Throwback Thursday – Mama Mia, I went to Italy!

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.

Cruise 2018 Vlog

I used to go on cruises with my best friend and her family almost every summer after high school and throughout college.  We would have so much fun and made so many memories together.  Well, it was only fitting that we plan our own “single girls” trip recently since we are all grown now. 😉  Here’s the highlights from our trip!!

Some random/funny facts about our trip:
  • The weather was cloudy the entire trip. We literally only got 2 hours of sunlight on one day and that was it the entire vacation!
  • Although we went to the Bahamas, with the weather acting like it was, we called the trip our “Alaskan Cruise”.
  • Ashley and I made more friends with the crew than with other guests on the ship.
  • We are pros at the Cupid Shuffle, Wobble, Cha Cha Slide, and now the biker shuffle.
  • The boat we went on was the Carnival Elation and docked out of Jacksonville, Florida.
  • The Carnival Elation is a smaller ship and the port at Jacksonville was basically a Warehouse.