What do you believe in? What makes you tick, what makes your world go round?
Hey there, I’m Elisa.
And you are here, on Crazy, Amazing Life. Welcome! And thank you for letting your interest and your curiosity lead you for a minute. Connecting with people is one of the most interesting experiences we have available to us, every day of our lives — no matter our environment, our background, our schedule, we always have the chance to meet someone new, to start a conversation, to help someone and let that enrich us. People can inspire you to open up, challenge your preconceptions, and flex your social muscles to become more open, compassionate, and generally more alive. Fostering good relationships is part of what makes life wonderful.
But I get ahead of myself — this is the place where I should tell you a little about me, and what’s behind Crazy, Amazing Life.
So here we go:
I was born on a gorgeous island in the middle of the Mediterranean.
I had a lovely childhood. We didn’t have a lot of money, but I grew up surrounded by a large family, spending my summers swimming in crystalline water and eating delicious food, food that tasted like the sun that beat on the island most of the year. I was happy, but I also had a sense of adventure that eventually led me to want to explore places beyond that beautiful island, meet people who hadn’t always lived where I lived, spoken what I spoke, done and learned what I had grown up knowing and experiencing.
I dreamed of diving into new places, new experiences, and new cultures, and I wondered how they would change me.
At 10 I decided that I was going to go for it, and devised a way to do it: I would study languages, then move to Los Angeles and become a translator. Was that realistic for a little girl from a small island, to move half a world away? Not according to many of my relatives and acquaintances. But I was lucky to have parents who had themselves defied expectations — young parents who were expected to fail but instead managed to create a modest but lovely life for themselves and for me, and who never made me feel like I coulnd’t reach my goals, no matter how ambitious. Their love and support helped me create the mindset that I could reach anything I set my mind to. And several years later, I did just that.
At 17 I moved to Milan. A year later I moved to Los Angeles. A year after that, I became a translator.
No dream is impossible. Not if you really want it. Not if you are willing to put yourself out there, try new things, and never let fear stop you.
I have since lived in Copenhagen, Denmark; Zurich, Switzerland; the New York Metro area. I have moved around, done other things that scared me, sometimes lost myself for a little while.
In my experience, challenging yourself, stepping out of your comfort zone, is a great way of finding inspiration and strength you may not have known you had.
Now I’m back in Zurich, Switzerland, with my husband and two daughters — well, one daughter most of the time, since my teen is currently having her own adventure, attending school in another country. We have chosen this as our landing strip, our in-between place — and we are now giving “settled” a chance.
But “settled” is a state of mind, not a physical condition. Because despite a few extra challenges brought on by a couple of autoimmune conditions (which I have managed to keep more of less in remission thanks to nutrition and lifestyle), I am always raring to go — to travel, to see people and things, to capture moments to treasure, to find and share inspiration.
Everyday life doesn’t have to be boring. It can be fun, energizing rather than draining, exciting rather than exhausting.
Let’s inject some passion into our lives and find the beauty and inspiration in the everyday.
Crazy, Amazing Life aims to do that.
Get in touch, and let me know how I’m doing!