Heal, Write, Love

Ciao!! That's about all I know in Italian (beside gelato), but I'm hoping to be fluent by the time I leave! I am ready to say "YES!" to the adventure of my life! I've been dreaming of this my whole life and it is time to live out my dream! It is time to stop talking about it, and it is time to make it happen! I believe we all should make our dreams happen, and I'm not going to let anything stop me, even if it resorts to begging. ;)

Why Italy?
I've always felt drawn to the Italian culture and the country before I ever even stepped foot in it. Perhaps it has to do with maybe having some ancestry there. (My grandmother was adopted; we don't know her background and I've always gotten mistaken for Italian.) When I studied abroad in London my junior year of college, I visited Rome and Venice, and from the moment I arrived, it felt like I'd been there before. I couldn't explain it. It was just "home."

Why do I want to go?
I've always been an adventurer and I've always listened to my gut. My soul is telling me that it's time to go! After my recent breakup, I knew that this was the perfect opportunity to go. I knew that it was time to begin my book I've been dreaming about writing and to go live out my own "Eat, Pray, Love," but I hope to do less eating, more healing, definitely writing, and for sure, LOVING! I believe we all should follow our hearts wherever they might lead, and mine is leading me to the hills of Tuscany! My plan is to write and finish my book over 3 months as well as soak up the culture and just spend time with ME. My plan there is to truly LIVE! I have written over the years about truly enjoying life and I feel that this is MY time!

You might be wondering why so much money is needed?
Of course you are! For the record, if I want to work in Italy, I need a Visa and the only way to obtain one is by being hired for a specific trade by a company. I have no companies hiring me. ;) I am going to continue to do online work to earn a living while there, but I truly want to focus on healing, loving, and writing. The goal that I'm trying to reach covers my expenses both here in the U.S., and in Italy.

Why should I donate?
Well, that's an honest question and I understand why someone might ask that. We've all been supported at different times in our lives, whether financially, emotionally, or physically. At this point in my life, this is my opportunity to be able to chase my dream and why wouldn't I do everything possible to make it happen. Although I hesitated to create this page, at the end of the day, I listened to my heart and well, here it is.

I plan on posting video updates on a regular basis so we can experience this adventure together! Please understand that your love, positive wishes, and prayers mean just as much to me!

Thank you for being in my life and thank you for being part of my journey! I'm so very grateful for you.


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