016 Goals

In last week’s post, I wrote my overview of 2015, looking back at what went well and what didn’t go so well. This week I share my goals looking forward to 2016. Following the basic format outlined by Chris Guillebeau, I write down the major goal categories and set several specific, measurable goals for each. So without further ado, here’s what I will attempt in 2016!  […]

2015 in Review

My 2015 started with a cold snap in Fort Collins, Colorado. Keith and I had just brought our motorhome to Colorado and we were still settling in, with the heaters all running full blast. The excitement of living in a great town and the prospect of soon finishing not one, but two books I’d had on the back burner for years filled me with hope for the new year. […]

Notes from World Domination Summit 2015: Part 4

Have you read my earlier WDS posts?

Click here to read Part 1 from July 9 and 10.
Click here to read Part 2 from July 11.
Click here to read Part 3 from July 12.

This is the fourth and final in my series of WDS notes. If you missed WDS, I hope you found this enjoyable! And if you were there, hopefully my notes brought back some good memories and added some new perspective.

Notes from World Domination Summit 2015: Part 3

Have you read my earlier WDS posts?

Click here to read Part 1 from July 9 and 10.
Click here to read Part 2 from July 11.

Sunday, July 12, began much like the previous day, with a long line snaking up the side of “The Schnitz” (as Portlanders affectionately call the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall) to the South Park blocks, then down the street and back up again. I found my place in line and chatted with some of the other attendees. We all agreed that the last two talks of Saturday had been real tear-jerkers. Inspiring and excellent, but sobering.

The usual high-fives as we entered picked up our moods and generated excitement for what was to come.

What I Learned at World Domination Summit 2015: Part 2

(Did you miss my first WDS post? Click here to see Part 1.)

By the time I arrived at the Arlene Schnitzer Hall for the Main Stage event at 8:10 or so on Saturday morning, July 11th, the line already snaked up and down the block from the front doors to the South Park Blocks behind the concert hall.

The line buzzed with conversations of the smart and motivated attendees looking forward to the first session. While we waited, Tyler Tervooren—the man who had organized the record-breaking breakfast in bed event the day before, coordinated a second world-record breaker: the world’s longest high-five chain. He went down the line of waiting attendees and had each person high-five the people on either side of them in the line.

What I Learned at World Domination Summit 2015: Part 1

I just returned from the most amazing weekend I’ve experienced in several years: the 2015 World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon. I enjoyed five intense days of workshops, inspirational speakers, and world-record-breaking activities.

What is the World Domination Summit, you ask?  It isn’t the sinister gathering that the title implies.  Instead, WDS seeks to answer the question, “How do you live a remarkable life in a conventional world?”  The conference attracts all kinds of unconventional people–world travelers, entrepreneurs, artists, writers, multipotentialites–and organizes them around the core values of community, adventure and service. […]