People ask me every day on one of my social media platforms, why I chose Sicily to settle. I tend to return with a simple “why not?”
The reality is that Sicily chose me, many years ago. I had a then 6 year old and I was struggling to build my business to the heights I knew it could be. Things weren’t amazing at home and I didn’t know where to turn. I was very unhappy. I was searching for something. Unsure what, but something that I didn’t think could be found where I was.
Eat, Pray, Love
I decided to have my very own “Eat, Pray, Love” moment and for real transparency here, when I looked for plane tickets, Italy, Sicily to be exact, was all that I could afford. I booked one way tickets for the kid and I and a few weeks later we were off to Palermo. From the moment my feet touched the ground, I had a sense of calm, of peace. Kinda how they say healthy love feels. I remember saying to many people that I felt a sense of “home”. My time in Sicily help me begin to find…me.
Back to my home, Sicily.
Many years passed between that time and the moment I decided to buy in Sicily. And in truth, I’d forgotten all about that sense of home. I’d traveled many places, experienced a lot and loved other countries. So, in 2020 when the opportunity came to buy in a small 12,000 person village came, all the feelings from before came rushing in. Though I had no clue what I was doing and questioned myself daily, “have you lost your mind”, There was a sure sense of peace that washed over me. Though I was nervous and scared out my mind, this was what was right for me at this point in my life. It was an easy “of course” decision for me.
So, when you ask me why I chose Sicily, I think the more appropriate question is, why did Sicily choose me?