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Warning:  This post is completely superficial and contains shopstyle links that may earn me a few pennies towards a future adventure.

I’m not going to lie. The unseasonably warm temperatures this weekend have me feeling COMPLETELY ready for spring. It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve done any shopping and yesterday morning, I found myself browsing all my favorite websites to check out what’s coming.  With the promise of an adventure on the horizon, I’ve pulled together a collection of my favorite spring dresses for Italy.
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Spring Dresses for Italy

If you know me at all, you’ll know that I don’t typically wear long dresses. But these dresses have me swooning and imagining long leisurely dinners at sunset on the Vernazza harbor.  I purchased a Rachel Pally dress for the L.O.N.G. flight to China and I’m completely obsessed with how soft it is.  (I’m still kicking myself for not buying the one Amanda wore in Arizona – it was on super sale!  I wish I had pulled the trigger on it!)  I can imagine wandering the streets of Florence wearing this navy dress with my husband before slipping into the Golden View for chianti and jazz.

I’m imagining sipping bellinis and listening to string quartets serenade San Marco long into the evenings in Venice.  This striped number or even the brocade floral dress would take me back in time I’m sure.  With short, casual stripes, I can imagine making pesto in Cinque Terre again, enjoying the warm as I roam Manarola. Maybe I’ll stop to enjoy an ice cold limoncello on the walk back this time.  Maybe I’ll take in the Accademia or the Uffizi in Florence for a few hours to escape the crowds during the day.  Or maybe I’ll just sit on the steps of the Piazzale Michelangelo and watch the sun set over the Ponte Vecchio.

Oh yes, all these spring dresses for Italy have me feeling some kind of way… nostalgic for trips past and excited for adventures anew.  Now, I just need a plan.

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for more Florence postcard photos (along with tips and tricks):

florence postcard photos – 2015florence travel guide, st. regis florence,

st. regis florence river view, pizzale michaelangelo, and honeymoon in florence

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It’s hard to believe it’s only been a week since I met up with Katie for a lunch date in Michigan!!  If I’m being completely honest, I’ve been sick since I got back on Saturday night.  Up until yesterday, I hadn’t eaten since Monday.  I ended up in the ER for fluids and drugs on Wednesday… and I’m still not totally healed, but at least I’m keeping liquids in my body for more than 10 minutes now.  YAY!

Now, keeping with this month’s theme… let’s get to the good stuff and talk about professional success in 2017… better known as the moments that have brought me great joy (among all the tough ones – devos, I’m looking at you).

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Professional Success in 2017

  • I have been asked to serve on the Cal Tech Advisory Board.  Somewhere in heaven my dad is saying, “YES!  She’s finally using the engineering degree to do something positive!”  While I don’t know about ALL THAT, I do know that I’m super excited and totally honored to have been asked to serve with such a great group of professionals.  (Let’s just appreciate Sara-with-engineering-degree, shall we?)

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  • In other professional accomplishments, I found out that I’m definitely presenting at TACAC (got 1 out of 2 proposals accepted!), so you’ll definitely see me living out at least one of my 2017 travel plans in San Antonio in April!  I’m super excited about this because I’m presenting with some great colleagues on a topic that is sure to ruffle a few feathers… and we all know how much I enjoy doing that.  😉
  • Last week I got an email from a college on Ohio letting me know that another college in Ohio (lol) had named me as one of the people they wanted on their visit program… so for a few days in March, I’ll be headed to Ohio to visit a handful of schools.  I’m not going to lie – it’s nice to know that people recognize the work that we’re doing!  (Is this the year of the midwest for me?  Two trips to Michigan, one to Indiana, and another one to Ohio??)
  • I had a promising call last week with an institution about one of my favorite students.  It had been a tough morning (and tough to connect), but the time she took with me to listen to my talk about why my kid is SO amazing just encouraged me in so many ways.  Sometimes I forget what a gift it is when someone will take time to listen to me…  which kind of sounds jerky to say… but a lot of time, we fire off applications and never have a conversation about them.  This one was important though… and I appreciate the time that this woman took to talk to me.  Here’s hoping.  I can’t wait to tell you the story of this scholar.  I hope it has a happy ending.  She sent me poetry called Love All this week and it’s the most beautiful, human damn thing I’ve ever read…  Oh, I need this to work out.

“Love all, especially the ones who tell you not to.”

  • I know it’s early in the year but what are you proud of this year?  Even if it’s just a seemingly small thing, I want you to celebrate your professional success in 2017.  Brag on yourself.  Lean in.  Be excited.  Do something for you.  AND ABOVE ALL ELSE…

Nevertheless, persist.

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  • Katie Elizabeth - How has it already been a week?! And HOWWWW did we not take a single picture?! Blogger fail.ReplyCancel

  • Olya @ The Siberian American - I’m so sorry you had to go to the ER! I hope all that is behind you! Way to crush your professional goals, lady! You are such a rockstar. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Elizabeth - What an amazing beginning to 2017! I love that people around the country are affirming the work y’all are doing, and that you and your students are being given so many wonderful opportunities to showcase your passion and their talent & intelligence. Reading your blog is always such an uplifting experience for me and continues to inspire me!ReplyCancel

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For more Vernazza Cinque Terre postcard photos:

manarola cinque terre photos – 2016, riomaggiore cinque terre postcard photos – 2016

cinque terre hike photos – 2016, monterroso al mare cinque terre postcard photos – 2016

vernazza cinque terre photos – 2016

For Cinque Terre planning, tips and tricks:

cinque terre trip planning, best place to stay in cinque terre

making pesto in cinque terrebest gelato in cinque terre

why you need to stay in cinque terre

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Oh man.  It’s been a little heavy around these parts lately.  I’ve just been s-t-r-e-s-s-e-d… and things have been SO frantic lately.  I did, however, board a flight to Michigan yesterday afternoon with one of my staff members and a few of our scholars…  so I’m reporting live from Michigan AND hoping to enjoy a few short days away from everything.  Remember a few days ago when I said my intention for February would be to choose joy?  That’s where I’m at today…

Live from Michigan – Choosing Joy

  • You know you’ve made a friend when she’s willing to drive from her town in Michigan to the small one where you’re staying.  In addition to the work I’m doing here, I’m sneaking in a lunch date with one of my favorite bloggers that keep it real today: Katie!!
  • When we arrived at the admissions office last night, one of our kids stops, looks, and dives headfirst into a snowbank.  Because she could.  (That’s actually the reason she gave us.)  It was really the most magical (and hilarious) things EVER.  I really wish we had a video.

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  • While we were waiting for admissions to pick us up from the airport, one of our students pulled out her ukulele and started to sing and play.  We LOVED it (of course), but other people started to watch.  I had this insanely proud moment when I saw people stop to listen to our angel sing.  It was just one of those moments when it seemed like the world just stopped for a few minutes… and that felt really good.
  • We’re staying at a cute little B&B across from campus.  It’s my first time staying at a B&B and after our sweet hostess showed us to our rooms, I wasn’t sure what to do… but Jordie and I were starving and the only place we knew to be open was the on-campus late night eatery.  I looked at her in all seriousness and asked, “Are we allowed to leave a B&B?”   She died laughing and then put that on the group text.   (In other news, we BOTH felt like we were sneaking out when we tried to head out to campus… so there IS that.)

Happy Friday my friends!!  Tell me what’s making you happy RIGHT now.  Where are you finding joy to focus on??

 

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