2015 goes down as the most influential, chaotic, and down right amazing year of my life. Internships, travels, a killer relationship, the ultimate cliche of finding myself, and so much more, I am bidding the year a bittersweet goodbye.
Here is what I have been up to...
I had the most wonderful opportunity to work as a journalism and communications intern at Florence University of the Arts and as a PR intern at The Medici Dynasty Show, both in Florence, Italy which has become my second home, my heart, and happy place.
Working at FUA, I met incredible friends and connections, worked with beautifully talented and fascinating people, and was put on some of the most incredible assignments. From covering the largest vintage Emilio Pucci collection in Italy to attending Vogue Italia press conferences, I felt like a bonafide giornalista, as they say in Italy. Thank you, FUA, for a major learning experience.
Being part of the PR team for The Medici Dynasty Show was a treat to say the least. Working with dedicated, vivacious, and talented people like Cristiano, Beppe, Riccardo, Tim, and Carolina was a dream come true but meeting the show's guests who come from all over the world was the cherry on top. Working in such an active, friendly environment while learning a
bout the vast and deep historical significance Florence has on the world was everything I could have wanted. Thank you to TMDS family for taking me in as one of your own.
Starting in January of 2016, I will start two more internships! One of my favorite professors Alysia Steele (who is an Pulitzer Prize winning photographer and journalist as well) asked me to be her social media intern and editorial assistant for her book, Delta Jewels, which focuses on
women of the Mississippi Delta and moments throughout their lives, from heart-wrenching, to inspiring, to down right hysterical. Working with Steele is going to challenging, exciting, and non-stop fun.
One day, Steele sent me an email letting my know that a major magazine guy was starting a high end travel magazine and she recommend me to him. Turns out the guy is Bob Guccione Jr., son of the late Bob Guccione who started Penthouse and who started major music magazine Spin by himself. So beginning in January, I will be an intern in the style and design section, working under legendary playwright and writer Liza Lentini, for Guccione's newest magazine Wonderlust. To say I am excited to work under such a huge magazine icon is an understatement.
This was my biggest travel year yet! From small trips throughout the South East to solo trips across Europe, I saw so many new places and I grew into an even more experienced and confident traveler.
Starting of my four months abroad in Florence, I took of to Stockholm, Sweden to see a family friend and have her show me around her city. Stockholm is a compilation of islands, or archipelago, each with its own neighborhood with unique flavor and style. I personally loved Sodermalm, a neighborhood in Stockholm known for it's millenial style, flower markets, and killer shopping game. It is a breeding ground for nordic hipsters, all tall and blonde in incredible clothing. It was like everything I had dreamed Stockholm to be, had come true.
Next, I went to Verona, Italy. Known best for being the backdrop for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, I figured that this would be the best place to start my solo travels. I woke up, took the 6:30AM train to Verona and was completely alone in front of Juliet's balcony. I was in awe of the historical beauty in front of me.
Edinburgh, Scotland jump started my solo travels. Getting on the tram from the international airport in Edinburgh that led straight to the Old Town city center, I thought to myself, "what the actual hell am I doing?" But once I stepped off and made my way to the Grassmarket, Victoria Street, and historically haunted pubs, that was it; I was head over heels with Scotland. I spent
my four days in a hostel in the Grassmarket and when I opened my windows in the morning, the castle and the British flag were directly in my line of vision, smeared with rain and wind. There was nothing like it. I left my heart in Scotland.
My last bit of solo travel was in Prague, Czech Republic. A last minute trip, I booked my flight the day before and just barely booked an airbnb. When I landed in Prague, my airbnb owner Igor picked me up from the airport. Honestly, I was a little nervous to have a Russian stranger pick me up and drive me forty minutes to the city center to an empty apartment. Of course, I was over reacting, and he was the nicest man (a journalist and artist) who moved to Prague from St. Petersburg and met his wife Ksenia (a computer engineer) and now they own many airbnbs throughout Prague. Although Prague isn't one of my top-rated destinations, there is something pretty spectacular about eating a brat in front of the oldest functioning astronomical clock in the world.
Other travels that summer included Venice and Lake Como when my family came to visit me and to celebrate my parents 25th wedding anniversary in Italy.
I also took to Nashville with my best friends from high school, many trips to Los Angeles, and today I am leaving for New Orleans to celebrate New Year's Eve with my boyfriend and his wonderful family and to cheer on my Ole Miss Rebels in the Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma State.
I know, I know this post was CRAZY long. There is so much more to tell, but I thought I would just give you a brief over view on my favorite moments of 2015. Here is to another year of love, travel, education, opportunity, success, and fun. Cheers to you 2015!