WHO AM I?

Hello and welcome to my site! If you are here, it’s … let me guess, because you want to know more about who I am, right? Yeah, trying to be funny 🙂

Ok, enough with the usual pleasantries and let’s get to the point! I just don’t particularly like talking about me in formal tones, be patient!

My name is Clelia. Born in 1977, I’m 45 at the moment, destined (hopefully) to become many more! Everyone defines me as “crazy,” but in a good way, at least! And this is my face at the moment!

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Nice to meet you! Unusual photo since I am always traveling around the world, but lately I’ve built a little house, and I’ll be back to travel in a while 🙂

Ah, before starting talking about who I am, I’d be delighted if you want to follow me on social media! Here are the links to subscribe (In Italian for now but hopefully multilingual in the future:

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I should also create a Youtube channel because several people asked for it, but at the moment, I am not yet comfortable in front of the camera. I hope to start it soon! I have one about my trips, though, here it is!

At 35, I was living with the perfect boyfriend (on paper) in London and earning my honest living by working as a Production Coordinator at Burberry London. The perfect job (on paper).

And then, one day, just like in the “Sleeping Beauty” fairytale, I woke up without the prince’s help. In my case, I woke up from a nightmare life I had imprisoned myself with my own hands.

I finally realized that the life I was living was perfect in the eyes of everyone, except those of the most important person: MYSELF!

When my then-perfect boyfriend asked me to marry him, I had a very strong panic attack. Not exactly a reaction that a man on his knee dreams of getting.

At that moment, I realized that I had two options: To stay trapped in a life that did not represent me at all, only to follow society’s standards and make friends and relatives happy, or to create a life that would make me at least proud, and happy at times (because…raise your hand if you have a perfect life).

I chose the second option, albeit in total panic. I gave up everything: my boyfriend, my house, my job. In front of the incredulous eyes of friends and relatives who thought I was crazy.

And I also ended up on an article in the Huffington post for this decision, getting a fair amount of insults too, but that’s part of deciding what’s best for you rather than for society, I guess.

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I sold everything I had, from clothes to TV and even my beloved car. I also saved around $ 16,000 and booked a one-way ticket to Bangkok in 2013.

I wanted to travel, discover the world and its people, and open my horizons as much as possible. And I did it! Like a normal person, without being rich, sometimes making massive sacrifices economically and personally.


WHY THIS WEBSITE:

To find balance inside and out, to like ourselves for who we truly are, to find freedom of deciding about our own life without feeling wrong. All this leads to this image: Serenity and peace of mind.

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