Happy New Year Friends and Family!
Welcome to the Peppers’ 15th Annual Year-in-Review Photo Montage 2021 recap. Settle in and get snuggly for some action-packed entertainment. 😊
It was sad to say addio to Italy. We miss our friends, the gorgeous coastline, the perfect weather, charming villages, and beautiful produce. I miss my bike path in a big way. Stella misses the boundless love and attention. I learned from my friend, Patrizia, that we are not to say “arrivederci” because that’s a final goodbye whereas “addio” is more of a so long, farewell kind of goodbye in hopes of returning one day.
It’s really good to be closer to our friends and family here in the US even if COVID is keeping us from seeing many of you in person. The highest highlight of our return was, after a year of zooming, meeting Jackson face-to-face for the first time. Joy! It took a millionth of a nanosecond to fall so hard in love with that little one. We’re temporarily settled in a rental as we search for a permanent home in the Northeast. I’ve been contracting with the same skincare product organization for 2+ years as a Learning and Outreach Program Manager. It’s a fun remote gig with a fantastic team, and I get to wear a lot of hats. The contract ends in April and I decided to explore permanent employment. I’m casually scoping out the scene with my search focused on remarkable organizations that do something good in the world and that have a model of corporate social responsibility. If you know of such a place that is looking for a Learning & Development leader, I’d be grateful if you gave me a shout.
This year’s word is CREATE.
It can be used in a way that works for you–creating something special/better/exceptional/extraordinary/different for yourself. 🌀 Creating an employment situation that more closely aligns with your talents and dreams. 🌀 Creating deeper love, happiness, hope, or kindness in your life. 🌀 Recreating yourself as in new hobbies, habits, or attitudes. 🌀 Creating healthier relationships or space away from unhealthy ones. 🌀 Creating a stronger belief in your own ability to reach your goals. 🌀Creating something positive in your community and beyond. 🌀 Tapping into your talents and engaging in creative activities. 🌀 What will you create this year? Feel free to share in the comments!
My hope is that this year, 2022, you create what you most need or want for yourself and make it your best year yet.
Coming sooner than later!
Writing this blog has not been a high-priority activity for a while now. Life = busy. I’ve considered shutting it down altogether except that my Trimalleolar posts still get a lot of daily hits and the blog has allowed me to stay in touch with friends and family in different parts of the world for many years. There’s so much about Italy I haven’t shared. With a new GoPro in hand, I have a bunch of video footage of our Italian experience including my Ligurian Happy Place, the 48k bike ride from Ospedaletti to San Lorenzo al Mare (return trip), and also of our little town Ospedaletti. I’m committing to finishing it and sharing it with ya’ll. Stay tuned.
Video Music Credits
Non Piu Andrai by Ron Meixsell
Italian Afternoon by Twin Musicom
Sand Castles by The Green Orbs