love

My 15 Tips for a Successful Long-Distance Relationship

People have always told me that long distance relationships are hard–don’t do them. However, I found someone who I didn’t want to let go of even though I would be 4000 miles away, so lo and behold I would have to navigate the dreaded LDR (Long-Distance Relationship). I’m going to say something right now that… Continue reading My 15 Tips for a Successful Long-Distance Relationship

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Travel

Florence

Florence was my first day trip. It was GORGEOUS. The "duomo," or dome cathedral in the center of the city is just magnificent.  I got into an argument with the guy who was selling these hats, they were listed as being only 5 euros, and the guy wanted to charge me 10, and then when I… Continue reading Florence

lifestyle

A New Kind of New Years Resolution: “The Year of Elegance”

My mother, when she published her first book, decided to rethink the idea of the "resolution" and instead created a "New Year's Theme." Her theme for 2011 was "Put Yourself Out There." She created a command that would dictate how she lived her year. As someone who feels uncomfortable promoting her own work, she wanted… Continue reading A New Kind of New Years Resolution: “The Year of Elegance”

lifestyle

Grandmotherly Advice

While playing hours upon hours of card games with Gramma, it occurred to me once again that she had aged quite gracefully. Wishing to bottle some of that grace up for myself, I asked her for tidbits of all kinds of advice. Over a game of Canasta, she told me about Beauty, Love, Family, Kindness,… Continue reading Grandmotherly Advice

Travel

12 Italian Eating Habits

    1. No salad dressing. Ever. Your lettuce is plain, or has oil/lemon juice. That's all you get. Forget your ranch, caesar, bleu cheese... they don't even know what honey mustard is. 2. Coffee all the time, but it's not portable. You can't just walk around with your mocha frappuccino or tall coffee. You… Continue reading 12 Italian Eating Habits

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10 Things I Learned From Studying In Italy For A Semester

1. Loneliness Studying abroad is an adventure, but it's one that you take on relatively alone. Hello new culture but goodbye family, goodbye friends. You have to start fresh, and if you have only a basic understanding of the language, it will take time to acquire even basic social skills. I had to learn how to tackle… Continue reading 10 Things I Learned From Studying In Italy For A Semester