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This Week In Italy (The Entrepreneur's Dream)

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This Week In Italy (The Entrepreneur's Dream)

Today, I am feeling so EXCITED and GRATEFUL. I'm so grateful to get to talk with a few of my clients today - some insanely inspiring women! Seriously, these ladies are killing it! And after that...

We finish packing for ItalY!!

My husband, tot (Finn) and I leave tomorrow for a 2-week trip in Italy, and I feel like I could just pinch myself! I can't wait to get there.

While I am so grateful to be able to begin an adventure to my favorite place again, there was a lot of prep involved in taking this vacation. One of the primary goals in starting my own coaching practice, was that I wanted to be more in control of my time and energy and to do something that would serve other women.

Taking care of myself and prioritizing my needs is essential to me, so I had to prep in order to fully take these two weeks "off". I believe deeply in self care and putting personal wellness as high priorities for anyone, not just entrepreneurs. How can you serve your clients best, or take care of your family, or be super efficient at work, if you aren't taking excellent care of yourself?

You can download my FREE guide below to read more about how I prepped everything in my business so that I could fully immerse myself in the heaps of pasta I'll be eating in just a few short days.

Now... back to daydreaming about sweet, sweet Italy! Here's what I'm looking forward to:

  1. Visiting Florence, and Naples/Sorrento/Pompei/Amalfi Coast area, AND Cinque Terre. All places I've never been before.
  2. Taking in some sweet, sweet architecture and eating leisurely outdoor meals at the cafes or on our balcony.
  3. Train rides from city to city through the Italian countryside during Fall. I can't wait to see those leaves changing!
  4. Reliving my memories of that time I was in Rome, and Sting showed up and decided to play a FREE concert near the Forum. Ticked off SEVERAL life goals in that one night alone. Visit the Forum for the first tiem. See Sting live in concert. Go to concert with my BFFs in a foreign country. 
  5. Less crowds. Traveling during the Fall helps to avoid the tourist season in many places.
  6. CARBS. I don't eat a ton of carbs, so I'm going to carb-load on some bolognese and arrabbiata pasta, and I'm not ashamed of it. Look for TONS of food pics on my Instagram, Facebook Page and maybe a Periscope or two starting Wednesday! I'm @alliehorner on IG and @allisonhorner on Periscope.
  7. Saying cheesy things like, "WHEN IN ROME!"... because we're literally going to be ringing in my 30th birthday IN ROME - my favorite city!
  8. Having some espresso so bold and smooth that it'll bring tears. Every parent's DREAM.
  9. Staying in AirBnbs. We rent our home out on AirBnb (WHY not have some passive income?), and I think the BEST way to experience a city like Rome is to live in a temporary apartment rather than a hotel. Plus, one of the families lives right next door and their nana is insisting on cooking for us so she can squish my little bambino's cheeks... and I honestly don't mind at all. I love that!
  10. Seeing my hubs and son experience the awe that is Italy for the first time ever. 
  11. SHOPPING. One of my biggest regrets from past trips was not shopping a little bit more. So I'm going to make that happen this time.
  12. Coming back to my 90 day group of aspiring entrepreneurs which is starting in October!

A photo of my own from Rome in 2011. (That's not me walking, BTW.)

Tell me: what else would you recommend we absolutely see or do, or where we should eat? 


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Speaking Truth: One of my deepest desires...

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Speaking Truth: One of my deepest desires...

The legendary logo in New Buffalo, Michigan.

The legendary logo in New Buffalo, Michigan.

It is August already! How does this happen!? 

For me August is all about the beach and the sense of vacation - whether lake or ocean. We don't exactly have many of those in Colorado (land-locked state), so every time we're back in Chicago, I try to make a trip up to Michigan for a weekend. FYI - if you've never stopped at Redamak's in New Buffalo, MI, you're missing out! 

There is this happy place in me that is always activated deep down when I think of summers in Michigan. But there's an even happier place for me than any beach or cabin: Pennellwood Resort. My family and several close family friends went to Pennellwood for a week every summer for over 15 years... until it closed while I was in college. 

A photo from way, way back of the dining hall, horseshoes and shuffleboard tournaments. 

There was something absolutely magical about the Dirty Dancing-style resort in southern Michigan.

It wasn't that it appealed to me when I was a kid; it was still one of my favorite places through high school, through college... I always looked forward to going to Pennellwood. I wanted to work there in the summer one day, like the waitresses I idolized. I loved the musty old cabins and the worn wood in the dining hall entrance, and how everything smelled like cedar. I loved the sound of the shuffleboard and ping pong table. I loved kayaking on the river or hiking in the creek in the woods.

I wanted to have my wedding there, and when it closed, I didn't want to have a wedding at all anymore, because I could never have it at Pennellwood. It may sound crazy, but I love it to this day, even though the cabins have been torn down, the rec hall is gone, the dock is roped off and the pools are empty.

Now, this may sound sad or crazy to some, but one of my deepest, utmost desires is to one day re-open Pennellwood - to make it once again the magical place that it was. 

This is a deep, constant desire of mine. No matter where I am, or what I want, or who I'm with, or what I'm doing... this desire remains in the back of my mind. I kept telling myself that it was childish for a long time, and tried to push it away... but with the transformation of myself that I've gone through over the past year, I've realized that what I loved about Pennellwood is totally worth sharing. It was the sense of community, the feeling of happiness from everyone there, the shared knowledge that we all loved this magical place so damn much that we cried every year at the last night's campfire when the staff sang, "I don't really wanna go home now." Most of all, I loved the feeling of freedom found there, with friends old and new.

I want other people to feel that happiness that is brought by that little place in Michian. I want it so badly, that one day, I know it will happen. 

So this is my confession, another step in the process of manifesting a deep desire, is to say it outright to the world with emotion and faith that your words will become truth one day. I believe in my heart that this will come true, and I desire it enough that the How isn't important yet.

What is your deepest passion today? What one desire is always in your mind?


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