Tag: gratitude

Life Revamp

I am revamping my life.

revamp [rēˈvamp/] – v.  – 1. give new and improved form, structure, or appearance to.

Yes, it’s about time. Not only am I leaving the big lights, camera, and action of the past ten years, but I’m moving towards a goal that I have held for a long time.

Not only am I working towards this goal, but I am working on how I think about this goal. I envision the people I wish to surround myself with, and how I wish to interact with them. I see how this goal continually expands as I dare achieve it.  I think about my life and how it is changing. I think about the lessons learned and the regrets averted.  I feel there are some things I let slip through the cracks over the years, but now I know better.  Yet, I also think about how good I feel in the process of this revamp.

More importantly, I recognize that I am actually revamping me.

Little things have shown up consistently in my life that confirm I’m moving in the best direction for me. I like to acknowledge them every chance I get. I high-five myself in my head.

I’m feeling good and I like it. As a matter of fact, it’s my most dominant intention that I feel good.

Did you know that it’s good to step out on a limb every once in a while? That’s where the fruit is.

Have a spectacular week, i miei amici!


…rest in love, Zig Ziglar

A few days ago, one of my mentors-in-my-head passed away at the young age of 86. One of my favorite quotes of his is this: “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”

You will be sorely missed Mr. Ziglar. Thank you for the time you shared with us.

…mi dispiace…ancora una volta

Ciao a tutti!

Oh my fellow readers…I have been back in the States for a little over a week now.  Unfortunately I caught the Roman flu just one day before my return and I’ve been holed up in my home with no contact with the outside world since then. I am feeling much better now!

However, although I have returned to the bright lights and big city, I still have more Roman stories to tell.  I will continue to post about my Italian adventure, my discoveries, and my revelations — there’s still so much more to share.

Looking forward to your observations and comments!

~ Signorina Bella

…who am I?

Deepak Chopra proposed the following questions to Oprah on her Lifeclass:

Who am I?

What do I want?

What’s my purpose in this life?

What are my unique skills and talents?

What do I expect in a meaningful relationship?

The answer to these questions should not include what one does (for a living, as an example), or the role that one plays (mother, as an example). Roma has opened up my heart space more than it was before, and so now I am going to take a deep breath, sit still and attempt to answer these questions.

I am writing a new story for myself.

…Iyanla is a Genius

“How you treat yourself is how you treat God”…”You are the representation of God in your life so when you put yourself last, you put God last. It’s self-full, not self-less“…”What comes out of the cup is yours to give, but what  is in it is yours”…”When you sacrifice yourself, you make others a thief”.

Ok, I adore Iyanla. She is right on time, and I can’t wait for her show to premiere on OWN. I was so excited to find out that I could view Oprah’s Lifeclasses on her website – the videos aren’t blocked like most other sites. What I like about Iyanla most is that she is not sharing anything new – she just puts it in a new package. Sometimes that’s all one needs – just a little reminder to step up your game and live your life.

This trip to Rome has me stepping up to the plate. I was in p(ay) a(ttention) i(nward) n(ow) mentally, and I needed to look inward. So that’s what I’m doing now! I like the process because I see the progress. With each new step there is a new discovery, a new revelation.

I am living a lovely time in my life.

…FYI…the water here sucks

Ok, not the drinking water you can purchase at the store. The water that comes out of the faucet and shower. What is up with all the minerals? I have to let it run for a bit before I use it so that I don’t smell like a steel factory. I am so happy that I brought a vat of shea butter with me, because without it I’d be another ethnicity. Maybe its the building, because I don’t remember that being the case at the hotel I stayed at a few years ago. Either way, filters are a necessity. On another note, I am grateful that the water runs freely and easily throughout the apartment.

This is just an FYI for you ladies of color who happen to visit the Eternal City…

…Mas or menos

Rome has a big store called Mas, which is near my apartment. The name is correct, they have a lot of things. However, it reminds me of a less selective Big Lots/Value Plus. It smelled like a musty cellar and had a long hallway with old-looking plastic kitsch for sale behind faded clear windows.   There were three floors, with various types of clothes.  Despite my dismay at the selections, I still learned something new.  In Italy the first floor means the floor above ground level.  Good to know, so I won’t waste any more time trying to figure out why I can’t find the shoes on the first floor when I am obviously at ground level.  I was able to purchase a bath towel, automatic lighter and reusable bag.  The bag will definitely come in handy since the local supermarket charges for their plastic bags.  Where the heck is a Target or Walmart when you need one?

I will probably not return, but I’m appreciative of the experience. That sounded a little bougie, didn’t it?

Ciao a tutti!