off on a tangent

Off on a Tangent – finding my way back to you

off on a tangent
I’ve been off on a tangent, and finding my way back to being here with you has been difficult.

Everytime I sit down to write a post it feels like I’ve been away too long, how will I catch up, what will I share, yet like an old friend here you are. Thank you for that, the responses to the little survey I sent out were both a kick up the rear end and a reaffirmation that this is where I need to be.

Sometimes life becomes a struggle even when creating a ‘Simple Life’….. it’s been a bit like that for us lately. We seem a bit fractured, drifting away in opposite directions, every word becomes a misunderstanding. Off on a tangent.

off on a tangent

I write about creating a Simple Life and yet I’m basically feeling burnt out and a little bit lost.

I feel a need to eat well, drink lots of water, breathe deeply, sleep well and walk in the sunshine.

I am slowly embracing a new rhythm and beginning to recreate the outline of our Simple Life and it feels good.

I have so many projects and ideas in my head, I’ve been off on a tangent learing about ‘branding’ and ‘e – courses’ and driving myself mad trying to redesign the website, create two new websites, and oh yes enjoy life, play with the kids and get myself to Tai Chi once a week.

Although I have no idea how this will all work out or which project I’ll work on first (think it’s a Gemini thing lol) my priority right now is to reconnect with my husband, enjoy the sunshine and play with my kids.

off on a tangent

Developing the Life Mapping Italy Project has helped me realise that the most important thing is our family. Making sure we’re ok is my first priority. Everything else is a bonus.

So it’s time to take stock, look at all we’ve accomplished and set some new goals for the year. Although we didn’t get to Malta we are planning a trip in June to Venice and beyond whilst Sams parents are on a cruise (they’ve been dreaming of doing this for over 20 years) we’ll pick them up after 8 days.

We also have five new lives here in the Borgata, both Misha and Mia have had kittens so now we have 1o cats in total. If you’d like to contribute to de-sexing them then you can do so here, we have three adult girls and two adult boys and five kittens that are around three weeks old. I’m hoping we can find homes for the kittens when they are weaned.

I’ll catch you up on all that has been happening here at Borgata Malpertus over the next few weeks, I hope everything is well with you and I’m looking forward to getting back in the groove, catch ya later, with love as always…..

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and the gang x








24 replies
  1. Lettie
    Lettie says:

    When you start doubting yourself, remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.

  2. Belinda
    Belinda says:

    I think your vulnerability is beautiful. It’s a gift to the world. Truly! Too often people feel they need to be perfect before they can use their voice. But perfection is an illusion.

    I’m so glad you feel like you’re finding your way back. I think the online courses etc for building online business are a big distraction to people and are just people playing to the anxieties of others and earning money from that. Oh that may sound awful!! I agree with what the marketing lady above wrote. Her advice is brilliant.

    I am currently back at Uni retraining. Completing a masters in social work. Something I’ve come to understand is just how we are all influenced by the values of our culture and for all of us in the western world capitalism reigns supreme. It’s interesting to regularly reflect on how this shapes our thoughts.

    The ‘simple life’ is really a turning away from that incessant drive. So I hope you are able to find a balance that brings the income you need to live, whilst living in the moment. Accepting the highs and lows that come along with a real life.

    I adore your stories of daily life and your genuineness as you share.

    • Lisa Chiodo
      Lisa Chiodo says:

      Sam keeps telling me to cut it short again but NOPE keeping it long, I love it.
      Thanks for the nod and knowing what it really is like being the expat xxx
      much love to you and yes un bacio xxx

  3. Elisa L
    Elisa L says:

    Hello, Lisa: From what i have seen, and what I know of you and the family, you’ve done an awesome job of caring for that most important thing. And you’re right – the moms usually get tugged at and pummelled and bruised emotionally. Thanks for keeping ALL of us connected. I’m glad to hear you’re getting some time over in Venice. Send photos, if you can. We all miss you. Hope to see you soon! xoxo

    • Lisa Chiodo
      Lisa Chiodo says:

      LOL how funny to be writing this on Mothers Day, not a single bit of fuss for Mum today, still that’s become the norm lol
      Looking forward to a break in Venice and being able to show the kids a bit of Italy. We’ll all be taking lots of pics i’m sure, much love to you and the family!!! lisa and the gang

  4. Mary
    Mary says:

    Lisa, I am a Gemini too. I also have a lot of irons in the fire too. I thought it was just me! So, at least, I am in good company. It is good to hear from you again and what is going on. Yes, family is important!

  5. Hannah Meyers
    Hannah Meyers says:

    I worked in marketing and PR for decades. You can easily get all wrapped up in the hype (they *are* marketers, after all!) and “to do” lists generated by all the ideas. The best thing I found is to know who you want to talk to and find the media channel that audience uses most. Write to your audience – don’t try to find another one! You’ll grow organically. Technology can eat you alive! I’m sure most of us who read your blog just enjoy your day-to-day activities, hearing about your husband’s projects and kids successes, and pictures of your beautiful, evolving home. Just breathe that wonderful Italian air for me!!!!
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    • Lisa Chiodo
      Lisa Chiodo says:

      Oh Hannah I get so overwhelmed with it all, I see so many achieving the things I’d like to achieve here and I get tied up with the tech side lol. I think I need to just get back to basics sharing what I love and our life here. Menopause also hit me for a six, depression I never expected but got it sorted with the GP here, I ofen feel like I can’t share when things are ‘down’ rather than the perfect ‘simple life’ silly I know….thanks for your sharing and technology is no longer going to ‘eat me alive’ back to enjoying it all xxx much love lisa


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