Click above to see the video of me #Unfiltered!
You’ve just seen raw footage of myself with no make up, lighting or special gimmicks. The reason I did it is because my blog and this new project I’m embarking on is something very personal to me. I want you to know the real me.
For the past couple of years my blog has only centered on PR, social media, and marketing strategies and tactics. I’ve been working in communications/marketing for over ten years. I thought I would be like my parents working in a certain field my whole life, and that wouldn’t be such a bad idea if only I truly loved and believed in what I was doing. But frankly, I just don’t see myself going in the direction many of my colleagues are headed in. Working at an agency or for the government implementing communications plans and campaigns, and after ten or twenty years of experience open a PR agency and hustle for clients. I don’t see that in my future. My personality is one of constant change, curiosity, and learning. And, after ten years I’ve finally have discovered my calling in some ways—Adrivo- The Travel Session, which is what my blog is now called.
- My nickname: Adri
- My husband’s nickname: Ivo
- Put them together and you get “Adrivo”
- Travel Session-a community to share thoughts about travel adventures, personal struggles, accomplishments or anything that has made your life better. Everyone is welcome to my session.
I want to create a community (travel session) of like-minded people like myself who have found travel to be quite therapeutic. You may ask yourself–”why do you want to do this?” Today’s post will answer your question about how the concept of Adrivo-the travel session–”traveling is my therapy” came about.
It all started with witnessing my husband Ivan’s entrepreneurial spirit. He started his own nonprofit, Italians in DC, out of Facebook group which today has grown to a well-known established organization. I would see him go to many meetings and conferences with important Italian politicians and businessmen. He would create partnerships, organize festivals, panel discussions, etc…It was he who was in charge of his passion—activities and branding. My whole life, so far, has been about helping others with their visions and businesses. I never thought something could be about my vision or passions. Since my focus, for so many years, had been about making other people’s dreams a reality I never gave myself the chance to think about my own vision until this year. After a lot thinking, meetings with women entrepreneurs, and discussions with my family I came up with my two true passions-travel and therapy. Travel has always been my savior through tough times and it’s something I love to do in my free time. Therapy has been an interest of mine. I enjoy reading psychology books; I’m very curious why people act a certain way; and I like to help others when they’re going through a tough time. Since I don’t have the money to get a masters in psychology or even know if that’s really what I want to do I’ll just stick to talking about my two passions online with the intention of working toward the ultimate goal: to create a community of like-minded people like myself and to one day organize great amazing trips together.
In order to reach the ultimate goal I would like us to begin to use the blog and the Google Group to share how travel has helped through certain tough situations. It could even be about the experience of traveling to the town nearby. Traveling encompasses many things: culture, food, traditions, people, nature, communities, history, personal stories, retreats or workshops. I want us to discuss how all those things have affected us in some way-either for better or worse. Did your perspective change? Did your personality change? Do you feel better? I’ll also share how travel has changed me in so many ways. It’s all about learning from one another and improving!!
Please, either share your stories by commenting on the various blog posts or on the Google Group.