As some of you may know by now, I am moving to Italy in January. It’s been a dream of mine for the last 10 years and it’s finally coming to fruition.
Things in my life were lining up in a way that seemed like it could work, so I decided to take the leap and go for it. Who knows when (or if) I’ll get a another chance like this?
It was about a year ago now that I seriously started considering a move to Italy. In the dead cold of a Canadian winter’s night, in a freezing car (which had formed ice on the interior of its windshield)– eyes watering, nose running, skin painfully dry, fingers and toes completely numb– I remember saying to my boyfriend that next year, I was officially SKIPPING the winter. He agreed.
Well, looks like our wish is finally coming true. But it hasn’t been easy- we got extra jobs, have been saving as much money as we can, and have made the decision to put our business on hold– all to go live out this Italian-dolce-vita-pizza-eating dream.
But real talk: we haven’t pulled it off yet, and some part of me isn’t entirely sure it will happen… I don’t want to let myself get too excited yet because I’m afraid it won’t work out and that my dreams will be crushed. And even though I have this amazing adventure to look forward to, we’ve been facing a ton of administrative hurdles and legal questions about labour and immigration in a foreign country. And the job search has been bleak.
The whole thing has been getting me down lately. It’s Christmas time and I just want to be buying presents for everyone and spend entire days wrapping (I am low key obsessed with wrapping presents), but I honestly can’t afford to do any Christmas shopping this year if I’m going to Europe. I’ll need to live off my savings as long as possible until I can get a job- otherwise I’m coming home in April and will probably give up on following my dreams forever and get a job in the federal government as an analyst (shudder) or as a junior associate in a law firm (triple shudder).
Anyway, I heard that the best things are those that you worked incredibly hard for. Let’s hope that’s true. In the meantime, chin up and solider on.
And also can I please wrap your Christmas presents for you?