One Last Thing

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What a semester. Now that I’m home, it’s hard to know what to say as people ask me how it was. Here’s what I know:

I somehow got the chance to taste, see, and experience so much more than I ever expected. I got to do it with some of my best friends, and with the support of my family and friends at home. And I felt God at my side the whole time. I am so grateful.

All semester, I took things in. I folded and stacked each experience on top of one another and placed them in the drawers of my heart and my mind. And now I want to get them out and wear them around, wear them out completely like my favorite T-shirt. I want to let these experiences affect who I am and what I make. And most importantly, I want my life to be less about me. I’ve loved this semester, and there were many times I didn’t want it to end, but I needed it to. I’m aching to create, to give instead of take, and to love on you awesome people who have supported me through it all.

I’m up writing this at 8 in the morning, and it feels a little bit like 3 in the afternoon. And in that place where it is 3 in the afternoon, there are some beautiful places and things that I didn’t capture with my camera until my very last day there. So here they are, pieces of the place I called home for four months: Firenze, Italia!

Thank you all so much for following along!

If any of you are looking to collaborate on a project this summer – please do not hesitate to email me. I’m up for anything: design projects, photo sessions, or that DIY craft you saw on Pinterest.

Ciao!

– Natalia

5 Comment

  1. Mary says: Reply

    How beautifully expressed! And what’s with the spoons on the building!? Haha. Can’t wait to hear more about it! Could you have a family slide show? ❤️❤️👍🏼

    1. nataliainitalia says: Reply

      Thank you! Now that is a good idea! My mom took so many photos when they all came to pick me up, I should’ve posted them on here!

  2. Susan A Warren says: Reply

    Your comments brought tears to my eyes. I am so proud of you and looking forward to seeing you.

    1. nataliainitalia says: Reply

      Aunt Sue, thank you so much! Looking forward to seeing you too!

  3. Myrtie Warren says: Reply

    I am very touched by the pictures and especially your comments. We are so very proud of you and love you so much.

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