I believe in the power of storytelling and how it helps connect us, and I've always been willing to share my story if it helps someone else better tell their own.
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Welcome to The DON'T WAIT Project Tour 2019 blog. Watch video highlights and testimonials, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram as we travel 10 southern states in search of the DON'T WAIT stories that speak to YOU (written updates coming soon).
MARCH 25-28, 2019
We're finding and sharing DON'T WAIT stories throughout the south. Our first leg of the tour takes place in Texas. Check out who we've met, where we've gone and how camping life is treating us.
We searching for the story that speaks to YOU. Keep watching! Follow the tour on Facebook and Instagram.
MARCH 28-30, 2019
We're making our way through the southern states. Take a look at the Bayou Teche Brewery stop in Arnaudville, Louisiana. LIVE music, crawfish pizza and 160-mile bayou, plus stories from locals on this boon dock adventure before heading to Jackson, Mississippi.
MARCH 25 - APRIL 1, 2019
Woke up feeling grateful for the past week and the people, places, things and ideas we've experienced along the way. I also woke up with a heavy heart, feeling the weight of our Birmingham, Alabama, stop approaching. Just wanted to share with ya'll what's on my heart.
Thanks for all your ongoing support. I'm still searching for the story that speaks to YOUR heart.
MARCH 31 - APRIL 2, 2019
For the next stop of The DON'T WAIT Project® Tour, we traveled to south Mississippi where we visited an urban farm in Jackson. Dr. Cindy Ayers does more than harvest produce on her 68-acre farm. She helps build healthy lives in her community. During our stay, we experienced much of what Jackson offers, including the food, live music and southern hospitality.
Follow the tour as we help share DON'T WAIT stories from the south. What's your DON'T WAIT?
APRIL 2-4, 2019
We traveled to Northern Mississippi for part of 1 of 2 stops centered around National Organ Donation Month and an endearing friendship that began in an ICU waiting room 15 years ago.
Follow us along The DON'T WAIT Project Tour and find a story that speaks to YOUR heart.
APRIL 1-8, 2019
Welcome to the wrap of week two along The DON'T WAIT Project® Tour. We met so many incredible people who shared their stories of organ transplant with the hope of bringing awareness to organ donation and the lives it impacts.
You can follow the tour on Facebook and Instagram. We're on to North Carolina, our sixth state of the tour. We've got some fabulous stories planned for you, so keep watching, and thanks for all your support.
APRIL 4-7, 2019
I've gotta say, strength comes from allowing ourselves to feel uncomfortable⏤emotionally, geographically, physically. Birmingham, Alabama, definitely is not my comfortable place, but I'm so glad I showed up. Take a look, and you'll experience some of the most amazing examples of people living DON'T WAIT lives⏤I promise.
Alabama is checked off our list of stops along The DON'T WAIT Project Tour. We're moving on to the remaining stops and searching for the story that helps light YOUR path.
Take a look at the wonderful stories we helped tell in North Carolina along the third week of the tour. I met Christine via Skype when she was on my show a couple years ago, following her Facebook post about the 911 call she almost didn't make. And we spent an afternoon with a group of active and thriving Parkinson's patients who absolutely stole my heart and hold my deep respect. We also took in a carnival and made friends with the downtown locals in Charlotte.
Along The DON'T WAIT Project Tour, we've boon docked at some fabulous locations. If you travel and sleep on wheels, you won't want to miss out on the Russian Chapel Hills Winery. It's true we stayed an extra day when stuck in the tornadoes, but what a beautiful place to spend our time.
Take a look.
We just wrapped week three of The DON'T WAIT Project Tour. From Georgia to North Carolina, with a tornado warning and several tornado watches in between, we captured some amazing stories and left feeling grateful to everyone who shared with us. We also experienced some pretty fantastic boon dock locations with help from Harvest Hosts.
It's a rare opportunity to meet people like Robin and Fred Ford. They offered us a place to park our TAB trailers on their more than 100-year-old homestead in between DON'T WAIT stories, and the Fords are truly a DON'T WAIT story of their own.
We kept the camera rolling and captured some of the best content of the tour. Grateful to them for their hospitality and stimulating conversation⏤two of my favorite things.
I went in search of a musician who had a compelling story behind his or her success in the music industry, and I was immediately set on Kirby Brown for his sound, lyrics and fortitude.
Also on this stop, I enjoyed some much-needed girl time when two of my besties flew out from Washington for a fun-filled Nashville weekend, including a visit to the Grand Ole Opry and a chance meeting with one of the evening's performers.
We wrapped week four of the tour in a big way, enjoying everything Nashville, Tennessee, offers... LIVE music, the Grand Ole Opry and so much more. From interviews with local musicians to a fun-filled weekend with two of my besties, Nashville was a fabulous stop along the tour. I'm pretty homesick at this point, but familiar faces gave me just the nudge I needed to finish the tour strong.
I've thought about the men of the Knoxville, Tennessee, stop of The DON'T WAIT Project Tour everyday since we left. I felt honored knowing that just by them showing up for our day of fly fishing and interviews showed their trust in me as their storyteller.
Project Healing Waters is a life-changing and life-saving organization, and I will never forget the time I spent on the water with the people who run it, volunteer for it and participate in it. These men are life-changing storytellers.
Luggage. Books. Bradley Cooper on Pandora. I'm ready for The DON'T WAIT Project Tour 2019.