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15 days are missing a Christmas and 15 minutes ago I told Fabrizio (my best friend, the brother I never had, my partner) that in February I take the whole month off. He laughed, saying I need it. I think he laughed because he knows perfectly well that I can't not work for more than 10 hours straight. Here, by the way, I'm in line today. I am waiting, more or less stoically, my turn. I like to wait even if I'm impatient and sometimes I want everything right away. Sometimes this impatience, with the fuse lit by boundless ambition, translates into a real recklessness in facing life. That's why today I decided, for the first time, to get in line. Today I am aware that my turn is coming, I see my right moment a couple of people ahead of me. Okay, today I'm the one who can wait.

Io ricomincio da qui is an article that talks about me and not about wine. Here, I said another thing that makes you laugh: I can not write more than 10 lines without naming the wine. Here because now I want to take stock of everything that happened this year. Here because I haven't written on my wine blog for 22 days, and I miss this terribly. Here because a blog, by definition, is first of all a diary. 

I'm 34 years old. Sometimes I feel like 24 because I'm excited about life. Sometimes I feel 84 because I'm resigned to life. I am not a happy woman. In 8 days it will be the first anniversary of my father's death, my everything, so I can't be happy. However, I can say about myself that I am a fulfilled woman and, for this, exquisitely satisfied.

In January I wrote an article dedicated to my father about 8 good intentions I wanted to make in 2019. I start again from here. 

  1. Do today what I could do tomorrow.
  2. Get back into shape in body and mind.
  3. Avoid toxic people and not settle for mediocre relationships.
  4. Create at least 4 good habits and be consistent in following them.
  5. Make peace with the bureaucracy and the administration of my work.
  6. Learn to manage my time to have more time for me.
  7. Learn to speak English fluently.
  8. Create an editorial calendar and write 8 articles every month on my wine blog Perlage Suite. 

The resolutions are 8 because I was born on May 8 at 8. Because 8 is my favorite number. Because 8 is not just a number, it is infinity. So what happened this year?

I learned to do today what I could do tomorrow. Do I do it at the last hour of the day? Often. But I do. 

I lost 10 kg from August to today and have taken an important personal and emotional growth path. 

I sent all the toxic people to work and I closed the mediocre relationship of which I was satisfied just because my father was dead and I was afraid to face this pain alone. Today I only cultivate quality relationships that enrich my life and always bring me smiles and never tears. 

I created 2 good habits: take a long walk at least 3 times a week and start reading again. 2 new habits, not 4, but I have been constant. 

I learned how to carve myself 1 now a day to take care of me in a thousand different ways and this makes me feel really good. 

I didn't make peace with the bureaucracy, but I understood how to make peace and I count on doing it in the 2020 thanks to a really patient accountant. 

I have not improved my spoken English, but in the two trips I made abroad this year and at the fairs they told me that I do well. Maybe watching Napa Valley documentaries in English helped. Indeed it certainly helped, because the second edition of my book "How to become a Sommelier" contains an in-depth study on the Napa Valley AVAs that makes me particularly proud. 

I wrote 36 articles on the blog instead of the 96 that I had promised myself. But I still have 21 days from now to the end of the year and, if I try, I can get to 40, which is more than the 39 I wrote last year. 

I gave up many times, but I always got back on track. Indeed in line. Above all, I finally understood that I am not a person who gives up and that if I give up, even if only for a few days, the only result I get is being a few places further back in the line. 

Today I start again from here, from several places ahead in a row, even if alone they were not enough to make me be the first in line. This is why I learned to forgive myself and adore my human imperfection.

The truth is that I am more fragile today than 10 years ago, even though I was told 10 years ago that as you grow up you become stronger. The truth is that as I grew up, I became above all more aware of myself and I learned to love myself as a unique and special woman who deserves all the consideration in the world not only for the results she achieves, but for the mere fact of existing. 

But here, let's face it ... the results are an important olfactory bonus of my person.

The results have a good smell. 

When I was 8 I told my parents that I wanted to live by writing on a lake. Today I do. Precisely I am part of that 4% of authors who live by writing, in a panorama defined as “desperate” like that of the Italian book market. In emerging markets, publishing houses court me to win the exclusive rights of the second edition of my book "How to become a Sommelier" which came out on December 1 and will send you in a few days, time to receive it from the print shop, and next year I will keep it in hand in who knows how many languages. Certainly in Italian and English. 

I learned that everything is created, nothing is destroyed, everything is transformed. Even good intentions.

Because the only thing we do that is really wrong in our life is to persevere in what does not realize us thinking we have time or that our dreams are just dreams and are not so important. 

We have no time. The good news is that only you can drive the car of your life… hold the steering wheel firmly in your hands and steer as far as you can towards your dreams because they are really so important. 

Two half people don't make a whole person. Only a whole person does a whole person. We are born and we die alone, but we live to fulfill a fulfilling path towards personal success to be shared with the people we love. 

Possibly with a glass of wine.

Indeed we make a whole bottle. And let it be good, please. 

Now I'm going to uncork the bottle that will be the background to my next article. 

Only 15 days left for 2019 Christmas, and I start again from here.

Where do you start from? 

Cheers🍷🥳🥳🥳📕❤️

Chiara

 

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