Venice: The Journey of a Lifetime

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Dew kissed mornings gently peek through wide-open windows of a 16th-Century monastery. Rich with history, this cloistered community welcomes a few women as honored guests. Birds announce the day, amidst chiming cathedral bells. I awake, eyes resting softly upon a mystical garden beyond the courtyard and I breathe in the aroma of freshly brewed cappuccino. This is a summer I will never forget – accompanying three young women from the United States to Italy, gathering with friends, scattering seeds of hope and joy. Venice, the journey of community, the journey of the heart and the journey of a lifetime.

Ordinary moments revealed as extraordinary. Day-by-day and moment-by-moment. Gentle reminders to slow down and pause on purpose, to pay attention to this beautiful journey of life, saying “yes” to the abundant movement of grace and to trust. It all began with a dream, a conversation, and saying “yes” to inviting others to be part of a journey.

Through the generosity of grace, my dear friend and business partner Mikki Lessard and her husband Barry said yes four years ago to hosting Italian students at their home in Western, Ma. and the seeds of many dreams were planted and nourished in the hearts, minds and souls of young adults. Through a sacred space of community over the past few summers, Italian and American students gathered together in Monson, Massachusetts, for friendship, fellowship, service projects and fun. One special girl, Rebeca, had a dream to stay in the U.S. for a year and attend high school in Massachusetts. A simple “yes,” faith, and an openness to step into the divine unfolding of life ushered in a whole series of connections, relationships and events that brought me to Italy this year. I am forever grateful and humbled by this experience.

So often we are given opportunities to see life differently. We outgrow our current experience and become aware of gentle nudges on our heart, invitations to receive grace. Listen deeply. Pause for a moment. Whisper “yes” and let your journey begin.

 Nancy Feth is a professional coach and strategic catalyst, passionate about relationships. Her work with individuals, couples, businesses and teams has assisted each in developing relationships that are both authentic and intentional. Clients served range from international organizations to small-businesses and entrepreneurial ventures. Nancy and her partners recently launched Simply Grace, a women’s community designed to honor spiritual diversity and foster global kindness, compassion and love.


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