dear italy,
we’re on our way. to you. to your sights and sounds and visions that have made a cozy home inside our dreams these last several months. finally, you are on the immediate horizon. mati and i can’t wait teach in your cozy spaces, to eat your food, to meet your peeps, and to explore your world. we are so very excited and grateful. our husbands are super thankful, too, as they’ll be joining us in all the fun a little later in the game.

photo session with denise at bohophoto.com

and while i’m at it, italy, i want to thank you for giving my dear friend and i one experience we’ll never forget. i’m so going to miss my mati rose in the coming weeks as john and i begin to pack up our apartment and move back north. she’s been a bright sisterly light to this notalwayseasy experience of living in the bay area. and i’m going to miss her terribly. italy will be our last big adventure before our next one (art nest) and i’m sure we’re going to love it. love it. love it.

photo session with denise at bohophoto.com

have i mentioned how unprepared i am for you? how i don’t speak an ounce of your language? and how i’ve done just about zero research on where to go, how to commute, or where to stay? i suppose i’m just up for the adventure of you: one week teaching (totally prepared for that one, i’ll admit), and almost 1.5 weeks exploring (this is the part where you’re totally unplanned). i’m ready to wander your streets and go with the flow, whatever and wherever that may be. i’m not even nervous.

photo session with denise at bohophoto.com

the last time i saw you i was 24 years old, not yet married, but very much in love. your magnificent cinque terre was a perfect romantic backdrop for our early love. we wandered your streets and windy staircases late at nite, kissing with joyful energy, and chasing the butterflies of our nervous, in love hearts. we had the best meal of our lives with you, drank wine on your cliffs, and dreamt out loud about our future life together. now, many moons later, we’re returning to you for more romance, more dreams, more perspective. and italy, we could really use all the encouragement and romance you can offer. because, quite frankly, we’re a little exhausted and in the middle of big life transitions. we’d love it if you gave us some of your magic again. okay?

photo session with denise at bohophoto.com

if i forget to thank you while i’m there, thank you. thank you for the gift of this opportunity. for your beautiful and rich history. for your adventurous ways. for your friendship. for your gentle kindness which we’re all so ready to receive. and please, if you would be so kind, keep us safe.

see you soon….

ps:i’ll be offline for a bit while i’m in italy…see you on the flipside (with photos!).
ps1: all photos of me and mati were taken by the lovely denise andrade.
ps2: giveaway #2 winner is natalie b
ps3: giveaway #3 winner is tiffany
thanks so much to everyone for playing along! winners, please get in touch with me so we can coordinate…

Hi, I'm Kelly Rae Roberts!

Before I picked up my first paintbrush at the age of 30, I was a medical social worker. I followed my whispers and started playing with paint and everything changed. Now I’m a full-time artist, author and Possibilitarian, who helps women explore their creativity, nourish their souls and build a thriving creative business.

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