Dream big, work hard, make it happen!

14 Oct

2020 has not been a easy year for many people! My girlfriends have gone through a lot- divorce, death, illness , work changes and self doubt to name a few.

But what 2020 has taught me that we are confident, independent, strong, resilient women who can do anything, be anything and strive for anything!

The strongest of women can be knocked down by life events no matter what they may be. But what I find so inspiring is how those women rise up and become even better version of themselves.

Be it your business growing, finding a new love, getting fit or reaching your goals you can do it!

We are never too old, to tired, to down and our to change your life, change your goals and change your outcome! Nothing is out of reach, nothing is too hard and nothing can keep you down!

Here are my top tips for dreaming big!

1- Dream Board– create a board of all your dreams. Cut out pictures, motivation quotes and put it up for you to see every day.

2- Goal setting– create yearly goals to strive for.

3- Mentor– find a mentor to assist in your journey and meet often for coffee or wine to help guide you.

4- Support crew – surround yourself with fabulous, fierce, positive women!

No matter what you do, believe in yourself that you can do it! It is time to prioritize yourself, your journey and your life!

Motherhood is not for the faint hearted …

16 Sep

Those of us dream of motherhood have a idea, a image of how motherhood would be. The pretty , well put together mother, the well behaved children enjoying time together.

Well squash that notion and here is realty. Motherhood is hard! It is not all rosey and most the time I fins it hard to find time to have shower let alone look put together.

The mums that have it together I salute you but also what is your secret? My guess wine!

When we got pregnant I never thought motherhood would be as it had been. We have had two preemie kids, living abroad at the time, I am not put together and it is not easy. I figured if I got to one year old the rest would be ok. Boy was I wrong, every age has it’s challenges and victories.

Motherhood has changed me. It has taught me so much and given me self awareness I didn’t know I needed. It is a magical experience which I am so thankful we have had.

As I see friends with new babies, strangers with baby bellies and mothers going for another baby it brings back the journey that has brought me to where I am today.

We have a 4 year old son and almost 6 year old daughter. I feel we are in the sweet spot, out of nappies, in elc or school, more independent and are a joy to spend time with.

To the mothers still in the trenches it does get better and you will get to the light, I assure you. So to new mums everywhere here is my top tips on surviving the first year of parenthood

1- Breath – take a deep breath you can do this!

2- Lower your expectations – don’t expect too much of yourself, your child or the parenthood experience. Be realistic with your expectations.

3- Enjoy every moment – take in and enjoy every single moment as that go so quickly.

4- Take time to spend with your partner– it is important to prioritize your relationship with your partner. Go on a date night, have a date night in or plan a outing.

5- Newborn fog does disappear – the newborn fog feels like it stays around forever but I promise you by 4 months the fog has disappeared.

6- Don’t always follow the books – parenting books are great as a guide but they are not a bible and aren’t always right so take some advice and ditch the rest.

7- Ask for help– ask for help if you need it, ask questions to your girlfriends and reach out to friends and family.

8- Gather your tribe – it takes a tribe to raise a child so gather your tribe, friends, family, medical professionals.

As we all navigate parenthood, enjoy every moment, treasure every memory and most of all enjoy the ride!

Inspiring women, inspiring you!

8 Sep

Each woman has a girl tribe. Each women has inspiring women in their life. Confident, independent, strong, caring women!

Instead of jealousy we need to raise up together and take on the world. Women hold up half the sky and we need to encourage our girlfriends to do exactly that.

My girlfriends are some of the best people I know. They are inspiring, great mothers, real women, independent taking on the wide world. Each of them have taught me something in life or made me realize something in myself I didn’t know I knew.

Instead of wanting what your friends have, jealous of the life they have or envious of something in their life, I encourage you to rise up and embrace yourself and encourage your girlfriends to be the best they can be. Together we can take on the world.

So with that here are my top tips to rise up!

1- Motivate– Motivate each other and yourself. Find what lights your fire and light it!

2- Encourage– encourage yourself and friends to have faith, be positive and encourage.

3- Believe– believe in yourself and believe in others. Belief goes a long way and is very powerful.

4- Empower– empower everyone around you. Empower yourself and your friends.

5- Inspire– inspire in your own life and in others.

Most of all have faith. If you are in a tunnel and the lights are out, go down and light the bloody light yourself.

Don’t just be, do!

From vacation to staycation!

28 Aug

We are all urning for a overseas getaway but that is no more for now with COVID in full affect. So why not rediscover your region. From day trips to weekend getaways to week long adventures. It is time to get to know your Neighbour again and discover what you have been missing.

As you all know I live in Adelaide, Australia. We are so fortunate to live in South Australia where you can enjoy beach, hills, outback, vineyards to name a few so let’s rediscover South Australia.

Top places

1- Mclaren Vale– surrounded by fabulous wineries, local markets, great restaurants there is a lot to see. Some of our top wineries are Woodstock and Gem Tree.

2- Limestone Coast – Discover the seaside town of Robe. From local light house, delicious seafood to local brewery.

3 – Eyre Peninsula– visit Port Lincoln, swim with the tuna, enjoy the local seafood and near by towns of Coffin Bay.

4- The Riverland– Uncover what the locals are talking about, the big orange, Banrock Station, the lavender estate to name a few.

5- Barossa– one of my favorite regions. Dine at Maggie Beer Farm, enjoy chocolate at The Barossa Chocolate Company, run around at The Barossa Adventure Station and sip on delicious wines at Whistle winery, Bethany Estate or Seppelts.

6- Semaphore– a ocean gem and sometimes forgotten. From the playground on the beach, local fish and chips, kids train to beach galore.

7- Flinders Ranges – Get out to the outback. Take a 4wd, go camping, visit the Prairie Hotel.

8- Fleurieu peninsula – A great day trip to visit Port Elliot, Victor Harbor. There is mini golf, granite island, beach, camel rides and so much more.

9- The Adelaide Hills- only a short drive from the cnd but so much to discover. From wineries as Bird in hand, Nepenthe or Pike & Joyce to fabulous restaurant at The Lane or Lot 100. Make a day of it and visit the German town of Hahndorf.

10- Adelaide– the city is not to be miss try chocolate at Haighs, but’s at Charlesworth Nuts, take a walking tour or the free bus tour.

No matter where you go and what you do South Australia is brilliant and has so much to offer each and everyone of you, no matter what your interests.

So get amongst it, enjoy the Spring season and rediscover why we are so lucky to live in South Australia!

Expat no more! Covid we stay!

25 Aug

This time last year we had never heard or used the word Covid and yet today we all use it daily around the world. It is universal!

So what happens to expats abroad during Covid. Do you stay or do you go ? Do you wait it out or do you head to your homeland? Each scernerio is different, each family is different.

We are in Australia after moving from Italy last year. We were fortunate enough to not have to make this decision. I have often thought what if we were still in Turin, Italy or San Francisco, California two of which are the worst area for covid outbreak.

We are now in a time where travel is limited, where people are losing jobs, were family is not reachable and people are dying. No one could of predicted that 2020 would turn out this way.

This is a time I am fortunate to be in Adelaide near family, where Covid cases are limited and in my home country. But with that we are still affected, we can’t see my husband family in Victoria and NSW or visit my family in Queensland.

We all had goals for 2020 and what we wanted to achieve.

Here is my goal list for 2020-

1- Focus on my overall health

2- Complete my qualification

3- Return to work

4- Travel to new places

5- Sing in a show or group

So some of these goals I am working towards while others I have hit a road bump. Travel to new places are limited to South Australia.

I joined a singing group but sadly due to Covid it was shut down and they are unsure they will continue due to funding.

This year I have thought about my goals and refocused as at the end of the day being content and happy is equally fulfilling as reaching goals. It is time to stop and smell the roses and enjoy every moment.

So as we continue into 2020 I hope we can all stop and smell the roses, appreciate what we have and the lives we live and most of all be thankful for family and friends

New year, new goals …..

6 Dec

For as long as I can remember each year on new year eve, I have created 5 goals for the following year. I write them down on paper and then put it in the back of the freezer.

So with 24 days until New Year’s Eve it is time to make my goals. Goals, I find are a focus for the year ahead. Sometimes they are achieved and sometimes I arnt.

Goals could be anything, something like learn to ride a bike or study a language or travel to Paris. No goals is too big or to small to consider.

The last 10 years, my goals have been more specific to what I could do in the the country, I was living in. Rather than the goal being something, I in the long term wanted. So this year it is really special as I am back in a Australia and are able to really truly think about what I want to aim for and know I can achieve it.

This year especially has been difficult for a lot of people, including myself, in my life due to health reason, death in the family, and life events. So this year I ask each and everyone to make a goal list. 5 goals that you want to achieve for 2020.

Here is my goal list for 2020-

1- Focus on my overall health

2- Complete my qualification

3- Return to work

4- Travel to new places

5- Sing in a show or group

I hope 2020 bring everyone joy, happiness and love. May the year be filled of magical mintie moments and wet your pants laughter and may we all find happiness.

Share your goals with me and message or post.

The loop continues…

4 Nov

 

This post is long over due! People say to me, Sarah I know when things a hectic as you are quiet. Of which I am normally loud!

Well in this case it is true! Since my last post a lot has happened. So drum roll please, you guessed it we moved .

Where did we move to you may ask ? It is a beautiful place, amazing beaches and landscape, far across the seas, known for its vegemite and cute Koloa and kangaroo. You guess it Australia!

I know, shocked! I was too! I am going home. Yes you heard me returning to my homeland.

My love for Italy goes deep, from the friends we made, the culture, the fabulous food and wine and the history. But an opportunity was given for us to move back to Australia. After many many years abroad the time was now.

So I am writing this post in Adelaide, Australia. For those of you who don’t know Adelaide, it is in South Australia and where I grew up and went to high school.

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This is the first time I have lived in Australia with my husband and children. So it has been 6 months since our return and let me tell you, I love it!

Repatriating is no easy ride and I am often asked what tips do I  have for moving but also for repatriating.

So here are my hot tips on making repatriating easier!

1- Go with no expectations – don’t assume it will be as you left it. Friends move on, things change.

2- Don’t solely rely on your past network – your network will of course be important but don’t solely rely on it. Get out there and make new friends!

3- Rediscover the city– cities change and develop, so get out and see your new city. Try a walking tour, taste the new restaurants or try a new activity.

4- Make a plan– on arrival make a plan on what you and your family goals are and make it happen then reassess every 12 months.

5- Time– it takes time to acclimate and adjust to any country or city. So allow yourself time to do so. Don’t rush the process

As I start on a new chapter, I am hopeful and happy and know the best is yet to come!

If you have want to write a blog, have a topic you would like me to post about or just a question, send me a message .

So long for now, next time I promise will be sooner than the last xox

 

Spring in Italy

18 Apr

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As the snow starts to melt away on the mountains, the flowers are in bloom and every third person is eating gelato you know it is spring time. 

Italy is magical is spring. It isn’t the busy season yet, the perfect weather and the smell of flowers are in the air.

This year was my first Italian winter, to say it was an experience was a understatement. This Aussie is not use to snow, cold and wet weather. Let alone navigating a double stroller through it. So the day when the sun is shining and the weather is above 15 degrees it is like Christmas. 

Italians have a love of life and enjoy it in every way. From long lunches, to aperitivo in the piazza to spending Sundays with family, they take every moment and turn it into a memory. 

The pace of life is different in Italy. No one is ever in a rush. It isn’t a rat race and because of that people seem to be more relaxed. As I see people walking across the piazza it appears they have no care in the world. Now that may not be the case but to be relaxed and I would say carefree is blissful. 

Spring time. Is my favorite season. I love the smell in the air, the atomosphere and the excitement of summer approaching. This year unlike other years I thought I would make 10 spring time goals for the season. 

1- Eat gelato often 

2- Enjoy the sunshine 

3- Attend the flower festival 

4- Visit the seaside 

5- Enjoy the seasonal foods 

6- Visit the wine region 

7- Try new types of white wine 

8- Enjoy local arts and music 

9- BBQ often 

10- Attend an Italian cooking class 

 

So to my fellow readers enjoy the spring time and come up with your own goals to enjoy the season.

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The art of coffee and blind friend dates!

13 Apr

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I have a love for coffee! For the smell, tasting that first sip of fresh brewed coffee to socializing with friends over a coffee. 

Italy is famous for coffee! They have some of the best coffee in the world and it is a true art form to make it.

Coffee can mean a lot to a lot of people. From making a new friend over coffee, to a first date, to a long overdue catch up to a blissful moment alone with your cup of coffee. 

Being a expat you meet new people all the time. The art of asking someone to coffee is not always easy. I have had a few blind friend dates. From people I met from a group online, to meeting up with someone my friend knows to just catching up for coffee after meeting the person once. 

It can be nerve wracking to ask someone to coffee, to make a new Mum friend or to just have someone to socialize with. But what I have become to realize is most of the time the person you are asking is wanting coffee also. They are just too nervous to ask. Many of my close friends I met by chance or by meeting online. 

So take a chance and next time you meet someone new you would like to socialize with, ask them to coffee! You can always make friends over a good cup of coffee. 

 

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Returning from the land of English!

4 Apr

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Expats have a love for travel, which is also a passion of mine. In the past month we have been to London and Ireland. Both of course are English speaking countries.

Now previously living in the USA, I wouldn’t think about the language of the country we are visiting, especially when it is English, but after living in Italy and visiting Ireland this past week it was interesting to realize how easy visiting a country that speaks your own language is.

Now on arrival into Ireland I did use grazie a few times until I got my bearing but then it was like, wow I can say what ever I want and they understand me. It made me realize just how easy being in a English speaking country is. Also how easy it is to fall back into it.

But what I found most interesting is adapting back to my Italian life. Previously after returning from Australia at Christmas it was very difficult for myself and our children to adjust back to italian life but as time has passed it is becomes easier. This was the first time on return into Italy that it felt like home. It was a weird feeling as it is still so foreign and every day we are learning something new, but this time it felt almost normal and it gave me comfort.

I grew up always wanting to travel and move abroad but I never thought I would live in Italy. I thought my expat experience would end in the USA. But little did I know another abroad assignment was around the corner. What I am starting to realize is being a expat in Europe and more importantly in a foreign speaking country is completely different to that of a English speaking country.

Everyone’s expat experience is unique and different. Each of us face our own challenges, discoveries and journey. Not one expat experience is the same as another. It doesn’t make one better or worse but rather different.

Since arriving in Italy, I have never met so many worldly, transit, inspiration women. It is really mind blowing. Each of them have there own story and each of them has experiences to share. I gain knowledge in those that have moved to non English speaking countries and who have tackled it head on.

As I continue this expat Italian journey, I will strive to face each challenge head on, to emerce myself in the language and culture and gain comfort in other expat women’s abilities to do the same.

So though English is my first language I am striving to make Italian my second. It is about the journey, not the destination!

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