Sunday, March 18, 2012

Italy - from Vision to Reality: Cloudy Vision

Italy - from Vision to Reality: Cloudy Vision: Buongiorno! Since we postponed our trip to Italy until next year, my vision became cloudy.  I have not been as compelled to listen to and ...

Cloudy Vision


Since we postponed our trip to Italy until next year, my vision became cloudy.  I have not been as compelled to listen to and practice my Italian language CDs, read other Italian blogs, or watch Italian food networks.

This morning, though, I opened and re-read my blog posts and some others that I have links to on my website. 
Love this one from Rebecca...Gnocchi Guruand I am inspired.

Does anyone know of a visual learning tool for learning Italian?  A book or flash cards?  Please post and let me know.  

Ciao!  Kathryn

p.s.  Family update - my mom is doing better today...she has been in the hospital or rehab all but 7 days since the middle of December.  I am grateful for the prayers and well wishes on her behalf. 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Vision the same - time frame changes

Thanks to everyone who is supporting my vision of traveling to Italy.  We are going to have another year to explore the vision and the journey to get there.  A few nights ago over dinner, Rick and I determined that this May/June was approaching quickly and that we weren't ready for our trip yet.  I'm still studying the language, and I want to be in better physical shape for the Earthwatch part of the trip as well as the walking and bicycling parts of the trip.

Another consideration in moving the trip has been my mother's ill health.  My January post told of my mom's health challenges.  She continues to be in the hospital as I post today.  I am so grateful I had the opportunity to spend time with her for a few days in January and I appreciate everyone's prayers and healing thoughts on her behalf. 

My bucket list trip to Italy will be sometime in 2013 (probably May/June).  Between now and then, I will continue to study Italian, exercise and post frequently about all of the magnificent things I am learning and intend to experience once there. 


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Real life events - How they inspire my vision

Real life events since Thanksgiving this year have challenged my belief system and my vision.  I believe that things happen as they are supposed to and that thoughts create our reality.  That is why this vision blog has been so important to me.  I believe if I "put it out there", and take action steps, that this vision, like so many others that have manifested in my life, will become a reality.

When I was young and in junior high and high school, I had lots of friends. Going to 10 elementary schools and 4 junior highs (luckily 1 senior high), I learned how to make friends quickly.   As I matured and my life became full with family and career, I noticed I didn't have a lot of friends.  I had many acquaintences, mostly through my jobs, but not a lot of friends.  I realized that having a friend took more than just being a friend, that it took both people making the friendship a priority in their lives. Mio marito, Rick, is my best friend, hero and love of my life.  There are friends that were in my life for a time but due to geographic or time distance are fondly remembered but are not a part of my life today. 

Bill & Sandi - Christmas 2011
My friend,  Bill has been my best friend since I was 18 years old...I've known him longer than I've known Rick.  Uncle Bill to our daughters, he loves unconditionally, is always reliable and trustworthy.  One of the main reasons we moved to Florida is to be closer to Bill & his wife Sandi, and we now live about 10 minutes apart. 

My sister friend, Marcia, has been my confidante, mentor and shining light.  Just being in her space, to feel her energy, is inspiring, healing and joyful.  She and her husband Chuck, raised three amazing sons, and she was the first person I called when I had parenting challenges.  Marcia's insights, sense of humor and empathy helped me navigate bumpy parental and job-related roads.  We don't see each other or talk to each other as much as we would like, but there is an unbreakable bond that comforts me.  I know if I ever needed Marcia to be by my side, she would be there without question.

My friend and life mentor, R, has helped guide me through some dark times, counseling and loving me through them.  We talk by phone every week, conversations that are often brief, but are touchstones that keep me grounded.  Sometimes, I think R knows me better than I know myself, and she gently reminds me of my truth when I need to be reminded.
Melanie & Kacy

This brings me to my friend, Melanie.  I met Melanie through mutual friends.  A hairdresser with quite a large clientele in St. Louis, she quickly became mine, and Kacy & Emma's.  It is true that hairdressers know everything about us...when we are getting our color done, our eyebrows waxed, out hair cut, styled and blown dry, we spend hours upon hours together over the years.  Melanie became much more than our hairdresser as she became a member of our family.  She attended every celebration...graduations, anniversary parties, weddings.  She was the last stop for Kacy & Emma before their prom dates in High School.  An "old hippie", Melanie entered a room with a sparkling smile, fashionably "cute" outfit and just the right shoes and accessories.  It meant a lot to her to be a part of our family, and vice versa.  She had a lot of clients, but Melanie didn't make a lot of money, so it was really special that she would work to save money so she could come to Florida to see us.  She came in June 2010 and we had the most wonderful time together!  She loved Grouper and had it everywhere we went.  Melanie was going to come see us again this month, January 25.  My dear Melanie passed away suddenly due to surgical complications, the week before Thanksgiving, one week after she retired from her long hairdressing career.  She was surrounded by friends and much love. 
Melanie & Me
Rick and I are going to be in St. Louis to celebrate Melanie's life with her large circle of friends and I am so grateful.  Melanie supported our vision to go to Italy (she actually went to Italy once, shortly before I met her) and loved to talk about it with me.  I feel like I have a vision angel in Melanie and she will be thrilled as Rick and I experience our Italy moments.

Ben & Christopher

The week before Christmas, I lost another friend.  Christopher, the life partner of my friend Ben (who passed away suddenly in October 2010) died of a brain aneurism.  Ben & Christopher lived their lives LARGE.  They did everything together and they loved to travel.  Their facebook pages are filled with photos from their trips.  They inspire me to DO and not just to dream about it.  While I grieve for Christopher and Ben, I am comforted because I believe they are together again, as they should be.  Theirs is a beautiful love story.

My Mom & Me

As I write this, my mom Colleen, who is 75 years young, has been in the hospital for the past week or so.  She has been diagnosed with shingles, which is extremely painful.  She suffers from COPD and has a heart condition as well.  Having her down makes it a challenge for me to continue to focus on my vision of going to Italy.  And yet, I'm inspired to focus on it even more. 

Life is not a dress rehearsal.  It is ours to live, by the choices we make. I encourage us to make choices that support our visions.  So our realities will be inspired, meaningful and memorable.