Today, I invited my dear friend Vanessa Pizzuto to lighten the mood. My stories have been dark. Which is fine by me, as I can be a dark broody gentleman sometimes.
Vanesa is an author, a journalist, broadcaster, a motivational speaker, and an editor based in Europe. She’s my pep talk most days, spurring my creativity, indulging my insanity. She’s been celebrating the success of her book, and told me I should do a free giveaway… “everyone likes a free gift” she argues. I agreed, with one caveat… That she writes a short guest post for my blog. A little quid pro quo. Here is her contribution to lighten our day.
WELCOME TO MO
By Vanesa Pizzuto
I collapsed on my hotel bed; happy and absolutely spent. I was in Albania, speaking at a women’s retreat. After a long day, the adrenaline was finally wearing off. I breathed in deeply, letting my body sink into the mattress’ embrace…
Nine or ten hours later, when I opened my eyes, I noticed the wallpaper was embossed with city names: London, Istanbul, New York, Paris, Milano… My eyes lingered on the wallpaper seams, where new, whimsical names formed: “Parinbul,” “Londolano,” “Newbul.” And my favourite for its understated simplicity, “Mo.”
“What kind of people would live in Mo? Maybe they all have blue hair and enjoy unhurried conversations in artsy coffee shops…” I smiled at the sudden realisation that creativity was winking at me from a mistake. Adventure was beckoning from the completely unplanned, and the utterly imperfect.
Plans are necessary, of course. But some times my planning is more about giving my anxiety something to control, than my life space to grow. So, I need the Mo moments. They remind me I will end up where I am meant to be. They whisper it is not all up to me…
Darling, breathe in deeply. There is a current flowing much stronger than your mistakes. And new adventures calling from wallpapering defects. There are galaxies crammed with options, full alphabets of plans. There are blunders that open gateways, and failures that make you fly.
Due to high demand, she only has English copies of her book remaining… Of which I have a few..
To enter for a chance to win a free copy of her book, – No Fears No Chains – you can follow her on Instagram @vanesa.pizzuto – like her post – and tag a friend.
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