This week I thought I would do something a little different....as it's nearly the end of the year (and Christmas!)
On Thursday morning it's market day here in Vicenza...so I put together a little video so you can see a little of a winter morning for me in Italy looks like...
So how do you feel about money? Is it driving your decision to stay where you are?
Are you staying stuck because you're afraid that making a change will mean you somehow 'misspend' your money or even lose it all?
Most people don't know what they want.
We have been told that 'I want, never gets' and we put away our dreams in the wardrobe in the attic.
And it can be challenging to encourage that dreamer within you to come out ,so you can get clear on that bold, exciting, adventurous life that you'd love to lead.
I took a gap year after University and spent 6 months in Canada, where I temped for the securities division in a major bank.
I asked one of the investment advisers whom I'd got to know for some career advice.
He said to me: "Claire I think you could do anything."
Something that I used to struggle with is not having enough TIME.
It was all very well reading about how you could get loads done if you did something for 10 minutes a day, but I found that when I got stuck in to something, 20 minutes would have gone past then I would carry on for a bit and suddenly it would be midnight! It would put me off doing it again because I would be tired for work.
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The kind of whispers we’ve all heard went through my head:
"It’s inevitable - you can’t have good health all the time."
"You’re just getting older, it’s totally normal"
"Everyone has stress in their job, but we all have to work don’t we?"
I started wearing glasses for distance.Read More
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A big bear that used to hunt me (no, not a real one) was:
What if I fail?
Say you're in a reasonably good position as you are. You have a job, maybe some money in the bank. Your co-workers are alright. You’ve got a nice-ish place.
Why would you risk it all for some…pipe dream?Read More
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It’s about what your heart is saying to you.
Whispering, maybe. Faint maybe.
In a cupboard under the stairs, locked away, hidden, bruised, hurting, in pain, longing, whatever state it’s in.
Where your heart lies, there your treasure is.Read More
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I started this journey, thinking it was just about finding a job that I loved.
I quit the graduate training scheme I was on (having sat the exams and leaving my job before even finding out the results) because I had decided that following my dreams and trying to make myself happy was more important than what the company needed (and because I spent tea breaks crying in the toilets).Read More
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I used to feel disheartened with my teachers when I would show them my work and they said: "Great, but can you do this and make it even better?"
And I would look at them and think:
“I’ve put all my effort into this and you’re wanting MORE?"Read More
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In every moment, you have a choice.
When I first read that, I felt so much pressure.
In every moment, I had a choice?
I felt that I would more often than not choose the wrong thing.
Clothes, food, jobs, men.
I was notching up errors.
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There is a horrible, inevitable ‘feeling’ you have when you keep grinding away at a job that you hate.
A ‘Will I ever get out of this?’ feeling. Of course, there is a possibility of redundancy. But if we ‘wait’ for something to change, we then realise…it’s only ourselves that is stopping us from moving forward.Read More
I put the date of my relationship with la bella Italia being established as 2013, when I took my first trip to the country, for a few days in June. Yet my love for Italy had been brewing for a few years before that - subtly but with increasing force: moving in with two Italian translators, almost always choosing Italian food to eat when I ventured to local restaurants and picking up my first audio book of Italian language lessons. The beauty, history and culture counterbalanced the less glamourous parts of Italian life (the infamous and complicated system of bureaucracy for example) and I knew Italy was somewhere I wanted to live.Read More
Image my own.
With this life, this adventure, starting before you’re ‘ready’ is something all the great adventurers tell us we should do. It’s true. It dawned on me that the process is similar to learning a language.Read More