I was hoping her family would be interviewed and featured on the publication. This was the same editor that had interviewed me a year ago for this article.
I mentioned that we were now living in Albania.
He wrote me back and asked me a few questions then said he was going to direct me to another department that may be interested in covering something here. I expected to receive the typical questions for an interview, but instead I was invited to a Skype meeting with a man in Ireland.
After giving his formal title and introduction he said, I run International Living.
And I wanted to hear first hand about Albania because even in my preparations for this call I can’t find much on the country, much less from someone who is on the ground. I smiled and thought, oh this is gonna be fun! He asked me how and why I visited Albania the first time and what keeps drawing me back after eighteen years. We talked for over an hour and I couldn’t tell you who enjoyed it more.
Turns out International Living has never done a big feature on Albania.
Apparently twenty five years ago there was a writer in Italy that made a short side trip here and mentioned Albania in an article but that’s about it! I felt my eyes get hot and when he asked me if I would write a four page spread on Albania for the December issue. This is as big as it gets. I get to cover my story, all the reasons why travelers, families, and retirees would love this country. I get to be the one to bring Albania to IL subscribers!
He continued by saying, and we’ll need follow up articles.
There’s so many angles to cover and you’re there! He was clearly as excited as I was and he said, I don’t know if you’re interested but we have local correspondents who cover stories in a region and there’s this whole long process for getting this position, but I could just make you one. I was speechless (not a frequent thing with me), the line was silent for so long he asked, are you still there? Yes, yes I’m here! I would LOVE to!
I subscribed to International Living when I was in high school.
I told him I may have been his only teenage reader. This magazine gave me hope that I would leave my small town and see the world! I am on cloud nine and here’s the thing, I couldn’t have made this happen in this way.
This is a giant gift from the Universe.
How do you make impossible dreams come true? You love your life and you follow the bread crumbs. You open your hands and your heart and you live in the realm of possibility!
p.s. Have you ever observed someone else in your industry experience a quantum leap in their business even though they may be younger/have less experience/or even less skills than you? How were they able to do this? If you’re dying to know the answer, read on…