10 things I learned in Tuscany

Traveling is always an adventure, literally and figuratively. There is self discovery that always happens, and usually enlightenment to follow. Growing up a motto stuck with me which was ‘Knowledge is Power’ and this is pure truth. As I’m growing and experiencing(and gaining knowledge) it’s very apparent that it’s always better to talk about things you know, and listen to those who talk about things you don’t.

On that note, here are 10 things I learned on my trip to Italy in 2018(no order in specific)!

1. How to live out of my suitcase when going to a different hotel every day – it can be easy, but make sure you have plenty of space for dirty laundry!

2. ‘Legs’ in a wine glass demonstrate the amount of alcohol content in the wine(difference between a 12% wine and a 14% wine) amongst other things, but we’ll get into wine posts on CaptivEATing

3. You can drive 140km/h safely on the autostrada – there are auto ticketing radars but, everyone’s going faster than you at 130kmph so more than likely you’ll be fine

4. Italians think I look like J.Lo

5. Make sure that no matter what, you ask if your living quarters have AC (!!!!!) – I can’t stress this enough, make sure you know exactly what kind of living situation you’ll be in before you get to your destination. Do you have AC? Do you have a kitchen? Do you have a shower? It may seem like all of these things would be listed but, sometimes they’re not! Just ask and there won’t be any surprises.

6. You can easily get lost driving 2 miles through the hills of Tuscany

7. Burrata is still my favorite of all time

8. The Alps are one of the most magnificent sights, even from the road

9. Traveling with strangers (in this case, being in a new place with new people for a solid 9 days) will open your heart and bring you to a new place, internally – one of the best things in life is sharing and learning from those around you. My dad used to say if you learn ONE thing a day, you’ve had a good day. I spent 9 days listening and partaking in French, Italian and German languages which all come kind of easily to me because of Spanish, however, languages require brain power, mine was tired after every day but it was beautiful being in touch with that part of my senses/brainwaves!

10. You can make progress with whatever you want if you really want to (speaking languages, for instance) – put your mind to it, you can do it.

Listen, absorb, learn, take it all in, be in the moment, be grateful, and live it up my friends!!!

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Gotta Tighten Up

“Living is a process,
Sometimes it’s tough,
Gotta remember to never give up.
Yeah some days are long, 
Yeah some days suck,
But it’s all about mentality, gotta tighten up.
Trust in the process,
Trust in yourself,
Whenever you get down, just ask for some help.
Turn up the music,
Put on your dancing shoes,
Get on up, get on down, 
You’ve got nothing to lose.
Keep your chin high, 
Roll with the tide,
Just gotta remember, 
Life is about the ride.”
– EMW

Worldly Vibrations

Happiness comes from within us. 
It comes from thoughts stemming from acceptance, in turn causing some sort of conscious relief.. 
When that happens.. When you take that deep breath which is followed by a smile, the vibration you emit to the world on a frequency-level has changed the day.
Not just for you, but for the entire world.
We’re all connected, to every-thing.
Make today a happy one, the power is yours.

Perceive, React, Surpass

I began working at a new company today. HOORAY!! 🙂
I’d have to say that starting at a new place, doing something new is totally exciting, yes – totally empowering, yes – Scary? Absolutely.
“That’s a normal feeling, Emily!” “You’ll do great, Emily!” ALL things we have all heard, yet we have this fear inside of the unknown, most of the time.
Why? I kept asking myself. Lock it up, Emily, I kept telling myself.
And of course the second you step into the newness, the feelings of anxiety subside and it’s really not that bad, is it?

The questions we create in our minds and the doubts we have, stem from a natural conditioning to feel those things, however, we can also condition ourselves to get past that and instead, feel way less anxious about any new scenario by mindful practicing of positive thinking and positive self talk. (whew that was a long sentence/thought.)

I opened up my Timehop app after a few hours of being at work and BAM, a universal message that came back to me, which I had written three years ago was right in my face:

“Every new day holds a situation that is meant to teach you a lesson(s) and once we are open to the idea of ‘being’ and ‘letting be’ it becomes clearer and easier to follow your gut, your heart. 

We are exactly where we are supposed to be in life. 

It’s all about how you choose to perceive, react and surpass.”

Perfect, don’t you think?
😉

Love and Light, my friends.

All We Need Is Love

Everything needs love. Humans, animals, plants, situations, thoughts, our world.
Everything thrives when there is love. Personalities, solutions, our world.

The event that took place in Orlando on the 11th was devastating.
As were the shootings, bombings, and every other type of killing there has been in this world. 
We see an array of reactions and emotions towards the events, and how people deal with them: Anger, sadness, frustration, fear… Then comes the love, the unity.

Reading articles and posts from friends about this particular tragedy has made me feel every emotion on the spectrum, but I hadn’t found quite exactly how I wanted to articulate or what I wanted to articulate in regards to any of it..
Then it hit me:

Love. Love, unity, and peace should be the things we strive for as a whole – community and society. 
It should be where we start with ourselves because when one knows internal love and peace, it is what comes out from their soul.
Be the example. Lead. Help. Give.

There will be shitty people in this world, but it’s simple not to be one.

All we need is love.

My thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families.

Be the Peace, people.
Be the Love.

“We must create, not destroy.
We must unite, not divide.
We must Love, not hate.”
– EMW

Solutions

Every little thing, every situation that one doesn’t see clearly at first, always has a solution.
This is something I think we all need to remember when we get stressed out, flustered or frustrated.

Maybe you can’t figure out how to do a task at work, maybe you’re having a hard time finding the right melody for a song, maaaaaybe you’re just not on your A-Game for LIFE on a day.. THAT’S OKAY! Every one of those things, as well as every single other scenario, has a solution.

Feeling like everything is a cluster-f*ck? Start by throwing things out or re-organizing(personally doing this at the moment in my house).
Feeling like each day is an ordinary routine? Switch up the route which you go home/go somewhere! Do something NEW.
I have found that when life starts to feel unsatisfactory, it usually only takes one small thing that your eyes haven’t ‘seen’ to hit your soul right in the feels, and BAM, you’re back to smiling or at least to feeling a bit more alive.

We are, after all, human. So yes, our brains+thoughts get the best of us sometimes – we have to remember we are souls of infinite Love, not just the ego we hold within.

Remember, to, breathe.
Everything, has a solution.

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Alive

It’s all breathing,
It’s all feeling,

Looking alive,
It’s so divine,
The touch of the wind on ones face,
None of it can be replaced.
Trials and challenges, with those we are faced,
But one mustn’t get caught up in the rat race.
Life is lovely,
Can’t you see?
Look to the sky, look to the trees…
Gaia, all breathing,
All feeling,
So divine,
Thank you for giving me wings to fly.
-EMW

Listen To The Wind Blow..

In the last year or so I have become aware of the following inspirational pages.

There are two sets of emails that I receive for daily encouragement:
1) Notes from the Universe, by Mike Dooley (www.tut.com)
and
2) The Daily Positive (www.thedailypositive.com)

This past December, my father passed away and I was having a difficult time processing the loss. I was unmotivated, sad.. Truthfully I was feeling totally lost. After having taken care of him for 4 years(seeing him practically every day, taking him for shaves, bringing him ice cream, helping him with his clothes, taking him dinner when the food wasn’t so good at the facility, helping him with whatever he needed) it became a way of life for me.

Throughout the process there were days that were more difficult than others, however, I realized how much I was helping him. Mentally, physically, all of it. It was so rewarding. So, so rewarding.
I wouldn’t change any of it for the world. After all, he did all of those things for me when I was a kid. Fed me, changed diapers, took me on trips, drove me to school, gave me advice, gave me hugs!!.. It was time for him to ask for help now though(which is so difficult for any prideful man to do), and he did.
I did the best I could, and I know he was thankful.

The following weeks and months after losing him, after not having this way of life anymore(college graduation also finally occurred right before dad passed, so between not having school and not having my dad to give my time to, I was in total float mode) it made me want to read some more motivational things to maintain my own positivity active, keep it vivid and push myself forward, instead of getting stuck. As much positivity as I put out there myself, I need some encouragement too every now and then.

Here is an email I received a few months ago from The Daily Positive Team that warmed my heart a bit. Because sometimes, you just need to hear stuff like this, although you already know it.

“We’re all in this together.
We can’t do it on our own.

We’re bombarded from all angles with people telling us we can do it, there’s no one fighting the battle but ourselves, and to just go it alone. There’s a myth that if we ask for help, we’re not strong enough. It’s like it’s not okay to admit that to climb a mountain we need a guide.

Asking for help is what makes us strong. Telling someone else what you’re going through takes more strength than enduring the struggle on your own. The leap of courage it takes to share your story with someone is a victory in itself.

There is no one in the world that’s lived a perfect, care-free existence. Life has thrown challenges at every single person. The president has all of congress behind him. Michael Phelps has a trainer. Mark Zuckerberg has an entire network with him. Nobody does everything by themselves, even though it might seem like it.

Learning that someone else has been through the same trial begins the mending process.

Take a step of faith. Share something with someone that outside of your comfort zone.

– The Daily Positive Team”

It’s just something to think about.
🙂

Dance Among The Stars

Motivation for this blurb

When you realize what you’re good at, what one of your purposes of life, if not only your sole purpose is in life, don’t give into the fear or the illusion of the world around you.

You can do whatever you want. You can get whatever you want out of life. Just, GO for it. Ask the Universe for it.

The road to where you want to be will more than likely take a lot more effort than you think, but, ultimately you will benefit from the sacrifices and the results that you’re getting far more than if you become dulled by the fear that your own mind creates..

‘Risk being seen in all of your glory..’

‘The effect you have on people is the greatest currency there is..’

So go, be great.. Do what you love, be humble, live with humility and drive, dance among the stars..

Our time is now.