GREATNESS FOUNDATION RETREAT IN BALI, INDONESIA

GREATNESS FOUNDATION RETREAT IN BALI, INDONESIA

Bali, the Island Of The Gods. A bucket list place that I was finally able to visit. I remember my parents talking about their travels, more specifically how magical Bali and other parts of Indonesia were, I think this place continues to be special for them. I always had it in the back of my mind to make it there eventually and here we are now, reminiscing on a beautiful immersive experience in wonderful Bali with an incredible group of people. It took 26+ hours worth of travel to get there and it was worth every second. 

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PLANNING OUR WEDDING - THE COUNTDOWN!

PLANNING OUR WEDDING - THE COUNTDOWN!

As a woman, you know that one day you'll get to this point in life and it's exciting to think about that but let me tell you, nothing beats the real experience! Steve proposed back in January in the most amazing way, you can watch our proposal video here, and now we are in the middle of planning our dream wedding! For the most part, the last few months were spent researching where we would want to tie the knot, who the photographer would be (duh!) and finding an amazing wedding planner to help bring our vision to life!

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EXPLORING LOS ANGELES- ROAD TRIP TO JOSHUA TREE

EXPLORING LOS ANGELES- ROAD TRIP TO JOSHUA TREE

The sky was bright blue that day, the air was chilled and crisp, a lot of sunshine to light the way and make the colors pop but also the right amount of coolness in the air to keep us from burning up. I gotta tell you, Joshua Tree National Park is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.

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LA PHOTO MEET UP - COLLAB WITH MARIANNA HEWITT

LA PHOTO MEET UP - COLLAB WITH MARIANNA HEWITT

I spent a bit of time traveling to New York and Los Angeles recently, mostly for work to shoot a campaign for FHONE, which was super, I can't wait to show you guys more about that experience! During my time in LA I did a fun collaboration with Marianna Hewitt, a beauty and lifestyle blogger.

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EXPLORING CARTAGENA & SEEING MY FAMILY AFTER 10+ YEARS!

EXPLORING CARTAGENA & SEEING MY FAMILY AFTER 10+ YEARS!

During the second half of my trip to Colombia, the Journey group and I headed to a nearby island called Tierra Bomba, this is called the integration part of the Journey where we get to relax, reflect and get to know one another on a deeper level. We also got to explore the island, take part in fun activities and sip Cartagena Mules by the pool, this was our drink of choice, it fell from the heavens and tasted like magic!

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BUILDING HOMES IN COLOMBIA WITH JOURNEY + TECHO

BUILDING HOMES IN COLOMBIA WITH JOURNEY + TECHO

We arrived in Colombia on a Friday afternoon, the evening was spent pretty freely, getting to know the fellow Journeyers and later we enjoyed a lovely welcome dinner. The feeling of anticipation was present the whole evening, some of us had a hard time falling asleep that night, not fully knowing what the next two days would bring

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MY EXPERIENCE IN GREECE WITH JOURNEY - TRAVEL WITH PURPOSE

MY EXPERIENCE IN GREECE WITH JOURNEY - TRAVEL WITH PURPOSE

I have been home for a few days now, I'm still sort of fighting this jet lag, I really had no idea what it was until now. I get it, haha. I've spent the majority of the last two weeks traveling with a company called Journey, we first headed to Athens to volunteer in a refugee camp, the rest of the time was spent traveling to some of the Greek Islands. 

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OUR TRIP TO THE CAPTIVATING CITY OF CHICAGO!

Hello friends, good day to all, I hope your week is going fantastic so far!

We took a little trip to Chicago about two weeks ago. It was a spur of the moment, amazingly awesome trip. In my early photography years, I spent a lot of time looking for inspiration and beautiful places around the Unites States and the world, I always seemed to stumble upon Chicago. Since then, it was high on my list of places to visit.

I had always wanted to visit The Windy City, see the architecture and super famous Cloud Gate at Millennium Park, better known as "The Bean".

The city has completely exceeded my expectations, from start to finish.

We stayed in the heart of downtown Chicago at The Palmer House, a charming, regal, beautiful hotel. The lobby looks like a gigantic royal ballroom, it takes your breath away, every time. The hotel is full of history and there is a rather romantic story behind it. If that sort of thing interests you, you can read more about the hotel here.

In my search for information about this then mysterious city, I had heard that Chicago was a foodie's paradise. The rumors were true!

We had a lovely lunch shortly after our arrival, the place is called Seven Lions on Michigan Avenue, very close to our hotel. Seven Lions has a really cool, hip vibe, which we loved and the food was different and super tasty, not the usual american restaurant. Another place we visited was an Italian place called Acanto on Michigan Avenue, it was more of a new age, modern Italian place and they made me what I think is the tastiest drink I have ever had, it is called #18. We also paid a visit to a very famous steak house, Gibsons, not my favorite steak ever but really quite the experience. We had the biggest, mightiest piece of ice cream cake ever at Gibsons. So mighty, that we shared it with the table next to us!

Overall, Chicago's food experience was second to none!

Here are other places we visited, which were just as delicious:

Hot Woks Cool Sushi on Michigan Avenue.

Corner Bakery, if you are into having the BEST croissant of your life.

Bandera on The Magnificent Mile. 

Chicago offers so many options of things to do, it was one of my favorite things about the city. So much to experience!

We visited the Museum of Science and Industry, it was such a fantastic experience. If you are into science, weather, how things are built and space science (among many other cool things) then this is that place you should definitely visit while vacationing in Chicago. I was amazed and in awe, but then again, I am a closet nerd.

If you are into fitness, you have to go to The Magnificent Mile and visit the Under Armour Store. It is fantastic, trust me.

I would have to say the highlight of the trip, the highlight of so many highlights was seeing the wonderful "Bean" and Millennium Park. For as long as maybe six or seven years, it has been a dream of mine to visit the city and to see this cool, mysterious thing called Cloud Gate. It is larger than I had envisioned and much more mesmerizing up close.

During our trip to Chicago we explored, indulged, walked, ran, screamed, and at a point stood outside in -13 degree weather just to get "the shot" always with smiles on our faces and bellies filled with laughter. There is so much to see, just book the flight and walk outside!

A resolution came to mind for this and the coming years, to travel more. To experience places like these for the first time, camera in hand and Steve by my side.

My iPhone tells me I walked around 40,000 steps during the trip, I will always remember where each step took me during our wonderful trip to the captivating city of Chicago.

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