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Journey to the Italian Dream – At last we’re on our way

Since starting this blog it has been you my friends who have kept our spirits up, encouraged, shared and given our family a gift I never imagined that day I wrote my very first post.

This has been a long time coming yet now the time is here to finally share with you our great news I feel overwhelmed with gratitude. I’d love you’d like to know how I feel right now so please take a moment to listen to this track and know that I am sending these words to you.

A movie that has long been a huge favorite of mine, and although the context is out I hope you’ll get the sentiment. This song still has the power to move me to tears and is one of my special ways to say thank you.

On Monday our house sale went unconditional, it was also a day fraught with emotional overload around a family issue we’ve been working through. I found it almost impossible to share our great news with you all then, so now is our chance to sit back and take it all in.

This dream we dreamed is underway, we move from our home next week and head to Scarborough to finish off the units.

Then yes at last board that plane and head off into the unknown adventure that we have so longed for.

Our plans are to leave from Melbourne (where the tough part awaits…saying goodbye to my Mum, family and friends) late February. Which means our children will get to see out the school year with friends and we will miss an Italian Winter and go straight into Spring.

So I’d like to dedicate this post to all the dreamers out there who dream big dreams….without you all the world would be a dull place indeed.

with love Lisa x

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30 days of indie travel – day 4 – Mistakes

Throughout the month of November, BootsnAll is inviting bloggers from around the world to join them in a daily blogging project – the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project

Day Four:  Mistakes

I am a Landmark Education graduate. Why is this relevant I hear you all asking. Well the biggest travel mistake I made as a graduate was also the best one of my life.

All my life I’ve had it that I’m a ditz, a scatterbrain, forget my head if it wasn’t screwed on…you know the drill. I would ride to the Milk Bar for my Mum and forget what I’d been sent to buy. Ride home again, Mum would write a list and off I’d head for try two. Get to the shop and I’ve left the note behind, eventually after a few more trips the job would be done.  Once we were taking our son to daycare….I got out of the car and had walked to the door before Sam beeped the horn. I’d left Luca in the car….this is my life.

Seriously my life was a constant game of making mistakes and then beating myself up over them.

It wasn’t bad enough that other people felt free to comment on my forgetfulness. I also had a dialogue going on in my head something like this, “What an idiot, God I’m just an idiot!” followed closely by “Quick cover up so nobody knows what an idiot I am”.

Four years ago I made a doozy of a travel mistake, typical Lisa, what an idiot!

I’m standing at the check in counter at Sydney airport with friends. We’d just finished our fourth weekend of the Introduction Leaders Program and we were all floating on air and possibility. At last I felt “grown up” had it all under control, taking massive strides in my life. Then I got to the front of the queue. No flight information in my bag.

When I took on the Introduction Leaders Program I booked all my flights in advance. I remember as I was booking the last flight the phone rang and I thought I’ll book that flight later.

Guess who forgot??

There goes that voice in my head and it’s having a field day!

A new flight was going to cost me $473 and I’d have to change airlines and leave my friends. “Idiot, Idiot, Idiot, and how could I hide it from Sam?”

The older man at the ticket counter couldn’t believe how calm I was, “most people would be yelling at us by now” he said.

Waiting for that flight was the most life altering, peaceful time in my life. The voice was gone, I mean totally gone! It never came back. All the training I had undertaken with three years at Landmark kicked in. I was free, and it felt wonderful.

The person that I know myself to be is Inspiration, Passion and Leadership… So if you have a dis-empowering voice in your head take heart, you can change the conversation you have with yourself.

What conversations have you been having lately?

Signatureand the gang x

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