Guest author Malena Lott talks about living the sweet life.
Do you live la dolce vita? In English, it translates to “the sweet life.”
If you’re like me, most days the answer is “only if you call sneaking a Hershey bar the sweet life.” In my new novel, Dating da Vinci (November,), my protagonist, the widowed 36–year-old mother of two, Ramona Elise, has lost her joy and doesn’t know where to find it. That is, until a handsome Italian immigrant named Leonardo da Vinci strides into her English classroom. He’s the very embodiment of passion and joy and Ramona hopes his joy might rub off on her. Literally? Well…
For those of us without a passionate Italian in our midst, experiencing our own renaissance (awakening) may take a bit more soul searching. Here are a few questions I like to ask myself to get less stress and more la dolce vita.
- What happened today to trigger this feeling? Whether it’s a bad feeling or a good feeling, it’s important to do a mental check every now and then to see how our bodies are responding to both the joys and pains that we feel in any given day.
- Have I done anything I love today? If you just thought to yourself, “yes, my husband,” good for you! If not, that’s okay. What are your passions that you could put back into your day? For me, it’s making time to read a great book. Days that I don’t get to read, I feel restless. And a candlelit bath with a nice glass of Merlot and a good book? Divine. Followed by hubby time is nice, too.
- Am I saying yes to things I should really say no to? We are our own worst enemies when it comes to trapping ourselves in to activities and events our true selves don’t enjoy. For me, I’ve promised myself no more volunteering at school – at least not when I am working, writing, promoting my novel, and have a three year old still at home with me. What’s yours?
- What’s stopping you? Many times we stay in a rut because we listen to not only the negative voices in our heads, but those “logical, well-meaning” Others who influence our lives. I say: don’t listen to them. If you’ve always wanted to sky dive or write a novel or get a tattoo, by golly, just do it!
Remember, no one’s going to hand you la dolce vita on a silver platter. You have to want it and go after it. Don’t be scared, but if you are, do it anyway. Thanks for reading, and if you’d like to read more from me, check out my TUG (The Ultimate Gift) blog each week about finding joy in the every day on www.malenalott.com, follow me on Twitter to get my latest writing news and uplifting evening “TaoTwitters,” and pre-order Dating da Vinci at Amazon.
Many thanks to Malena for being with us this week. Don’t forget to leave a comment either here or on her interview post to be entered to win one of two ARCs of Dating Da Vinci. Bonus: If you leave a comment on both posts you’ll be entered twice! Good luck.