Goals for 2017.

1st February 2017

There’s always something inspiring about the first of the month to me…It signifies a brand new opportunity to set goals and crush them.

January was¬†hectic, mostly due to the move, but it was a great one nonetheless, full of reflection and growth, both personal and professional. Now that we’re more settled, my workspace is set up, and head is clear, I’m so ready to get to work. Therefore, I thought it would be a good idea to get all my goals for the next upcoming year down on paper. I don’t know about you, but having these physically visible help me to hold myself accountable ūüėČ Here we go!

My goals for this year are:

PROFESSIONAL

    • Revamp my blog. This is a big one for me! Quite possibly #1 on my list. You all know how much I adore this little blog of mine so naturally, I want it to evolve and grow with me. With that being said, this is my official announcement that I plan on creating a lifestyle section in the near future ūüôā I’ve been a content machine lately, but a lot of my ideas don’t fall under the category of travel. Therefore, in order to keep from limiting myself, I want to expand the scope a bit. Keep an eye out for a lot of fresh posts and changes to the layout/design! YAY!
    • Make money from my hobbies. Last year, I bought an item I’d been wanting for a while; the Cricut die-cutting machine. It has been SO much fun getting to know how to use it better, and although I still have a ton to learn, I’ve become halfway decent at personalizing items such as wine glasses, tumblers, plates, and notebooks. I would love love love to get to a point where I’m able to produce & sell them to others. There are a ton of craft fairs in PHX, so perhaps that’s something I can look into participating in somewhere down the line.
    • Attend one¬†conference.¬†This one will be checked off come May thanks to Tyler, as he got me a ticket to TBEX for Christmas! It’ll be my first travel blogging conference, but not my last, I’m sure. I can hardly wait to network with others in the industry, and explore Hunstville a bit by myself ūüôā Anyone else going?
    • Teach English as a Foreign Language ‚úĒ¬†I can happily say that I can already check this one off my list! Last week, I was¬†hired for a 6-month contract with VIPKID, where I teach one-on-one English lessons to students¬†in Beijing via the computer. I’m super excited to put my TEFL certification to good use, and in such a rewarding way!
    • Develop a deliverable for my blog.¬† You know – downloadable cheat sheets, guides, how-to freebies, that sort of thing. It’s just a matter of what kind. What would you all like to learn about from me? I’m all ears!
    • Improve my marketing skills.¬†I’m quickly learning that marketing is something that I both enjoy and am good at. It’s what most of my potential virtual assisting clients seek me out for, too. There’s always room for improvement, though, so I’d love to register for a course or two in brand development this year, and up my own marketing efforts as well.

TRAVEL/BUCKETLIST

    • Take a trip to Havasupai Falls.¬†Have you ever Googled the place?! Un.Real. I’m going this year if it’s the last thing I do, damn it!
    • Visit 1 new continent this year.¬†I’m trying r e a l l y hard to break away from my extreme Oceania fascination and go somewhere different. Thinking Europe – Flights are SO affordable to London right now on Skyscanner! New Zealand, Fiji, Indonesia… You’ll just have to wait for me a little while longer ;(
    • Become knowledgable about Arizona tourism.¬†This state is so stinkin’ beautiful; we’ve got every type of landscape imaginable (except coastal, of course) and because of that, I really¬†want to become an authority in traveling here. I want to encourage people to come visit and see all that it has to offer. Many of my co-workers and friends weren’t even sure where it was on a map – We¬†really oughta fix that!
    • Plan a trip to the Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah.¬†Just because I’m a crazy animal lady & this place tugs at my heart big-time. It’s a no-kill animal sanctuary built into the middle of a canyon with 1,600+ homeless animals being loved and cared for. But wait, it gets better – The dog section is “Dogtown”, pigs live in “Piggy Paradise”, and horses reside in “Horse Haven”. I mean REALLY?! What could be cuter? <3 Honestly, I’d love to spend a week or so volunteering at the place, but one thing at a time ūüôā
    • See Los Angeles in all its’ glory.¬†I’ve been to San Francisco and San Diego, so it’s only right that I visit LA at some point too! It is road trip distance, so honestly, it would be stupid not to.
    • O Canada…Did you guys know that admission to all of Canada’s national parks this year are¬†free?! GO TAKE ADVANTAGE! I actually found a flight to Calgary¬†last night for only $232 round-trip, which has definitely got me thinking…

 

PERSONAL

  • Become an AirBnB host.¬†I would absolutely LOVE to setup one of our spare bedrooms as an AirBnB listing. The families that we stayed with in Australia were so kind and helpful, it made me want nothing more than to return the favor!
  • Pay off my Discover credit card.¬†Ah, credit cards…Such a love/hate relationship. I have a handful and honestly have been really on top of keeping balances low, except for my Discover,¬†for whatever reason. One of my major goals is to pay that baby off by the end of the year!
  • Learn how to cook better. *Sigh*¬†I’m not¬†a Suzy Homemaker, I’m just not. I can make your basic recipes well, but I’d really like to venture out & learn more. So far, I’ve made chickpea tacos with roasted veggies and a few different pasta recipes. And last night, I made a chicken sausage, kale, and sweet potato dish that was DE-LISH. So I’m getting there!
  • Read 5 books.¬†Ones for pure enjoyment and¬†not personal development, because I am SO guilty of flocking to those at a bookstore. I recently scored The Secret Life of Bees for something like 50 cents at a Goodwill, so that’s first on my list. I’ve also had my eye on In A Sunburned Country for a while now too. Any other recommendations from my readers?!
  • Finish planning my wedding.¬†Actually, let me rephrase that – START planning my wedding! We were able to tour a gorgeous venue before we moved & it could quite possibly be the one. I have an appointment to get fitted for my dress in March and I do know what kind of color scheme I like. But aside from that, I’ve got nothin’. Wedding planning has been pushed so far down my to-do list lately. I really need to get a move-on with it pretty soon here!
  • Make a habit of hand-writing letters.¬†I love sending and¬†receiving¬†snail mail so much. Anyone with me?! I really want to make it a point to write letters and make little “thinking of you” gifts on my Cricut for friends and family back home. It’s important to let people know that they’re on your mind. We all could use¬†reminders sometimes!

It sounds like a lot. But it’s achievable. Plus, you won’t know what you’re capable of if you never try!

I hope everyone’s year is off to a wonderful, productive, and fulfilling start! What are some of YOUR goals for this new year?

My First Meetup Experience!

28th January 2017

¬†Confession: I had two fears surrounding this move to Phoenix –

1. Learning to navigate all new roads because, well, let’s be honest, if you’ve ever driven with me, you KNOW I have zero sense of direction whatsoever.

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2. How was I going to meet new people?! I work entirely from home and know virtually no one out here.

Enter Meetup. 

If you’re not familiar with the site, it’s basically a community building and social networking platform. You type in your interests, it shows you events in your area that appeal to those interests, and you choose whether you want to attend or not.

The first group to pop up on my account was called Wanderful Women Who Travel – Phoenix, which is a local chapter of a much¬†larger organization called “Wanderful”.¬† The description read: “We are jetsetters, expats, and young (and young at heart), professional, globally minded women. We believe in getting involved in the world around us, whether through travel, volunteering, or global awareness — and we believe in the power of an internationally connected community to do it! Come join us for lectures, workshops, dinners out, and other things for women globetrotters”.

If there was a group made for me, this was it. It may as well have had my name on it!

The next event on their schedule was the evening of January 26th, where together, we would attend the Lights of the World Lantern Festival in Chandler, Arizona about 35 miles away from where I live.

I’ll be honest; I was a little bit apprehensive at first. I’d never done anything like this before and wasn’t sure what to expect. It was out of my comfort zone for sure, but my anxieties were quickly put to ease as I walked up to a group of friendly, smiling faces.

Over the course of 3 hours, I met and spoke with women from all walks of life. There were travel nurses, communications professionals, teachers, and consultants. We came from pretty much every geographic area of the country, too, which was fascinating; Colorado, California, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, and of course, this Florida girl. We talked about our backgrounds, our current situations, our families, our adventures, and our goals, then watched a pretty incredible acrobatics show (for those that saw my Snapchat story last night, how crazy was that?!)

The group plans to hold 2 events a month moving forward, which I’m pretty excited to take part in. Professional headshots & mimosas, social media marketing trainings, that sort of thing. How cute, right?!

My final thoughts: I want to seek out some more Meetups in my area, as I really think that they’re a cool and unique way to connect with others who share interests and want to meet new people in the community¬†just as I do. Whether I end up creating lasting friendships, new potential business contacts, or just a couple of acquaintances from this, all the while, it was a nice way to spend an evening, & I look forward to all that’s to come. Two thumbs up from me!

Have YOU ever attended a Meetup? What was your experience like?

Tips for Moving Across the Country.

22nd January 2017

So, we finally did it.

On Wednesday, January 11th, Tyler & I began the 2,400 mile trip across the country from Boca Raton, Florida to Phoenix, Arizona to set up our new home base. While we were packing and preparing, the move seemed like it could actually be kind of fun; We would be driving through Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, AND Arizona РI had fantasies of stopping at each state line & taking photos in front of them, ideas for a ton of new Instagram content, and even planned to video the more *exciting* parts of our trip to make a cute highlight reel out of it.

And then, reality hit. By the time we got around to each state line, it was late at night and pitch black outside, so no pictures were taken. While daydreaming about the new cities we’d stop in, we didn’t take into consideration how massive the moving truck and car in tow would be, and therefore how we wouldn’t exactly be able to navigate crowded city streets because of this. And as for the “exciting” parts of our trip? Was it the hundreds of miles of cotton fields, seemingly endless creepy backroads, or many fast-food stops along the way? You take your pick.

No one told me that our dog, Bentley, would get so stressed from all the travel that he would stop eating and drinking altogether. Nor did they warn me that the interior of the truck would be hardly big enough for two people, let alone a 50-pound dog and a chinchilla cage (which, by the way, ended up on my lap the entire time). By the 2nd day of our trek, Tyler & I began to joke that whenever we decided to move again, we weren’t bringing¬†anything. Selling both cars, donating all the furniture, and throwing out every item we owned sounded pretty darn good.

It took us 4 days of constant driving, but we’re here, we’re (mostly) settled, we’re loving this new state that we get to call home, and¬†all of our efforts were worth it in the end. And I will say, no one, and I mean¬†no one could possibly be a better road-trip partner than Tyler. <3

Without further ado, here are my tips for anyone considering or preparing to move across the US anytime soon:

  • Keep all moving materials (ie; boxes, tape, Sharpies, bubblewrap, newspaper, etc) in one, easy to access spot:¬†Mine was in the corner of my bedroom. Keeping everything orderly and in the same place makes life easier by not having to search around for these¬†items. Your time is valuable, so don’t waste precious minutes trying to locate something that you know you’ll be needing a lot of for the next few weeks!
  • Don’t spend money on buying boxes/packing material –¬†Moving is already a pretty penny as it is. Many stores offer boxes for free, it’s just a matter of picking them up. I made a stop at my local Total Wine store, and they had¬†tons of boxes, little and big, for the taking. This helped me out a lot. Also, as soon as you know that you’re going to be moving, start stocking up on bubblewrap and newspapers right away! At my previous work office, anytime a shipment would come in, I would save the boxes and packaging materials so that I could use them later on. Same goes for my family when they received any shipments or newspaper deliveries. Every little bit helps, and honestly, this stuff adds up!
  • Label ALL moving boxes –¬†I started out so well, writing detailed notes about what each ones’ contents included, and it was so easy to sort through them and get them into their appropriate location in the house. However, by the end of it, I was throwing anything that was left into a box and labeling it as “Miscellaneous” ;( Needless to say, these are the¬†ones that have been hidden away in the dark depths of our guest room closet. Who KNOWS when I’ll get around to going through them. So my advice to you is this – Begin packing EARLY on, and do a good, thorough job of¬†it. Take it little by little, room by room, and make it a point to keep everything organized. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself once you reach your destination.
  • If you plan on renting a moving truck, evaluate ALL of your options –¬†Many people, including myself, only think of one company when it comes to renting moving trucks. Yup, you guessed it…¬†U-Haul. Well, folks, let me tell ya – THEY AIN’T CHEAP. For our trip specifically, a 16-foot truck would have costed us a little over $2,400.¬†Instead, we shopped around and found that AAA¬†contracted with Penske & offered an awesome discount for members, which I just happen to be! Cut that $2,400 down by less than HALF, we managed to rent it for just $1,060. Another company to consider with¬†pretty reasonable prices was Budget. Look around, compare prices, and don’t be afraid to ask for a better deal! Everything’s negotiable, folks. Everything.
  • Take your time –¬†If you have a long trip ahead of you & can afford to, try and make stops in several cities. We stayed overnight in¬†New Orleans, Dallas, and Albuquerque. We knocked out¬†the longest stretch of the drive first; what was supposed to be 11-12 hours to New Orleans became 15 because of stopping for food, gas, etc, and then a massive accident/ bumper-to-bumper traffic right as we were about to be out of Florida. *sigh* Aside from eating in a couple of restaurants, we weren’t exactly able to explore. And honestly, after so much driving, we were pretty much lights out once our heads hit the pillow. All the while, though, breaking the trip up made it much more tolerable.

Have any of you guys made lengthy moves? Perhaps even international ones? What are YOUR best tips/advice?! Let me know in the comments below ūüôā

WE’RE MOVING!

28th November 2016

If you’re following me on social media, you probably already know that come January, Tyler & I will be Arizona residents!

I know what you’re wondering – “Why Arizona”? No, I didn’t get a job out there. In fact, I’m actually in the stages of starting my own location-independent company, so that I can work from anywhere! No, we don’t have family out there. Hell, we don’t even have friends. Between the two of us, we¬†can probably count the number of people we know that have ever even been to¬†Arizona on one hand. We’re heading out west simply because we can.

I’m finally at a point where I’ve monetized my blog, and I only plan on going up and building on it more from here. Being in Southeast Florida, we’re very isolated from the rest of the country geographically. It takes close to 8 hours just to drive¬†out of the state. Phoenix, on the other hand, is within road trip¬†range of a¬†ton of major cities; San Diego, Los Angeles, Vegas, Albuquerque, even Sonora, Mexico! I can promise you this: You’ll be seeing a¬†lot of new content on here in the coming months ūüôā And as for Tyler’s BMX career, it’s a more central location for the sport overall, which we’re hoping will give him an upper-hand in his training moving forward.

We’ve both spent our entire lives here in the Sunshine State…We’re young and as free of commitment as we’ll ever be, and for that reason,¬†we decided that we could use a change of scenery. There were, however, a lot of factors that went into making the decision of where¬†to relocate to…As silly as it sounds on paper (or screen, in this case), it was important to me to be near mountains.¬†Where I live, they don’t exist¬†(see also: snow, leaves changing, temperatures dropping). It’s something I feel like I’ve missed out on. I love hiking, and I’m really looking forward to being able to do so whenever I want. Another big one was the cost of living; I didn’t want to move somewhere quite as expensive as California or New York. As it turns out, Arizona’s housing market is significantly¬†lower than a lot of the country, so that’s another plus.¬†As I began researching the city, I found out that the community has a big focus on the importance of shopping local, which resonates really well with me, among many other things. And I’m sure as time passes, I’ll find much more to love too. <3

I could go on & on about the place, but honestly, it just comes down to the fact that we both love it there. We’ve actually always kind of had a feeling that one day we’d find ourselves in Phoenix. Five years later, here we are!¬†Long story short, we’re creating the life that we want for ourselves. This Thursday, we head out for a few days to look at some apartments. Excited isn’t even the word, you guys!!!

Are any of my readers from Arizona, or have you lived there? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below!

20 Random Facts About Me.

16th September 2016

Happy Friday, beautiful people! I hope this week has treated you well ūüôā My creative juices are flowing today, and well, I don’t know about you guys, but I¬†love learning about the¬†ladies & gentlemen behind the blogs that I follow, so I figured I would share a few random facts about myself that you may not already know. Let’s get started, shall we?

1- In elementary school, when I got my first pair of glasses, I was¬†so incredibly embarrassed to wear them that they did not come out of my backpack for months. I’ve since gotten over this fear¬†ūüėā

2- I love a lot of things & have a lot of different interests; My¬†degree is in healthcare administration, but I also have certifications in teaching English as a foreign language, event planning, & PR.¬†My employment history involves a lot of music, & I’ve done a lot of volunteer work surrounding animals. Needless to say – I’ve never been 100% sure what I wanted to do for a living. Maybe I never will!

img_37943- Up until March of this year, I was fur mama to the world’s oldest living pet rabbit! During the time Guinness World Records¬†was processing his application to be published, he passed away at the ripe old age of 16. He was filmed for National Geographic, and his veterinarian planted a tree in his honor with the Arbor Day Foundation. One of my bucketlist items is to find that tree. Miss my little guy everyday <3

4- My lucky numbers are 7 and 10.

5- When I first started college, I got a job at a local pet store. While feeding one of the pythons, I was bitten pretty badly, and now have a crippling fear of snakes. Can you blame me?!

6- I love photography, but am much more comfortable being behind the camera than in front of it. One of my goals is to get over this.

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¬†7- Ah, caffeinated drinks, where do we begin? Red Bull, coffee, green tea, Coke, pre-workouts. You name it, I probably love it. They’re a weakness, for sure.

8 – I’ve been a picky eater my entire life, bless my parents’ hearts. If I don’t like how something looks, I’m not eating it.

9- I try to give out compliments every chance I get. I don’t think that we, as human beings, praise each other nearly enough as we ought to.

10- My favorite color is pretty much any variety of blue.

11- I definitely do my best work late at night.

12- I have an unhealthy obsession with Frank Ocean. If there was one person in the world I could spend a day with, it would hands down be him.

13- I’ve been with my boyfriend, Tyler,¬†for almost 5 years now. Fun fact – We first spoke when I was 15 and he 17, on Myspace. Still makes me giggle thinking about it.

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14- I was the music director for my university’s radio station. All of the songs¬†you heard on the air were hand-selected by me, & I even hosted a weekly radio talk show! Public speaking is a huge fear of mine, so doing that really pushed me out of my comfort zone. It’s something I’m really proud of.

15-  I also played piano my whole life, competed at the state level for a while, and even taught throughout college.

16- I feel naked if I’m not wearing earrings.

17- The question I get asked most frequently is what my ethnicity is.

18- Mine & Tyler’s anniversary is my favorite holiday, w/ Halloween coming in at¬†a close second.

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19- I can’t stand being hot. I wait all year long for those couple of cold days here in South Florida (probably live in the wrong place, huh?) I would take 30 degrees over 90¬†any day.

20- I’ve never broken a bone (nor do I plan on it!)

Did any of these facts surprise you?! Let me know if the comments below ūüôā

XO, Asia

What I Miss About Australia.

14th September 2016

Culture: A massive backpacking community. Street art everywhere. The language. Sunday sessions. I loved it all!

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Being told that my accent is beautiful: The first time I heard it, I was definitely caught off guard, haha. Turns out Australians love our accents just as much as we love theirs. <3

The Sights:¬†Sitting on the steps of the Opera House, walking across Darling Harbour, and driving down the Great Ocean Road were all so incredibly surreal for me; things you always dream of doing, but don’t think you’ll ever actually get the chance to see.

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Not tipping:¬†Literally had to remind myself not to do so every time we went into a restaurant. It’s such second nature for me by now.

Food and drink:¬†It was all¬†so damn good! Tons¬†of yummy street food, some of the best coffee I’ve ever had, plenty of fellow beer snobs (the good kind!) and….TIM TAMS <3 I brought them home to pretty much everyone I knew.

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Public Transportation: Very reliable and affordable. We were big fans! Pretty sure we now know how to better navigate Australia’s system than our own.

The Australian Dollar:¬†So colorful! Makes ours seem so boring in comparison. It didn’t hurt that ours went a liiittle bit further there, too ūüėČ

The Wildlife:¬†I’m an animal nut, so this one shouldn’t surprise anybody. Living in America, you only see kangaroos, koalas, quokkas and wombats on TV or in a zoo.¬†IMG_4910

And of course, there are a couple of things that I¬†don’t miss as well…Driving on the opposite road, for instance.¬†Do you know how many times I went to hop in an Uber or cab and by default, went to the wrong side? *sigh* embarassing. And¬†Vegemite?¬†I was so excited to try it, only to be pretty appalled at first bite.¬†It must be an acquired taste, that’s all I have to say.

Any Americans travel to Australia recently? Can you relate? What do¬†you miss about this beautful country? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

 

My 9 Favorite Business Tools & Apps.

30th July 2016

Through way of my blog, I’ve been fortunate enough to recently create my own little side business; a virtual assisting agency. Small business owners have hired me to do freelance work, ranging from proofreading and editing to social media marketing and content creation. Naturally, I needed to put some processes into place in order to 1) appear professional to potential clients and 2) complete my work efficiently. With a little bit of time and a lot of trial and error,¬† I started to learn what works well and what doesn’t. These are 9 of the tools and apps that I use pretty much on a daily basis that I’m loving right now. And the best part? They’re all FREE! Have at it… ūüôā

  • Asana:¬† I could honestly go on all day about this project management software & what a powerful tool it is, but I’ll try to keep it short and sweet. Asana has totally streamlined my organizational processes. It allows me to keep tabs on both my personal projects, as well as my clients’, and makes it simple to communicate with them. I use it to create a monthly editorial calendar for my blog & document all of my future post ideas, and clients use it to set tasks and deadlines for me, which eliminates the need to constantly go back & forth via email. I’ve tried a couple of other project management tools in the past, but was never really a fan of them until I found this one. Instantly sold upon download. It’s made me more productive across the board, and really helps me to keep track of all progress on the different kinds of projects I take on.
  • Pocket: Pocket is a bookmarking tool that I use to quickly save articles, posts, videos, etc. for when I want to go back and take a look at them later. I realize that you can¬†bookmark pages already, but there’s something about Pocket that’s just way more aesthetically pleasing, fun, and enjoyable to use. Try it out & tell me you don’t feel the same way ūüėČ
  • WordPress: Navigable World is a WordPress hosted site, so it would only make sense that I have the WordPress app on my phone! It allows me to approve and respond to comments quickly, make small editing changes as needed, and keep an eye on my posts’ daily stats. I love going to look at my insights after publishing a post, and seeing all of the different countries that my readers are tuning in from ūüôā Such a great feeling.
  • Evernote: Whenever I’m on a trip, Evernote is my go-to app for notetaking. I use it to document things such as different places we eat, tours we take, activities we do, experiences with airlines, etc. so that I can refer back & write about them later. It’s my virtual notepad.
  • Canva: Their tagline is “Empowering the World to Design” and it’s certainly done so for me! This program allows users to produce beautiful graphics for what they’re needing, ranging from restaurant menus to Facebook cover photos, and infographics to resumes. It essentially turns anybody into a graphic designer, and is seamless to use. This is where I create all of my blog title thumbnails that you’ve probably seen on Facebook. They have so many free images and fonts available for use, or you can use your own photographs. Take your pick ūüôā
  • Invoicely: This is the accounting software that I utilize in order to bill my VA clients for the work that I do, and keep track of my accounts receivables. It syncs with PayPal, and automatically transfers the money into my account, which is helpful. Very user-friendly and professional looking. I’m enjoying it a lot so far!
  • Dropbox: This online cloud has saved my poor Macbook’s storage entirely. It’s so easy to use, organize files, and share them with others. If you want to give it a try (and believe me, you do!) feel free to go through my referral link here: https://db.tt/wW9RVRMK
  • Hootsuite:¬†I used Hootsuite to manage a campus organization’s social media accounts during¬†my last semester internship in university, and have been a huge fan ever since. It’s¬†a platform in which you’re able to pre-schedule tweets and Facebook posts. I currently use it for the Facebook groups that I moderate, and my own blog’s Facebook page. The other thing I love is that the company offers a ton of free social media marketing resources. Just an overall great organization and tool.
  • Later: Formerly known as “Latergram”, this is an application similar to Hootsuite, but for Instagram. It allows me to schedule IG¬†posts for my digital marketing clients. Typically, I’ll create a week’s worth of posts ahead of time.

What tools do you all use to streamline your business operations? Let me know in the comments below!

My USA Bucket List.

21st July 2016

It occurred to me recently that I’ve never actually¬†written down my bucket list before.¬†I’ve kept an ongoing, and certainly ever-growing list in my head, but just never got around to putting it down on paper…

Well, friends,¬†it’s time. ¬†I feel¬†like¬†this might just be a travel blogger’s rite of passage, am I right? Besides, think about how satisfying¬†it is¬†to physically¬†check things off a list. :p

While there are places around the entire world that I plan on visiting someday, I figure my own backyard is a good place to start (because let’s be honest, if I made a comprehensive list, it would be way too long for anyone to want to read). The United States is massive and has so many different landscapes and incredible spots to see. I’ve been lucky enough to check off quite a few so far, and I don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon ūüėČ So without further adieu, here is my own version of the “Great American Bucket List”, in no particular order…

  • Paddleboard in Havasupai Falls
  • Roadtrip through¬†Big Sur
  • Hike through¬†Lower Antelope Canyon
  • Swim with a manatee in the Florida Keys
  • Drink coffee in Seattle
  • Visit¬†The Wizarding World of Harry Potter¬†
  • Watch Old Faithful erupt at Yellowstone National Park
  • Visit the Grand Canyon
  • Snorkel in Devil’s Den
  • Sit on the edge of Horseshoe Bend
  • Stay on Riverwalk in San Antonio
  • See The French Quarter in New Orleans
  • Tour the Coca-Cola Factory in Atlanta
  • Kayak in Lake Tahoe
  • Take a picture in front of the famous “LOVE” statue in NYC¬†
  • Go to the top of the Empire State Building.
  • Visit Mount Rushmore
  • See “The Bean” in Chicago
  • Ride the Ferris Wheel in Navy Pier
  • Camp in Yosemite National Park
  • Hike in Bryce Canyon¬†
  • Ski in Breckenridge, Colorado
  • Do a¬†vineyard tour in Napa Valley
  • Cross¬†the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Visit Arches National Park
  • See Central Park in wintertime¬†
  • Attend Art Basel in Miami Beach
  • Go to the Painted Desert in Arizona
  • Photograph Salvation Mountain: California
  • See the White House¬†
  • Gaze at the Northern Lights in Alaska
  • Ride the Monogahela Incline up to Mt. Washington
  • Take a hot air balloon ride in Albuquerque, New Mexico

What are YOUR must-see spots across the US? Or better yet, where have you visited that wasn’t on my list?! I’d love to hear them!

Coolest Street Art from Around the World.

27th June 2016

Love street art? Check out these travel bloggers’ favorite spots to find it across the globe!

Kassie from¬†The Flyaway Life¬†says “Georgetown, Penang in Malaysia is a street art lover‚Äôs dream! The city partnered with artist¬†Ernest Zacharevic a few years ago to create art pieces across the city. Each piece is unique and some are interactive. Other street art has popped up in the last few years to go along with Zacharevic‚Äôs pieces. You can spend a whole day walking around old town trying to find the most entertaining artwork!” Here are some of her favorites:

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Jon of¬†Boundaries Broken¬†spotted these recently in¬†Glasgow –

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and these in Chiang Mai, Thailand!

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Paula of Sydney Expert created an entire self-guided walk through the Inner West suburbs of Sydney that can be found here! This is one of her favorites by artist Fintan Magee:

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Cathy from Roar Loud¬†¬†had this to say about Azores: “The beautiful islands of the Azores off the coast of Portugal are¬†known for¬†natural beauty and amazing food. ¬†We were surprised to find the Azores are also full of street art, especially in the city of Ponta Delgada. ¬†Each year the city hosts a Walk and Talk Urban Art Festival, where artists from around the world come to create”. ¬†Here are some of the incredible pieces that she found:

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Kevin of Wandering Wagars found this fantastic work of art while in Bogota, Colombia. He says “Bogota is tagged with some of the most incredible street art that we have seen. The government of this beautiful South American city has a permissive attitude towards graffiti, giving artist the time to create incredible scenes” :

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Chris from One Weird World spotted these incredible creations in Lima, Peru:

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And as for my own favorite spots, they would have to be Hosier Lane in Melbourne, VIC:

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and the Wynwood Art District right here in my backyard of Miami, Florida!

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Why I Added my Blog to my Resume.

26th June 2016

I recently Google searched: “Should I put my blog on my resume?”

I was surprised to find that the majority of people writing about the topic were against the idea. They felt it was an intersection of¬†their personal & professional lives, and that employers “might find something that they don’t like”. But after sitting down and reflecting about how much I’ve learned and grown through way of my blog, I ultimately decided that there’s just no way I could leave it off. This website is my passion project, my brain child. In the short 8 months since I launched it,¬†Navigable World has provided me with the opportunity to connect¬†with like-minded individuals that I never would’ve been able to before. It’s allowed me to diversify my skill set, serves as the most wonderful creative outlet, & is holding me accountable. I’m developing my writing voice and becoming more confident in my capabilities. I’ve acquired a basic, working knowledge of web design, content creation, marketing and WordPress, among other things. This blog means so much to me because what started out as nothing more than a creative endeavor has turned into a life-affirming pursuit.

A year ago, hell, maybe even later than that, developing a website wasn’t even a thought in the back of my mind and now, it’s become a part of me. If you would’ve told me back then that I’d have a travel blog that would make it into The Huffington Post three times in its’ first year, averaging 600+ views a month, with readers from all around the world, I would’ve laughed at you. Honestly. I never ever intended to launch a blog, let alone be a travel blogger. To this day, it still feels a little bit funny and foreign and awkward to call myself that.

As for putting my blog on my resume, I personally feel like it says a lot about me to a potential employer. It shows that I’m a self-starter with initiative; I literally built something (that I knew absolutely nothing¬†about) from the ground up. By creating an opportunity and place for myself on the Web, it¬†shows I’m not afraid to put myself out there.¬† And¬†honestly, at the end of the day, it’s a huge personal accomplishment and something that I am¬†really proud of, which is reason enough, in my opinion.

Tell me – What are your thoughts about including your blog on a professional resume? Are you for it or against it? Have any of you done so? What were the reactions? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!