Sorry I couldn’t be here personally to greet you, but welcome! We’re off making memories at the moment so feel free to look around.
I’m so glad you found us. We’re the Conforti family and we have adventures! Wow, I love how that sounds!
This is all relatively new to us, actually. In the last 18 years I can count the number of vacations I’ve had on 1 hand…and still have fingers leftover. It’s true, and sad. Most of our “trips” have been to visit one set of parents or another for one holiday or another, and you can’t really count those long-weekend hauls a vacation.
2018 is turning out to be quite the year for the Conforti family! Last year we sold our house, paid off most of our debt, and then moved into a small apartment in my home-town. It’s allowed us to take on caring for my elderly and disabled in-laws (yay, aren’t you jealous) and put my frustratingly advanced 3 year-old daughter in private school. Also, last year I busted out of my career rut and got a job that has some actual potential. For 15 years I was an administrative professional, stuck in one supportive role after another, and getting laid off more often than not. The last layoff was the last. I decided to give being a stay-at-home mother a shot and let me tell you…I HATED IT!
Don’t get me wrong, I love-love-love-love my kid but I’m a social creature, and I am a bit of an over-achiever, so I need to be challenged, and being a SAHM was not the kind of challenge I needed. Wow, do I have SO MUCH respect to SAHMs out there. It’s hard. CRAZY HARD. But it’s not me, and I realized that I had to be okay with that. So, I went out and found my dream job (sort of). It lets me travel a bit and despite my crazy house-selling-moving-caretaking-working-mom life I ended up in Vienna, Austria for work meetings. Then I tripped on a cobble-stone and the world came crashing down. Well, just me.
Imagine shattering your shoulder, being in excruciating pain, in a land where everyone speaks a different language, and having to find your way to a hospital, convince them that they can’t operate on you right then, and then fly 10 hours home to your freaked-out family. Well, it wasn’t fun. But it taught me a lot about myself, like how crazy strong I am…and how much I needed to slow down and appreciate my life.
Shortly after my shoulder surgery we agreed: no more living our lives on the sidelines, spending our weekends cleaning, running errands, and couch-surfing. It was time to explore our world and teach our daughter, and any other kids we might have down the road, how amazingly strong they are.
So here we are, a few months down the road from that crazy accident and major family decision. Physical therapy has helped a lot and I’m getting some of my arm mobility and strength back, we have some amazing adventures on the horizon, and I’m killing it at my job.
This blog isn’t just a travel blog, it isn’t just a journal of all the amazing places we hope to go…I really hope that this can be more than that. I dream that something that I write on this blog will, someday, make another person look at their life and say that enough is enough, that it’s time to get out of the routine, get off the beaten path, and start living their life the way they want to. Because the time is now. The world is out there. Is that person you? What have you been putting off in your life that you’re ready to tackle? Are you ready to take this journey? If you are, put that out-of-office on because you’ll be Off Making Memories!