The Yellow Envelope: One Gift, Three Rules, and a Life-Changing Journey Around the World
What Would You Do with a Yellow Envelope?
After Kim and her husband decide to quit their jobs to travel around the world, they're given a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money away. The only three rules for the envelope: Don't overthink it; share your experiences; don't feel pressured to give it all away.
Through Ecuador, Peru, Nepal, and...more
The concept of the yellow envelope is very simple: Kim and Brian were given an envelope of money by two good friends. The goal? ...more
Dinan is unhappy with her successful life. She plays by the rules, went to school, got the job the marriage the way society expects success to look. She decides to leave it all, with her husband and go on an adventure with no end goal. She wants to travel, see different places and experience the world. her friends give her an envelope with some money in it to spend making the world better as she saw fit.
So they go, and travel, but the book has little of the travel experience and focuse ...more
What a fantastic thing to be able to do. To give up everything you have and travel the world. Kim & Brian's relationship is often challenged during their adventure. This is a lovely written book.
I would like to thank NetGalley, Source. books (Non-Fiction) and the author Kim Dinan for my ARC in exchange for an honest review. ...more
When Kim and her husband decide to quit their jobs and travel the world, they are given a yellow envelope with $1000 to distribute to those they want to help in some way. They begin in South America and eventually make their way to India and other countries in Asia. Kim and Brian argue A LOT and that sadly was the focus far too often in the book. I think I was hoping for a book like I Will Always Write Back or even No Summit Out of Sight where the reader gains a lot of information and i ...more
Unfortunately, there is so much wrong with this book.
The author came across to me as a self-centered, entitled, prideful brat. She was constantly talking about the failures of others and viewed herself as a more enlightened person than others in g ...more
Wow! Are you sure Kim Dinan was writing about her life and not mine? I have never been so moved, empowered and appreciative of a book EVER!
Kim tells the story of how she and her husband Brian came to the decision to sell all their assets and travel the world for an undecided amount of time. Before leaving for their travels they were given a yellow envelope with ...more
It was my first time reading a travelogue and second time in a long time reading a memoir. When I had requested this book on NetGallery I actually thought that the book would be boring but because the synopsis appealed to me, I went ahea ...more
On May 11, 2012 Kim left a job that she was earning 50% more than her former job. Her husband Brian had one week of work remaining. They sold their home and new car and most of all their possessions except a few boxes filled with sentimental things that they were going to drop off for family to store for them. Kim was a runner and it was out during one of her morning runs that it dawned on her that her life had veered off track. On the surface she had married her ...more
Finished reading: March 28th 2017
“At the end of the day, the money itself is just paper. What gives the whole experience meaning are the thoughts, emotions, and feelings that come with giving the money away in ways that make you smile and make your heart sing.”
*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Sourcebooks in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***
I might have mentioned my love for travel once or twice before, and as soon as I sa ...more
The yellow envelope was given to them by their friends Michele and Glenn, who want ...more
This voice, Kim's- it is honest. Actually that's one of the best aspects of Kim. Most of the rest, not so much.
Her husband Brian is a saint and knows what a vow means. Kim doesn't connote any such definition or most (maybe all?) aspects of life that doesn't reveal or entrap her own "plan" or destiny as she changes or perceives change. Most else, if ...more
Such was the case with THE YELLOW ...more
This was a fairly larg ...more
I received a free digital copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Kim Dinan is unhappy and wants to explore the world. So she and her husband sell their house, and all their worldly belongings, so they can travel around the world for an entire year. The journey ends up being one of person self-discovery and comes close to destroying their relationship for good. Keeping them going is The Yellow Envelope - an envelope of money that is to be used to hel ...more
Kim turns into a wonderful storyteller through her travels across the globe. Ecuador, Peru, Nepal, India, Vietnam - all these places reel by in your mind and yes, they are all so infinitely google-able. Every time Kim and Brian touch ...more
Very good book. I really enjoyed this one. It was nice to see Kim and Brian's journey. Their travel sounded really fun. Would recommend to anyone who is a fan of biographies.
Agreeing to join his wife on her quest, Brian and Kim downsized their lives completely and prepared to set out on ...more
I haven't read anything previously by this author, so I went in with no knowledge about how it was going to turn out. I'm an avid traveler who would love to travel the world someday, but so far it's been "limited" to the US and most of Europe. I was fascinated by the places visited in this book, but felt like their details often lacked depth. I felt like more time was spent on the relationship between the author and her husband, vs the author and the places ...more
I can't believe I listened to the whole thing! The synopsis said there was a twist in the end. There was no twist.
The only redeeming part of this book is the challenge to do good in the world.
Kim and her husband quit their jobs and embark on a journey around the world. Their friends give them a yellow envelope that contains a thousand dollars with three simple instructions:
1. Don't overthink it.
2. Share your experiences.
3. Don't feel pressured to give it all away.
They travel through Nepal, Ecuador, Peru and beyond and their relationship is challenged and tested.
I loved their travel experience ...more