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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Living, Loving, Growing

This past week was spent at the PGA Show in Orlando working a booth, and man, what a blessing it was to be there.

So many vendors, so many beautiful displays, and so so many people.

When you’re thrown into something you’re not used to doing, let’s be honest, it is a mental game. Either you let everything get to you and freak out in anticipation, or lock it up and own that shit. 
In the last few months I’ve realized that I was letting fear get the best of me(even though most of the time I seem fearless) and I also re-realized that one thrives when one lets themselves.  You’ve got a set of skills, use them.

This trip was exactly what was needed to get myself back together and remember that we can all do anything. 

Life gets messy, we get laid off, we deal with emotional moments, but thats the beauty, isn’t it?
The rollercoaster.. The ups and downs..
Because when you feel that rush of excitement, that nervous energy, that means you care, and that is your soul telling you that its all going to be alright whether it works out or not. 

You’re growing from living that moment. 

You create your reality, my friends. You are in control of nothing and everything at the same time. And you will succeed in life if you let go and just breathe. 

Do your thing. 


Roads of Life

Feeling like my thoughts need to be put on ‘paper’ somewhere, so why not share on here.
🙂 

Going off of something I wrote a couple of years ago today:
“Strength-positivity-patience-love. The things I ask for and give thanks for everyday. Those are the only things I need in my life.

I must say, the last six months have shown me and taught me even more of those things.
The last six months have grown my gratitude x 9348293748234723847.
Its like with every breath taken, more awareness is induced within.

I wish I could put into words how grateful I am to even have that awareness. I wish I could transfer the emotions I have inside so every.single.person I know could feel this enormous amount of love that’s been created. Its really, truly, so freaking beautiful.

The things in our lives lead us to where we need to be at that present moment – at least that’s how I look at life and what I believe. It’s taken a lot to get here, don’t get me wrong, but man…. Every little thing has so much meaning, yet so little meaning at the same time.

I don’t quite know where I wanted to go with this entire post, but what I do know is that with the people presently in my life: my family, my friends, my boyfriend, my coworkers who have become so near and dear to me, the last six months have been incredible and all I want to do is share so people can connect, relate, and go internally into their thoughts and feel the love around them.

Didn’t think life could show me even more love than what was infront of me when my dad was alive, but damn, it really has. 

Open your eyes, open your hearts.. Give when you can give, love deeply, give thanks for every.single.thing possible, and everything will flourish.

Yes, there are tough times, yes there are great times. We go through pain, we go through happiness. We laugh and we cry. We are here to experience these emotions to expand our souls.
Just remember, perspective is key in this life..
When you open those eyes and those hearts, your soul realizes all of the beauty around you.
Every moment is beautiful. Every moment teaches you something. Every situation is here to help you. 

You are infinite. 

Thanks for reading my rambling.
Gratitude, is the attitude my friends.
All the Love.