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Publisher’s Letter | Summer Explorations

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 ICONIC LIFE Publisher Renee Dee shares the joy in embracing exploration.

Anyone a fan of the Adam Sandler movie Grown Ups? What I love about that movie is not what you would expect. I love that four friends end up reuniting and taking a trip to a beautiful lake house, where everyone gets away from their busy, everyday lives and reflect on where they are headed—thanks to the gift of getting away from it all. It’s not so much the humor, but the heartwarming change that is inspired by their time away that brings me back

You can’t see new vistas if you stand in the same place. So, we’ve got to get away from time to time, and while it’s ideal to relax on a vacation, I really love to reflect. I have new thoughts when I’m in new places and that is my very favorite thing about traveling.

It seems like everyone I know is exploring this summer after way too much time at home. In fact, you don’t have to travel very far to explore new ideas. However, travel to the farthest away places can inspire a whole new way of thinking.

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You can’t see new vistas if you stand in the same place.

Renee Dee

As a country, we were founded on the idea of exploration—we traveled across the ocean to find a new land, and we traveled west to explore all that land had to offer. As Americans, we are explorers by our very nature. 

From Italian travels to safaris, Hamptons weekends to South of France, beach clubs to coastal California, to Machu Picchu to Flagstaff, everyone I know is on the move this summer. And I feel everyone is exploring something new in one way or another—a new way to live, a new way to savor life, a new take on something you’ve known for a long time. Count me in on that. 

When we always do what we’ve always done, we’ll always get what we’ve always gotten. I, for one, don’t want what I have always had, I want more. 

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So, this summer has been about expansion both professionally and personally. How can I grow to have a different experience? Where can I go to expand what I am doing? What connections cause me to think differently? What new places am I open to trying? 

We travel to new places to experience new things. What happens if the quest to explore new things becomes part of our experience, and we truly step out of our stilettos to see the world in a new way. 

However you get there—go there. Say yes to what resonates with you. You’ll log some beautiful proverbial miles, and you just might like where you land next.

Here’s to exploring and discovering all that is available.

With Gratitude,

Renee M. Dee
Publisher

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