The third lady in my #mesistertribe series is Amanda Metelli.
Metelli and I meet at a coffee shop for our interview and were seated in booth seating, it was the perfect setting for our fun chat. This gorgeous lady, saves lives everyday as an emergency department nurse. I was fascinated by her plans to celebrate her own life and wanted to hear more about it. Because I don’t know many women, who plan for a whole year to celebrate themselves, to celebrate their achievements and their successes with the absolute most important people in their lives. As Metelli said to me “these aren’t people that are on a list, just to make a list, these are the most, the most important people in my world.”
Our tea and coffee was delivered to our table and she started telling me about her plans. I love her excitement and how animated she is in telling me all of her plans.
“I literally started planning this party on my 29th birthday. I was on a beach in Nice and I may have had a little bit of a moment, where I had a meltdown, with my Dad – of course. Where I looked back, and thought I will be turning 30 and what have I achieved. How can I celebrate all the things that are important?
Metelli went on to tell me that her Dad, started listing everything that his daughter had achieved.
“You have a career, you have your own mortgage, you have travelled and you have great friends.”
Although our conversation was about how she was going to celebrate her 30th birthday these achievements, and the importance of family, friends and self-discovery was the foundation.
“If I could recommended anything for anyone wanting to find themselves. Is to literally pack themselves a suitcase, get on a plane and go somewhere completely foreign. You will find out who you are and what you are willing and not willing to do.”
“Tell me all about this magnificent party that is nothing like a wedding.”
“This party going to be so far from a wedding it is not funny, it’s not a birthday bash or a dirty 30.”
“The invitation has set the tone for the party, no jeans allowed and if you wear joggers, I will kick you out”.
The room is booked, the event planner has meticulously listened to Metelli’s vision and her dream for her 30th birthday celebration, the florist has the flowers picked and the photographer is organised. One of Metelli’s talents is cake making, and I mean amazingly creative, stunning cakes. So she will be creating her own purple, black and gold masterpiece.
“The event planner and the florist have been so great and so excited, I think they are excited not to be doing a wedding or a Christmas party.”
“The morning of the party, I am going to book us all in for pedicures. Because even my Grandma can come to that, the accommodation is booked, I just need to order my dress.”
“I set myself a challenge to lose my 50th kilo by my 30th birthday. I have 10 kilos to go. I’ll order the dress in the next couple of weeks.
After listening to the intricate details of the lavish party, the thought, the challenges and the goals set for this fabulous celebration. I wanted to know how she picked the guests.
“This party is not about things, it is about people, it’s about the people that mean the most to me right now at this point in my life. Who are the 30 most important people that I want to spend an extravagant night with. You know that concept of picking 30 people to have dinner with alive or dead, these are my people.”
“The way you are describing it to me, and the detail you have gone into, this party sounds more like a celebration of the people in your life than yourself.”
“It absolutely is, because if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be me.”
“My mum and dad and my grandma and my grandpa, need to take one hundred percent accountability for the person that I am.”
“I kind of had an epiphany, I needed to define a friend and a colleague. This process was almost like a journey of self-discovery, and me defining who are the most, important people to me. The people that make an effort. I am so lucky and blessed with the people in my life, they have always been there for me, I am so grateful for all of them.”