Inspiration For The Impossible Dream (Part III): Arlene
Part III of my series Inspiration For The Impossible Dream. If you didn’t catch Part One (Rosetta) and Part Two (Tara), click back – those ladies and their stories will stir you to get up and get started building your impossible dream. There’s also Arlene Gibbs. The Screenwriter from the movie Jumping The Broom. This sister got up one morning in 2008, quit her six figure Hollywood executive career, told sunny California goodbye and moved completely out of the United States. She says she was broke, broken and bitter, though none of that comes through in her blog. Where did she move? Rome, Italy. In 2013, I was following various blogs by Americans living in Rome. She made a comment on one of them and it was her name that caught my attention, NYC/Caribbean Ragazza which means NYC/Caribbean Girl in Italian (sistergirltales.blogspot.com). I clicked over to her blog and just couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe that an African American woman would pick up and move to a foreign country where she doesn’t speak the language and she doesn’t have a means of earning income. Arlene was writing about her life and times getting used to living in such a wonderful city. Taking Italian classes, getting hit-on at the grocery store and her first trip back to the States. The most memorable to me was her description of a feeling she had returning to Rome from the States. She said Rome felt like home and she was at peace being back. I check in from time to time at Arlene’s new blog Arlene Gibbs Décor (arlenegibbsdecor.com) where I always find a smile. Find something, a magazine, blog, restaurant – where you know you’re guaranteed to be lifted!