In the long run

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. Take a photography 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.
  5. Passport Italiano. Apply for my Italian passport, and get it.  
  6. 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!
  7. HIRED. To be hired in Europe as a freelance photographer. The biggest dream of all.