The older I get the less I want, the more I do.

That seems to be the pattern emerging, for me anyway. I just don’t want “things” anymore. I want to do things. I want to see stuff. I want experience.

I also don’t like to give “things” as gifts. I still do, but I’m trying to be more conscious of making them meaningful. If I can get back every novelty, useless, bought out of tradition and obligation gift I have given my mom over the years, I’d do it in a heart beat.

Most of them meant nothing.

Of course there are a few items I’ve given that she values and values very much. Ornaments I made as a child. Photos I had framed for her wall. But really, think about it. How many other presents from events past are now forgotten?

This year I was blessed enough to give her something that could never be tossed aside. I decided to give her the gift of travel.

As you can see in the video above and the picture below, her reaction was priceless!


Neither of us have traveled overseas before, so I decided on a guided tour.


This is the overview we were looking at.


We leave January 12 for Rome and I’m still slightly in shock we’re going.

For as long as I could remember my mom has wanted to go to Italy.


And I feel like the luckiest person in the world to make that dream come true for her.


Click here to see our itinerary!

Update: See posts below for pictures of our trip…


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A 40ish - wait, what?! - Mom who loves to try new things, share her adventures, and inspire people to reach their goals.