I came across this quote a while back and it kinda just “hit me” in the gut. “The most destructive thing I’ve ever done is believe someone else’s opinion of me” I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this quote… How many times, in our lives, people put us down and bully us without knowing the full story? How many times have we been compared to others and we are told we do not “measure up” to them? As if living is a competition on who is more educated, more beautiful, or who makes more money? I’ve learned along the way that the most wonderful people I’ve ever met are not the most successful, nor the most educated. The most wonderful people are those who are caring and compassionate, who have empathy and know that a kind word goes a long way. You know, those people that know whenRead More →

The other day I came across a post about “9 things Italians living in the US will miss“, and while I concurred with everything posted, the one that spoke to me most was the one about family living close by. Oh, how I miss that! But it goes further than that. It’s the whole culture, the whole mindset that came to mind while I was reading this post. The mindset of caring for one another in a broader sense. In the U.S. most kids move away from home, following job opportunities across the country, moving far away from home, often right at the age of 18. It’s not like Italians are not like that, but they are the minority. Money does not drive us. Family does. We are always together, while the only time a whole family comes together in the US is for big holidays such as Thanksgiving. So,Read More →