Missing Rome

Life gets so busy in the new year. I think we all look at the new year as a way to reboot our lives. I certainly do this. I am trying to wrap up projects that I have been working on and make room for my new projects. I miss Rome as it is the city I go to when I need to recharge my batteries.

Whenever I get overwhelmed with my to-do lists, I think of Rome, the city where my heart lives. This is a form of meditation for me. Because I am a designer, I guess it makes sense that I use visualization to relax. As I look through my photos from my December trip,  I am back in the eternal city meandering through the narrow streets, looking into shop windows and breathing in the warmth that radiates from the buildings.

There is something magical about the light in Italy. I look at these pictures, and I can feel the stress leaving my body.

One of the other things I love about Rome is that it is such a walkable city. I rarely drive, walking is just my prefered mode of transportation. Even on a cloudy day this city is stunningly beautiful. 

Italians understand the concept of living in the moment more than most cultures. For example, they don’t get a coffee to go…they go to get a coffee. It is so much more civilized, I am always doing more than one thing at a time. Italians also take time to eat, put family first, hang out with friends, eat good healthy food, surround themselves with beauty and walk!

I need to listen to my own words, eat healthy food, meditate, surround myself with beauty, walk more (this is difficult in Maine during the winter), hang out with friends and enjoy a cappuccino.

How are you dealing with the stresses of the new year? How do you relax? Tell me by commenting on this post. Ok off to meditate, then to the gym and the office…it is snowing again so no long walk today.



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