KRISTIN'S EXPERIENCE - BALI OCTOBER 2018

Kristin from @luxreve shares her experience of the Bali retreat in October 2018! Make sure to check out her amazing hand-crafted jewelry at luxreve.com.

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WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO JOIN US ON A RETREAT? WHAT EXCITED YOU MOST ABOUT THE RETREAT?  

I wanted to join the retreat for a couple of reasons; one because I love to travel, so any excuse to do that is always a plus, but more importantly I was hoping to learn a lot about growing my instagram following, branding, and how to use my camera (not in automatic). I was also hoping to learn more about how to use Lightroom.

WHAT TOP 3 THINGS DID YOU LEARN WHILE ON THE RETREAT?

I learned so much that I wasn’t even expecting to learn so to only list three is a little hard.

  1. I learned how to use my camera, light room and how to create presets

  2. I gained a lot of tools on how to define my brand and tell my story better

  3. I learned about SEO and how to utilize Pinterest more to generate more traffic to my website.

HOW DID YOUR LIFE CHANGE AFTER THE RETREAT?

After the retreat I feel my brand became much more clear to me which allowed me to change my tagline, mission statement, and get more creative when describing my collections. I have felt so much more inspiration with my Instagram and marketing efforts since the retreat, as well. My overall confidence in following my dreams has exponentially improved. I love all the amazing friendships I gained from the week. The continued support I have gotten from my fellow alumni and the retreat leaders has been so incredible as well.

WHAT WAS A HIGHLIGHT FROM YOUR TRIP?

The highlight of the trip for me was learning more than I thought possible. I was a little worried if the retreat would be as applicable to me since I am a small business owner and not a travel blogger or an influencer. But in all honesty, I have worked with marketing teams in the past which have left me feeling unsatisfied. I feel that the tools I gained from the week at the retreat to grow my business and become a more empowered women entrepreneur were priceless. I would highly recommend any women starting their own business to go on this retreat especially if she wants to gain the fundamentals on branding, social media marketing, website SEO, photography, and content creation.

DID PANGEA DREAMS SET YOU UP FOR SUCCESS? WHAT SKILLS DID YOU TAKE AWAY FROM THE RETREAT?

Yes definitely, and I feel once I have more time to really start applying all that I learned from the retreat the rate at which my business will start growing will be much faster than if I had not gone on the retreat. I can’t wait to start applying in more detail what I learned from the SEO and Pinterest workshops. My friends and current followers have already given me positive feedback on the increase in quality content I have been posting. The little bit I have applied to my website has increased my Google search ranking already too. For example, after making some mirror changes to my website since the retreat, my website comes up on the second page of Google verse not coming up at all when searching “handmade jewelry in Bend, OR”

WHICH WORKSHOP WAS YOUR FAVOURITE AND WHY?

My favorite workshop was honestly all of them! Seriously, I feel each workshop I learned new things from that have been more than applicable to growing my small business than I thought possible.

IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SAY TO GIRLS CONSIDERING JOINING A RETREAT?

DO IT!!! You will never regret it. You will cherish the things you learn from the workshops and the amazing experiences the retreat provides you with. Experiences like these and the friendships you create from them are truly priceless.