Ok…so in just a few days we will all be saying goodbye to one year and welcoming the next. I have to start by saying that this year has by far been the most confusing one in my life. I may look like I have it all together from the outside, but to be honest, I don’t and I’m still constantly trying to figure out where to find my happiness. I officially spent more time in Italy than any other country this year, but I was able to spend more time with my family this summer than I have since moving away from home in 2012.
All in all, I am aware of how incredibly fortunate I am that sometimes I want to shout it at the top of my lungs. Last year I wrote this post on my top 10 blog posts of 2016, but this year I want to write my end-of-year post a little bit differently.
This year I am super grateful for all the amazing new places I got to visit, which include, Venice, Sicily, Ischia, Tuscany, Orvieto,, Tivoli, Verona, Vicenza, Naples, Bomarzo, Ovindoli, San Francisco, and Asheville.
This past summer we also got to spend a lot of time with our families in Charleston and Charlotte, which was nice since it was a year since the last time I’d seen mine. We were back home this summer for 3 months trying to decide whether we would be returning to Italy again…and obviously Italy won, so here we are.
Jared and I also had the chance to work with some amazing companies this year, including Personalized Italy, Scooteroma Tours, and André Laug . I’ve also kept Rome Bloggers going for the second year and have had 2 meetups since November. I love seeing this community, that I started, continue to grow.
I plan on being in Italy until summer 2018…and then who knows where life will take me after that. I hope by that point I will have more direction as to where I want to be more “permanently”, instead of living out of a suitcase, because that can get pretty exhausting.
I recently saw this post and man, did it serve as a gentle reminder to stop trying to please and make everyone happy before myself…
This year self-care started to become really important to me and I plan to carry that over into the new year and take some time every week/every morning to relax and spend it putting my energy into things I enjoy. I still have a lot of work to do on my end, including learning when to say no to people, but I guess that takes time.
I hope you all have a wonderful New Year. Thank you for your comments, follows, subscribing, and reading my content in these past 2 years. I’m not really into setting New Years resolutions, but one thing I can promise you is a brand new website in 2018 (way overdue!), more content, and hopefully more exciting things to come with blogging. I hope you stick around to see!
As they say in Italy, “Auguri”, or Happy Holidays!
All my love,