Hey guys! Sorry I have been MIA the past few days. I decided to take my first days of freedom to just enjoy without doing much of anything. And how are your #7daysofhappiness going? Some of the items that have made my list: a trip to target to buy travel-sized items, packing and playing in my closet prepping for an upcoming trip, an all-out food fest at The Cheesecake Factory, and trying out a new coleslaw recipe.
None of these are ground-breaking or revolutionary exercises, but they all brought me little moments of joy, and helped me narrow my future occupations to cake decorator and travel agent. Or perhaps the occupation I am most interested in: writer. Now the kind of writing is a subject I am still exploring. There are a couple avenues that have sparked my interest. The first avenue I have already started: blog writing. This is the fastest medium because it’s convenient, free, and social media makes it easy to get to an audience. Yes, I need to get more diligent, but I promise I will be able to blog more now that I am not working with the crazies every day.
Next: journalist. We all know I am dreaming of a career with National Geographic. In fact, one of my moments of joy was discovering a new Discovery Chanel show, Monster Fish. Extremely interesting nature-based programming, it’s The Real Housewives of scientific television.
Third: author. Author is another endeavor I will be pursuing in my time off. The book I am writing is actually based on true events. In college I studied abroad twice, both times in remote areas of Italy. I wanted an authentic experience and chose Siena, Tuscany as my first choice to explore. The amazing people I lived with had a profound impact on my life and we will forever share a special bond, think drunk Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, except with much better drama, and the best part being it actually happened, especially since one member of our group ended up pregnant (stay tuned and you will find out how that turned out).
The story will actually be told from the from the point of view of an elderly, nosey neighbor whose apartment balcony overlooked the girls’ apartment. The neighbor will play both narrator and cultural outlet, endowing the reader with the background to the incredible Medieval city of Siena. The journey of four study-abroad girls from different parts of the country will be the meat and potatoes of the book. And let me tell you, some of the shit we went through, you couldn’t write this shit. Everyone from Italian phanatics and college students to historians and romantics will find something to love about the candid nature of this true tale.