30 years of living

With getting older, the first thing that comes to my mind is ANTI-AGING and it kind of bothers me. Aging both physically and mentally is a funny thing. Instead of dreading it I have decided to embrace it. I refuse to be the person chasing after her twenty year old self.  Yes, I am a sucker for creams that make our skin look beautiful BUT I refuse to edit out or act like I do not psychically age. I have wrinkles and little puffs under my eyes now. I have trouble staying up past 10PM. I have more scars on my body now then I did when I was younger. And you know what? Thats all ok.  I may be getting into my thirties with out a house, kids and husband under my belt but thats ok. Everyones journey is different. If someone is reading this post who may be down and out about “aging” I hope you find confidence in your journey and realize that success looks different on everyone. Do not compare yourself to others, your doing a great job.

When I look back and see what I have accomplished, experienced, and learned in thirty years, it made me proud. All the friendships I have made with beautiful people all around the world got me thinking, you know, 31 aint so bad. The most important thing I am proud of is that I really pushed myself to “LIVE”.  I know that if today were my last day here on this earth, I could leave it being content, which sadly, most people can’t relate too.

I have zero wasted time. Every tough time was a lesson. Every change was a blessing and every relationship I have in my life is cherished to infinity and beyond- Because at the end of our road, the only thing that matters is how hard you lived and how much you loved. I am so lucky to have so many special moments in my life its hard to count. But, I put together my top thirty “moments” in my life where I was changed in some sort of way. (in no particular order)

Cheers to my 31st year, and cheers to a few more laugh lines! I can’t wait to celebrate with my loved ones with lots of hugs and kisses and some cake too.  #grateful AND #aging

  1. Becoming Auntie CC: If you follow me on instagram you have probably noticed by now its mostly posts about my baby. This little love muffin has come into my life and rocked my world. The love I have for this little human is indescribable. My little princess  makes me smile and laugh everyday. I can still remember the first time Elle told me she loved me and said “Auntie CC”, Which was November 9th, 2016. (Still have the recording on my phone) I love love love you!  23379886_10214599850012893_5649369662475197271_n.jpg
  2. My first Gondola ride in Venice 11694036_10207297497138635_1693994927820440017_n.jpg
  3. My first sunrise in Bali. I could not believe that I actually had the courage to travel across the world to start my new beginning in life at 27 years old. The beauty was overwhelming. To this day I do not think I have ever experienced sunrises like these, and will always cherish the memories. I can still smell the smells of Bali waking up, and hearing the waves of the ocean from my bed. IMG_7245.jpg
  4. Completing my yoga teacher training program. This was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life both physically and mentally. I look at this picture all the time to remind myself of this moment. This picture was taken at the end of my Bali journey. This picture shows a different person, with different perspectives. I fell in love with myself on this trip, gained confidence in myself that I literally can do ANYTHING I put my mind too, and learned the importance of forgiveness and letting go. So grateful for everything I have learned there and carry the knowledge I learned there with me everyday. (oh and that was my first beer in a month too so it tasted extra delicious!) IMG_8311.jpg
  5. Seeing “The Medicine Man”. Yes I totally had an “Eat Pray Love” moment! This man was insanely accurate and to this day things still happen that he said were going to! IMG_7567.jpg
  6. Being blessed and spiritually cleansed while visiting the Elephant Cave in Bali. The Elephant Cave is a sacred place dating back to the 11th century.  I can’t even describe how special this moment was. IMG_7779.jpg
  7. Holding a Koala in Australia. I specifically traveled to Brisbane since that is the only area you can actually hold one. How friggin cute is this little chub chub. He was heavier then expected! 12011185_10207673762145025_3933524761571571061_n
  8. My sunrise camel ride in the Outback in Uluru! 11998834_10207673793785816_7907976313071214470_n.jpg
  9. Experiencing a traditional BBQ in the outback. This photo was taken at sunset. (oh and thats the famous Uluru Rock behind me!) This night was full of magic. I tried authentic Australian BBQ food, even tasting kangaroo! A tribe performance took place under the stars. I will NEVER forget the stars. I have never seen so many stars so bright and so close. I remember wishing on a star to send me my love already. Fast forward a few more months after this trip-of-a-lifetime and I was granted my wish. Funny thing, Steve and I have a thing for stars and always take moments to look at the sky together when the stars are out. May sound corny I know, but dreams really do come true and I am a firm believer to this day on wishing on stars ❤ 12003011_10207673791025747_7811796380683273154_n
  10. Seeing the 12 Apostles on the “Great Ocean Road” road trip. This road trip will stay with me forever. Jenn if your reading this love ya and miss ya and will always remember our memories! 11205575_10207673810706239_5563078505679842081_n.jpg
  11. Bondi Baths: I will NEVER forget this moment. I remember taking a screen shot on instagram of the Bondi Icebergs pool thinking wow this would be amazing to see, but I will probably never get there. Well low and behold! Here I was!! Swimming like the mermaid I am in the Bondi Iceberg Pool. (and yes I cried when I stepped foot in it) 11150789_10207673827066648_893673832496948421_n.jpg
  12. This was the end of our “Great Ocean Road” road trip. My friend Jenn and I stayed at the cutest boutique hotel. We awoke at sunrise, ran across the street barefoot and jumped into the ocean. This picture will always be my favorite because the feeling I get when I remember that morning was so liberating. It is a moment I can’t really describe. It is a moment I felt so free. Its just a moment of a memory that moves me to this day. 11998911_10207673833306804_4178271864185747817_n
  13. My first trip to Italy! Not only was I proud of myself for doing the flight alone, I would up reconnecting with my friend Chrissy and we obviously have been BFFS since then 🙂 Italy is literally the most beautiful place I have ever seen. The people the food the culture, its just so special. I cried a lot (happy tears) my first trip and must say Italy still brings me tears to this day, its just that special! This was also my first “Trekking” adventure with Chrissy. We almost died on a glacier but getting to this view was worth it. 11742761_10207297463177786_2427549309481794058_n11755077_10207297509578946_7987126340863091004_n
  14. Falling in love with a little town called VV and Galletto<3 11753686_10207297423616797_5343841252077143628_n
  15. When my friend Chrissy surprised me and took me to THE vineyard to go to in Tuscany. It was my first vineyard experience and let me just tell you…NOTHING will top it. The first time I saw the rolling hills in Tuscany it literally took my breath away!11781634_10207297468817927_1873444842110060170_n.jpg
  16. Seeing Aushwetz in person. LITERALLY this was a moment. I have read, probably over 500 books regarding the Holocaust and have watched countless documentaries in all different languages. I never thought I would have the opportunity to not only visit the camp and have a private tour but visit the Warsaw Ghetto as well. This trip was truly a trip of a lifetime for me. And it was under 1000 dollars for EVERYTHING. #justsayin IMG_9711
  17. Moving to NYC with my BFF, a city people worldwide dream of visiting! This picture was on moving day! Loved my time living in the city but I also learned I need to live by the sea down the shore. Its truly where I am happiest ❤ 470699_4649911208714_833950391_o
  18. Visiting Casa di Giulietta in Verona Italy which was the home of Juliet and rubbing her boob for good luck in love. It worked! 11745583_10207297520939230_7599981838804451015_n.jpg
  19. Discovering this little medieval town when staying in Tuscany called San Gimignano. I was so so connected to this charming town, I know in a past life I lived there! Pictures do not do it justice but the beauty I saw is etched in my memory forever. They have amazing Gelato as well! 11148583_10207297457697649_1250951913432626319_n.jpg
  20. Our day spent together riding through Prosecco vineyards on Vespas. This was truly one of the best days of my life spent with the best people ever.12143328_10207815887458069_406567353085605804_n12107117_10207815882577947_858677986411224045_n
  21. My night in Venice by myself. So many magical things happened to me in that 24 hours thats a blog post in itself! This was the view from my room! Lets just say I was a super happy gal ❤12112265_10207815845577022_8779935476362107836_n.jpg12074979_10207815844576997_2681186902775927059_n12105785_10207815844977007_5487488485681450393_n
  22. The first time I visited the Amalfi Coast. No explanation needed! Oh and that was the view from our room. #unreal 12193479_10207994419961270_1942561029854334309_n.jpg12189172_10207994401720814_7334360008505495707_n.jpg
  23. Spain, this hike, this lunch, this town with these girls! One of my favorite funniest days! 1936284_10208319063037144_5238016220971237987_n
  24. The beach in Lagos Portugal and the time Chrissy surprised us with this adventure of ATVing through the cliffs of Portugal LOL and yes we had to sign out lives away. Oh the things Chrissy makes us do!14937312_10211102949752572_9166315864692312576_n14937201_10211103003713921_5787820170137401234_n.jpg
  25. South Africa. Everything about this trip was a moment. AND I can tell you one thing, I never in my wildest dreams have thought that I would go on a Safari in AFRICA. 17022503_10212208774717505_4946049538056830551_n
  26. Dancing the night away in a tiny town called Bari with my BBF Martine and her now hubby and his family. This was one of the best nights of my life, a dinner party with little english spoken full of amazing wine, food, company and dancing until the sun came up!12106911_10207815819736376_5298006770254381448_n.jpg
  27. My first New Years Eve spent with the love of my life and making wishes on lanterns ❤ 12439157_10208375815495920_7329145124430406140_n10623013_10208375825176162_1874208221374079539_n
  28. Floating in the sea in Italy with Steve. This trip in general was amazing between the watermelon dance, our new Italian friends and company. This was Steves first time to Italy and he got to see first hand why I am obsessed with it there. 22046132_10214243699749359_4081053532851837616_n21765070_10214243685589005_1934810647774323705_n21765077_10214243648348074_7513990811651027400_n
  29. My first ever trip out of the country by myself to Costa Rica to attend a yoga retreat hosted by Yoga Girl! It was the first time I have ever attempted to surf and I was beyond terrified! I was so proud of myself for getting half up on a wave, and being brave enough to be open to new experiences and accomplishing my first headstand! IMG_1997IMG_1959.jpg
  30. Teaching beach yoga at Lavallette boardwalk and mommy being one of my students.  Ever since I got my certification it was my DREAM to teach beach yoga on that boardwalk. There is something so special about that place to me. When I got the opportunity to do it I was beyond grateful. Im pretty sure I cried just a teeny bit during my first class. Thank you Regina for this experience! So looking forward to teaching again this year 🙂 IMG_123720245674_10213681739380701_7824755105323543316_n

 

XOXO

CC

YOGA I missed you.

This fall has been amazing but also has been super busy and somewhat stressful due to a few new changes in the last two months.  I had three amazing trips pretty much back to back- Italy, Cuba and Disney. Talk about a good time, but with that comes packing and un-packing, a slowly draining bank account, stressing about making up missed school work, and pretty much, two weeks worth of colds which made me lazy and lethargic.

With all that is going on I have had very little Yoga time, and have been eating on the go mostly. My body is begging me to follow my normal eating habits! This is probably the first time I have not practiced yoga for three weeks straight in over 4 years so this feels super foreign to my body. I feel like I have aged 40 years.  It hurts to do a forward fold.  I am stiff, notice lower back pain, constipated, irritable, less balanced and feel heavy. Heavy in step, my balance is off, heavy with stress and my upcoming tuition/credit Jesus Christ Christmas is coming bill. My digestive system is NOT happy with me at all. Too much candy and wine… not enough nutrients. The last two weeks I have been crazy with sugar and dairy…two things I have reduced in my diet significantly because it makes me feel better!

I finally started back up with a new job I love that pays well. ( phew ) My days are long again but I don’t mind. Last night I was so tired (and lazy) by the time I got home from work I literally just crawled into bed with a huge glass of wine, one Reese’s Pieces cup, a few “fun sized” twix bars ( I may or may not have stolen from a kids Halloween bucket…who have I become) two kit-kat bars and eight Hershey kisses later, that was my dinner.

When I awoke at 5AM thanks to all the sugar with a headache from the wine, and severe heartburn from both the sugar and the wine I decided I have had enough.  I am done with feeling shitty. I went to my math class, and came straight home to clean my yoga space (my porch) so that my DAILY practice can begin again. I stepped on my mat this afternoon and smiled. Oh Yoga I have missed you and all you do for me mentally and physically. Please make all the aches and pains go away.  I thank you, I am forever grateful for you, and I will never leave you Yoga, I promise, never again! BYE BYE stress! BYE BYE heartburn BYE BYE stiffness! (can’t touch this)

Note: I hope this little minor rant inspired anyone who has fallen off track in their life, whether it be diet, goals, routines, hobbies, relationships etc. I say minor because this is such a little problem to have in the world we live in today. I am grateful for all that I have and know how blessed I am. I have a roof over my head, I have my loved ones, I have my health. I’m not complaining I am simply just showing an example that I think everyone of us faces. It’s ok to self sabotage. You can always start over, you can always start new. By falling off the ban wagon with my diet and yoga routine I realized HOW important it really is to practice every single day, to move and stretch my body, to meditate and quite my mind, to observe what I put in my body, how is it making me feel, and what is it doing for me. Remember there is always a positive in a negative.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

XOXO

CC

 

Sicily and Amalfi Coast 9.17

Some of you may be tired of hearing me always talk about Italy BUT it is the best place on earth and words cannot even begin to explain the amazingness of this last trip. For the past few years my friend Chrissy and I usually go to Southern Italy in September for a little weekend getaway.  This year instead of doing a one on one trip we went with a group of girls (some I didn’t know some I’m already friends with) and my boyfriend. This trip was extra special because I finally got to show Steve why I am OBSESSED with Italy. (he’s now obsessed too)

First stop was Cefalu in Sicily. The first day we explored the small charming town. While enjoying an aperitivo in the square we were able to witness the most beautiful wedding ceremony! We then checked out the seaport and had a late dinner. Obviously we ended the night with some gelato.

The next day we hiked La Rocca, a historic site, to view ancient ruins. The hike was intense but worth it. The views at the top were beautiful. If your interested in doing the hike I suggest you wear sneakers, go in the early morning to avoid the heat and bring water!

After trekking we were rewarded with a little R&R on the beach before heading to Amalfi.

Cefalu, Sicily

In Amalfi, we stayed in a villa in Praiano. The views of the sea were through-out the whole house. Our room had the cutest decor, amazing bath tub and outdoor veranda.  This was a great option for us rather than staying in a hotel since we were a group of seven people.

We had a magical day which consisted of a wonderful boat ride along the coast exploring grottos. The boat ride is always my favorite part of Amalfi!  We were dropped off in Positano for lunch and a little shopping.  After lunch we were picked up by our boat driver and taken over to One Fire Beach, a beach club on the coast. We had so much fun and the people treated us like royalty. At happy hour every day around 4 o’clock, they come out with a huge watermelon. Everyone has to get out of their chair and dance around the watermelon for them to cut it. (they literally make everyone participate in it) Lets just say the watermelon dance will forever be in my memory, and cutting a watermelon is just not the same these days. I highly suggest going to One fire Beach, the views are stunning, the atmosphere is fun and the staff is amazing, you will leave there with a few more friends then when you arrived.

After trekking up 380 stairs and two huge hills we hung out at our Villa and watched the sunset.

At night we went to the most amazing place to eat, Vivaro Wine Bar, a restaurant with no menu. Gennaro, the owner, runs the show entirely by himself. He is the host, the chef, the server and the sommelier! Talk about an authentic experience. The food, wine and atmosphere was PHENOMENAL. If you are looking for a once in a lifetime experience try and book your reservation here ahead of time, its hard to get in!

As we were walking back to our Villa we ran into our friends from One Fire Beach, talk about a small world! They invited us to join them and have a bottle of wine. The people are the best part of Italy. They really embrace people who love their culture and make you feel right at home. We left this trip with forever friends for sure!

As per usually, a special thank you to my friend Chrissy who always organizes these trips. Thank you for all the hard work you put into this trip by making sure we saw and did the best of the best, but most importantly thank you for bringing this group of seven together. All of you will be in my heart and memories forever.

Cost:

Airfare (including flight to Amalfi from Sicily): $600.00

Hotel/Transportation: $350.00

Spending Money: $150.00

Total: $1,100. 

As you can tell from the pictures, it looks like we would have spent more BUT because we got the flight for so cheap we were able to splurge on spending. Most people spend $1,100 on their flight alone. I can not express the importance of setting price notifications!

Italy is a must see in your lifetime. Between the atmosphere, history, culture and food it will for sure be an experience of a lifetime. The Italians are truly beautiful people. Thank you always for your hospitality.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxQXk9vnme0&t=1s

XOXO

CC

 

 

 

 

 

Must READS

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Those of you who follow me know about my obsession with books, so I thought I would share with you some of my favorites that I have read this summer. Below is a list of just a few, everything from inspiration, self-help, romance, too spooky real life stories, history and drama.  Happy reading!

The Energy Bus, Jon Gordon

The Seed, Jon Gordon

Who Moved My Cheese, Spencer Johnson M.D

Lies She Told, Cate Holahan 

The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls

Half Broke HorsesJeannette Walls

The Book of Joy, Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Abrams 

The Ghost of Cape May, Craig McManus 

The Hurricane Sisters, Dorothea Benton Frank 

I Have Lived a Thousand Years, Livia Bitton-Jackson

XOXO

CC

Be BRAVE with your life…

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Today was the start to one of my many “new beginnings”.

Funny how the universe works.  Recently I was down and out looking for a career that is stable which can supply benefits. Well without a degree it’s slim to none. The only degree I have is in fashion and I am NOT going back to that!

My boyfriend and I were out on the boat recently and I received a spontaneous phone call from my friend to meet up with them at Tices, a place on the bay where boats tie up and hang. While there, my one friend asked “so what is it that you want to do.” I stated that I would love to just teach yoga because I love to help people but it does not pay enough and there are no benefits. She suggested the field of Physical Therapy, helping those recover from injuries. Ding Ding Ding! A light went off.  Why have I not thought of this before? I get to help people and the pay/benefits are great! Perfect, I am going to be a Physical Therapy Assistant. So, two weeks and a placement test later (yes I literally did this last minute) my 30 year butt walked into my first round of classes.

I must say this was exciting yet scary at the same time. First off, I have not been to school in forever. The college I went to out of high school was a fashion school. Obviously none of my previous credits consisting of “history of polka dots” transferred so I am literally starting from scratch.

I had a few mental breakdowns not going to lie. Long talks with family, friends, students, and my man…gave me the courage to put one foot in front of the other and just do it. The last week, I put my self through torture with the stupidest fears that I created in my own head.

Can I do it? OMG Im going to be the oldest person in class. Im totally going to look like a loser. Ugh people at 34 have babies and homes and ill be sitting here broke and just getting out of school. God this shit is expensive…bye bye savings. I always was the worst in math there is no way I am going to be able to do COLLEGE LEVEL MATH. OMG I forget how to do fractions?! Shit. What if I can’t pass? WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH MY LIFE. People take notes with their laptops? OMG Do I have to bring mine? Can’t I just use a good old fashion notebook? I can’t take notes on my laptop ill be too distracted! Will I be labeled the oldie by taking notes in a notebook? Since when were laptops allowed in classrooms. Am I going to be able to understand? Ugh my spelling is horrible. Will I be able to find the class room? I missed the target sale on school supplies.  JESUS CHRIST. 

I am a firm believer of positive thoughts and the power of intentions. I always practice what I preach, but for some reason I could not help myself and let my fears that I created get the best of me with these super silly thoughts.

AGAIN, Funny how the universe works.  In my first class today I met my English Teacher who I am now obsessed with. She shared her inspiring story with us on how she went to college late in life worked hard and is now a professor. She reiterated to me that ” you’re never too old to start”. Duh! Thats my life motto! All fears aside now, and a laugh or too later I am super excited for this journey and all that is to come 🙂

Thank you to my support group for always cheering me on during all of my “new” endeavors and being the voice of reason. Sometimes y’all talk me off a ledge. Love ya long time.

Always remember you’re not a mess, you’re brave for trying. Even though you may not be quite ready for change be brave. The universe always rewards the brave. Never let your fear decide your future. If I were to listen to my fears I would have never started this journey or have all the amazing experiences I have been able to have in my life so far.

P.S no one was taking notes with a laptop.

XOXO

CC

Biggest Bit of Advice 

This quote couldn’t be more true. I can’t even tell you how many times I said yes to something I wasn’t sure of or ready to do, and those moments have brought me the greatest experiences of my life and much happiness. 

Such as the times at work I would say “Yes! I know how to do that” and totally didn’t and would google and guess but it all worked out in the end and I looked more expierenced and learned a thing or too. 

Or when I said “yes” to going on a boat one sunny August day even though I didn’t want too because I was exhausted from recent travel. Winds up I met my soulmate that day. 

And when I said “yes” to South Africa not really understanding what I was getting myself into, and was lucky enough to have had a experience of A LIFE TIME and be one with the animals. 

Or when I said “yes” to visiting this girl Chrissy who was living in Italy when I quit my job. Last time I really knew her was in 8th grade! That trip, we fastly became bffs for life and have collected amazing memories together while traveling the world. 

When you get the flutter of uneasiness in the pit of your stomach like you don’t know what your about to do…always say YES! The risk will be worth it. 

XOXO 

CC 

2017

What are some of your goals this year? Have you accomplished what you wanted to accomplish in 2016? Remember be easy with yourself in setting your goals, sometimes the little steps wind up being the biggest of our lives.  Hope you all have a lovely and safe night full of lots of laughter and love dancing into the New Year on a positive note.  Show gratitude everyday, challenge yourself, be excited, be brave, learn as much as you can, travel as often and far as you can, create positive routines for yourself that only YOU do…ME time is so important, smile, let shit go, forgive and allow yourself to love fiercely because at the end of the day not everyone is here for forever.  Below is my list for 2017…I think I can accomplish it all in 365 days 🙂

  • Put my Italian Language skills to the test…continue studying
  • Master the art of making homemade Ravioli
  • Combine my yoga teaching with travel
  • Learn something new
  • Read as much as I can
  • Travel obvi
  • Love Love Love
  • Go fishing
  • Eat my Turmeric powder everyday
  • Save my pennies for the beautiful new MacBook in Rose Gold… of course… for more blogging and my short story I’m working on
  • Find new ways to give back, donating my time or teaching donation yoga
  • Learn how to cook three ethnic dishes, and cook them well
  • Travel to one place in the United States for once, something cool
  • Swim with piggies
  • Learn how to drive and park the Pineapple Express (our boat)
  • Plant something that does not die in a week
  • Join a book club…any suggestions?
  • Get my boyfriend to like chick peas 😉

XO CC

 

 

 

A Magical Island Called Ischia…

Traditionally, every year my friend Chrissy and I go on a short weekend getaway to the southern part of Italy. This year she surprised me by taking me to a tiny little island off the  Amalfi Coast called Ischia. We flew into Naples via Meridiana. Meridiana usually has great deals for direct flights. One bus ride later and a scenic ferry ride brought us to paradise.

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First on the list… Castello Aragonese, a medieval castle that connects to Ischia, which was built in 474BC.  The views from the top were just stunning. Chrissy knows my obsession with castles so of course she picked a B&B that was directly across from it so we could have endless views of the castle, and see all its beauty it had to offer morning, noon and night. Villa Lieta was the name of the B&B which was super cozy and the staff was amazing.

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After seeing the castle, and getting settled in, we walked around the charming town, shopped, and even saw the cutest wedding ceremony set up. We relaxed on the beach before indulging in coconut gelato (the best ever), and the first of many before getting ready for our romantic dinner date.

picmonkey-collagepicmonkey-collage3We took a tiny fishing boat from the dock across the street from our B&B at dusk that takes you over to this restaurant Gardenia Mare, which is attached to the most beautiful hotel. It was breathtakingly beautiful.  Everything we ate was delicious … even the shrimp staring me in the eye (LOL).  I would come back to the island just to eat here. It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.

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The next day we took advantage of free breakfast with our stunning view from the roof top of the B&B. We then took the bus over to Sant’ Angelo, walked around the town and relaxed on Banana Beach. We finished the day off with the perfect lunch consisting of my favorite thing on the Amalfi Coast…mussels!! They are super fresh and only seasoned with pepper. Even if you do not like mussels you have to try them. You will not regret it, I promise. We then moseyed on back to our B&B stopping for gelato, of course, and got ready for a relaxing dinner with a view of the stunning castle.

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Travel Tip: When you book B&B’s in Italy, most places include free breakfast consisting of coffee, water, juice, and pastries. I am not one to eat a lot in the morning but to keep traveling expenses down so I definitely take advantage of this – plus the Cornettos (breakfast pastry usually filled with jam, nutella or chocolate) are TO DIE FOR! 

The next day we were up at dawn, traveling back to Naples to catch our flight home and got to see the city at the most beautiful time.  The local fisherman just came back with their catch, and locals were starting to line up to purchase their fish for the day. This tiny island truly was paradise and full of charm.  It reminded me of the setting from “The Little Mermaid”.  I am sure this is where Arielle is from 😉

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I totally recommend visiting this Ischia. Food was fantastic, people were friendly, and the views were just stunning. Thank you Chrissy for planning another fabulous Italian adventure. Cheers to the best days of our lives! To see my full photo album and video you can visit my Facebook page. Don’t forget to follow my travel adventures on my Instagram as well! – ChrissyKimmy.

Airline Ticket $663.09

B&B, Ferry, Bus Tickets $250.00

Food and shopping $140.00

Total: $1,053.09 (Best thousand dollars I ever spent)

 

xoxo

C.

My Freedom |My Health

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May 28th 2014 1:17PM

How I got here.

To be exact, this is the most important quote I have ever read because after I read this quote on May 28th 2014, I finally made up my mind after two years of heavy thinking. I decided I would be leaving my NYC life for something scary but ” hopefully ” better.  Last August, I packed up my life that took me 6 years to build and moved back home with mom (love you). I only had three plans at the time:  travel, spend all my money and obtain my yoga teacher training certificate…Oh and maybe meet a cute guy abroad during my travels. I left a posh apartment in a city people dream to visit let alone get the chance to live in, a sought after job in the fashion industry, amazing friends and family, the list goes on and on. On the outside life looked glorious. On the inside I was screaming. I could not take the energy around me. This city and career I though I was in love with wound up being a fraud….or maybe I just changed.

I had a health scare a few years ago and it changed my life. I sat back and thought to myself, for being 25 what have I accomplished, what have I done for me, what have I done for others and have I checked off any goals or dreams. Yes some were fulfilled…but not enough.  The world was a different place. Do I stay, do I go. I went. I left. I was scared. I’m happy.

You have ONE life to live. You never know when obsticales will be thrown your way. Make your life count. Don’t let fear or money hold you back. Be kind and be happy and love a lot. While your able to, live your life to the fullest. You never know when your health will be taken from you. ” From the moment you loose your health, it is too late”.

Your health is something that can not be predicted or bought. It’s a gift. It’s fragile. It’s a ticking time bomb.

xoxo

 

Unfortunately I do not know where this article came from…I think I stumbled across it on Facebook, but I do wish I could quote it.