Motivation & Inspiration

I Never Thought I’d Be An Activist, Maybe This Is All My Fault.

I never thought I'd be an activistI never thought I’d be an activist. Like Never. Maybe this whole election mess is all my fault. 

I’ve never been shy about sharing my opinions on anything, don’t get me wrong, including politics. But I was by no means an activist. And, I’m a little ashamed to admit, I subscribed to some mainstream beliefs that activism was for extreme liberals, trying to change things that were basically “okay.” I didn’t, NOT support activism, I just was a passive bystander, grateful that someone else was out there doing the work. I’d support here, and there. I’d post about election stuff when it got too blatant to stand silently, but I didn’t take it THAT seriously. 

I NEVER in a million years thought he would become the President of the United States, and so… I, like many liberals I know, stood by, not taking the whole thing too seriously. We voted. We even encouraged people to vote and posted pics of our “I voted” sticker. We might of told people who we voted for (Hillary obviously). We felt we’d done our part. And to our defense this might have flown in every other election of our life time.

But then we watched, with our jaws on the floor, as the unthinkable happened. 

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Single Mom Life Travel

Travel Journal: On My Way to Italy

*Here’s an entry from my actual travel journal on my way to Italy, dated Oct 3rd 2016

“Dear Journal,

I’m on a plane high above the ocean. Its dark and we’ve just had dinner; little petite trays with mini servings of salad, grilled chicken pasta, bread with cold butter, and a brownie. I’m sitting across the aisle from the kids, and keep craning my neck around to see their faces light up as they coo over how “darling” the servings are.

Every now and again Kanen gives me that excited look; the one where his whole body gets caught up, and he’ll mouth; “Mama we are going to wake up in VENICE!”

Travel JournalI return the look and my body covers in little goosebumps and tears beg to blur my vision. I push them back and smile at my three children. They are filled with a joy I’ve rarely seen in them. An excitement that is contagious and it feels like most of the passengers in our wing of the plane, have begun to keep their eyes on us as we get closer to our destination. Maybe it’s because mine are the only kids besides a baby on this flight, or maybe because everyone is seeing in them the joy they must feel deep down at the prospect of waking up in VENICE!

I can’t believe it. Like I don’t think it’s set in yet that in just a few hours I’ll be watching the sunrise as we descend over a city I’ve longed to meet, like no other on earth. KEEP READING

 

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20 Things I learned About Traveling In Italy

20 Things I learned in Italy

I’m still processing my recent trip to Italy, but before I forget I wanted to share the top 20 things I learned about traveling in Italy, they might help if you’re planning a visit.

These would have been helpful to know before I went! 

  • DON’T turn in your American money at the airport “change” station. If possible don’t arrive with ANY US money that you plan on exchanging. I had $150 US that I’d planned to exchange our first day and did so in the airport, it cost me $50. So for $150 US I got 100 Euros and no it wasn’t the exchange rate (which was 1.16). Their fees are outrageous!

 

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Travel

Ultimate International Travel Check List

ultimate travel check list

Here’s my ultimate international travel packing list based on what I learned from our recent family trip to Italy.

Everyone said I way over-packed for traveling with kids to a foreign country (Read about it here), but I’d have to say this list was clutch! The only thing I didn’t really need was the nine pairs of heels I packed which I’ve since taken off this list lol

Here’s what I did to prepare before our trip, what I packed that we really couldn’t live without. Hope it helps make yours amazing too

  • Call your cell phone company and set-up an international calling and data plan for when you are away. -I did this but didn’t realize that it still will not work much of the time. Be sure to have your “roaming” turned on when you’re there or it won’t work at all. WiFi tended to be our best option, but you still want one of these plans as your bill will terrify you when you get home if you don’t have it set up prior to leaving. KEEP READING 
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How I Manifested My Dream Vacation to Italy!

This is the formula with which I manifested my dream vacation to Italy, the same one I’ve used for years to manifest an entirely new life for myself and my family. #HBRMethod 

How I Manifested My Dream Vacation to Italy!
Live your dream, Izzy in Rome Italy

If you’re a regular reader of my blog you know that I’ve had a burning desire to go to Italy since I was a teenager (#DreamIT).  I’ve talked about going for twenty years (#SayIT), I’ve had it on my #FutureBoard (vision board) for the past ten years (#SeeIT), I’d tried unsuccessfully several times in my life to plan a trip (#WriteIT), even going so far as to map out my exact route and pick a date (#ThinkIT), but I’d always lacked the balls to buy my ticket. (lacking #DoIT and #BelieveIT)

Well, this June I had a thought…. Even if I could go to Italy alone (as I’d always imagined I would) it would not be as meaningful if I couldn’t share it with my kids. I envisioned coming home all excited to tell them every detail, but them not wanting to hear about all the fun I’d had without them. Then I imagined that one day I would take them, and we’d travel the same route I’d done alone, and I’d point out all the things I loved; but by then they would be teenagers rolling their eyes with sighs under their breath of, “Oh mom!”

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Change Your Life in 8 Weeks!

Over the past year I’ve watched the #HBRMethod change lives. It sounds kinda crazy I know, even I am blown away!

change your life in 8 weeks!About 18 months ago I ran my first #HBRbootcamp comprised of 15 total strangers, and people I did not previously know. They were all willing, determined and ready to change their life, so we got to work! I had them read my book #HustleBelieveReceive and do the homework from the book, learning each step over an 8 week virtual course.

Their results have been ASTONISHING! The participants who took it seriously have put in the work and continued to apply the method this past year. Those clients have dramatically different lives then one year ago. It’s been such an amazing honor to watch this transformation, and know that the method really does change lives.

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Why My Kids Are Planning Our Italy Adventure

5 Reasons why my three young kids are planning our Italy adventure this fall. 

Why My kids are planning our Italian Adventure

Going to Italy is not just a vacation for me, it’s the realization of a life-long dream, and what some might call a near obsession. Since my teens the allure of discovering Venice; driving the winding roads of Tuscany, and eating pasta in Rome, has pulled at the very core of me. It’s almost a spiritual, attraction I feel, as if it’s the one place I’ll feel most at home in the world.

For this reason I didn’t want to just take my kids to Italy, I wanted them to understand it’s magical spell and help me discover it for the first time; together as a family. But how can I make two nine-year-old’s and a thirteen-year-old, really get it?

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Courage Over Fear

What does it take to have courage over fear? I said in Hustle Believe Receive that; “fear is the enemy of success.” I believe that to be true because of the incredible power most people give it, whether they recognize it or not. But I think fear also holds one important role in our lives, and that is to make us question our decisions. It forces us to vet all the possibilities before rushing into a potentially life changing choice.

courage over fear

The key is to make sure fear knows its place in your world. Don’t give it more power or more credit than it deserves and definitely don’t allow it to be your guiding force behind making decisions. It is simply a tool in our box that can help us make decisions where we’ve looked at all possible repercussions of that decision.

It takes courage to live the life you really dream of living. It takes immense courage to follow your dream and find success. Courage comes into play every time fear threatens our dreams. Fear is the devil on our shoulder making us look at all those nasty worst case scenarios; so look at them! Stare them down. Could you still live with yourself if one of those “worst case” hypothetical situations happened? Then there’s your answer, fear did its job and now its time to turn the wheel back over to courage.

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