I haven’t been very good about doing this mostly because I’m having motivation issues. You know how it is, the new year comes and you make all those great resolutions to be better at something, gym, eating, friendships and yes, even work but it all slips past you and before you know it it’s all been left behind like some forgotten toy from your childhood.
Ok, so I’m terrible about blogging, maybe I should not have a blog? It’s not that I’m not thinking about this it’s just it’s not a priority and from March to June the only priority I did have was baking. That’s another post. Now that it’s mid July I have shifted my priorities again and back to Italy.
Time is going to fly by and before I or anyone notices it’ll be time for me to start filling out all the forms and getting all the paper work, documents in order for taking the leap.
Here’s where I am. I’m shooting for March 2021, I’d like to hit 5 years with my current employer and well, they do offer an annual financial bonus around that time so I wouldn’t want to miss it like I did when I left DTV in 2009 for London. I should have planned that better as the extra money from that bonus would have come in handy. So I have about 20 months to go. Sounds like a lot but yes, it’ll fly by.
Since I haven’t had the need to be in baking bootcamp I’ve shifted my focus towards learning Italian via the Memrise app on my phone. I’ve been trying to do this daily, learning around 3 to 4 words per day. This is more than a religious commitment, you have to keep up or you’ll soon be pointing at what you want to eat and hope for the best when in a small Italian town, starving because you can’t seem to ask for a meal where no one speaks Inglese. It’s a struggle and I have to be better at this for sure.
I saw this YouTube video, yes I spend lots of free time on there, where this guy explained how to create a Vision Board. Basically you physically put up this board of pictures and articles and other images of where you want to be and you have it either personal space at home or if it’s career oriented you put it at your work space. I’m thinking life coaches have you do this exercise as part of your growth process. While I think it could be a valuable thing I don’t necessarily think it’s for me. I’ll just stick to sitting for hour here at my computer and digging through social media and other resources like blogs on how to make the move to Italy as painless as possible for us.
I did find some great resources recently on the bureaucracy that you have to jump through after you’ve succeeded in attaining your Extended Residency Visa from the Italian Consulate. I’ve heard/read how challenging it can all be to get the forms and stamps of approval and documents signed off allowing you to stay. I spoke with Kevin about this and he recommended I start a digital folder of all these great resources from people who have already done the work and were kind enough to document and share their experiences. There have been some really helpful people out there. The folder now had about 5 different documents in it. I’ll try to keep those up to date over the next year so that if anything changes, doubtful as it is Italy, I can get the right information when I’m ready to start filling out what I need to.
We went to see another financial adviser this past weekend and had some more good news. Seems as though Kevin has had this other money outside of our normal, larger investments with a bank and the adviser basically told us that we’re sitting even better with this money included with our other. I also realized that I’m going to get a very small pension from my current employer, it’s not much but it could buy a couple meals out a few times a month over a few years.
I believe the really scary part will be towards the end of next year when we both realize how much closer things will be when I hit 60 in Nov 2020.
continuare ad andare avanti!