I’m moving to Italy <3

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?

One thought on “I’m moving to Italy <3

  1. I really do hope all goes well in your preparations and that you can live out your dream of spending some time in Italy!
    With your fluency in Italian and As an EU citizen you should have less difficulty to adapt to your life in Italy!
    You also have nice family friends in Italy which will be helpful I look forward to visiting you after you get settled in Italia!

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