Written By: Kim - Jan• 08•11

This is final post of my three 2011 New Year’s Resolutions series. We’ve all said we would commit but failed somewhere during the year to reach the goal. Failure is not an option for any of them for me and the final resolution is no exception: Take a two-week vacation in Italy.

For some of you out there, this may not seem like a big deal. But my husband @HowardFactor and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary on November 9. Twenty years is a big deal to us. For the most part, our lives and marriage have been good. Not perfect, but not crappy either. Two healthy kids, three homes later, the divorce of a set of parents after 29 years, launching a company and surviving the Great Recession with the business still in tact, burying a parent, major health scares with the other parents and surviving a health scare in April of 2010 mean that it’s time to Carpe Diem. My three New Year’s Resolutions are items on my bucket list: write more, get into shape and travel more internationally.

The beach is lovely, but what is on the other side of the ocean?

I want my kids to know something of the world and that there is more than Washington, DC and the beach to see. I want to experience other cultures and immerse us in the experience. Business is more global than it ever has been and when our children enter the workforce, we want to them to be somewhat worldly. Since I am half Italian and my grandmother’s maiden name was Catania, I figured Italy was an excellent place to start our global adventures.

So here’s to creating and fulfilling items on your bucket list. Carpe Diem.