Girl in Florence aka Georgette Jupe

I started this blog as a writing outlet for me to share what it is I adore about the beautiful city of Florence and Italy also sharing travel tips and stories along the way. Now 'Girl in Florence' includes advice for Florence, artisan features, interviews with locals, tips for life in Italy and travel posts from all over Europe. I'd love to think of myself as a fearless badass but If I am keeping it 100% real on this blog a quote that I sort of live by is"I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." I hope you enjoy this journey with me.

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My Anti-New Year’s Resolution for 2013



I saw this funny e-card online and had to share because like the term ‘bucket list’,  resolutions always annoy me because I feel as if they are a set up for a sure failure for the average person or maybe just me ;). I strongly believe that at any time, at any moment, you can change your life to make it better according to you without it having to start January 1, 2013. If that means making more money, losing weight, spending more time with loved ones, visiting a country you’ve always dreamed about it – just make it happen, list or no list. After all,

The only one stopping you from anything in this world is yourself.

Of course if it helps you to define goals that need defining or you want a little chicken soup for the soul {remember those books!} than by all means make that list and go ahead and check it twice. My suggestion if you do so, to first make a list of  all of the awesome things you did in 2012. Seriously, for the sake of our mental health shouldn’t we first put things into perspective of how the year actually went down and focus on the good parts instead of what woulda, coulda, shoulda?

In Los Angeles, I remember when everyone was passing around the book called “the Secret” which many people actually thought they were the first to discover, nope. It kind of reminded me of what I would imagine the Scientology doctrine to be – this idea of “if you imagine it, it will come”. Right-o then, problems solved. The truth is that us human beings are complicated, we are different, and have a wide-range of expectations in life and paths and that is worth remembering when we start comparing and over-analyzing every life-detail.

For me, what I value most is relationships with people –  friends, family, and my boyfriend. Nothing is as important to myself as having valuable people around me because that is what I need to be happy. Also experiences, which luckily in Italy are so easy to come by, whether it be discovering a new place or rediscovering an old one.

So, no list of 2013 resolutions for this girl in florence – just going to be live life one day at a time and just try to be a good girlfriend, sister, daughter and friend.

What about you? What do you think of resolutions as a whole? love them or hate them – I want to hear why!


Georgette Jupe is a 'Tuscan Texan' digital social media marketing maven based in Florence, Italy. When she's not at her day job as social media manager and content editor at ITALY Magazine, she's creating social strategies for international clients and providing travel, foodie & life tips via her blog 'Girl in Florence'. Hobbies include plenty of reading, hiking, beagle cuddles, the hunt for the 'perfect' Moscow mule and laughs with the girls.

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About Me

Hi There!

Ciao, I'm a curious American "Tuscan Texan" who calls Florence, Italy home for the past 11 years. I am the editor at Italy Magazine and I also work as an established digital social media marketing strategist (5+ years) as well as a freelance writer. My bylines have appeared in Lonely Planet, Luxos Magazine, and International Living. This blog is my way to share what life is like living and working abroad, as well as provide up-to-date true advice on traveling and living in Italy, weekend trips around Europe, and a monthly roundup of interesting events. I'm married to a wonderful Frenchman and we have a Florentine beagle who rules the household. Keep in touch with our adventures with your favorite glass of franciacorta or espresso!


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