About Erik & Emily

If you’re here…

you’ve probably heard that our family of seven quit our conventional life to try something a little different. Maybe you want something different for your life, too. You want to do what matters most for you and your family. You’re wondering how to balance your dreams with your responsibilities. Here’s a bit about us as individuals.


ERIK ORTON writes plays, musicals and books. His work won an Emmy Award, Telly Award and CINE Golden Eagle. He has directed and produced events at Radio City Music Hall, Off-Broadway and regionally throughout the U.S. He managed Broadway shows and tours including Wicked, The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Fosse and many others. In 2018 he achieved a lifetime goal of climbing El Capitan in Yosemite. He enjoys rock climbing, sailing, surfing, scuba diving, writing and flying kites. He loves thinking and speaking about living deliberately. He blogs with his wife Emily at Fezywig.com. They live in New York City with their five children. For more information, please visit, ErikOrton.com or find him on Instagram @ErikOrton.


EMILY ORTON is not an adrenaline junkie. She’s just curious. A former English teacher turned homeschool mom, she is an avid journal keeper and blogger. Her writing is featured in "Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream," by Whitney Johnson. Emily speaks and writes about living with purpose. Emily’s curiosity has led her to become a sailor, scuba diver, rock climber, world traveler and most recently surfer. She explores the world, inner and outer, with her husband, Erik, and their five children. They blog together at Fezywig.com and make their home in New York City. For more information, please visit, EmilyOrton.me or find her on Instagram @EmilyOrton2020

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