Interview with Sara Rosso of Ms. Adventures in Italy
Interview with Sara Rosso of Ms. Adventures in Italy
IMPORTED FROM MY OTHER BLOG, GIRL GADABOUT, WHICH IS NOW EXTINCT.
I am so excited! Today I bring you an email interview I did with Sara Rosso. If you remember, a few weeks back I did a blog post about bloggers who inspire me. Sara Rosso is definitely a blogger who I admire and who also inspires me.
When I sent that particular blog post out (linked above) into the social media world, I tagged Ms. Rosso with the link. I didn’t think she would see it or do anything with it because I know she’s a busy woman. But she did. Not only did she reply to my tweet but she also read the blog post and commented. Then she agreed to do the interview with me and that’s when my heart tried to exit my chest on its own accord. Seriously, I had to stop and catch my breath. Then I had to tell myself to settle down and breathe. After I calmed myself down, I then went over to the Rocket City Bloggers Facebook group to share the news with them because I had already been over there spewing all over the page how she had first replied to my Twitter, then commented on the blog. I know I acted like a 12-year old little girl at a Taylor Swift concert. Yeah, I didn’t know what to do with myself.
But I digress…..
Sara Rosso is the blogger behind Ms. Adventures in Italy, among a whole slew of other blogs and websites. But Ms. Adventures in Italy is how I first discovered Sara.
So without too much blabbering on about it, here is the interview.
Girl Gadabout: Why Italy? What landed you in Italy?
Sara Rosso: I first visited in 1994 when I was on a student trip – we visited the famous three – Rome, Venice, and Florence, and I remember wanting to come back. After that first trip, I became pretty obsessed about spending more time here. I loved the people I met, and the language, too – I’m also half Italian-American so I wanted to learn more about my family and their culture. I chose my undergraduate university in part because they had an Italian study abroad program. Then in 1999 I studied abroad in a tiny town in Tuscany, and I became convinced I wanted to come back here to live. I was afraid to move after graduation and risk not using my degree at all so I stuck it out in the corporate world for a few more years. In 2002 I visited again for a few weeks, and finally in summer 2003 I was ready to make the leap.
GG: You are doing a lot, how do you manage your time between podcasts, writing books, running several blogs, your photography, speaking events, and your full time job?
Sara Rosso: Obviously my full-time job comes first, but I think that people can engage in a lot of interests in their free time, and it comes down to rolling priorities and definitely enjoying what I do first and foremost. I can make time easier for things I enjoy. If I don’t enjoy them, I stop.
With regards to my blogs, several I’ve had for many years so I definitely invested some serious time in them when I had more time (one of my sites is actually called When I Have Time for a reason) and I have the luxury of being able to decide when and how often I write or take pictures, so I’m constantly bouncing around my projects. Also, I often tend to morph or change the subjects rather than the mediums: I’m always writing, I’m always taking pictures…but my focuses and interests adjust and morph over time.
GG: What made you decide to write the book, “How to order an Italian Coffee in Italy?”
Sara Rosso: When I lived in the US, I never drank coffee. I didn’t start drinking coffee until a few years after moving to Italy, and when friends came to visit me I often had to give them a mini-tutorial about how to order a coffee here in Italy. They seemed to really enjoy learning about it and I loved putting together the mini-guide with exactly the tips and suggestions I’d give to a good friend getting coffee with me tomorrow morning.
GG: In your article “Stop Sabotaging Your Own Success: A Manifesto,” (which I love by the way, you’ve inspired me once again because I am the same way except that I kept berating myself for being curious and trying many things – and so I stopped. But after reading your Manifesto, I will embrace my curiosity and my willingness to fail and I will move forward). Anyway…. I wanted to ask, what sparked the idea to write this particular article?
Sara Rosso: The intro mentions I spent a lot of time talking to girlfriends about this, and it’s very true. I think that’s my personal impetus to publishing things is it’s often something I repeat to myself, then to others, and then I say…maybe I should share this with more people. Publishing and blogging is great because it allows your voice to multiply on its own. To make something resonate, you don’t need to raise your voice, you just need to have those moved by your words share it themselves. Not everything you publish will impact many people (sometimes just a handful) but it’s powerful when it does. I was really happy so many people appreciated that article and I have heard several stories where it’s actually changed something for them moving forward.
GG: Tell us a little more about the founding of World Nutella Day!
Sara Rosso: A fun little holiday on February 5th! Back when I first moved to Italy, Nutella was relatively unknown in the US so this was my way of introducing it to a whole new generation of bloggers and bakers. It’s been a lot of fun to see how people have gotten creative with Nutella since, and I see it now everywhere I go in the US when I’m back on a visit.
GG: I see that you will be speaking at the Chicago BlogHer 2013, what can we expect?
Sara Rosso: I’m not scheduled to speak at the moment (but things may change!) but I’ll definitely be at the conference, which I’ve attended three times already, and once as a speaker. We’ll be there sharing the love on WordPress, so hopefully if you or someone you know will be there, they’ll seek us out.
GG: If someone were to write a movie script about your life, who would you want to play you?
Sara Rosso: I love this question…it’s hard because most of the actresses I admire are older than me so not sure they’d be the best to play me, but I think Tina Fey would be good because we have a similar sense of humor, or someone like Natalie Portman who’s a great actress but I love that she has a goofy side, too. One can dream!
GG: Last question, I have had a fascination and love for Italy since childhood. It is my dream to work and live in Italy. I’ve only visited briefly, during my honeymoon, and it was everything I ever thought it would be and more. What is the first thing you would tell someone who is planning the move to work and live in Italy? (assuming they have landed a job in Italy)
Sara Rosso: I’ve definitely written a lot about this (check out How to Live and Work in Italy) but I think my number one piece of advice, after telling someone to learn the language immediately is: Don’t expect Italy to change for you. You are the new element in an existing system, so it only makes sense that you will be the one who changes. 🙂
I tell you what, I am just tickled pink that Sara agreed to the interview. I don’t tickle easily and Sara has made my whole year. Thank you Ms. Rosso for being so gracious and taking the time for this blogger.
Find out more about the blogger who inspires me at sararosso.com
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