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Are you lovin’ your detour yet?  Well, you betta!

I turned my detour into the best trip ever.

Why should you become a Detourist?

You probably are, but don’t even know it.  This is WHY.

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So go on and join us in our travels!


Our Detourists are really doing amazing things.  Once you declare I #LoveMyDetour, you can turn any obstacle into an opportunity.

So how are our Detourists doing now?

Here’s one Detourist follow-up:  Remember Robin, Detourist #2 from my Why Not? Wednesday Feature?  Well, last time you read about her detour, she had organized an entire fundraiser for ostomy care.  Now look…

She organized an amazing fundraiser for Friends of Ostomates Worldwide. ...and they raised almost $11,000!

I was honored to donate one of my Singing Tree Posters to FOW and so happy it went well!

Singing Tree: piece that keeps on giving…(read the story of it’s creation here.)

I created Singing Tree in the hospital years ago on my own detour (air-vacced to the hospital after my wound exploded, actually)  – Without that detour, I’d never have this painting that gives others so much joy now.


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When I performed Gutless & Grateful in Denver last week, I donated another Singing Tree poster to the Eating Recovery Foundation,  and it touches me deeply that my art can serve truly beautiful causes.

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If you’re a Detourist, write me about your own path and DON’T FORGET to let me know when your path leads. Go Robin!!!  And keep going, all you Amazing Detourists!

Now to Detourist #4…

I’d like to introduce you to an amazing guy Joe – Apollo Joe!

That’s why JOE loves his detour!  Joe is the most amazing musician, spirit, and the set-it-off-man and the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem.

You can watch him do his thing at the Apollo here:


And watch me tap-dance with him on the grand ol’ Apollo stage here!

Thank you Robin.  Thank you Joe.  Thank you Singing Tree – the first painting I ever created.

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Singing Tree was born out of a detour too.  If I wasn’t stuck in the hospital for months, I never would have been bored enough to pick up a paintbrush for the first time.

Now I LOVE painting trees!!!

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This is JOE and he loves his detour.

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I love his detour too – otherwise I never would have met him, or have him sing at my wedding!

Instagram #LoveMyDetour Challenge

Instagram Detourist Challenge

There’re more than one way to share your detour.  Sing it, dance it, walk it.  Take a picture of your detour and share it with me on Instagram with #LoveMyDetour – anything goes!  I’ll be featuring your pictures every week in my #LoveMyDetour Gallery.

Hold up a sign, draw a picture, snap a photo of your path.  It could be the very road in front of you…you never really know where it leads, do you?

I #LoveMyDetour.  Now tell me why you love YOURS!!!

“In the moment, you most likely won’t know how valuable such detours will prove to be, but life has a way of revealing the hidden magic in these moments down the road at the appropriate time.”
― Shannon Ables


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