Konichiwa a whole 8 months later! We spent Christmas and the New Year in Japan last winter; it was one of my favorite trips to date and our first Asian trip as a family. Iya was 6 months old at the time (cutest, fattest age!!!), and I was really nervous…
Happy New Year loves! My little family & I just got back from spending Christmas & New Years in Japan! This was one of our favorite trips & destinations to date and I can’t wait to share my travel diary soon. In the meantime I wanted to post my lookbook…
Shop my Japan Looks!
Last summer I had the pleasure of attending Institute of Code‘s 10 day coding retreat in Bali, Indonesia! Not only was it my first time properly exploring that side of the world, it was my first formal exposure to coding after 15+ years! I wrote up a super honest post last year How I made my #LifeGoals a Reality and talked about my journey with content creation — it all began with learning very basic coding in my 7th grade computer class. It was at this pivotal, young age I realized how important it is to be self-reliant. As much as I do need to hire someone to give my bloggy a little make-over, I like to have the option of doing it myself in the meantime while I’m being lazy 🙂
I was totally geeked, in every sense of the word, to discover Institute of Code! Not only did it get me excited to properly learn how to code, it ignited all of my wanderlust too! Talk about a two-fer!
I hated school. I hated school so much. It felt like prison – & I can confidently say that I wasn’t alone in feeling this way. This is where IOC’s philosophy really stood out to me, they don’t believe that hard work & enjoyment are mutually exclusive. Who says you have to be miserable in order to reach your full potential? If anything, shouldn’t it be the other way? Yes, yes it should! & it is. IOC is all about getting us into our flow state – “when they are inspired, motivated, supported and eager to learn, they can accomplish so much more than they would in a normal day.”
I had to steal that blurb right from their website because it is so true! I didn’t think I’d learn more than basics over the 10-day course but I learned, absorbed, & retained so much! Not only did the program provide everything we needed so we could just focus on learning to code (chef prepared meals, yoga, meditation, massages, etc), being around other like-minded individuals was super motivating and inspiring. When we weren’t in class we got to explore the beautiful island of Bali – sigh, which isn’t just any ol’ destination. Travel goals while you’re pursuing your life goals.. that’s what I’m talkin’ bout!
I do recommend planning for an extra day or two (or more!) in Bali after your course though just in case you don’t get to check everything off of your bucket list during your stay! The outside activities & sight seeing seemed to be really dependent on the collective group’s interests. While I was very interested in checking out the cultural and historical sites on the island, most of my classmates were more into relaxing and hanging at the beach so I went off to explore on my own a couple days – totally worth it! Just something to keep in mind!
Within the past year, Institute of Code has expanded their course offerings and now also offer Digital Marketing & Blog Mentorship workshops!! FOMO!!! Kiersten of The Blonde Abroad is leading the Blog Mentorship workshop – she is such an inspiration to me as a content creator & globe trotter. I’ve followed her work for some time and actually met her while I was in Bali as she was coincidentally visiting at the same time. She not only knows how to create beautiful, compelling content.. but also clearly understands strategy as one of the most visible female travel bloggers! If I weren’t a million years pregnant, I’d attend her workshops this summer in a heartbeat! You can find deets on all the different courses IOC is currently holding on their website.
My vlog from the IOC villa is above if you haven’t checked it out yet! They have since gotten a new campus which blows the previous out of the water – check out their Instagram page for an updated look on everything they have to offer! And now…. on to my photos! 🙂 Enjoy!
Happy Throwback Thursday!
I spent a couple weeks in Bali last month and it might sound silly but I was so proud of my Instagram feed! I know, some of you blogging-veterans (or fans of said veterans) are probably chuckling thinking well, that’s cute – but hear me out!! Drool-worthy feeds are not easy to curate even with a photographer/IG-husband in tow – not that I have either of those things! I was stressed before embarking on this solo-trip because I knew I would have to create everything myself. I mentally rallied and was up for the challenge. I was already heading to Bali to learn front-end web development @ Institute of Code so why not also push my photography/selfie skills to the next level too? I just love how everything turned out and I’m so excited to get started on my full travel-diary and vlogs soon. In the meantime.. here’s a little sneak peek! Check out the full post to take a look back at my Bali feed. #tbt
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If you’re new here (welcome!!), I traveled to the Maldives in October and it was simply a dreaaam! I have never seen such beautiful water in my life. For as long as I can remember all I ever talked about was wanting to see tumblr-esque crystal clear blue water with my own two eyes. I must say that I’ve just set the bar extremely high for myself. The water was not only gorgeous to look at but I swear it’s magic LOL. I get so ashy and dry any time i get into the water; any kind of water but especially salt water, but for some reason this water left my skin and hair so soft.