Hey everyone! First let me apologize for the long delay in posting. I have intended to post more often but I made the decision to really unplug for the most part and take in the last month or so! Italy has been amazing to say the least. I literally can not believe I am heading into month 3 here. Wow, has time flown by!
It’s been a journey, let me tell you. Literally. I have been ALL over Italy and will share a little of where I have been and what I have done later on in the post. It has been so beautiful here and there have been days where I can not believe I actually made this jump! Truth be told, it has also been challenging as well. Much more so than I expected, but in ways that have forced me to grow and become more flexible. I am a control freak (more so than I care to admit) and I have had little control in anything since getting here! It has forced me to figure things out and that many days has brought a lot of frustration. Not speaking the language, not knowing my way around, not having internet (I know, I know…) and not having that place that ultimately quiets your mind when you’re frantic. For me that has always been outside on my patio or in taking a long drive with the sunroof open in my car. Being in that familiar place where you can “regroup” is what has always worked for me. I haven’t had that here. Now, there have been moments- a lot of them- where I’ll be watching a sunset here or I’ll be on the beach or I’ll be in a park on a pretty day and I feel that peace. But the loneliness that comes with doing something like I have comes in huge waves at times. There have been moments that have brought me to tears numerous times. BUT I have to say that God has shown up! He has brought people into my life at certain times JUST when I needed them. And continues to do so. I also know that He is growing me in these moments. I don’t know how at the time, but I do know. A part of this journey has been giving up everything and having to solely rely on Him. I knew that going into it. But it has not been easy.
Many thought this was going to be an incredible vacation for me, and in a lot of ways it has been. But I “jumped” because I wanted to see 1. If I could do it…and I HAVE! And 2. I wanted to get uncomfortable and open my eyes to new things and see if I could envision my life in another way and 3. I needed to follow through with what I felt God was calling me to do. This was actually the most important reason I did it. I had all these big expectations coming over. Big mistake! Lesson one: Things never really go as you expect them to. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less beautiful. It’s just different. The dream I have is still there, but I have to intentionally keep the light on it so it can grow. The light is noticing the people and needs around me. The light is self reflection. The light is leaning on God and praying for guidance. You see dreams worth going after are never easy. As Steve Harvey says, you get scraped up and get your clothes torn off. You’re gonna bleed hitting the rocks on the way down. But eventually your parachute is going to open. It has to. But you won’t know until you JUMP! Whatever it is for you, seek out the light. Find what enables your dream to grow.
To quickly recap where I have been as some have been asking me, it’s hard to summarize it all! I think I may do smaller break downs by city with pictures (for the blog) when I return and can organize it better. There are so many great places I’d like to recommend for any of you that may be traveling. There are so many must sees! Since my last post, I spent a weekend in Scarperia and it was absolutely breathtaking. I saw the road that Roman troops use to make their way on and that is now one of the most popular hiking/cycling trails in Europe. I then drove several hours to Milan and discovered Parco Sempione! It’s like a smaller Central Park and I spent several hours over several days hanging out there watching kids play and reading. I highly recommend it! I had my first piadina which is a delicious sandwich made on Italian bread that is like a puffy tortilla. DELISH! I then traveled to Lake Garda, Lake Como, Isola Bella at Lake Maggiore and visited the Dolomites! I met the most wonderful ladies on this trip and hope to stay in touch with them. Two were form Australia and 1 was from Utah. They made our trip to the Lakes so much fun! I traveled to Ortisei and then to Lake Lugano, Switzerland. I got to see the Arena di Verona and Juliet’s balcony in Verona. I shopped and drank wine in Bellagio and went on a boat ride to see some beautiful gardens in Stresa. I got to attend Hillsong in Milan and found that they are doing great work in Italy for God- no shocker there! I have washed clothes and hung them out to dry in the sun. I have eaten gelato and pizza several times a week and have managed to somehow lose some weight!! All the walking and stairs, no doubt! I’ve eaten Austrian dishes and even had decent sushi at a shopping mall! My daughter flew over from NYC and we got to travel to Calabria and rented a Fiat to drive to Tropea and then took a ferry to Sicily and Cefalu. THAT was an experience and I highly recommend Tropea for beautiful beaches as well as Cefalu! It was an amazing 10 days with her and I was so grateful she came to see me. I flew to Naples and look forward to the next few days. I’ll have a separate post for that upcoming experience as well! This week includes taking a cooking class with a new friend and dinner with her and then spending a day in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast later this week and I can not wait!!! That about sums it up for now! Just wanted to provide an update so everyone knew what I have been up to. More specific details to come later!
Side note, today marks 13 years that my mom passed away and I have had her on my mind. I’d like to think she’s be proud of me and my courage in doing this, even though there have been challenges. I will say that she taught me to stand on my own two feet and be strong. I owe a lot of who I am today to her. I hope she is dancing with my dad and smiling down on all of us. I miss being able to pick up the phone to call her and ask for advice, but I know she’s near. If your parents are still alive, pick up the phone and call them. I know it would make their day. Never get so busy that you don’t make time. That has been a hard lesson I have learned over the years. So pick up the phone and call.
Buona notte from Naples!
Hey, everyone! I'm Angie and I hope you enjoy my blog about how and why a single woman in her 40's decided to drop everything she was doing and follow her God sized dream to Italy. I may be scared to death but I am FULL of faith as God gives me the COURAGE TO JUMP!