My blog has allowed me to make some wonderful new blogger friendships and these people continue to inspire and amaze me everyday from all parts of the world!
In December I held my first workshops in Australia and was so fortunate to meet 2 gorgeous women who have been blogging and working towards their dreams. Nothing like putting faces to names after all these years being friends in cyberland and there was the odd tear shed on the day.
Both women are at different stages in realising their dreams but none the less they are taking steps to achieve what they believe in to change their life and really live each day!
Lisa Chiodo from the the blog Renovating Italy has been telling her story since May 2005 about the same time I started my blog and I have been following her from her early days so I know her story well. Lisa has been working towards leaving her life in Australia and moving with her husband and children to live in Italy and renovate their dream home.
No, the image above is not their renovation it is Lisa’s ‘inspiration shot’ the images below are photos of their renovator’s delight!
After many years of planning some major life hurdles and set backs the countdown has finally come 16 days and counting until departure, a collective Bravo to the Chiodo family their Italian Dream in the village of Veravo in Liguria is almost there, give or take a little blood, sweat and tears…
‘Believe you can and you’re halfway there’
~ THEODORE ROOSEVELT
I also had the fortune at my Get Published workshop of meeting the lovely Debra Kolkka from the blog Bagni di Lucca, Debra spends her time between Australia and Ponte a Serraglio in the area Bagni di Lucca which is actually a collection of villages in northern Tuscany.
Debra has almost completed her renovation of their beautiful stone house in Vergemoli which just happens to be in a national park in the Garfagnana, the magnificent mountains near Lucca and Bagni di Lucca, check out the breathtaking view in the images below.
Image Copyright Debra Kolkka
Image copyright Debra Kolkka
Debra is actually in Florence at the moment and as I read her post I was transported back to my life in Florence. I felt like I was on her shopping spree looking at some of my favourite shopping (window only) haunts in my beloved Firenze.
Roberto Cavalli Image Debra Kolkka
I loved meeting these two inspiring and highly motivated women and love that they have allowed us to share their journeys and their new lives. If you feel like leaving your desk, the laundry basket or wherever you are today and flying to Italy check out Renovating Italy and Bagni di Lucca.
You know there are some things you never get over and leaving Italy was one of them for me.
Italy, Ti penso ogni giorno - I think of you every day