Adulting Life Updates Thought Catalog

Published In Paperback: Signed Copies of My Book Now Available For Pre-Order!

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

From Excuses to Excursions |
Ain’t she purdy? *sniff sniff*

Hi Glo,

I just wanted to let you know that pre-order links for your book are live!

It was about 4AM when I rolled over in my bed in Prishtina, Kosovo to read that message from my incredible publishing team at Thought Catalog. I rubbed my eyes a couple times, marked the email as “unread”, and refreshed my inbox.

Because, when a moment like that springs up on you, you need to savor it and re-live it as much as humanly possible. And that I did. At 4AM, while in boxers with morning breath, no less.

Is this how it’s supposed to happen? Doesn’t matter, because alas, here we are.

So many times we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our lives, we forget that the current moment we’re living, was once a mere wish or hope that we would kill to experience.

And here I was experiencing one of those moments. In a puddle of my drool, hair tossed to one side, in a treehouse styled hostel in the middle of Kosovo, halfway across the world from where I grew up.

What. Is. This. Life.

And like I do every morning at a random hour, I have a moment of, “What country am I in again?” and a few seconds of “This can’t be real life.” So it was fun adding a new scenario to my usual morning confusion.

There’s never been a day where I don’t wake up feeling incredibly blessed and humbled by the life I get to live. Which is an absolute product of the amazing people strategically placed in my life, the strict upbringing of my mother, the many mentors from my alma mater at Baker University, but most importantly, the years of a relentless pursuit and hustle towards an extraordinary life that I not only felt destined for, but that I was going to stop at nothing to attain.

From Excuses to Excursions |
PDF version for iPad!

Promotion: The first 150 purchases will be signed by me!

Paperback: Purchase HERE!
PDF: Purchase HERE!
iBook: Purchase HERE!

About the Book

“From Excuses to Excursions: How I Started Traveling the World” chronicles the life of a girl who grew up with a colorful imagination but not nearly enough funds to support it.

The book is broken up into four parts: The Dream, The Journey, The Adventure, and The Destination. Each details the struggles, victories, and natural consequences of life when you put yourself out there and find the universe will often reciprocate your boldness.

This book will take you on a vicarious adventure and have you rethinking the life you thought you wanted and replacing it with one that’s much more fulfilling as you rediscover your purpose in life through the journey of a girl rediscovering her’s.

About the Author

Nottinghill, London |

Gloria Atanmo is the best friend and enabler everyone needs in their life. She’s a force of nature and risk-taker who’s on a mission to show others that there’s a world of knowledge out there that simply can’t be taught in a classroom.

She’s fought to overcome the many obstacles life has thrown her way, mastering the art of calculated risk-taking, putting herself out there to fail over and over again, until the universe finally caved in.

By textbook definition, she was going to succeed by way of insanity.

Through her relentless pursuit and hustle of discovery and exploration, she went from making excuses to taking excursions, turning internal fights into external flights, itching to shape the better part of her existence through travel. And encouraging others to do the same.

She believes if she’s not living life on the edge, then she’s taking up too much space. And she wants her fellow daredevils and rebels to read this book and feel empowered to explore a life far outside of their comfort zones to live the life of their dreams as well.

Whether you’re into travel or not, she wants you to finally take on your thing. That ONE thing that sets your soul on fire. The thing you can’t stop dreaming or thinking about. Because she did three years ago. And she’s been fanning those flames ever since.

From Excuses to Excursions |
Photo Credit: Megan Beth Photography


Is this different from your e-book?

If you’ve been following me for the past year, you probably know that I’ve already released a self-published e-book! It’s sold over 500 copies and it’s been incredible hearing the feedback from those who’ve read it so far.

What I’ve done since then, is polish and modify the original copy to add a couple new chapters, update some of the storyline, and add more photos along with a sweet interior design by the wonderful folk at Thought Catalog.

What if I was a VIP member of your e-book?

Yes! I promise I haven’t forgotten about my beloved VIP members! For those who’ve got to cash in on their gift, it’s been a blast meeting and shooting with you guys!

For the others I’ve yet to get around to, I’m working on putting together more exclusive benefits for you guys to part-take in. I’m open to your suggestions, so if this is you I’m talking about, feel free to e-mail me at!

I want to support you, but I don’t have the money right now.

I 100% understand! I know life happens to all of us and we all go through phases, so whether or not you’re able to support by purchasing, a share on your social media is just as valuable! Because you might have someone in your circle who’s been needing a spark in their life. Someone who’s been struggling to find ways to travel. Someone who simply needs proof that anything is possible through the very raw struggles I outline in this book that have shaped the better part of me and my story.

From Excuses to Excursions |
Photo Credit: Moments Of Grace Photography

More than anything, I want my life and my journey to serve as a constant reminder that life is as daring as you choose to make it — and fortune always favors the bold.

Promotion: The first 150 purchases will be signed by me!

Paperback: Purchase HERE!
PDF: Purchase HERE!
iBook: Purchase HERE!
If you’re interested in having a sneak peek at some of the most memorable lines of my book, started a new site all about quotes. And we’ve selected 25 of the top quotes from my book to put in the Quote Catalog. You can check out my quote collection here!

And from the bottom of my wine-loving heart, thanks in advance for the support, purchases, and shares! I’ll be spending the next few days finding my big girl words to give an adequate thank you soon. Please note: this is as adulty as adulthood gets, so bear with me as I struggle to process this new era of life. I hope it has more wine.

  • Oh wow, congrats! You look beautiful in these pics!

  • Way to go! Congratulations!!

  • Congrats! Just purchased mine. All the best.

  • Mel0507

    Hi! will I be able to purchase it on Amazon/ Kindle app? If not I guess my best option is the PDF? right? Can’t wait to read it though! 🙂

    • Hi! Yes, it’s available on Amazon at the link above 🙂