we’re in northern italy, surrounded by the scenic mountains and crisp air. the towns up here are incredibly quaint with the gorgeous italian alps as their backdrop. wow.
much different than florence and cortona, but we have loved everywhere we’ve been so far. i can hardly wait to share photos.
we are lingering over long meals together (we have no idea what we’re ordering most of the time but we’re enjoying the adventure of food), roaming the cobblestone streets, day dreaming, and connecting. we are loving all the laughter that comes from trying to communicate in a whole new language as we give ourselves permission to make mistakes and go with the flow. i’m reminded just how in love we are with one another, and how well we travel together. i haven’t felt this peaceful in a long while and i’m loving it. i feel stronger, more sure of my sense of direction, both personally and professionally. man oh man. vacations like this really make big differences in the spaces of our hearts that need wide room to breathe. i had no idea until i arrived here just how much i needed it. i am so thankful…
last nite we stayed up very very late to watch the cnn coverage of our election. as the results came in i remembered the first time john and i saw barack obama – it was while watching coverage of the democratic convention a few years ago. we were caught still with hope as he delivered that now famous speech that had us awed with his story and courage. afterward, john looked at me and said “that man is going to be president one day.” and here we are: in italy, many years later, hearts completely swelled with pride as he has indeed won the presidency. i am so proud of our country, of our collective voice for change, for our possibilities. i don’t recall ever feeling so moved by an election. all i know is that i am so grateful to be alive, to witness this history, and to feel the collective energy of our entire world. big stuff.