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The past month has been a difficult struggle between priorities and commitments. About a month after we announced the launch of the Global Hug Tour, leaving in May of 2009, my daughter Carly informed us that she and her husband are expecting their first child. Woohoo! I’m going to be a grandmother! That’s so cool!

We’re elated, as this is also our first grandchild. However, the timing created a quandary for us, as the baby is due in late August, a month before we were to return from the Global Hug Tour, previously scheduled from May-September.

This is my only daughter and my first grandchild. Not only do I want to be there for the birth of the baby, but I also want to be there for my daughter as she goes through her first pregnancy.

Therefore, with mixed emotions, we have made the decision to delay the launch of the Global Hug Tour until September 9th, 2009. I sincerely hope this doesn’t create any difficulties for anyone planning to coordinate with us in any of the cities. If so, please accept my heartfelt apologies for the change in plans.

Our tentative itinerary now begins from Boulder on 9/9/09, to New York City for 9/11/09, heads west to Dallas and Los Angeles before leaving the US for Canada, Russia and points beyond. We’ll return into Washington, D.C. on 1/21/10, National Hug Day. Seems fairly serendipitous, no?

Sometimes when things are changing it appears that the plan is going sideways or that the path is wrong. Yet in the end, what originally seemed to be negative can easily turn into the greatest positive. Reminds me of a blog I wrote recently called “We’ll see”.

I know that all things happen in Divine timing and for the perfect reason, even when I try to resist the change. I had my heart set on leaving in May, but I also have my heart set on being there if my daughter needs me when the baby is born. And, I’m quite excited to give my first hug to this beautiful little child, my first grand baby.

Thank you for your understanding in this decision!!! It didn’t come lightly and I’m hoping that we still have your love and support for the tour, even if it’s delayed for a few months. I’m sure the extra time will help The Global Hug Tour be even bigger and better than we’d originally planned.

Here’s the new itinerary:

Boulder, CO      9/9/09

New York, NY      9/9

Dallas, TX        9/13

Los Angeles, CA        9/15

Vancouver, BC, Canada        9/17

Juneau, AK

Anchorage, AK       9/19

Adak, AK       9/22

Petrapavlovsk, Russia        9/23

Sapporo, Japan        9/24

Nagasaki, Japan        9/26

Seoul, South Korea        9/29

Shanghai, China        10/2

Hong Kong, China        10/5

Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam        10/8

Siem Reap, Cambodia        10/10

Singapore, Singapore        10/13

Kuala Lumpur, Maylasia        10/16

Chiang Mai, Thailand        10/19

Kathmandu, Nepal        10/22

Chennai, India        10/25

Mumbai, India        10/28

Dubai, UAE        10/30

Kuwait City, Kuwait       11/2

Beirut, Lebanon        11/6

Amman, Jordan        11/9

Haifa, Israel        11/12

Athens, Greece        11/15

Pristina, Kosovo         11/18

Prague, Czech Republic        11/20

Berlin, Germany        11/23

Vilnius, Lithuania        11/26

Riga, Latvia        11/28

St. Petersberg, Russia        11/30

Helsinki, Finland        12/3

Stockholm, Sweden        12/6

Copenhagen, Denmark        12/11

Amsterdam, Netherlands        12/14

Rome, Italy        12/17

Barcelona, Spain        12/20

Paris, France        12/23

London, England        12/27

Dublin, Ireland        12/30

Glasgow, Scotland        1/2

Reykjavik, Iceland        1/5

Kangerlussuaq, Greenland        1/8

Gander, Newfoundland        1/8

Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada        1/9

Washington, DC        1/12

Toronto, Ontario, Canada        1/15

Chicago, IL        1/18

Boulder, CO        1/21

We greatly appreciate your understanding, love and support and look forward to meeting you along the way.
With gratitude and big hugs,


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Gail Lynne Goodwin is the founder of, bringing the best inspiration to the world. provides free inspiration, each day from a new Inspirational Luminary, to a global community of folks from over 150 countries. Gail has interviewed many well-known names including Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Seth Godin, Tony Hseih, Gary Vaynerchuk, Michael Gerber, Marci Shimoff, Jack Canfield and hundreds more. According to Mashable, Gail was one of 2009's Top 25 Most Inspirational People on Twitter.

Prior to, Gail spent several years as manager for her recording artist daughter, Carly. As a result of the success of their co-penned song, "Baby Come Back Home", Gail accompanied her daughter to bases in the US and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where Carly performed for our troops. Gail and Carly created the 'World's Longest Letter' of love and support and delivered the 18-mile long scroll on a month-long tour of Iraq and the Persian Gulf in 2006.

Gail is excited to present her latest course, Love in 21 Days, a step-by-step guide to finding love online. Love in 21 Days is founded on a logical process that has been tested - and proven! - by not only Gail, but also by students around the world who too have found love.

Gail is a published author and a regular writer for the Huffington Post. She offers mentoring and mastermind services to clients worldwide from her home in Whitefish, Montana. Follow Gail on Twitter or Google+.

This Post Has One Comment

  1. Hello Gail,
    Congratulations to you and your family on the announcment of your
    daughter’s ‘life blessing’. What better way to prepare for the Hug
    Tour than by beginning with an abundance of hugging a grandchild –
    The reason for the delay is simply that the inspiration you receive
    from your granchild will be carried with you on the tour.
    Congrats my friend!
    Keep the faith,
    LifesGift, Inc.

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