The Method Behind the Madness

Alright, so now that I’ve officially broken my “blogging seal” as I’d like to put it, I’ll go into explaining a bit as to why this masterpiece of a blog is named what it is:)                                                                              
                                                                                                    TAKE OFF TO ANYWHERE                   

So close your eyes and picture this. You’re all geared up and ready to go on this big trip that you’ve had planned for months. Your plane tickets are bought, your hotel reservations are made, and all that’s left is you arriving there in one piece and finding the biggest, coldest drink you can get your hands on…in my case, that would be a margarita, strawberry flavor preferred. You’re sitting on the plane and the captain announces for the flight attendants to prepare for takeoff. You have butterflies in your stomach and your nose, forehead, and practically entire face are pressed up against that tiny hole they call a window. Next thing you know, you’re being launched into the sky, your ears are popping, and all you can think about is how next time you’ll be touching land, you are going to be stepping of into a whole new world (cue Aladdin song here).

Ok, open your eyes now. That feeling of pure and raw excitement is what I’m trying to capture here, because I think that being in your twenties and discovering who you are and what your true passion in life is kind of similar to that feeling of taking off on an airplane. In this case, since I’m here on  this website trying to do my own sort of learning and especially because I have a feeling that this year of my life is going to take me in directions I never dreamed of, this is my version of “the airplane taking off” feeling. I’m not sure if I’m going north, south, west, east, or maybe just in one big circle, and I definitely don’t know where I’m going to land, but I am SO excited to simply be on the plane that will take me there.


So in case you didn’t already know, I’m fluent in Italian.

Ok, maybe that’s not entirely true, or actually not true at all. Anyways, “Dolce Vita” in Italian, means the sweet life. So when I was reflecting on my favorite Italian phrases, some (AKA many) of which I found online,I found this treasure, and immediately knew that this was my “writing motto”, if you will. But maybe it’s not just my writing motto, but also, in a way, my life motto. I mean, who wouldn’t want their life goal to be discovering the sweet life. And I don’t think you can ever really find it, but rather, it’s a quest that you’ll always be on.  It’s the actual quest and search of “the sweet life” that makes our lives, in the very sense of it, sweet.

There is no right way of finding or defining “dolce vita.” However you want to mold it, wherever it may take you, it’s yours.

So here’s to the good life, the sweet life, and the DOLCE VITA


Cookie Cutter Lives

Ok, so I am sitting here now listening to an artist that I always seem to forget about but completely love when I listen to him…Elton John ( I can feel your judgments)..haha. And I’m thinking about how funny it is that many of us have our lives figured out when we are old enough to walk. We all want to go through high school, make it to college, have a blast in college all the while getting top of the chart grades, and then graduate with a dream job and have your white-picket fence and that “ Leave it to Beaver” kind of family. But what if that’s not the end all, do all? What if some of us want something completely different, something that doesn’t follow that straight arrow life that so many people hope for and strive for? Does that make you crazy? Does it come across like you’re afraid to grow up and afraid to accept the “responsibilities” of real life?

This, for myself, has been something I’ve been really struggling with the past few months, or the “dark ages” as I’d like to put it. You have the absolute time of your life in college, and then once you graduate, your old, crazy ways of “living up the weekend” turn into movie nights every night with your cat and parents…hypothetically speaking;) It’s not that I haven’t accepted the fact that I’m out of college, and to be quite honest, I’m actually happy about closing that chapter in my life (mostly due to the fact that I gained 15 lbs. my senior year due to an overdose of late night jalapeno poppers, but you get my point). I graduated college with this weird feeling of having total freedom; of not having to follow that cookie cutter way of life that I’ve experienced up until this point.

Graduation meant infinite possibilities and endless opportunities…this was the time I would look back on when I was 85 years old and say “HOLY MOSES, was I crazy back then.” Think about it, you can go anywhere and do absolutely anything you’ve ever wanted to and you don’t have to answer to anyone about why you want to do what you want to do! (the excuse? You’re in your 20’s and are still young and indecisive and scared of the real world, but whatever works for you). Sure, there’s that minor detail of having a job out of college so you can attempt to start digging your way out of school loans, but that does not, in any way, constrain you from doing something that you want to do, for you and only you. Even if you’re making just enough money to get by, you HAVE to take advantage of this time and do what’s right for you. I’m clearly no life coach…I can barely get a hold of what I want eat for lunch let alone knowing what I want to do for the rest of my life….and I certainly do not have decades of experiences that testify to this, but what I do know, is that I want every second of my life to be remarkable.

Like anyone, I worry about how much money I will make and where I will live when I’m older, but for now, for this time being, all I want is to achieve the utmost happiness every single day of my life, no matter what I’m doing. New experiences are richer than any amount of money you make at a job, and, (CAUTION, super corny line ahead) there is no price you can put on LIVING LIFE.

So what are you doing reading this? GO LIVE IT

(Just kidding about the reading part, please keep reading my blog, you can live your life later)