September 2, 2010

The First of Italy 2010

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 10:25 pm by Gina

Hi all,

As previously stated–I’m in Italy. I arrived August 2 with my mom and nonna (grandma) and we had a fabulous time traveling from Rome to Florence, Venice and finally to Milan, with day trips to Pisa, Viareggio and Murano. It was an amazing two weeks and I am very grateful for my good fortune.

I made a video of our time here together which was just my first two weeks (there are many more weeks to come!) There are hundreds of pictures but I tried to narrow it down to some of the best. Hope you enjoy!

Probably the number one thing I’m thankful for is that I was able to go on my dream trip with not only my mom, but also my nonna. She is 78 years old but don’t let that fool you, she can practically run laps around me. One of the strongest women I know, she is who I give credit to for my mindset that created this blog. She had four daughters and it was in this atmosphere that I grew up, watching the women of the family plan events, cook amazing meals, have careers and families and keep our family together. I love family get-togethers and find myself admiring these women every time we have one.

Who are the women you admire? What have you noticed with the women in your family? If there are negative things don’t worry, there are in every family, including mine. The important thing is how we work around the tough stuff. How we help each other, react to situations beyond our control and learn from the women around us. I’ve learned a lot from the women in my life, and I’m glad I was able to learn from them in a totally new and amazing atmosphere.

Buona giornata!
~Gina

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August 7, 2010

Ciao Tutti!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 4:44 pm by Gina

Ciao Belle!!!

Okay, so here’s the deal. Most of you know that I’m currently in Italy right now. As a result of the traveling, eating, drinking, and just generally enjoying life I’m doing so much of there hasn’t been an update in awhile! I just wanted to let everyone know that BecauseIamaWoman will continue and I promise to update with many more interesting and informative posts once I’m in a more stable position!!!

Expect a return around September readers! I only hope you’re willing to keep reading!

~Gina

May 25, 2010

My Dream Place To Live Is…

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 7:00 pm by Gina

HI readers!

This Finish the Sentence Tuesday is not what I was originally planning on asking, but I was much more excited about this sentence than my original so lets go with it!

I am in the final stages of my process to study abroad this Fall 2010. Friday I officially registered for classes and yesterday I secured my financial aid. I will be studying abroad in Florence, Italy from September 1 through December 18th this year. It is absolutely my dream come true- from as far back as I can remember! Countless old journals can be used as proof of my Italy obsession and my dream to not only visit, but stay!

While all this is very exciting, after getting the numbers back on the cost, I couldn’t help but be demoralized. The expense is STAGGERING! I am paying for college on my own, something I am completely understanding of, and loans are truly the only way to make that possible. Next year I will be taking out $25,000 in loans (something I wasn’t sure I should share but thought I’d go for anyway.)

Thus the sentence of the week. Italy is my DREAM place.

Dream- • a cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal
• an unrealistic or self-deluding fantasy
• a person or thing perceived as wonderful or perfect

Yes, it is all those things!! It is unrealistic to take out that much money (on top of three other years) when I know I won’t make much as a writer. It is also something I perceive as wonderful, perfect, completely ideal. It is my aspiration and I’m going for it! Would you?

Let me know what you think! and don’t forget to finish the sentence! Where is your dream place to live?

Love you all,
Gina