Why I Want To Visit Sicily

I visited Italy when I was 16, it seems so long ago now. I’ve put it back on my list of places to go because I think it’s hard to appreciate culture and history when you’re young. At least it was for me. When we were there, we saw Rome and Pompeii, but I was really hoping to see Sicily. I’m half Italian and apparently half of that is Roman and the other half is Sicilian. Visiting the place my family originated from would be incredible.

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The island is known for having a rich and unique culture, especially in the arts, music, literature, cuisine, and architecture. The richness of the Sicilian territory in terms of history, art, nature and traditions seems unmatched. It has been ruled by many different oppressors from a wide variety of countries in the past.

Italy itself is known for amazing food, art, culture, and history – but to be surrounded by sparkling water on the island of Sicily just seems like a whole new adventure!

There are so many amazing places to explore in Sicily. I was really inspired to visit after seeing this infographic of the sights to see. Places like:

  1. Ancient Theatre of Taormina
    An open air museum, Greek theater that has been renovated to fit Roman style. It is located in a town often referred to as the “pearl of the Mediterannean.”
  2. Etna Park
    Beautiful trails and views that surround one of the largest active volcanoes in Europe.
  3. Valley of Temples
    This is a fascinating Greek sit that expores the incredible history of the Hellenic Civilization.
  4. Scala Dei Turchi
    A beautiful white-rocked cliff looking over the turquoise sea.
  5. Zingaro Natural Reserve
    A paradise for nature lovers, you can see so many different shades of blue in the ocean here.

Sicily is a beautiful island and easy to get to if you’re making a trip to Italy. You can easily take a ferry to any of the locations above. I didn’t know about all of the historical views Sicily had to offer. I was also surprised to learn that Sicily hosts one of the largest active volcanoes in Europe!

Sicily seems like a dream, but I’m hoping to make that dream a reality some day by hopping on a ferry and visiting those beautiful places. Do you want to visit Sicily?

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The Hookup On: Podcasts

Podcasts are a thing now. As someone who is obsessed with staying on trend in the social media world, I should probably be more into podcasts. Currently the only one I listen to is Live from the Middle Urinal (you can find their Facebook here). Because it’s funny and light and I have a hard time paying attention to things that aren’t visual and they do a pretty good job at making it easy to pay attention.

Matt, Dom, and Phil just recently released a podcast (Episode 17) featuring a female guest. They touch on girl vs boy topics and cover the different opinions of dating/relationships/porn/sex/etc. It’s hilarious. So check it out here if you have iTunes or here on podbean.

Give it a listen and let me know what you think about the show and podcasts in general below! Live from the Middle Urinal is a little explicit, just a warning 🙂

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Places I Want To Visit

I have this very unorganized list in my planner of places I want to go, so I figured I’d write it all down here. Feel free to leave a comment about your favorite place to visit 🙂

        1. Toronto
        2. Portland
        3. Seattle
        4. Niagara Falls
        5. Nashville (I’m going in September!)
        6. Mt. Rushmore
        7. Washington DC (Hopefully going by the end of summer!)
        8. Austin
        9. San Francisco
        10. Boston
        11. Boulder
        12. Ireland
        13. Australia
        14. Alaska
        15. Disney World
        16. Aruba
        17. Arkansas
        18. Mexico
        19. Mall of America
        20. Chicago
        21. Montreal
        22. Dominican Republic
        23. Italy (But I want to go again!)
        24. Hawaii
        25. Bahamas
        26. Iceland (Going in January!)
        27. France
        28. Vancouver
        29. New Orleans
        30. Great Lakes
        31. Egypt
        32. Baltimore
        33. Charlotte
        34. Barcelona
        35. Miami
        36. Atlanta
        37. London
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Stop Expecting So Much From Others

I have seen countless tweets/facebook statuses and heard tons of rants on people’s manners. Complaints about how someone didn’t say thank you after they opened the door for them or how people don’t answer “how are you” at the cash register.

I’m all for people using their manners, saying please and thank you, respecting each other – but there would be a whole lot less of complaints if you just stopped expecting so much from others. Be more concerned with what you expect from yourself than what you expect from others.

Don’t hold the door open for someone just so they say thank you, don’t ask how someone is with little or no care for how they really are. Be polite, always be polite, but don’t expect someone to always return the favor. Be happy that you did something nice and then shrug it off.

Because in all honesty – how can you really judge someone? Can you honestly recall your past and know that you’ve answered EVERY how are you and said thank you EVERY time someone held the door open for you? You were never on your phone or sidetracked or having a bad day or in a rush? Can you 100% say that you’ve never been the person you’re complaining about?

If you can’t, which I expect most of us can’t, then you need to give it a break. Consider other people’s situations before you call them rude or a bitch or an asshole. Stop getting SO angry over how other people react to things. They really don’t concern you and there is no point in getting angry and making someone feel bad over circumstances you just might not understand. Sure, sometimes they’re just impolite people – but let them be on their way. A simple action of someone else should not impact you enough or ruin your day enough that you need to post a status on facebook or bash someone in a tweet.

Try being understanding, stop expecting so much from others and expect more of yourself.

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The Hookup On: Being Your Own #1 Fan

We just don’t give ourselves enough credit.

I spend all day on Instagram looking at celebrities and wishing that I could look like them. I look at other bloggers and wish I could have as much of an impact as them. I read about my friend’s lives on Twitter and Facebook and wish I was as cool as them.

We always want to be someone else. We want to look like anything but ourselves, be anything but ourselves, and do something other than what we’ve been doing. But why? What’s so wrong with being ourselves?

Because there’s probably someone who wishes they could look like you. And there are probably people who wish that they could make as much of an impact as you. And there are most likely people who wish they were as cool as you. The grass always looks greener on the other side – but really it’s time to start watering your own lawn.

If you don’t think you’re the coolest person you know, then how do you expect other people to think those things about you? You need to be your own #1 fan. You need to know your worth, show your worth, give everyone something to look at and take a good hard look at yourself.

Your instagram is bomb and you should give yourself a like. You should self promote the heck out of yourself. You should believe in yourself. And it’s cheesy to throw yourself a like, or a retweet, or give yourself a shout out – but who cares? If you don’t, then really no one else will either.

You should think the best of yourself and that’s all anyone will see. If you’re your own #1 fan, then other fans will follow. Love yourself and inspire others to want to love themselves. There’s no use in being unhappy and trying to be something you’re not when you are the best you that there could ever be.

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The Hookup On: Top 10 Books That Changed My Life

Thanks Sub Soare for nominating me to do this! It’s hard to even think of all the books I’ve read, many of them have actually never made a huge impact on me. Here are ten books that changed my life, kind of in order:

  1. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  2. Burned by Ellen Hopkins
  3. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
  4. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  5. Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyers (don’t judge me guys!!)
  6. 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult
  7. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  8. The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth
  9. Leftovers by Laura Weiss
  10. How It Ends by Laura Weiss

Of course each book has a very special reason as to why they made the list – but I think it’s more fun not to share 🙂 Let me know if you’ve read any of these or if you have any book recommendations!

I’m nominating a few people to do this, but you’re not obligated to 🙂

Ain’t No Party
Single and Southern
Happy Alex
TimelessWheel

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Are Broken Hearted People Worth The Time?

I’m not scared of dating because it’s difficult. I’ve been through plenty of awkward situations in my life, I’ve definitely learned to laugh it off.

I’m scared to date because I’m difficult. I immediately wave off every person I meet as uninteresting because I know that they won’t put in the effort that it will take to get me out of my shell.

It’s why we text our exes when we’re sad. It’s why we think of the people who’ve gotten us out of our shell before instead of venturing to meet new people.

You have to put in time with broken hearted people. It’s not because we’re high maintenance or girls that don’t want to be tied down. It’s because we’re literally terrified of ending up at rock bottom again because of a boy.

And I personally just don’t see someone I randomly met off of Bumble looking at me and thinking “yea, I’m gonna make this girl believe again.”

We don’t need you to put our pieces back together, we don’t need you to support us – we’ve learned to do it all on our own. We need you to grant us independence, we want you to lend a helping hand. We want you to make us believe again.

We’re not running away because we’re scared of commitment. We’re running away because we don’t think we’re worth the effort. Because it’ll take a lot of muscle to get us to stay in one place. It’ll take a lot of time to get us to believe in the kind of love you want to give us.

We want to meet someone who can tie us down. But I can’t expect anyone to put that kind of effort into someone so flakey, like me. I just can’t put that much pressure on one person. It’s not fair of me to push off the baggage that other people left on my shoulders onto someone else.

So we stay single because we don’t have the time. And you don’t have the time to change that.

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