Welcome to Emysway!
Hi! My name is Emily and I’m so excited that you’re here! From the very beginning, the idea behind my blog has been to motivate and inspire people to live a life that they LOVE.
We all know that time is precious, yet we often find ourselves stuck in draining or even miserable situations. This was me for the longest time.
So why aren’t we all chasing our greatest passions in life?
It all comes down to one thing: MINDSET.
Few of our dreams are truly impossible, but your mindset will
determine what is possible for YOU.
Luckily, your mind isn’t set in stone (see what I did there?). The mind can be challenged, it can adapt and attain new (& improved) ways of thinking.
I know this, because I’ve done it. And yes, it’s f*cking hard, but so worth it in the end.
I want you to ask yourself this:
Do you feel stuck in the system, confined by rules other people have created? Do you want to change your life, try something different, perhaps start your own business, but you’re afraid or don’t know how? Do you feel unhappy, stressed or just bored with the life you’re currently living?
Maybe you’ve been wondering if there’s more to life…
I’m here to tell you that THERE IS. None of us should settle for just “okay”. You can conquer whatever is holding you back!
Here’s what I know to be true:
- Real happiness and inner peace comes from living life according to your own values
- There’s nothing better than feeling passionate about what you do
- We all deserve to feel fullfilled and excited about each day
Nevertheless, choosing a different path than what is expected of you or confronting yourself and your limiting beliefs can be excruciatingly difficult and very lonely. This is why I invite you to subscribe to my blog; for a bit of inspiration, guidance or at the very least, to feel less alone on your journey!
On my blog, you will find:
- Practical tips for those of you that want to start your own business, work from home and be financially independent
- Posts on how to improve your mental health and invite more positivity into your life, so you have the tools and energy to actually chase those dreams
- Travel-related content, because travelling the world while making money is what my dream scenario looks like. This obviously isn’t possible right now and all of my plans kind of went down the drain, but hey, there will always be obstacles, that doesn’t mean you should give up!
- My personal experiences and the lessons I’ve learned over the years
My story (in a nutshell):
As a kid, I already had a very curious and adventurous spirit. I loved exploring and was always imagining myself on some big adventure. Later on, I felt kind of trapped in the school system, but I never stopped dreaming of foreign places. After high school, I finally saw a chance at freedom again and decided to take a gap year.
This was my first experience with solo travel and living abroad. I always say I learned more during that year than during my 6 years of high school… I lived in London and Barcelona for a while and I had the time of my life!
I still vividly remember the happiness and excitement I felt when I boarded my first plane all by myself at 18 years old.
Needless to say, I fell in love with travel in every sense of the word. Even though some of my “friends” – who were all off to university – were judging me, I swore to myself I would never settle for a mediocre life, when there is so much to see and experience.
Unfortunately, due to all kinds of circumstances, I did settle. I lost my adventurous spirit and for a while, I went through life not really living. I guess I got scared and like so many people, I fell into a safe and conventional lifestyle. Except for me, that went against everything I am and believed in.
I was studying Literature and Linguistics at university in Belgium (where I grew up). I was in a long-term relationship and lived in an apartment in the city. If I wasn’t studying, I filled my time with student jobs, parties and countless tv-shows. The 9-5 rat race was patiently waiting for me to join.
Truth is, although nothing seemed to be wrong, everything was. I was financially dependent and surrounded by negativity and toxic relationships. I didn’t care about anything I was doing. I felt uninspired, tired and stressed out. The future didn’t excite me. I felt empty and, quite frankly, depressed, but it’s like I didn’t even know it. I kept convincing myself that life wasn’t that bad, I should just make the best of it.
Now I know that I was completely disconnected from myself and from everyone around me. One day, something finally clicked when I looked into the mirror and hardly recognised myself. I started going to therapy and it changed everything for me. I was reminded that the only life worth living is one where I am brave enough to go after what I really want.
I decided to take a huge leap of faith and in October 2019, I quit everything I was doing and jumped on a plane to Costa Rica. It was the first time I travelled outside of Europe and I had no other plan than to write, explore and be free! The following months I roamed across Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
Suddenly I was admiring sunsets in the Caribbean, swimming in the ocean daily, spotting wildlife everywhere I went, chasing waterfalls, relaxing in hot springs, exploring deserted islands and seeing volcanoes for the first time ever! It’s crazy how drastically your life can change in a matter of days.
Unfortunately, due to covid, I couldn’t continue travelling, but I did discover what I was truly passionate about. I became obsessed with blogging, writing, photography, editing,… As I saw other people making money this way and turning similar passions into a business, it became a goal of mine to do the same!
Right now, I’m trying to make a living in any way that I can (teaching English, driving for Uber Eats,…), while working on my blog in my spare time. Though challenging at times, I can honestly say I haven’t felt this happy in ages!
So no, I’m not another self-proclaimed expert or guru that has made a fortune by now and wants to teach you how to do the same, while making more money in the process (maybe someday, lol).
My journey has been anything but straight-forward or easy and I’ve had to overcome many obstacles, both mentally and in my surroundings. Even now, I’m not fully there yet and still figuring things out! But I have come a long way and I’ve learned A LOT in the process. All I want is to share this knowledge with some of you in similar situations, so that, maybe, you don’t have to sink as deep as I did, before you make a change.
I would love to hear about you and your story! Simply reply to my thank you email if you subcribe and we can connect 🙂