On a cold January morning, three years ago, in an Iowa coffee shop, a friend helped me create my second blog, ItalyRetreat.blogpost.com, so that I could post information about my workshops in Italy. Now, three years later, I’m celebrating my 3 year blogiversary by moving to wordpress. In addition, my blog name has morphed into ItalyRetreatForWomen.com. All old posts have been moved, many manually. Of course, all inquiries to my old address will be now forwarded to Italy Retreat for Women.
I am challenged keeping up with writing posts, but I love all things Italian, so I write as much as I can. My daughter, Grace, who has two successful beautiful blogs, has been instrumental in many ways, answering my many techie questions, and giving me encouragement and fresh ideas. My readers, all of you, have also blessed me with your support.
Besides my 3 Year Blogiversary, the whole purpose for this blog is to write about my passion—Italy! I share my thoughts and experiences about all things Italian, including my travels to Italy, Italian food, growing up as an Italian American in the US, and sharing why it’s important to join me in ITALY at my annual Italy Retreat for Women to live la dolce vita, the sweet life!
The Sweet Life is all about an enriched life, changing limiting beliefs, and living a big happy life. It is going on adventures, making life at home sweeter, having fun with friends, cooking together, walking together, learning together – all in the spirit of La Dolce Vita. I have come to realize that my life’s work helping others to be happier and more successful has been about living the sweet life. The ultimate? Go to Italy with me!
I hope you enjoy the new look and location. Please subscribe, and then you will receive regular updates in your email. You can subscribe by scrolling down in the right hand column, and entering your email address, and transcribing a code word.
To also celebrate, I invite you to a wonderful BOOK GIVE-AWAY! I’m very excited that Dianne Hales, author of one of my all time favorite books, My Bella Lingua, is offering an autographed copy of her luscious book to the winner of my drawing right here on Italy Retreat for Women.
I have read this book a couple times because Dianne is an excellent story teller who captures the enchantment, history and culture of Italy, while teaching us about the beauty of the language.
What Amazon says about La Bella Lingua is that ‘it’s a celebration of the language and culture of Italy. La Bella Lingua is the story of how a language shaped a nation, told against the backdrop of one woman’s personal quest to speak fluent Italian.’
In order to enter the free giveaway, please ACT NOW, IT IS SO EASY to take ONE of the following actions:
1.) Like my BeHappyLifeCoach facebook fan page, if you have not already done so in the past.
2.) Tweet about my 3 year blogiversary. You can use this: Celebrate 3 yr. blogiversary @lenoraboyle. Free book give-away, new blog address at ItalyRetreatForWomen.com.
3.) Comment on this blog post between today and Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at midnight, Eastern time. A winner will be chosen and an autographed copy of “La Bella Lingua” will be sent to you anywhere in the world!
The winner will be chosen through random.org and will receive a confirmation email, so be sure I have your contact information. I will also post the winner on this blog, so check back in by Thursday morning, January 26.
Welcome and please stop back anytime! Remember to live the sweet life, la dolce vita, wherever you are!
Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.” –Anna Akhmatova
Learn more about traveling to Italy on Lenora’s Italy Retreats For Women
Find out more about Lenora’s Sweet Life Workshops and Sweet Life Happiness Coaching.
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in bocca al lupo! complimenti! bel sito!
Grazie, Melissa. Thanks for stopping by and participating in the book giveaway.
I love your new blog site!
Jacqueline, thanks and I’ll be sure to sign you up for the book giveaway. Come see me here anytime! Ciao bella.
You blog looks Great!
Thanks. Come visit anytime!
I am so happy your site is growing, and you are continuing with your passion for all things Italian. Thank you for your joy in what you do. I will always enjoy reading what you have to share.
Diana, Thanks for your kinds words, and glad you enjoy reading my blog. Viva Italia!
Loving all you are doing. Good Luck!! One of these days I will be joining you on a trip to Italy. Your new blog looks Fantastic!!
Having you join us in Italy would be the best! I’m counting on it. Thanks for your support.
Happy 3 year anniversary — just shows what your passion and commitment can create! You inspire me, Lenora.
It is so true, that it’s important to follow our passions and never give up. Thanks for your kind words.
Bene Lenora, it looks great. Love the recipes, photos and inspiration. Molti baci!
Glad you like it. Italy inspires me! Let me know if you have any recipes you’d like me to post. Ciao bella!
Congrats on your new blog, Lenora. Looks great!
Glad you like it. Thanks for reading my blog and for entering the book giveaway contest. A presto! (See you soon).
your new blog site s elegant, fun, easy to read and view. I also liked your travel videos of Italy. The music was especially delightful. Bravo!
As happens a lot in Italy, a surprise awaits around almost every corner. So seeing the saxophone player at the end of our hike, was just perfect. Please visit here often.
I *HOPE* this says ~ Follow your bliss. Be happy! Congratulations! 🙂
Seguite la vostra felicità. Essere felice. Congratulazioni!
Yes, let’s all follow our bliss. It’s so much better that way!
Congratulations on this new site! Everything pictured, so beautiful.
I am dreaming of this year! Will look forward to a monthly update!
love, Mary Ellen
Mary Ellen, keep on dreaming of Italy and make this year the year the dream comes true.
Kudos on the new site Lenora. Really good. And I can’t believe you are in the midst of preparing your 4th retreat. I love getting the updates!
I know it’s amazing that the 4th Italy Retreat is happening this September. Thanks for visiting my new address here!
You are awesome.
What a great website. What is not to love about Italy!
Lenora, Your blog looks great! So nice & inspiring to see you following your passion. Keep on Keep on!
Hey Brianna, Thanks for visiting my blog at its new location here on WordPress. I hope you are following your passion too.