A Few Thoughts and Things
It’s been a while since I posted. It’s because I am busier than I could have ever imagined. The girls are loving school but are also very busy with school. Both had to skip a grade to catch up to where the Maltese children are and it’s been a lot of extra work and outside tutoring. We go to tutoring four days a week. We also go to gymnastics, dance and sewing. Starting at the end of March I will tack on to that my own lessons in photography. Because you know…we aren’t busy enough. It’s odd to be this busy with Covid still running amuck. We are at our highest numbers here in Malta. The bars and restaurants have all effectively closed only for take away until April 11th. It’s scary honestly to still be heading into school every day. I don’t want to do online for a long time, but I also do wish it was happening at least for a few weeks while it’s getting so out of control. Last week a person I know contracted Covid and she had already received the first dose of the vaccine. It’s scary! It’s all scary! We are still fully active in our lives, in fact, far more active than we have been in as long as I can remember. We just wear our masks here. It’s the law. It’s not up for debate. Though you still have entirely too many people wearing their masks below their noses, which drives me absolutely bonkers.
The other items are that my book launches in May and the 3 month pre-release has already popped up and we are hard at work already doing interviews and promo’s for it. Some of that is exciting, some of it is exhausting. I will be on a Facebook Live event on Monday for International Women’s Day at 1:30 Georgia time but that’s 8:30pm (past my bedtime) in Malta. That same night or rather early morning at 2:00AM I will be up for another Live Summit out of Australia from 2:00am-4:00am for a live summit and Q&A session. These next several months will take a lot out of me juggling the time zone differences and promos and interviews all while still putting my children and husband first when I am when them. It’s a juggling act and I will need be on my game to make it all function properly and well. I am excited to release this book and even more excited that my dreams of having a book published on Audio have been answered! This book on May 11th will release on kindle, paperback and audio! I had to audition to be the narrator of my own book…and they didn’t pick me anyway. It’s ok. I’m ok with it. I trust that the samples they send me will be talented voices and it will all go well. I did want it to be me who narrated the book, but during such tumultuous times, I understand the desire to want to go with an in-house professional who already works for the publisher. Plus, it will be very interesting to hear how my book reads to someone else. I wanted to be able to control the narrative. I wanted to read it the way I wrote it. Now I will have to trust that what is written is enough to make the narrator bring it to life in a similar fashion to the way I would do it. It’s all about trusting and releasing because there is nothing more to be done but celebrate its conception. I have hired a wonderful student from the local University to help me with marketing and social media as well as a kick ass publicist I brought on a few months ago to help me really do this thing. I feel a lot of pressure on this book to be able to pave the way for me to be able to turn out of the self help field and into the memoire field to pitch My Malta Life eventually. That’s another thing that is harder than I thought about blogging and writing at the same time. Blogging is more like an appetizer to the meal, and the book is the whole meal. I don’t want to write the same things and I don’t want to get overly deep in these blogs. At the same time, I want to bring you with me into this new life and try to allow you the experience to see life through my lens here. I am madly and deeply in love with Malta. It’s only been 8 months of living here and every morning I walk outside and look up and say “Thank you God for this new life. Please let me get to keep it.” It’s my daily mantra morning and night and a few times in between. I love it here in ways I had no idea where possible.
The other day I was driving alone in my car on my favorite stretch of road. It’s stunning. I can’t even describe the feelings I get when I turn left out of my street and head this direction. I get giddy all over every time the view opens up and the sea is so huge and the colors and the mountains ahead and the sea to my side. It’s stunning. I was driving and thinking about the first time my mom gets to visit and sees this road. And I said out loud “because where else in the world would you rather be than here?” And it was this huge AHA! moment for me. This is the feeling I have been chasing my entire life! It’s here. How glorious to be able to find it.
The winter is finally leaving us and we are quickly heading into spring. The week of St. Paul’s Shipwreck and the Feast of St. Paul marks yearly the windy and rainy terrible weather week followed by the next week which will begin to warm up and spring will be heading down. There are many holidays, Karnival just before Lent which is where Mardi Gras was derived from and this year it was cancelled, but a few things still remained around the island. especially in Valletta it still had some of the big pieces reminding us that Karnival is here even when it can’t be.
Here are two of the floats still up in the heart of the city. They say usually the whole island is filled with special floats like this and a huge parade through Valletta. People in Malta like to party. Feast Days all the time. Big parties and easy living describes Malta well. Being here relaxes me, even when I am nutty busy. The sea alone gives me so much peace and awe and wonder. Having it on all sides of the island is surreal.
Today we were in sun dresses and I relished being able to do that. The sun was shining and the weather was perfect. The skies were clear and the city is quiet. Everyone is carefully retreating back into their homes for a bit, but still managing to get outside and be in fresh salt water air as often as possible. Last night, I picked up food for take away at our favorite beach side restaurant. On the little rocky beach was three ladies on a blanket with a cooler eating dinner and one other couple on the other end. But when you have these views less than five minutes away, we can’t help but sneak off to visit as often as we can.