Monday, July 19, 2010


And so here we are- my first entry. It isn't going to be very profound or fancy (hell I didn't even know how to set up the blog...I'm techie challenged so this is going to be touch and go for a while) Rather, I want to start this blog with thanks.

If you had asked me a year ago what I would be doing with my life after college graduation, I would not have known what to tell you. I wasn't ready to leave the security of Virginia Tech but I wasn't ready to become the female version of Peter Pan either.

I didn't know where I was going or who I was going to be. I felt like a loser. I felt lost.

Fast forward to July 19, 2010. Five weeks from today I will be sitting on a plane headed to Florence, Italy for 10 months to study Political Science and the European Union. I will get to soak up the beauty and the grandeur of one of the most beloved cities in Europe.

I am no longer lost. I am extremely lucky.

I am lucky because of the love and support I have received from family and friends to do this. They nudged me forward when I felt too scared to chase dreams of far away places. They gave me the confidence to do this when I thought there was no way in Hell that I was getting into a program like this. They helped me leap when I lacked the courage to on my own. And for that I am forever grateful. Grazie

This blog will be for you all, since you all helped me get to this place in my life. I couldn't be in Florence without you, so I must share Florence with you.

And so here we are, and so lets begin.

Tanti Baci,

PS: My first self portrait...I know I know how very 17 year old myspace of me. And I did have a bit of a shakey hand since the battery was dying and I was struggling. But I wanted to use my new camera to take a picture anyway! Better pictures next round I promise!