Ivy from @latinachictravels shares her experience of the Bali retreat in October 2018!
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO JOIN US ON A RETREAT? WHAT EXCITED YOU MOST ABOUT THE RETREAT?
I was struggling with finding my niche and who I really wanted to be in this platform that I am slowly building. I knew I wanted to help people and I wanted to use my social media skills for that. When I saw one of my favorite bloggers host a recent retreat back in May (Mel Vandersluis) I knew this was just what I was looking for. Answers to all of my questions and support from like-minded girls was all going to be a part of this retreat – plus it runs in an exotic location! What more could I ask for!
WHAT TOP 3 THINGS DID YOU LEARN WHILE ON THE RETREAT?
Self love which in our world of social media is very crucial! We understand to love ourselves and not put too much importance on what everyone else thinks – you should know you rock!
Posing techniques: props and ways to pose whether you’re short or tall – we learn it all.
Basic Camera settings: Knowing what is the best function to shoot in manual with the light and surroundings you have. It was a game changer and will forever improve my shots.
HOW DID YOUR LIFE CHANGE AFTER THE RETREAT?
I had a bunch of my blogger/instagram questions answered and I am now ready to improve myself. I also was able to come to terms with my niche, having all the positivity of like-minded women to root me on was absolutely the best thing I could have gotten. Being in the retreat makes you really think about your brand and who you want to be, you are more focused on that than any other thing you have going on in life because you are in an environment where everyone is going through the same thing. It’s a powerful energy.
WHAT WAS A HIGHLIGHT FROM YOUR TRIP?
Morning rituals were the highlights every day – they made me feel powerful and full of positivity. I appreciated more of my surrounding and what I have at the moment which in all makes you feel like a better person. Till this day, a month after the retreat, I still do this every morning and it just helps me get my day started on a positive note.
WHICH WORKSHOP WAS YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?
My favorite workshop was the Hotel & Brand Collaborations because since I am a small influencer I wanted to know how to come about with landing a collaboration. I learned so many helpful tips and even things I did not know that were mind blowing and changed my perspective on collaborations! One thing I learned was that I don’t need to have a huge following for collaborations as longs as I use my other useful resources. The one thing I loved about this retreat is that any question I had I was free to ask and the hosts gave me their honest answers which helped a lot!
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SAY TO GIRLS CONSIDERING JOINING A RETREAT?
Just do it! I believe that you need to invest in yourself first and learn as much as you can in order to get the best out of your brand/business. There aren’t any school courses that teach these things and having an amazing retreat that specializes in this is just a blessing. Not only do you travel to amazing locations but you learn everything you need to know to start your own brand. I will forever have a relationship with my hosts and I am so thankful for their help. I thought this retreat was so worth the money I paid and I would do it again! I can’t wait to show my journey after the Pangea retreat!