When I first started this blog it was because I wanted a way to stay passionate about Italy. I had just graduated college and after four years of studying Italian culture and language, I was slightly depressed about the fact that my life no longer included this weekly dose of la dolce vita.
At first I decided I would continue my studies on my own, purchasing every book about Italy on Amazon that sparked my interest (some of which still remain on my bookshelf today). Yet somehow reading wasn’t enough. I wanted a real interaction, but mostly I craved a challenge.
That was how ItalyProject365.com was born.
My challenge? 365 days of blogging about Italy.
Of course, the blog was pretty scrappy looking and I’m pretty sure the only one who read it was my mom. Which was fine – I was doing it mostly for myself.
Lately I’ve started feeling a lot like I did when I graduated college. I live in Italy – I’m living my dream! But like everyone else, I get bored sometimes. Life is life, no matter where you are in the world, and that means I still have to do the laundry and grocery shopping.
Many of my expat friends say the same thing: they often miss out on the things happening around them and rarely take advantage of some of the unique things that Italy has to offer. Like visiting a museum or going to a food festival.
Which has got me thinking – why are we not seizing the day my friends? We have Italy at our fingertips and yet we still stay inside our little Italian flats watching New Girl episodes and checking our Facebook every 5 minutes (okay, this may not be true for all, but in my circle of friends it happens). I’m not saying downtime and relaxing at home is bad, but that we just need to get out there a live a little more often.
In reality, this challenge is for everyone no matter where you are. Get your butt off the sofa and get our there. Carpe diem! There is a beautiful world out there to discover.
I don’t know about you, but when I want to make a resolution to myself I must have a way to hold myself accountable. Blogging has been a great way to do that. If I post a promise here, I kind of have to follow through with it otherwise my readers will be like “That blogger is a total liar! What a hypocrite!”.
Which brings me to The Italy Challenge.
The Italy Challenge
Who this challenge is for: anyone living in Italy. I challenge you to discover Italy (or perhaps rediscover it). I dare you to dig deeper, go beyond your daily routine and find a new perspective. Focus your senses on something that perhaps you would not normally notice and reflect on it.
How this challenge works: once a week I’ll post a new challenge theme on the blog. You can join in the challenge and challenge others whenever you want. If you’d like to share your challenge experiences, simply use the hashtag #italychallenge for Twitter/Instagram posts.
Challenge winners: After the challenge week is up, I’ll pick 3 Italy Challenge winners to share on the blog. Submit your challenge results via Twitter/Instagram by using the hashtag #italychallenge. If you have a story that you’d like to share, leave me a message on the contact page.
Ready, set, VAI!