After almost 3 years away we finally took a trip back to Italy. It was so special because all the family joined ( all 20 of us) as an early celebration for my grand mother’s 90th birthday.
Though the whole trip lasted just about a week, we had fun exploring new cities. We started our journey in Holland visiting my mother’s Dutch family. I always feel at peace there, surrounded by so much nature. We spent time in a family home filled with cute antique finds in the middle of the forest. We then visited Amsterdam for half a day and did so much! I enjoyed seeing all the traditional dutch houses and having a feel for their lifestyle of fresh flowers and bicycle rides.
Reunited with the rest of the family in Italy, we spent quality time together and cherished every moment with my grandparents. Italy has always been the place I go to feel inspired. With all the old buildings and paintings by the art masters, I feel so close to beauty.
Holidays give me a chance to look at my life with fresh eyes and realign with my goals. Just like my artistic process, when I take a step back I get to see what works and what doesn’t. Through holidays I get to appreciate what I have and I find gratitude for everything including the chance to travel and immerse myself in things that I don’t typically get to do in Ghana (like walking on the street surrounded by ancient buildings and visiting a museum).
Now that we are planning our summer vacation I am trying to include as much sight seeing, museum visits and nature as possible, because at the end of the day a creative life is a beautiful life.
As said by Elizabeth Gilbert in her book Big Magic “ When I refer to creative living I am speaking more broadly. I am talking about living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear. A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner continuously and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you is a fine life in and of itself.
Enjoy the pictures below