We’re baaaaccck…well sort of anyway. The blog has taken a big hit do to life getting in the way but with some new adventures on the horizon, I’m going to try & get back at it although admittedly it will be skewed more towards the travel side as opposed to the CrossFit/workout side. While CrossFit is still very much a part of our lives, be it in an actual box or simply doing our own thing at home, current life goals & realities have caused that part to become secondary. Let me explain…

We are going to be living in Italy for the next 3 months. Many view this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and adventure but for us it will hopefully be a prelude to something greater (and more permanent). While it definitely is the right choice for us, it is also scary and unnerving and exciting all at the same time. I suppose any major life choice can be the same; but in this case we are leaving behind all our stuff (except clothes & dogs) including terminating our lease, shoving everything into storage & taking off. Oh and we’re bringing our two chihuahua’s as well. (The fun there is for a later post)

Why did we decide to do it? When taking an honest look at our circumstances (and finances) we found that the only thing really keeping us here was ourselves & fear of the unknown. We had a desire to help other people more & having found out about the opportunity to share our faith with refugees living in Italy, we thought this a chance we couldn’t pass up. Life also gave us an additional push since I had still been dealing with the death of my mom, my dad’s remarriage, my wife’s family up & moving to Washington State and just general stress in daily life from the routine. All this culminated in a decision that proved to be easier to make than we thought. But then came the planning…ugh.

I enjoy planning out things like this actually. Exploring options, figuring out locations, times, opportunities, etc and actually making reservations and plans it exciting to me. But all that really comes to a head when you realize the trip is only a week or two away & you still have a ton of stuff left to do. Remember: we weren’t just going on a long vacation; we were moving out of our rental house, packing clothes for multiple needs and selling off excess items that we just plain didn’t need anymore. It’s unsettling watching one’s whole life fit into a 10×10 storage unit. It’s also unsettling paying some $200+ a month to house all your junk.

So, long story short (too late?) we packed up, caught our flight and have now been living just outside of Florence (Firenze) for the past week and a half or so. Overall, no regrets about leaving, but truth be told, there’s been some learning experiences, some trials & errors, and I plan to share as much as possible with you over the next 3 months. The goal will be at least one big post per week, with perhaps smaller ones here & there about interesting finds or discoveries.

If there’s any specific questions you have or things that you’d like to know, please leave a comment & I’ll do my best to help out.