It's 01:03 AM. Thursday, July 3. I have just finished my routine sit ups before bed and am wide awake.
During my sits ups, before the pain became distracting, I started thinking about my future. Where I want to be, what I want to do. The same thing kept popping back into focus. Europe. Whilst I know my destination is obvious, I am still unsure of my long term goals both personal and career wise. I thought it might be a good idea to list the goals popping into my head now, that way, I can look back at this post and (fingers crossed) be pleased to see that I have achieved these goals of mine. I am already pleased to be able to tick just one off from the list already.
Here it goes.
- Italian school. It's happening. Earlier this week I signed up for my first semester of Italian school with the Centre of Italian Studies in Melbourne. I ordered my books online and they have already been delivered and are sitting neatly on my desk, waiting to be used. The reason I chose CIS was because of their ability to link students up with schools scattered around Italy as well as allow flexibility with classes here in Melbourne. I can't wait to be able to actually understand my grandparents and parents speak Italian. And be able to converse in their native tounge.
- Study in Florence. The idea had been planted, the destination was unknown. That was until I spoke with my travel agent and decided that Florence would be the home of my italian school for a month in 2014. I am yet to speak with the teachers at CIS to see which provence they recommend but heres hoping they say Florence!
- Four months abroad. I know that this is going to be the biggest challenge for me because I have never been seperated from my family for so long but I know that this is something that I need to do. The thought pops in to my head so often that I actually find it distracting. Four months overseas (give or take a little) is on the agenda for many reasons. Reason one: I love to travel. Reason two: I feel as though I will learn the best Italian if I am forced to speak the language. A month in Florence alone is sure to push me! Reason three: Four months gives me plenty of time take my time and still see everything. Reason Four: I have it in my head that travelling alone will help me find some direction and help me grow. I feel as though right now I am falling victim to settling for the convenient. Settling might be the easy thing to do (and cheaper) however I am confident that it will not bring me happiness. I know that not doing this will be something I live to regret and I won't accept that.
- Take a photography class...in Tuscany. I am a self taught photographer however has always wanted to take part in a photography walk/course in the hills of Tuscany. What better way to learn new things than to be surrounded by endless country side and beautiful horizons.
- Passport Italiano. Apply for my Italian passport, and get it.
- Publish a book. There are countless books and blogs I follow that give me inspiration and trigger the creative animal inside me to come out and play. I want to be one of those people that inspire even just one person to live a life that they deserve. I want to instil hope and happiness into the lives of others and I would love to do that through my photography and writing. Imagine a series of Loneography books! I am!
- HIRED. To be hired in Europe as a freelance photographer. The biggest dream of all.