A big thank you to my daughter, Felicita,
for letting me invade her room!😍
Felicita took her first trip out of the country when she was fourteen-years-old. I always told my children that their graduation gift would be a trip to Italy. Italy because that is where their father’s entire family is from.
This particular trip was specifically for Stella but she wanted some of her siblings to join her. Thankfully we had enough money to include Felicita (early grad gift). Then Patrick decided he wanted to go too. So he collected all the money he made from mowing lawns and joined them as well! 🤗
This was a trip they would never forget and be the first in a long line of trips Felicita has made since then.
Absolutely! She is employed full-time but her boss allows her to take time off for these adventures and she finances every trip with cash. She doesn’t charge anything on a credit card. This includes plane tickets, airbnb and car rental (when traveling with Stella because you have to be 21yo to rent a car in the US).
Some will tell you that you need credit to pay for all these things but she uses her debit card without a problem. Just be sure to let your bank know of your travels or they may decline your transactions. Ask me how I know! 😁 I also suggest opening up a separate debit/bank account to use for the purpose of traveling.
Joe and I discuss future plans with our children all the time. We make sure to check in with them to provide encouragement, suggestions and just to lend an ear.
Felicita has always said that she isn’t sure if college is the step she wants to make and how expensive a step it would be if she changed her mind. She said that if she goes to college, that she wanted to have a definite goal/purpose at the end of the journey.
Right now her main focus is to save for future real estate investments, get her real estate license and continue her travels. To help her stay on track, I created a few print-outs for her. One on budgeting, another for keeping track of her savings and one on beneficial foods.
Some may have guessed by now but if you haven’t, Felicita is our child that had the allergic reaction to preservatives when she was younger. Her immune system is now able to tolerate them but at the same time, food packed with preservatives will never be healthy.
The list I made for her is simply a reminder of what she needs to consume in a day along with whatever else she chooses to eat. It’s one-ingredient foods high in proteins, vitamin K, calcium, magnesium and many more.
CORRECTION! — I said “journal” when I meant to say “notebooks.” She had plenty of notebooks but would still journal in her Sudoku book.😅
I hope you enjoyed the video! Thank you so much for watching and if you have any questions for either of us, please leave them in the comments! 😘