Relay For Life

Sister Dearest,

On April 21, I participated in an event called Relay For Life. It is a 24 hour event where people walk around a track in remembrance of those who have cancer or those who have been lost the battle. I was planning on just coming at the tail end of it but when I went in the morning to register, It was so inspiring that I decided to stay for up to 9 hours. I was exhausted, but it was well worth my Saturday.

The survivors (the ones wearing purple) walked around the track holding purple balloons and tied them around poles that represented how many years they have had cancer. It was so moving.

It was also fun. They had music blasting and people dancing and singing for little intermissions. Also, my fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, raised the most money so we got to sit in the VIP section where we got free food and most importantly, COUCHES!

My favorite part was the hour when they shut off all the lights and lit up the whole field house with illuminated bags dedicated to people who have lost the fight for cancer. Everyone was silent and respectful. It was sad watching some of the participants crying in front of their loved ones bags.

Lots O Love,

Emmy

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The Green Life

Sister Dearest,

I’m currently putting together DIY stories for the magazine, and I had the best interview with someone yesterday. Her name is Dustyn, she’s about my age and grows her own garden with her boyfriend in their backyard. The thing is…their garden is KICKASS!



They have their very own walk-in greenhouse to harvest veges all throughout the winter. It was all so simple and achievable, nothing fancy.


I was so inspired by their ability to grow in their own backyard to the extent that it sustains their need for produce year round. I really think that everyone should take a couple of notes from these guys! She was totally in touch with the earth, its seasonal patterns and what her little patch of land was capable of providing her in terms of food.

When we sat down for some tea she chatted with me about the importance of knowing where your food comes from and how it was grown. That was her main incentive for starting her own garden. She stressed that we shouldn’t be completely reliant on the supermarkets, and take matters into our own hands. I thought she was totally amazing!

To Rome With Love

Sister Dearest,

Woody has struck our hearts once again! He is an absolute genius and I love pretty much all the movies he writes/directs. From Vicky Christina Barcelona to Midnight in Paris, he has such odd and peculiar plots that are just so mesmerizing. Filming in beautiful locations like Barcelona and Paris puts me in a such a travelers mood. Now with his new movie To Rome With Love, I might as well cry with happiness. With such a great cast (Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz, Roberto Benigni!!!!) and Woody Allen himself, this movie is bound to become one of my favorites. I could not be happier that this movie is coming to theaters April 20th (which means I will probably not see it for another month since his movies are not hit blockbusters). But I shall find a way to see it as soon as possible 🙂

I also love the look of this photo, it’s exactly how he films his movies, with a vintage looking touch to it. Beautiful, just beautiful!

Roberto Benigni! You can not have a movie in Rome without him!

Jesse Eisenberg (from Social Network) plays a character who has a love affair with his girlfriend’s best friend

Everything about this movie makes me excited to watch it and travel! Brings back the memories I had when watching other Woody Allen films and my dreams to travel around Europe. We are doing it Ash! We will travel through Europe.

Tanto Amore (Lots of Love),

Em

Photos from {imdb}

What Makes Me Happy

Sister Dearest,

What makes you happy? Truly happy? Even just the little things… now there would be a million plus one for me. I love the inspirational quotes/pictures/sayings etc. online. They really do make my day and put a smile on my face. Some push me to go outside and run, and others just blow up my mind with creative ideas. For example:

Seeing these, make me excited for the rest of my life. My future will consist of this adventure and happiness. It would be great if we could do some of this traveling together 🙂 Here are some more that made me excited for the future/hungry/smile:

Yes, Ashley and  I would finish ALL of that 🙂

Something about a wave… really sparks excitement in my soul. I love being in the water.

All these pictures motivate me and inspire me to do good and become who I want to be. I enjoy the little things (a piece of bread with some avocado on it or smelling some beautiful flowers). And  I have big aspirations like TRAVELING THE WORLD! Some of these hopes and dreams are ones you already know, but I’m just expressing them to you and anyone else who has the same aspirations as I do. I hope we can experience them together.

Tanto Amore (Lots of Love),

Em

Photos from {tinaestrellado

Where does inspiration come from?

Sister Dearest,

I just watched this incredible TED talk by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat Pray Love. She entertains the notion that inspiration may in fact be divine, and that a creative may not be the sole contributor to his or her creative work.

Interesting thought. Although I don’t believe that magic inspiration fairies visit from la la land, I think she’s got something here. At the very least, it made me stop and reflect where most of my inspiration comes from. Without noticing, do I experience divine inspiration in the most particular of environments or circumstances? Maybe I only have groundbreaking creative thoughts on Tuesdays, or when I wear my hair down?…I think I’m going to start taking notes!

Anyway–food for thought. I quite enjoyed her talk. Hope you do too : )

Love,

Ashley