In February of 2013, a close friend asked me, “How are you feeling about where you are in your life?”
I had been living in San Francisco for 13 years, and loved it. I had great friends, an active lifestyle, a wonderful apartment near Golden Gate Park, and a steady job. I told her that I had no reason to leave.
Then I went to Italy in March, and within 30 days, I had a completely different answer.
Italy was romantic, challenging, charming, beautiful, and delicious. I was smitten. And I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
So I enrolled in Italian language classes, got a life coach, and did a lot of thinking. By that summer, I’d made my decision: to give up a great apartment, a steady job despite a recent promotion, and a city that I love, to discover Italy. And rediscover myself.
Here’s the plan: I leave for Rome in June 2014, where I’ll live for three months while networking and job searching, with the hope of finding work so that I can stay there permanently. Due to visa rules, I can be in country for 90 days as a tourist without a visa. So I’ve got 90 days to find employment.
I don’t know what will happen, but life is too short not to try. Thanks for coming along for the journey.