Tuesday, April 10

Pasquetta thoughts

Most of Naples descended on the Amalfi Coast yesterday for the Easter Monday holiday. It got a bit crowded..
Carlo and Skye found a good way to escape from the daytrippers..There was no room for me on the canoe and besides, the water is far too cold for me so I sat on the beach and contemplated. I have made a decision that I am not sure about but I feel that it must be done. I am going to take a risk and try something new.

I don't want to be tied down anymore.
I want to be free to go to my family in England when I want to, not only off-season.
I don't want to have to worry about who I leave my daughter with every day.
I want time to spend with house guests who visit.
I don't want to give half my earning to a babysitter.
I want to work for myself and be my own boss.
I don't want to argue about dust in the corner and fingerprints on the windows anymore.
I don't want to pretend that I like Pucci prints anymore.

I feel it is time to change. I might be making a mistake but it might be the best thing that I ever decided to do. You can't go through life without taking risks right?


  1. Good for you! I for one am a huge proponent of risk-taking and of working for yourself! Best of luck.

  2. Follow your instincts and you'll never fail!!

  3. Nicki, go for it.

    You might take a little hit financially at first but you are giving so much money away anyway to a sitter. The pros of having your own schedule is worth it.

    The wedding season is coming up soon and I'm sure you will be very busy working with brides and people in their wedding party.

    I also agree with Alina, you are a very talented writer. I would start trying to submit short stories or maybe writing articles on Positano for British publiciations and see where that leads.

    I think being able to be creative again and your own boss will really be a positive change.

    good luck.

  4. Good for you! You will be a success at whatever you do! I can totally understand that it is time for you to do something else and I can't wait to hear what you are up to!

  5. Go for it, Nicki! You ARE talented and WILL succeed. As far as the writing goes, you have a niche in that no other English-speaker writes about daily life in Positano. And your make-up skills speak for themselves. As nyc/caribbean ragazza says, it might be hard at first but it will eventually pay off.

    It's so exciting and inspiring to see someone so talented pursue the life she deserves. You can do it! In bocca al lupo!

  6. While I don't really believe that following your instincts means you never fail, it does mean you are always learning, unless your instincts are snailish.

    Go for it. BTW, all the Napolitani that didn't go there came here. I only ate half my lunch yesterday because I was trapped among a bunch of them and they were too loud and too invasive. THEY PUT THEIR STUFF ON MY TABLE! And shoved my chair.

  7. Good for you Nicki.
    I'm sure you'll do just great.

  8. The only things worth anything involve at least a little, and sometimes a lot, of risk. I'm a big fan of risk-taking and heart-following... I wish you all the luck and will keep my fingers crossed for you!

    (On a separate note, just had drinks with your brother last night...plans for dinner tonight! It's always so great to have him in town!)

  9. "The brave don't live forever, but the cautious don't live at all. Here's to the brave!"-Timothy Luce
    It's too easy to get "stuck" while life passes by.
    As I mentionned before, and I see many others have commented, you have a special "knack" with the writing, but if make-up is your love you will succeed.
    We never know until we try.

  10. Nicki I think you should do it. Follow your heart. You're an amazing writer and photographer, take the risk! It will be worth it I'm sure in the end.
    From me & everyone who loves your stories on my end, go for it.

  11. So you really did mean that you quit your job! Oh this is so exciting! You know, a few years ahead.. if you want a business partner... ;)
    You'll be successful, I just know it!!

  12. Excellent pici of Papa and Poppy leaving the heaving masses.
    Brilliant visual of Niki leaving the fashionista pretense.

    Hey if push comes to shove I seem to remember you are excellent at making the living look dead.....so I’m sure Carlo’s cadavers could use a bit of vavoom?!

  13. Congratulations! It's going to be great, I know it.

  14. Go for it, Girl!!! It sounds brave, and sounds like a good move as well.

  15. I took the risk to work for myself choosing my own hours & I have never regretted it. Go for it & goodluck

  16. You sure have a talent for leaving us hanging!! :)

    I'm sure you're doing something cool - you've got a head on your shoulders.

  17. as I read this I think I faintly heard "we are the champions..." rolling in the background...

  18. Don't wait to take the risk. Chances are best taken when one is young. You're such a good writer; I hope you can find time to work on some fiction or a memoir. (You're the most engaging English writer on the Amalfi Coast since Gore Vidal left Ravello a couple of years ago.)

    --Good luck!

  19. it is just about impossible to make ends meet being employed in italy, southern anyway. being in business for yourself is a great idea nicky!

  20. Oh, and if you'll need web help, I hope you know you can just ask! :)

  21. DO IT!!!! dont even think about it anymore just do it! :)

  22. I agree, girl! JUST DO IT! And, GOOD LUCK with your decision making.

  23. Congratulations Nicki, there's nothing better than being self-employed! Good luck and enjoy the summer! P.S. I have just started my own blog too!!

  24. follow your bliss....

    a life half-lived is just that -

    haf lived -

    i believe in LEAPS with passion and heart
    and joy...


  25. go for it, nicki! follow your heart always, that's what I say.

  26. Taking risks in life is always good. Good luck in what you choose to do.

  27. Wishing you the best of luck on your next adventure. I am sure you will be just fine!


    PS. Happy belated easter!

  28. Thank you everyone for your inspiring comments! I've done it...I'll let you know more soon!xx

  29. I know this comment is late, but I just wanted to say I completely applaud you!!!

    I so understand where you are coming from. I am facing going back to work in about a year but I think what I really want to do is set up my own business from home so that I do what I love, use my talents, and most importantly, spend time with my daughter.

    I had a look at the link to your other site, and oh my goodness, your brides are beautiful!

    Good luck and most importantly, have fun!!!


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