While studying business, fashion, and culture in Italy, I strive to share my thoughts, vision, and ideas about topics that excite me and bring my creativity to life. Watch my story unravel and develop as I embrace what inspires me to be an entrepreneur, business professional, fashion fanatic, lover of music, advocate for higher learning, and citizen of the world.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Smart in Love
“The way you invest
your love, you invest your life.”
I’m a pretty savvy investor, putting most of my resources
and energy into investments I deem absolutely worthy through careful observation,
full understanding, and analysis of the expected return. With some investments
riskier than others, I’ll admit, I’ve made a few bad calls and have been forced
to learn a few lessons on strategy the hard way. However, just like the Dow Jones,
I was up 126 points the minute I decided to make the biggest investment in a
little something I like to call myself. Expected
return: 15% increase in laughter, 20% increase in bread intake, 30% increase in
global awareness, and 35% increase in brain power, my favorite!
The longer I’m in Florence, the longer I want to leave
Florence to satisfy my innate child-like urges to navigate my curiosities. Glad
to say, I exceeded my own expectations….Venice and Viareggio were both incredible.
Everywhere I go, there’s a taste of
Italy, but everywhere I go, there’s an intangible uniqueness that gives me the
variety and consistency I need to continue developing and adapting to new environments.
Now, I have some more lifelong memories to grow old with all thanks to lifelong
sacrifice and lifelong strategic investments.
I pour all my love into my friendships, family, work, and school,
which each mean the world to me. I didn’t realize how much I’d actually miss
home, until I did….everyday..…and I am beyond grateful to have so much to miss.
However, it is now time to diversify my portfolio and invest my love into myself.
Narcissistic? Nah. Egotistical? Possibly. Selfish, absolutely. But in the great
words of Mr. Howard Roark “Men have been taught that the highest virtue is not to
achieve, but to give. Yet one cannot give that which has not been created.
Creation comes before distribution-or there will be nothing to distribute. The
need of the creator comes before the need of any possible beneficiary.” Let’s
be true to ourselves and take care of our mind and body first. Selflessness is
beautiful, but so is each individual and his/her creation. Mitigate a little
risk and invest love without fear into yourself every now and then, it’s fun