Almost two years ago, I had the opportunity to go to Italy for 2 weeks. All. By. Myself.
This was one of the best trips of my life and one of the best moments in my life. You see, this trip was more than a work trip and lavish vacation tied into one for me. It was the time I found the self-love and acceptance I so desperately needed. It was the season of life that I was alone and I was finally okay with that. It was me growing closer to God and thanking him for the many things I had questioned about in my life just three years prior. It was me being so proud of myself and all that I’ve done. And it was me pushing myself out of my comfort zone farther than I ever thought possible. I met so many new people on this trip from all over the world and heard their stories. I learned that no matter the country and cultural differences, we all experience similar struggles whether it’s love or figuring out what we want to do in life. I look back at this video that I made and always smile. Not only am I reminded of the amazing trip I experienced, but I’m reminded of God’s love and faithfulness.
Side note: I traveled to Rome, Trieste, Island of Capri, Venice, Tuscany, and Naples. I got to hike an active volcano, experience a Gondola Ride, throw a coin in the Trevi Fountation, explore the Coliseum, tour a winery, and so much more. Italy is and will always be my first love.
I’ll never forget when I ended a relationship 3 years ago and the variety of mixed reactions I received. Specifically, I’ll never forget a comment one of my co-workers said when I told them about the news of my breakup. They replied with something along the lines of, “Man, it’s going to be hard to find a good guy out there. I’d hate to be dating in today’s day and age.” Geez. Really Betty Jo? That’s what you chose to say in that moment? I look back at it now and just laugh. But, if you’re single, maybe you can relate and have experienced the many things that people have said to you without thinking. Shoot, you may not even be single but can relate to the many things people say to you without thinking.
A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I went to a cute little cafe for lunch. It was a chilly fall Saturday, and I was in the mood for soup and a sandwich. We get to the restaurant and see that it’s busy, as it typically is. I knew what I wanted and was getting excited for the comfort food that would soon be entering my belly. We get to the front and I tell the cashier my order. “I’m sorry ma’am we’re out of that for the day,” the cashier replies to my order, crushing my hopes and dreams (disclaimer: if this post sounds a little dramatic and ridiculous, it’s because it is). Annoyed, I tell my boyfriend to place his order, while I scramble to look at the menu and quickly pick another option. After we order, we go to sit down and wait for our food to come out. After a few minutes, my boyfriend’s food is delivered to the table. I start to get excited, assuming mine must be coming close behind. I continue to wait and watch other people’s food as it gets delivered to their table. I start to realize my boyfriend’s food is going to be cold by the time mine gets delivered. I try to persuade him to begin to eat so he could enjoy his food while it was hot. I’m unsuccessful and we continue to sit there waiting on my food. I slowly start to become more and more annoyed. Next, I look up and see something that maybe you can relate to.