Happy Friday!! Today’s Fabulous Female Friday showcases my cousin, Melissa Carangi! Melissa is free spirited, adventurous, and pretty bad ass. She has already created countless unique life experiences for herself by truly making her own path to happiness. Melissa is currently spending the next 8 months traveling all over the world working on a documentary. Like I said, this broad is bad ass. Enjoy!
Ms. Melissa Carangi 

When do you feel your strongest? 
      The day after I redirect myself on my correct path. As a regular human being, I get distracted or tempted by my vices in life. When I do catch myself slipping away from my path, I like to bring myself back and use that moment to give myself a pep talk about what I will do differently, when I wake up and start a new day to get myself back on track. 
On your most difficult days, what keeps you going? 
     My optimism, and my optimist outlook. If you’re struggling now be grateful, because it is needed to bring you to the happiness awaiting you.
What do you value the most in yourself, you relationship with your spouse/partner, and your family? 
     I value my view on enlightenment and philosophy. I’m in a committed relationship with adventure. I hope one day I will meet my lifetime mate while traveling the Amazon, but until then settling is just that. I value the love, support, and acceptance my family showers me in. Beyond grateful for the family I was born into, I value them before myself. If it wasn’t for their acceptance, support, and love, my search of the pure “being” of who I am would of brought a lot more frustration. 
So far, what have been your greatest accomplishment(s)?
          Truly learning, understanding, and practicing awareness. When awareness is present in my life I am able to have knowledge. When knowledge is present, I have power. 
What advice would you give to your younger self?
      Stop giving a shit about materialistic crap. It is petty and prolongs peace in your life. Stop making false connections. Don’t smoke cigarettes. Be grateful. 
What has been your biggest failure, and how have you overcome it? 
       Failure only lessons to be learned. My biggest learning lesson has been to learn to let go. Letting go releases the anxiety, the panic attacks, the drinking, the anger, and the guilt. It helped me find peace and really brighten up the view on what I really wanted to do in life. I stared to read about why I was feeling the way I was feeling, and I gained knowledge. I started the practice of meditation, which cleared all the unnecessary emotions clean from my mind. I was given the guidance to control my thoughts and use my brain efficiently. Because of this, I am now pursuing my dream of traveling the world and I’m at peace with life. 

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