Usually when I travel, I make the mistake of bringing too many things to do – too many books, too many drawing supplies, etc. – only to bring them all back home, together with a dose of guilt for not having been more “productive.”

On my recent trip to Portugal, though, I wised up and took only ONE book…

Book photo


Which I was fortunate to have received an advance copy of from author and blogger Chris Guillebeau.  (The book actually launches officially today, so if you’re interested, you can pick up a copy here.)

I’m not exactly a stranger to the concept of quests – my 365 days of A Design a Day jewelry design posts on this blog was a quest of sorts for me – but I’ve been feeling a bit rudderless of late.  So this book was the perfect read for me.  First off, I love, love the title – and reading a book written by someone who had the courage, patience and persistence to travel to EVERY country in the world was inspiring and reassuring as I braved some of the more stressful moments of my trip to Portugal.

Will I be undertaking my own world trip soon?  No.  Mastering the sport of kick-boxing before my next overseas trip?  No (but it might have come in handy when I was almost robbed in the subway station in Lisbon…but more on that in a later post.)

No, my next quest, while still somewhat ambiguous in my mind, will revolve around building confidence…my own!  As I figure out the hows and whys, I’ll keep you posted.

Stay tuned…


  1. awatercolor says:

    Go for it Joana. Younhave inspired me to want to read this book. I am a pursuer too. I like the challenge of going for something . Reaching the goals,is great but I enjoy the pursuit. Great post.
    Xxoo Andrea

    • Joana says:

      Hi Andrea,

      I’ve actually got an extra copy of the book which you can have…just need to figure out how to get it to you. Are you ever up this way (Upper West Side)?

      Let me know – 🙂 Joana

      On Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 1:39 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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