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Ivona Dixon


July 27, 2011

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It was around middle school that I knew I wanted to study abroad when I got to college.  This was something I knew I had to do, and nothing was going to stop me.  And then finally, it was my second semester of my junior year, and I was opening the old wooden windows of my dorm room in Italy.  As I looked beyond the rolling hills and vineyards in front of me, I breathed in a cold, winter-y sigh of relief that my dream had come true.

Dreams…We all have them.  No matter how big or small, they are just too important.  Dreams are something to hope for, something to hold on to, something to look forward to, and something to turn into reality.  Dreams may serve as an escape from your daily grind, and I feel this is when it’s truly important to start realizing your dream and making it happen.  

I think a lot about dreams and achieving goals…especially as of late.  Quite a few people I know are totally going for it, and seeing their passions and dreams come to life!  I met a girl named Jessica Escalante during my first few months in El Paso.  She has kept a blog about all the little fun and fashion things she’s obsessed with, and this August, she’s realizing her dream and opening up her very own, J Luxe Boutique!  A girl I know from WVU, Nesha Sanghavi, has started her own line of University Girls’ Apparel.  My lovely and sweet friend Natalie Committee recently came back from a year in Africa, where she taught young girls/mothers to start up small businesses in their villages.  Jessica Steltzer, a girl who was in my study abroad program, has set up her own business in Chicago, where she’ll be helping her clients de-clutter and simplify their living spaces and lives– Just Simple by JS.

I could really go on and on about the exciting lives that people are creating for themselves, but this blog post isn’t meant to be a plug for the above ventures.  Instead, I want it to serve as a reminder to myself and everyone else that regular people like you and me are making making check marks on their Life To-Do list every single day.  So…what’s your dream?  What will you be checking off your bucket list?

We walked past this mansion many times on our walk from campus in Paderno to the Crespano market.  Mountains in the background…love Italy.

 My view of the sunrise from my dorm room in Italy.

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