So much to see in Lake Como, Italy

Surprise! I’m not done with my Lake Como series. I haven’t posted a travel post in a while and I know they’re one of your favorites so I hope you really enjoy this one… I made sure to pick a lot of photos to share. In my last Lake Como post, I mentioned that we visited a villa on the island of Bellagio. That villa was Villa Melzi. While the villa itself was lovely, it was the area surrounding the villa that really stood out to me. Take a look!




















P.S. I went ahead and took the plunge into Instagram Land. I’m thinking of posting “outtakes” from some of my trips there, so check it out and let’s follow each other! :)

Music with heart: an interview with Emaline Delapaix & free downloads!


If you’ve not yet been introduced, I would love to introduce you to Emaline Delapaix. She is a Berlin based, Australian, singer-songwriter with a soothing, beautiful voice and an equally beautiful conscience.

Emaline suffered with depression until she became a full-time musician and vegan a few years ago. She loves animals and promotes veganism through her work. She even gives a small percentage of her CD sales to local animal charities! Emaline is a completely independent artist who books her own shows and she’s taught herself to play piano, acoustic guitar and the baby celtic harp.

She lives with her Canadian rescue cat Reece who she considers her best friend and says is “big and red and resembles Garfield and we’ve been together for 8 1/2 years living in Canada and Germany.” She begins each morning with a raw smoothie and she sprouts and has a small indoor/outdoor veggie/herb garden in the warmer months.

Emaline contacted me a while back and offered to give away free downloads of her EP ‘Between Breeding Seasons’ to five of my readers! At the time, I was swamped with uni and wasn’t posting on here too much, but now that I’m back and my lovely readers are back (thank you :) ), it is time!

If you’d like to get Emaline Delapaix’s free music download, please let me know in the comments below (just write something like “I’d love a free download, please!”) and I’ll choose the winners (not sure how yet, might just end up pulling names out of a hat) and let the winners know by email within about a week or so. In the meantime, please check out this interview I had with the lovely Emaline below.


musicnote What inspired you to start creating your own music?

Since I was a small child I knew I would sing and creating music just seemed to come naturally from that, from humming tunes and eventually making songs up on anything I could get my hands on. Music has also been a kind of therapy to me. I was ill recently and couldn’t sing for around a month and found myself becoming a bit depressed when I couldn’t sing along to songs. I found this very surprising and it just confirmed my belief that music heals and comforts in times of need.

heart When and why did you become a vegan?

I’ve been vegetarian since 2004 and thought about doing it for years but simply wasn’t awake yet. I became vegan in 2010 but fell off the wagon back to vegetarianism until 2011 when I went back and that’s where I am staying. I do not want to contribute to the suffering of animals, it’s as simple as that.

heart Why, as a musician, have you chosen to be so outspoken about your veganism? Why do you incorporate it into your image?

Everything I do/say/sing about in my music is part of me and Veganism is part of who I am and how I choose to live my life. If I can educate someone about the reality behind consuming animal products and the cruelty involved so they may think twice than why not? This is the least I can do as far as I am concerned if I have an audience there open to my ideas and thoughts. I am also open about my struggle with depression as well as my love of travel. These are parts of me that I want to share with people.

musicnote How would you describe your music?

Real, honest, hopeful yet sometimes dark but still comforting songs for piano, acoustic guitar and celtic harp.


You can listen to Emaline’s music at Bandcamp, check out her Facebook music page, her Twitter, and her website.

(Original images of Emaline by Binne Gestaltung)

Random dreams, beautiful blooms & entwining them into daily life


When I was a little girl, I went to visit my grandparents in Poland and one of my grandma’s had a house in the countryside. Past the house, the farm and the stables, she had an amazing, huge wild flower garden. It made a lasting impression on me and I’m sure it’s had a huge impact on my desire to one day have a similar garden of my own.


I love flowers so much. There’s just something about them. I’m fascinated by them. I have so many possible careers that I would be happy with. Some follow the line and are obvious based on my degree choice or my writing background, but others are more random, like the idea of working in a flower shop. Can you imagine going to work every day, surrounded by one of the world’s most gorgeous and natural creations?


Either way, if I ever get a job like that or not, I know that one day I will be a gardener of my very own flower garden. For now, I can wish and dream and make do with little pots of plants on my window sill and enjoying other’s gardens.


Do you have any random dream jobs like this stored away in the back of your mind that you’re reminded of every once in a while? Do you make do by having bits of that dream in your life here and there? I’d love to hear about them!


I was away for a little while and I came back to these beauties blooming all around. Spring is in full swing here in Switzerland and I wanted to share a little of it with you. If only I could share the beautiful scents with you, too!

P.S. Tulips are one of my absolute favorite flowers! What are yours?
P.P.S. Happy Earth Day :)

Help put an end to the Cove’s dolphin slaughter

When I first heard about the Cove a few years ago, I could hardly believe it. Dolphins are one of the most loved animals in the world, how are so many of them (around 20,000) getting captured and brutally killed every year?!

For those of you who have been visiting FLC for some time now, you know I don’t support the harm of any animal and oftentimes find myself wondering how we brought our world to this point. Having said that, we can make a difference.

I hear people say that “petitions don’t make a difference”, but having been signing petitions for so many years, I know that that is simply not true. You can take a quick look at my victory tagged posts to see for yourself.

Please join me in signing this petition to President Obama, Vice President Biden and Kenichiro Sasae, Ambassador of Japan to the United States asking them to help stop the slaughter in Taiji, Japan. The main reasons for the Cove are to collect dolphins for the entertainment industry as well as for the meat industry (often mislabeled and full of toxic mercury).

They need 1,000,000 signatures by April! Please sign and share to help them reach their goal and help finally put an end to this slaughter. It only takes a few seconds, but can make a huge difference. Thank you so much!

(Original image from takepart)

Optimism is the key


“In my ninety-plus years, I have learned a secret. I have learned that when good men and good women face challenges with optimism, things will always work out! Truly, things always work out! Despite how difficult circumstances may look at the moment, those who have faith and move forward with a happy spirit will find that things always work out.” ― Gordon B. Hinckley

There are times in life that it’s really easy to get discouraged and find yourself in a funk that’s hard to get out of. Lately, I’ve been finding myself in this funk off-and-on quite a bit with a variety of different topics.

With lots of trial and error, mostly throughout the years, I’ve finally come to the same conclusion as the one in this quote.

Optimism is the key! No matter what life presents to you, optimism makes it so much more bearable.

I have a few phrases that help me get through the rough days and one of them is “worry causes reason to worry”. Worrying does nothing good, whatsoever, so why bother with it? Our thoughts are very powerful, why risk the chance of making your worries turn into your reality?

I’ve found that not only does being optimistic lead to good outcomes, but it leads to better outcomes than when I worry or am aloof about something.

Plus, being pessimistic makes people seem so negative so it affects all those around us and brings them down, too. I believe that being optimistic allows you to be more you. Optimism allows you to relax and trust and let go of that fear of what will come.

I’m sharing this with all of you today because I wish I’d realized this a long time ago (although I’m really glad it didn’t take me 90 years!). Life would have been so much easier! Sure, I slip up and let pessimism cloud my thoughts, but then I remember that being pessimistic just adds to all the negativity that is already in this world and which is oftentimes what brings me down in the first place! Why be part of the problem when it just takes a change of mind to be part of the solution?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject! Did you realize that optimism is one of the very important keys to happiness a long time ago? Did you have an epiphany or did you gradually realize? Have you tried being optimistic and not had positive outcomes? Let’s start a discussion in the comments below!

(Image clickable to source Mormon Modern, found at The Look-Up Collection)