Tag Archives: Catch-Up

I'll share a secret with you. I used to hate my middle name. I was embarrassed by it. It sounded weird & foreign. Donella sounded different from everyone else's name in my schools & neighbourhoods. I didn't want to stand out with another "weird" name. Donella was a name that I had never heard before. When people asked me what my middle name was I would lie and say that I didn't have one.  I know, shameful. My first name Nadia is another story for another day.

It was around my mid-twenties when I finally started to like my middle name. Unfortunately, I don't remember why I had the change of heart. Maybe it was because it was different. Unique. Who knows? Now I love it and use it proudly, hence nadiadonella.com & and my social media handles.

By complete accident, I stumbled upon the meaning and origin of my name, this week. I've spent my entire life not knowing the origin of my middle name. Growing up the only thing that my mom told me was that Nadia & Donella were names of cousins of hers that she had grown up with or had spent time with. I can't recall which. She did not know the origins, she just knew that she thought they were pretty names and I guess they continued to suit me after I popped out. When she was pregnant with me she had male & female names picked out. This was before sonograms & the newest blood tests at 10-12 weeks to determine the sex of the baby. Technology is something else.

Basically, there are 2 origins of my middle name which I've pulled from babynames.allparenting.com. I'm not a fan of either meaning but hey it is what it is.🤷🏿

In Italian the meaning of the name Donella is: Lady.
The Celtic meaning of the name Donella is: Dark - haired elfin girl.

Do you know the origin of your name? If you'd like to share, let me know in the comment section.

Till next time,


"Everything Is Not For Everyone"

-Today is World Heart Day & I'm sharing 3 ways that I am improving/maintaining my heart health:

  1. How I deal with stress. I may not be able to stop stressful events from occurring but I have control over how I deal with them. In other words, if I have zero control, I let it go.
  2. Exercise at least 3 times a week. I'm not an athlete, nor am I  striving to be one but I have mini exercise sessions that get my heart rate up for at least 10 minutes. It's not perfect but it's better than nothing.
  3. What I put into my body. I love a nice juicy steak but I try to eat a more vegetable-based diet. Let's not go crazy though. If I feel like a steak or some chicken, I will enjoy it in moderation.

Let me know in the comment section what you do to help your heart.

Check out my recipe for the Nadia's Banana Bread pictured above.

-This Saturday is World Podcast Day and since I have my own podcast (My Views, Extended) I figured why not? My list constantly changes over the years but these are some podcasts that I'm enjoying:

The Friend Zone, Tiger Belly, Tin Foil Hat With Sam Tripoli, Rantin' and Ravin' With Yamaneika and Friends, and Social Misfit with Chloe Hilliard. There is much more & the list can go on and on. I tend to listen when I'm doing chores, cooking/baking or when working and absolutely no concentration is needed. What are your favourite podcasts to listen to? Where do you listen to podcasts the majority of the time?

-Saturday is also #OrangeShirtDay - "Every Child Matters". Orange Shirt Day is a day of remembrance for residential school survivors and especially for those who did not survive. Check out the link to learn more here. I don't have an orange shirt but I hope this will suffice.

-If you're looking for prints of my photographs or for home decor, please check out my redbubble.com portfolio, under NadiaArtist. New artwork coming soon! Any other photography requests, please email me at myviewsextended@gmail.com. Have a great weekend!

Till next time,


-Everything Is Not For Everyone-