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Written by Hannah of The Hannah Estelle

WARNING* This post may get a tad bit sappy but here goes:

I don’t know where to start and I don’t want to overwhelm any of my beautiful readers but all I can say is this:


"Amazing Things Happen When You Let Go of Expectations."

I know, it’s not like I’m the first person to ever say this stuff but it’s something that has always been a struggle for me. If you keep up with my posts, you may have caught on to that already, lol. Hannah and living in the moment.. those two don’t usually go hand-in-hand.

When I booked my trip quite some time ago, I had no idea who was going, what it entailed or any of the details that you typically want to know when you book a vacay with a destination that’s 3,000 miles away. I was on a whim and I just kind of said- LET'S DO IT. I’ve always tried to take every possible opportunity I’ve ever been given to travel. Because honestly, what the hell is stopping me? Nothing, that’s what. 

Although I’d never been to Italy, I obviously had traveled before. But it was typically with my mom (my forever travel buddy) or my dad when flying to Asia. This was my first big girl vacation. I flew there solo, met everyone there for the first time and honestly it was a hit, ya’ll! Just typing this post I can’t stop gleaming at the fact that I was in Italy. I’m pretty sure the girls got tired of hearing me say, “is this even real life?!!”

Because that’s truly how I felt! Lucky, blessed, amazed, in awe..

It was somewhat of an eat, pray, love moment realizing that I took this trip for me, myself and I. I let go of all expectations, I quit worrying for the week about what I was eating, when the next time I was going to work out was- pardon my language but all the shitty habits that I personally believe American culture drills into your mind. I felt insanely free. I didn’t have a care in the world. This is something that rarely happens to me.

The reason I felt so inspired to share this revelation with you all was simply the fact that, no I can’t eat pasta every single day and not gain a pound but I can however, bring this mindset home with me. Why not live happily and content every damn day?

It’s not to say that I’m not happy with life here at home because I 100% am. Great things have been happening lately and the let's just say, the world has been working in my favor (for now). But I will admit this: traveling has a way of making you see and notice the small things around you. I think sometimes- scratch that, I KNOW sometimes we’re all toooo wrapped up in our 9-5s’, or social media or buying into the latest designer trends and all the other countless bullshit but in the end, will that matter?

"Traveling Has a Way of Making You See and Notice the Small Things Around You."

No, what WILL matter and what you will remember is the conversation and connection you had with a stranger in another country, or the gelato you enjoyed after you walked half of Rome to get to the Trevi Fountain, or the numerous gardens you saw filled with beautiful lemon trees. Those are the things that you’ll never forget.

I feel passionate about this stuff because one day, at the end of my life, those memories will be what I have. And sometimes even now, it’s those kind of memories that get me through the day/week. When things get rough, I have a small pile of memories stored in my brain. Some of them are my personal victories, others are my  most beloved memories with Leo or Pablo or my parents. But others are the times I got out of comfort zone and went somewhere far away and enjoyed the moment.

"I’ll never forget the memories I made or the girls I traveled with. It was an unbelievable experience and I can only hope that if anyone out there reading this gets a similar opportunity, that you take it in a heartbeat!!"

This was a one-in-a-lifetime chance that I couldn’t pass up and I’m glad I didn’t. I’m glad I didn’t chicken out and decide to not go last minute because that really was a possibility for a quick second. I’ll never forget the memories I made or the girls I traveled with. It was an unbelievable experience and I can only hope that if anyone out there reading this gets a similar opportunity, that you take it in a heartbeat!!

Wrapping up, I also wanted to give a huge thanks to The Ladies Abroad organization which was founded by Nana Arasah. I couldn’t think of a cooler concept for a company and if you haven’t heard of them or looked them up, you need to! She has so many exciting and fun destinations coming up (including Italy) and the best part? Everything is planned for you! It’s so simple and easy. The hardest part is deciding where you want to vacay next!!

As always thanks for reading & have an excellent week.


xx, Hannah