Recently, while searching for a new exercise video on YouTube, I stumbled upon a video series called 73 Questions. 73 Questions are videos, filmed in a single shot, of personalities (mainly celebrities), asking 73 questions about what they like, hate, and know. They make the videos appear random, like someone happened to stop by and do an impromptu interview, and ask a few questions. However, the videos are obviously scripted and practiced. They are still fun to watch. I started with Nicole Kidman (her Australian house is amazing), and ended with James Corden. Check them out for yourself here.
I thought it would be fun for me do something similar for my blog. However, I have no interest in doing the video portion of the interview or for 73 questions. I decided to create a list of 37 1/2 questions I’ve been asked regarding my upcoming move to Italy. Since announcing my decision to move with the family, I have been bombarded with tons of questions.
Here we go.
1) How did this happen?
I’m not sure I understand the question. How did what happen?
2) How did you decide to move to Italy?
Oh. I accepted a job to work over there.
3) No. I mean…how did you even think of applying for a job in Italy?
Well, 20 plus years ago I worked overseas in London, England. It was a great experience,and I’ve always wanted to live overseas again.
4) Did you talk about applying for the job with your family?
5) How did they respond?
Indifferent at first. They knew it was my dream to live overseas, but didn’t think it wouldn’t really happen.
6) Were they surprised to hear you got the job?
Yes and no. I’d been talking about applying for jobs for a while, but the fact I got a job offer was a surprise.
7) How did your family react?
Mixed. Husband was proud, excited, but nervous. Older boys were fine, as long as they could stay at their current schools. Little Boy cried.
8) Was it hard to have Little Boy cry?
Yes. Before I accepted the job, we had several family discussions. There were a lot of questions, and emotions during those conversations.
9) Is Little Boy still sad?
I’m sure he is, but he also is excited. We all are.
10) What’s the hardest part about making decision to live overseas?
Making sure everyone needs are being met. Years ago, when I lived overseas I was a single person. Now I am married, with three kids, own a home, and have aging parents. Making sure we had a plan how to make it work was crucial prior to accepting the job.
11) What work will you be doing?
I will be the Director of Child Youth programs on an US Military base.
12) Will you live on the US base?
13) Do you speak Italian?
14) Have you been to Italy?
15) Is everyone moving to Italy with you?
No. My husband and youngest son are coming with me, but two older boys will remain in the United States. They want to finish high school and college in the US.
16) Did you offer for them to come with you to Italy?
Of course. The older boys have friends, and connections in the US. They are also ages 18 and 20. They are old enough to decide what they want to do for the future.
17) Are you sad to leave them?
Yes. It’s hard to think about, but they will visit and they will stay with us during vacations and summer. We are a close family. We will make sure to stay connected.
18) How long will you live overseas?
19) Can you stay longer?
Possibly. It depends on a lot of factors.
20) Is your husband supportive?
21) Was he always supportive?
Yes and no. At first, we didn’t have all the details worked out. It was a complex process to see how we could support three boys, three schools, own a home, and two careers. I’m the dreamer in the family. He’s the practical one. His practical side needed to be fulfilled, prior to accepting the job.
22) What has been the response from family and friends?
Mixed. Sad, excited, shocked, and happy. We feel all the same emotions.
23) What has been the most unusual response to the move?
23) What will you miss the most when you move?
24) What will you miss the least?
Nothing. I love where I live, my family and my friends.
25) Why leave then?
Five years ago my husband and I talked about our future. We both love to travel, and both want meaningful careers. This job opportunity offers us both things. Leaving doesn’t always mean you are unhappy. Sometimes we leave to experience something more.
26) What will happen to your house?
We will rent it out.
27) What about all your belongings?
We will take most of our things with us, and store the rest.
28) Are you scared?
Yes, really. I have concerns, but scared…no.
30) I’ve never heard of someone taking a job overseas. Isn’t it unusual?
Not really. Military families move overseas all the time. This experience has given me great appreciation for US military families who move frequently and to overseas locations. The process is daunting when you have a family.
31) Do you like Italian food?
Is this a real question?
32) Do you worry about crime in Italy?
Not more than I do in the US.
33) What happens if you get homesick?
It will happen. We will get homesick, but we will support each other. This move is different from my previous one. There are many more ways to stay connected. We will also travel back to the US at least once a year.
34) What would you say to someone considering working overseas or following a dream?
Do the research. It was not an easy process for this to happen. Take time to research how it can happen, and begin the process. If you really see something in your future, you have to take the steps to make if happen.
35) Anything else?
Stay positive. Many times I’ve been discouraged because things didn’t go as quickly, or as smoothly as I wanted. Surround yourself with positive people who support you. You will need their encouragement.
No, not yet.
37) Final words?
I’m grateful for this opportunity. It’s happening because of many people who believe in and support me. Timing and luck had a lot to do with it too. I get to do valuable, meaningful work, see the world, and be with my family. It doesn’t get much better than that.
371/2 ) And?
Ciao. We’re done.