Coaching, Exercise, Expat in Italy, Mid-Life Reinvention

My First Video is Published: Lessons Learned

I’ve been thinking about making a video for quite some time. Actually, I made a video a couple of years ago walking through Bracciano with my camera. But what I’m talking about is sitting at home and talking blindly to the computer about things.

Things like my GIFTE program and my Insane Productivity Continue reading “My First Video is Published: Lessons Learned”

Insane Productivity, Mid-Life Reinvention

Learning How to Be a Better Me

Word of the day:



Because I was incredibly fortunate to be able to get in on Darren Hardy’s Insane Productivity program. I have been following him for the past 12 years through his Success Magazine, which I LOVED.

Last October I purchased a digital subscription to Success Magazine Continue reading “Learning How to Be a Better Me”

Jacksonville FL, Living in the United States

The Jacksonville Scene: Narcissists, Alcoholics, and Sociopaths

It is such a shame that this pretty city is full of people with a terrible mentality. Last night one of my “friends” on Facebook publicly shared an article on the similarities between a narcissist and an alcoholic.

Since I’m an expert on being on the receiving end of these kinds of people Continue reading “The Jacksonville Scene: Narcissists, Alcoholics, and Sociopaths”

Building a Travel Agency, Joys of Middle Age, Learning Programming, Mid-Life Reinvention

Desperately Seeking a Career

It’s been 3,334 days or 9 years 1 month 16 days since I got laid off, but who’s counting?

In those 9+ years I got divorced; my daughter graduated high school; my son came back to live with me; my sociopathic ex-manfriend disappeared; my son moved back to Seattle; I met my current partner; I sold, Continue reading “Desperately Seeking a Career”

Health, Joys of Middle Age

Can I Ever Get Enough Caffeine?

Good Morning Awake People!

I am not one of them. This is becoming a routine that is quite unappealing!

All I want to do is write a coherent blog post, but I am trying to keep my eyes open while waking my brain up. Seriously, I feel stupid. I don’t even know if the problem is a lack of sleep or lack Continue reading “Can I Ever Get Enough Caffeine?”


Does work mean prison, or can it be fun?

I’ve been searching for something to do with my life, before it’s over, for oh, my whole life. A few years ago my father said I should get back into IT because it pays well. I told him I don’t like IT, it’s not fun, at which his reply was

Work is called work for a reason, otherwise it would be called fun.

Continue reading “Does work mean prison, or can it be fun?”


Caked On Makeup Metaphor

I suppose you might like to know what the purpose of my starting this blog is, and furthermore, why I chose the name Caked On Makeup.

First, let me introduce myself. I’m Kimberly in real life – Sasha when I’m being funny, and I’m happy to meet your acquaintance. I just turned an age that has a zero Continue reading “Caked On Makeup Metaphor”

Exercise, Expat in Italy, Italy

Time to Get Up and Go for a Walk

It’s a beautiful day today, as most days are when you live in Italy. I told myself I would get up, have a coffee, and go for a walk before it’s too warm. It’s a lovely walk, going from the old medieval town center in Bracciano, past the castle, down the hill, along the lake, and back up again.

I’ve Continue reading “Time to Get Up and Go for a Walk”


It’s Sad When a Love Affair Dies

I began writing this blog entry on September 21, 2016, which is when it became clear that unless I had a SUBSTANTIAL amount of money that Italian Love Affair Tours could not be. It is now May 7, 2017, and a lot has changed, yet a lot has stayed the same.

At the time I felt as if my love affair with Continue reading “It’s Sad When a Love Affair Dies”