Writer’s Easter In Italy, The Spirit Of Creative Gratitude And A Spring Gift For You

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Happy Easter! I’m spending this Easter weekend with my Italian family in Pisa. Easter in Italy, just like every major holiday, means especially lots of great food. My Aunt got up early this morning to cook enough food for a battalion of hungry soldiers. And she tells me ten times a day: “Ma tu non mangi!” Or: “Mangi poco!” (You don’t eat! You eat little!)

La Pasqua (Easter) is a much less family holiday than you might think. Many people use the holiday for a city break, and most people eat out. I’m really looking forward to La Pasquetta (Easter Monday, “Little Easter” in Italian). My aunt usually puts all that delicious food she’s been cooking for three days in baskets and in a portable fridge and the whole family enjoys a delicious picnic on the beach. This year the weather is gorgeous and we’re heading for Viareggio, a beautiful seaside resort just a short drive from Pisa. It’s not warm enough to swim yet (to me, the Mediterranean is freezing at this time of year) but my cousin is taking a dip anyway. A professional swimmer, four months pregnant, she says the baby needs to start training as soon as possible.

One of the things I love about spending Easter in Italy is the spirit of gratitude. For Italians, Easter is the time of year when they think about the good in their life and give thanks for it. I’m writing this post at a charming little street cafĂ©, the sun is shining, and I’m thinking about everything I’m grateful for as a writer. There are so many things to celebrate but here’s my list of top five things I’m grateful for as a writer this Easter:

1. The incredible life I have designed for myself
I have been a full-time indie author for 6 years, and to me, this is the ultimate freedom. Creating on my terms, sharing the stories I encounter on my travels, having the ability to choose what I’m going to do today, tomorrow, next week or in a year. I have learned so much on this journey and when I look in the mirror, I see a different woman than I was before. The woman I see today is much more self-confident, much happier, more mature, and even more beautiful. The joy of doing what she loves every day of her life just radiates from her.

2. The community of amazing writers I adore
Writers are the most generous, loving and caring gang I’ve ever met. At least the writers I know. There’s no competition, we all want the others to make it. We know that every single writer has a different voice, a different style, a different way of creating, and as unique individuals we create the most amazing community in the world. Last year, when I lost myself and was afraid I would never write again, the support of my writer friends made a big difference. I continued to write thanks to them and for them.

3. My readers
Often I wake up in the morning to see new book sales or new reviews, or a loving e-mail from a fan, and I still can’t believe that people actually buy and read what I have written. I’m so honored and humbled by this experience. Through my books, my readers invite me to become part of their life, and knowing that I’m able to give them a bit of joy and light in return, is magic. Words can’t explain how grateful I am for my readers and how much I appreciate their support.

4. The Earth and its endless source of inspiration
Now that I spend most of my time in the Italian countryside, in the foothills of the Apennines, I fully realize how rich, abundant and giving this Earth is. The vibrant colors, the intoxicating smells of the seasons, the sounds. Being able to write and create surrounded by this lush piece of heaven is a privilege. Going back to my roots and reconnecting with who I truly am saved my soul and helped me understand the true, simple miracles of life.

5. Wild and Free Creativity
This new space I have created is my way of giving back. My life as a writer and artist has been so rewarding and I want every writer to experience the same bliss. I want us all to succeed, and I know I have so much experience and wisdom to share. Many of my writer friends have asked me in the last couple of months to create a course or a workshop, to teach, to guide, to encourage others. They felt my way of seeing and building writer’s life was unique, inspiring and empowering. And suddenly I felt there was something deep inside my soul that resonated with this calling. This is how Wild And Free Creativity was born.

There’s so much to come and I’m excited about and grateful for this journey of miracles. In the spirit of Italian Easter, what are YOU grateful for as a writer? Please leave a comment below and let’s spread some writer’s love. Every person who comments on this blog post will receive a gift from me: “How To Be Chique Like An Italian: 5 Happiness Secrets of Italian Women“. This little e-book is a dangerously hilarious little tomboy, so get ready for some Italian fun! :) (And please don’t forget to add your e-mail address so that I know where to send it.)

Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone Is A Delicious Invitation For Your Muse

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Changing your life path is a scary thing. It’s uncomfortable. It hurts. And it’s so tempting to stay in your old ways, in that uncomfortable comfort zone that may not fit your desires anymore but feels comfortably safe. But guess what? If you start walking toward your dream today, a year from now you’ll be amazed at all the miracles you have created. If you succumb to the temptation of the comfort zone, a year from now you’ll be exactly where you are today. So where do you desire to be?

Wild And Free Action Step: Know that just the willingness to release the old creates a beautiful open space that your Muse can fill with new ideas, thoughts and intentions. It takes time to create new habits and thought patterns but every turtle step matters. Today, keep repeating to yourself: “I’m willing to design a new way for myself. I’m willing to release the old and follow the voice of the new.” Everything starts with your willingness to leave the good for the great!

I make up my own colors. I’m me. I’m proud to be a writer.

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My path is not linear. My road is not smooth. My journey is not straightforward. I’m different. Always have been. Always will be. Those who don’t get me are many. Those who do get me are few but precious. I am the best me I can be. I embrace my madness. I own my quirks. I celebrate my highs and lows. I make up my own colors and paint my own world. I create my own destiny. I stay away from crowds. I’m restless. I’m multi-passionate. I am curious. I’m inquisitive. I long to invent. I desire to do things my own way. I make my own rules only to break them. I’m me. I’m a writer.

How To Own Your Dream And Believe You CAN

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Whenever the voice of your Ego Mind, the nasty little gremlin, tries to take you out by giving you reasons why your dream can never come true, remember this: You would never ever be given a dream or a desire without also being giving the means to achieve it. As soon as a dream is born, it has your name written all over.

Wild And Free Action Step: Write down your biggest dream, desire or goal. Then write down all the reasons why you think you can’t have it. Really consider them: Can you be really truly one hundred percent sure that these reasons are relevant and true? If not, then it’s time to let them go and replace them with powerful reasons why you CAN.

How To Shift Your Expectations For Joyful Creative Success

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If you expect your Creative Path to be hard, if you expect your dreams to never come true, if you expect to never have enough support, if you expect marketing to be exhausting, if you expect to never make enough money doing what you love, guess what you will get? We are limited only by our own expectations, not by our circumstances. Your current circumstances are a direct reflection of your expectations. So what about changing that and expecting something much more Wild and Free from now on?

Wild And Free Action Step: Today practice the art of Wild And Free Expectations. You can start with an easy step. Say to yourself: “I expect this day to flow easily and bring me joy. I’m looking forward to those joyful moments!” You will immediately feel your energy increase. Remind yourself of this power statement throughout the day, and you’ll see how such a simple, upbeat message changes your day.