You're not my competition, no one is. And in case you didn't know already no one is yours either. Time and time again I see people tearing each other down, judging, criticizing. Instead of lifting each other up and supporting each other, people love making nasty comments like these: She is so self centered because she's practicing self love and posting a selfie. Maybe she's insecure and finding ways to love herself. Their accounts are fake cus they pose for their pictures um, have you not learned the history of photography? Lol Newsflash, some people use photography as their creative outlet and spend a significant amount on their art. Some people want/do pursue modeling, digital marketing, photography, as a fulltime job. And making it a hobby is okay too. I know peole who use photography as their form of story telling and healthy outlet to their mental health issues. Trying to get high quality images doesn't mean they are fake. It just means they spend more time on their photography skills. They're always traveling. They're probably rich and lazy Maybe they work everyday and save to travel during their breaks. 🤷🏻♀️ Next time you catch yourself thinking or stating these negative comments, STOP. Ask yourself: Am I assuming these things? Is there an aspect about what they're doing that I actually admire but don't want to admit? Are they doing something I want to do and can learn from them? Am I being supportive and uplifting? Is there something I'm curious about that I want to ask them? This isn't exclusive to social media, of course. I see this offline too. STOP assuming, judging, criticizing. START asking, encouraging, uplifting. Let's start now! Tag a person in the comments and tell them what you admire about them! If they're an influencer/blogger- let us know why they're so awesome and why others should follow them (this can be you too). Extra points if the person you tag is based in NYC! What are your thoughts? Do you agree? Let me know in the comments. I'd love to continue the conversation. PC: @juannunez0821
Chasing your goals isn't easy. It involves a lot of work, patience, and sometimes crying in front of strangers (a story for another day). When you're feeling crappy maybe you take it as a sign that it's time to move on. How do you know when it's the right time? If it's hard, should you give up? The thing is, the answer isn't always clear. We have to decide for ourselves. After facing a bump in the road, I have to admit this thought crossed my mind. It's so easy to fall into that mindset everything sucks the world is against me this is too hard. What has kept me going is not only focusing on my lows, but also my highs. What's working for me right now? What accomplishment am I proud of this week? What made me smile today? In our little world, we get wrapped up in the negatives but it is sooo important to be grateful and remember all the great things. Yeah, some things suck but is EVERYTHING really terrible? No, of course not! TELL ME: What made you smile this week? Throwback to Miami! PC: @4everalonewithacatandmaybeadog
MENTAL HEALTH CHECK IN! How are you? No, no, really how are you? And don't tell me the short polite version (in the comments below). American culture has brain washed us into thinking answering anything besides I'm good how are you? as unacceptable. Why? If that statement isn't true, why do we encourage fooling others into thinking everything is fine? 🤔 To show (false) strength? To avoid conversation? To get on with your busy day? Let me know what you think in the comments! In my world things have been good...and bad! It's hard to put into a sentence how I've felt in the last 42 days. It hasn't all been great, but not terrible either. I've gone silent to focus on getting this new chapter of my life sorted out. 🗽📚📖 👩🏻🎓Now I feel that I'm in the mental space to provide new content and share a piece of my life with you (and of course budget travel tips!) If you haven't already, check out the link in my bio for FREE budget travel tips. ✈🌎 Throwback to my hometown Miami! New content from NYC coming soon. 💙
Big challenges ahead, but are they worth it? I'm not one to settle on anything: life, education, ect. But in my experience, not settling has meant taking the more challeging (and rewarding) path. Currently, I'm going through some challenges but I'm reminding myself that I didn't get this far to just get THIS far. I gotta keep going. I deserve the best and I'm not stopping here. 😜 I'm trying my best to be in the moment, take it all in, and enjoy the bumpy ride. Afterall, the simple path is boring and not very enriching in the long run. Now I'm starting a new chapter: graduate school + move to NYC! I'm both excited and nervous. Probably underprepared too, but who's to say when one is REALLY ready? 🤣 Well that's been my mindset for the month pretty much. TELL ME: How's your August going? AND regarding my blog, I gotta get back to it! I'm trying to get organized and motivated but with everything going on it's been a challenge. Do you have any blog topics recommendations? What about video topics? Any suggestions?
Everything happens for a reason, or at least that's the lie I kept telling myself when things don't go my way. But what if there's actually some truth to it? As some of you may already know, I'm moving to NYC and it's been really overwhelming and stressful for several reasons. One being: finding housing! I was chatting with a potenial room in Bronx. This place had recently became available again. I wondered why, but didnt think much of it. 🚩 We spoke on the phone and she seemed like a total sweetheart, maybe too nice. Or was I just being cynical? Fast forward a couple of days and the deal fell through before even seeing the place. I was a little disappointed. After that, I quickly realized why the place was available again and how problematic the landlord actually was. 😟 She showed her true colors and they weren't pretty. (If you wanna know the full story, DM me!) Anyways, I feel like I dodged a bullet just because things didn't go my way but in reality, this was what needed to happen! So maybe in the moment we don't get why things keep falling apart but maybe it's just a push to get us on the right path. Maybe not every time but this time it felt like that. TELL ME: Do you have any experiences that made you relate to this? Share them in the comments!
Given the political climate, there's a lot of negative stereotypes going around about Hispanics/Latinxs. These stereotypes are problematic because it makes the untrue assumptions that ALL members of this community are X,Y,Z. Although there are a few bad apples, this does not mean all are the same. So we ask you to judge us individually for who we are, and not attribute misconceptions about our entire community. Bottom line is: to assume something negative about an entire race/ethnicity soley based on that identy is racist, wrong, and unfair. Judge individuals for their character, don't judge entire communities as a whole based on their identity. It saddens me to see so many targetting us as an entire group and dismissing all our contributions and accomplishments. And we are not the only ones being targeted in this manner. As I travel and educate myself, I always remember who I am and where I came from, and how that impacts both my experience and behavior. I keep in mind all the struggles and obstacles my family and I had to overcome, and still do. I remember all the sacrifices my parents made for me, and the path families before them paved. I am thankful for the opportunities given to us, and for the grit and determination we've had to create new ones. I hope and fight for the day where everyone has equal opportunity and is judged individually for what they do, not who they are. Perhaps that perfect utopia will never come, but rest assured others and myself will keep pushing to get as close to that as possible. I plan on continuing to be a positive representation of my community and pave the path for others to follow through my social interactions and career. TELL ME: What are you doing to make a positive impact on your community?
I'm not sorry I've been MIA for a while but I am thankful. I'm thankful to have an understanding and supportive community that knows sometimes we just need time. Time to reflect, focus... Thank you for being patient with me when I took gave short responses and got distracted. Thank you for supporting me and being there for me when I needed it most. Thank you for understanding that I wasn't in the mental space to be the great friend I usually am. Thank you for believing in me when I felt small and insignificant. This one goes out to my true friends who are there for me no matter what. And yes, sometimes we get to a better place but somehow we can end up right where we started and that's totally okay! Today I wanted to share a visual from my past (to continue with that idea returning to past moments/feelings). This was from my trip to Germany in 2012. Facing great challenges has often been like a cycle to me: excitement, fear, anxiety, eagerness, determination and then the cycle begins again, (sometimes multiple times for the same challenge). I'm going through a big transition in my life and it's pretty hard! Moving, finding a job, dealing with grad school fees, packing, questioning my own choices, wondering if it's all a huge mistake, should I eat those brownies again even though it's really bad for me, the list goes on. So a lot of mixed feelings right now! TELL ME: What's something you're excited/nervous about right now?
Top 5 secrets to budget travel! Do you ever say to yourself I would love to travel!! and you hear your wallet laughing at you in the background? Fear not aspiring traveler! You can travel on a tight budget! Here's the deal: I have been budget traveling on my own since I was a teen. I know it is possible because I have done it while broke af! I decided to start a budget travel blog to help others do it too. In this blog post I will be sharing my Top 5 Ultimate Budget Travel Tips: Budget Travel Guide! 𝟏. 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐧 𝐀𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐝! I cannot emphasize this enough! For the most part, everything travel related is first-come, first-serve. What offers sell out first? The cheapest options! (This includes lodging, flights, trains, everything). Don't miss out on the early bird deals. 𝘌𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘺 𝘣𝘪𝘳𝘥 𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘮, 𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘗𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘴. You can find my other tips for free in the link in my bio! Click on Top Budget Travel Secrets TELL ME: If you could go anywhere, where would you go and why?
A couple of months ago I worked on this cool project with Pearson. For my non-American friends: Pearson is an educational company that provides books and educational materials to schools. So how does this relate to me? Well I'm excited to share I was chosen as one of their characters in for their primary school Spanish book. Basically, I played myself, a Miami-native travel blogger, showing the diversity in Miami while showing my life as a travel blogger. Pretty cool, eh? I watched the final video and omg, it is SO GOOD! I'm looking forward to sharing it with you once they've officially released it. So stay tuned. If all goes well, I'll be featured in videos and book chapters all over the US. 📚 This project was part of what influenced my choice to start a YT channel. The film makers were so impressed with my camera presence. And I've made videos and posted them, event back in high school! I have then removed them and now plan on starting over by sharing How To videos. TELL ME: What type of videos would you like to see? And be honest, would you actually watch my videos?
Big announcement! 🎉 Chase your dreams, especially if they scare you. Look, I'll do it, even if I'm shaking, shedding tears, and making a mental list of all the reasons why it's a dumb idea. And you know what, to my surprise, it still works everytime, LOL. It's not about being confident in yourself and your abilities. It's not about knowing everything. It's not even about knowing step by step everything you're gonna do. It's about having a clear goal and going for it (with smart strategies). I was scared to move to France alone as a teen. So many people feed into my fear: you're gonna get kidnapped you will get killed you don't even speak French French people hate Americans, why are you going? And guess what? I learned French, had an awesome time, and don't ever regret going for it. I was scared to attend the University of Michigan. I felt like a puppy in a big dog playground. Well this puppy kicked butt in academics and exceeded my own expectations. Now I'm scared of attending an ivy league. What if people are stuck up and arrogant? Am I smart enough to even be there? Total imposter syndrome to the max, just like in Michigan. But hey, my grades, application, and experiences got me accepted so I earned my place. And yeah, maybe some people aren't gonna be great but I'll find cool and kind people there (like me!) Also if you know a nice, kind, woke, blogger in NYC please send them my way and tell them I'm looking for a friend, lol. Tag them below. 👇🏻 And I'm also scared of starting a YouTube who wants to watch How-to videos from me? Well, apparently a lot of people. 😂 Thank you so much to the people who have encouraged me to pursue this. ❤ I've gotten an overwhelming amount of response and support off and online. All 2 of you have been so kind, ha jk there have been but not 100s haha, I'm not internet famous. Even if it were 2 or 200, it means a lot. Sometimes numbers get to me but getting positive feedback reminds me of my why. Why I wanted to do this: to be a resource to people who want to travel on a budget. And now I'm expanding it to education. (Continued in 1st comment)
Does social media portrayed a factitious reality or do we just see what we wanna see? Today everyone has an opinion about everyone and their grandma. But very little people take time to see the whole picture. Why? You see someone exclusively posting sexy pictures. So they're overly confident you may assume. Or could they also battle insecurities like the rest of us? You see someone post all their flashy clothing and cars. So you assume they're rich and successful. Or could they be living paycheck to paycheck and struggle with money management like some of us do? You see someone posting pictures of their travels. So you assume they're always traveling, lazy, and don't have a job? Or could they be saving up, earning scholarships, traveling on a budget, and using their vacation time to go on trips, like I do? You see someone posting pictures of joyous moments and smiles. So you assume they're happy. Or could they be struggling with mental health like you do? You see, somehow people use social media as an excuse to judge a book by it's cover. We have forgetten to read between the lines. I often find people ignore the truth, even when told, just to continue holding on to their misguided assumption. We are so quick to judge and so reluctant to see what's right in front of us. Some people still think I travel 24/7, yet I've talked about my fulltime jobs, life as a student, countless times in person + online (in my captions, blogs, my location is even in my bio). I've talked about all the hours I spent applying to scholarships and writing essays to get funding for programs abroad, yet people assume I'm rich. Maybe it's easier to assume people have it easy instead of acknowledging their struggles, because it feeds into our excuses for not going for it ourselves as well. This isn't a social media issue, it's a people issue. I've seen this happen offline all the time. The judgements, criticism, assumptions. Stop. We need to do better to connect and get to know the whole story, not just the book cover of assumptions. Throwback to my trip to Cusco, Peru. TELL ME: What are your thoughts on this? Do you agree?
I'm THAT type of person. I'm that silly chick that likes to dance in front of the mirror in her pjs. The one who will take pictures at Walmart by fake flowers. I'm the type of person who will enjoy the little things and make an adventure out of small things. Who else is like this? 🙋🏻♀️ Often I've been called childish for being this way. At first it seems like an insult but it's really a compliment. I live in the moment. I try my best to make things enjoyable. I laugh at the small things. I'm caring. I'm in touch with my feelings and try my best to express them. I like to have fun AND I'm responsible and persistent in the areas that matter: academics and career. I used to be self conscious about what others thought about me. As I got older I realized the weird and quirky things are what my people love about me the most and what makes me feel the happiest. So have fun, be a kid! TELL ME: What's a small silly thing that brings you joy?
Last month I spent the day with my friend @dannyagudelo exploring @evergladesnps and other places here in South Florida. Danny shared with me his love for nature and the importance of preserving it. AND we also got smoothies. 🥤😍 Today I am sharing a some facts about the Everglades and the ocean (they're both important things to all of us, especially Floridians). Slide to view. Most of them were cut off but some cool info is still included! 🌻 TELL ME: Which fact surprised you the most? Share a fun fact in the comments! Sources: @natgeo, Everglades National Park, Everglades Holiday Park site
Moving to NYC soon and I'm so incredibly nervous and excited! I'm moving to NYC to attend my dream grad school so it's a huge deal. I'm pursuing a double masters in psychological counseling (nerd alert, am I right🤓)? This program will get me one step closer to my career goals: improving access to education for underserved communities. Growing up in Honduras opened up my world to a harsh reality. I witnessed extreme poverty and poor education. I think it made me realize how much progress is still needed. But this doesn't just impact Honduras, it impacts all countries (on a different scale, in different forms). My mother taught me at a young age the importance to give back to the community. One day (after moving back to the US) we went to visit during the summer, as we usually did. We spent days gathering my old toys and putting them in boxes in front of our house. Everyday for several days, people came to get toys. The joy and smiles on their face made me feel warm inside. Something so small can make such a difference. 😍 But I didn't want to just end it there. I know there's much more that can be done.I want to dedicate my career to help others achieve their academic goals and have access to a better life and work opportunities. I don't want to just take up space, I want my existence to add something positive to the world. I know I can't change the world or solve all the problems but I hope to make a positive difference in others' lives, big or small. ❤ I encourage you all to think of ways you can positively impact your community. Volunteering or providing a social service (teaching, counseling, ect) can be a great way to do this! If you're in Miami and want to volunteer, HMU! I can send you sites or maybe we can volunteer together. If you're in NYC & wanna volunteer, HMU cus I'd love a volunteer buddy! 👀 TELL ME: When was the last time you made a positive impact?
I was crying while eating a mango recently. Has this ever happened to you? 🙋🏻♀️ put your hand down, of course it didnt. 😂 I swear sometimes my life sounds like a comedic drama. This happened and it wasn't because the mango was amazing, (but it was amazing, btw). It was because life gets rough and you break down when you least expect it, even when enjoying life's simple pleasures like eating a mango. Here's the thing: life on the other side of the screen isn't always pretty and smiley. It's raw and unfiltered. It's good and it's bad. And sometimes you just gotta ride the waves and laugh when you can, specially post-mango meltdown. I think we've all been there. Maybe it wasn't with mangos, maybe it was with popcorn during a sad clip or a bowl of ice cream after a rough social interaction. The key is to feel and express all your emotions AND find a way to move past it. The tears became laughter. Sometimes you just gotta laugh at yourself. 😂 TELL ME: What was something that made you laugh recently?
This doesn't happen to people like me. Traveling the world? Getting scholarships? Earning college degrees? I've worked hard for this. Even with the obstacles, I made it happen. Currently I'm facing some great challenges dealing with my move to NYC, finding more funding for my graduate studies, among other things. But at least there's relief in knowing I've already conquered the biggest challenge of this chapter: getting accepted into grad school. In the face of great challenges I often doubt myself Can I do it? Am I good enough? But my past experiences have shown me I'm no one to limit myself. Clearly, I go beyond my own expectations. 😂 You see, I love playing this game of Let's see what I can get away with. I have these dreams and I pursue them, even if myself and half of the world thinks I'm crazy for it. But hey, at least I'm crazy enough to make them happen! 😍 So here's to great challenges. Throwback to my last study abroad program. I spent a semester abroad in Paris, fully funded! TELL ME: Do you struggle with your confidence in your abilities? #museedorsay #paris @museeorsay @cgisumich @uofmichigan @michiganalumni
I have the kindest of intentions and still get negativity. It's kinda funny how that happens. I started blogging to help & inspire others to travel on a budget. I've gotten countless unfollows & critism from strangers, friends, & family. I've also got a lot of people who doubt me and my sucess. To deal with this I do two things: remind myself of my goals & try to understand them (the haters). Everyone isn't going to get it and some are just not interested but that's okay. I don't need to support from everyone because my goal isn't popularity. My goal is to be a resource to others. I try to understand them by remembering everyone goes through their own struggles and some havent found healthy ways to cope with them so they tend to be judgemental and nasty towards others. It could be jealousy, insecurities, unhappiness, or something similar. This applies to people irl and online. I'll give you an example of something that happened to me. I had a coworker who was always really nasty to me. She was rude and judgmental, specifically towards me but not everyone. She was young, just a teen. I didn't pay much mind and just figured she had poor manners. I was told by a friend + coworker that she was gossiping about me and among the things she said include: ugh, look at Elizabeth. She thinks she's so cool with her travel IG whaaat?? 😂 (My IG is never to show off or make others jealous but to share my story and help others) So I kinda just laughed it off and remained respectful to her always. That same summer she started her travel IG. 🤔 This to me showed that maybe she was jealous and wanted to do the same thing but struggled to be successful or something like that. I hope she's grown, become kinder, and less critical of others, wherever in the world she is. That's just one example of plenty! Not the worst one either. If similar things happen to you, don't get to their level- be kind and respectful always. Deep down the nasty people just need support and love like the rest of us (but may not be getting it, unfortunately). I'll do what I love & continue to get the support from my people. TELL ME: How do you handle the haters?
Really going for it 🌟 Some of you may have noticed that I took a little break from social media. Tbh I was feeling a little frustrated and confused. 🙃 A @sflmombloggers event kind of helped me figure things out. That's where it started. I got the push and encouragement I needed, along with other things... I have so much I wanna share but I'll tell ya later! For now, I'll tell you what I did during my break: -completed several online courses Cus you should never stop learning, who's with me? 🙋🏻♀️ -took time to re-focus on my goals Mm, we get a little lost sometimes and we need to take a moment to figure out what the point of it really is -created steps to achieve said goals Dreams dont work unless you do -binged on tv -ate some cookies The important things in life -remembered I rarely half-axx anything so why start now? So here it is- your warning: I'm back and coming at ya full force. Renewed and reenergized. Working on some cool stuff on my end. Stay tuned. btw, Happy 4th of July to my American friends. How are you spending today?
Land of the limited. As a child of immigrants there is so much pressure because of the sacrifices our parents made. There is pressure to be above average. With all this pressure, we also get constantly challenged with our identities. We gotta be deeply connected to our roots while remaining extremely American and patriotic. When successful in the face of great obstacles and inequalities, we are questioned if we even earned our place (applies to work, education, ect). We must turn a blind eye to injustices many face here because we aren't fully welcomed here anyways. How dare us fight for equality in a land where we are often treated as unwelcomed visitors. With 4th of July quickly approaching, it reminds me how limited our freedom truly is. I am proud to be both American and Latina, but I can love a land while also acknowledging the need for more progress and equality. We've come a long way but the work is not over. This 4th of July, I will celebrate US' birthday while remembering how we got here and where I hope one day we will be. TELL ME: How do you celebrate 4th of July?
No one will accept you were the words my high school counselor told me when I asked for help applying to colleges. And without a question, I believed her. I didn't know how to apply to college. I didn't know what my next steps should me. I didn't know what to do as I was entering the new chapter into adulthood. I didn't know. I also didn't know she was wrong. I didn't know how much power and potential I had. I didn't know I will eventually end up at one of the top colleges in the world. I didn't know one day I'll have a passport so full of stamps that I'll need a new one before it even expired. I didn't know and I just believed the negative comments, judgments, criticism, that came my way as a teenager. No questions about it. Adults must know, why question them? Later, I learned that even the wise, authority figures, educated individuals, any adult, can be wrong. This realization made me challenge those who doubt me. The person whose negative thoughts I challege the most are my own. These little pieces of limiting comments have been engraved in my mind since childhood and I work everyday to silence them. Most days I suceed but the last few days have been exceptionally challenging. I'm trying something new today. I'm going to write down all my doubts on a piece of paper and a rebuttal to go with it. I'd like you to join me! TELL ME: What are some negative beliefs about yourself you have or had, and what's the rebuttal? (If you don't have a rebuttal, I can help you make one! So just post your negative belief) Throwback to volunteering in Santa Maria, Brazil!
I'm tired and underpaid. I'm sorry if you were expecting a happy-go-lucky post but I like to keep it real. I share the good, the bad, and the ugly. And let me tell you it gets pretty ugly on this side of the screen. What can I say? Adulting is hard. You may be thinking: Okay Elizabeth, but why don't you just quit? 🤔 Here's the thing, I made the conscious decision of getting into the education and psychology field which are underappreciated and underpaid. In order to balance it out, I'm getting 2 graduate degrees. This will enable me to qualify for better paying jobs that make a bigger positive impact. Oh and btw, I LOVE school! University was both one of my most stressful and enriching + fun times in my life. This (tired and underpaid) chapter is part of the process (and it will eventually end and get better). This experience is meaninful to me on a personal level and professional level. I work with differently-abled college students to provide academic support, guidance, and teach life skills. Some of you may be wondering why I chose these fields. Well, I've seen a lot of extreme poverty and need. I didn't want to just sit back and do nothing. I want to dedicate my life and career to making a difference. It feels like it give my life meaning and purpose. 🌟 I began to consider my career goals while in France when I was working abroad by changing my major, making goals, and doing some research on career paths. I also found my love for travel there and explored near by cities like London. 🇬🇧 TELL ME: What are your career goals? #london #londondiaries #londonforyou #londonphoto
Hands up if you love to explore and travel but are constantly on a budget! 🙋 Yo, I hear you! But can you be a tourist/traveler on a budget? Listen, I love all things budget but I also don't want to have a bad time traveling + exploring for the sake of saving. Lucky for you, budget is my middle name! I create budget city travel guides, including free and cheap activities, so you have fun without making your wallet hate you. Here's my guide on the Top Free Things to do in Miami. For more information click on the link in my bio or head on over to www.trulyeli.com TELL ME: What types of blog do you like to read? What travel guides do you love? #miami #travelguide #free #frugaltravel
Abroad Opportunity! How about a job abroad that includes housing, food, and opportunities to travel? Sounds awesome right? It sure did to 18 year old me (many moons ago)! Slide to see the top 7 reasons why you should be an au pair. For the full blog post head over to www.trulyeli.com! Shortly after school I moved abroad for work. I left all things that were familiar. I didn't even speak the language! I quickly learned French, made meaningful connections, and memories I still cherish today. Throwback to one of those many adventures- I traveled to London with some friends I made in Bordeaux! TELL ME: When you were 18, do you think you would've moved abroad for work? --- #visitlondon #london #londontrip #london_city_photo #linkinprofile
The one-sided story The one-sided story is often what we usually show & tell to our family, friends, and even strangers. We often seem embarrassed to share the struggles. Why are we ashamed to share our failures and mistakes? It's only human, afterall. I think it portrays an unrealistic idea of success and adulting. Not sharing my truth is exhasting! 😂 Pretending like all is good and perfect all the time is overwhelming and overrated, if ya ask me! 😜 So, I'll just continue embracing my mistakes and try my best to learn from them. 🌟 We often show this on social media as well, not just influencers, but well, everyone. Maybe the hardships just aren't as instagram worthy, or so we think! I've made an effort to keep it real and share more about my life, travels, even failures. I think it helps me stay humble and connect with others as well. Some shared they really appreciated my vulnerability and transparency. The most interesting part is, they can relate! So many of us chose to struggle in silence. Although I'm not saying EVERYONE should share ALL their struggles (I sure don't) but sometimes sharing can make a positive impact. For me it's been beneficial (for the reasons I've listed above and also) because others can help + guide you. You're never too wise, too good, or too smart, to learn something new or ask for help. And in honor of embracing mistakes, here's a fail picture taken by @juannunez0821. 😂 (slide to see) TELL ME: What's something you've been struggling with lately? #miami #KennedyPark #florida #floridablogger #miamiblogger
Your dreams are calling your name! 🌟 Isn't it great when your goals just 𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 happen? 😍 No? Oh, you can't relate? cus it doesn't happen! 😂😏 𝐃𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐦𝐬 𝐝𝐨𝐧'𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐮𝐧𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐝𝐨! Take breaks if ya need to. It's okay to be confused or get lost, as long as you get back on track. Ask for help and guidance if you need to. But YOU gotta actively reach for them. Be patient, persistent, and intentional. After a not so great week of migraines and feeling icky, I got a week of productivity! I got some things done, goals met.💕 I'd love to get inspired by you! Drop your kickass weekend goals in the comments! TELL ME: What are your plans this weekend? Are you doing something productive? Are you indulging in some very needed me time? Btw, I also believe breaks + me time is essential to your overall health and to achieve your goals. You gotta be your priority. ❤ This weekend I plan on continuing the productivity by completing small goals to reach my long term goals. I plan on doing the following: -Continue planning future NYC blogger events with @pricklyfresh -Applying for more grad scholarships -Completing a Youtube course -Completing a MailChimp course -Completing a LinkedIn course -Editing and writing my blog post on long distance relationships with @elliebearescapades (so sorry I'm behind on this Ellen!) Throwback to London! I was an au pair shortly after graduating high school. It was my goal to travel, learn French, and work abroad! I achieved all that as a teen. This was one of my trips while living abroad in Bordeaux, France. --- #London #England #UK #unitedkingdom
This seemed impossible until it was done. Full time student, working, broke, AND traveling? Is this possible? 🤔 The answer is:HECK YES! Because I've done it and I will continue to do so. I have no loans, no debt. I was fortunate enough to have earned scholarships to travel + pursue an education. And today I am sharing all the secrets on how YOU can do it too! 🌎 Look, I'm just an ordinary broke chick who love to travel, pet dogs, and spend more hours playing The Sims than I'd like to admit. I'm also resourceful and organized when it comes to planning trips and finding funding, programs, and opportunities. So I wanna not just show the pretty pictures. I'm not that ooh look at me, I'm so cool and I travel chick. Nope. I'm that chick who has worked her butt off, saved, and earned funding for trips. I'm also that chick that wants to help others. Cus honestly it's more fun to help + inspire others than to just share cool pics (I'm just saying). 🤷🏻♀️ TELL ME: What types of questions do you have? What types of blog posts would be helpful? Is my existing content on IG + blog helpful enough? I wanna be helpful. ❤🤗 Make sure to check out my website: www.trulyeli.com for free budget travel resources and guides. #red #KennedyPark #miami #florida #redinmyfeed
I'm scared. But just as I am scared, I am also brave. Let's face it, being brave and vulnerable is scary. It's definitely not in my comfort zone. So yes, I feel sometimes feel silly sharing my experiences and thoughts with you. BUT it's also one of the best choices I've ever made. Why? Because it's enabled me to connect with people who encourage & inspire me. It's allowed me to support and help others travel. It's also been a positive outlet for my mental health. It seemed like a silly thought January 2018 when I decided to change my IG to a travel blogger account, but it's been beneficial in so many ways! And it felt silly visiting NYC Feb 2013 for the first time just to attend a college tour at Columbia. I was in community college at the time and thought there was no way I'd ever get in but a girl can dream right? Fall 2019 I'm making that silly dream come true as I pursue 2 graduate degrees. I still can't believe this silly dreamer got in. I remember years before that wanting to travel the world. 30+ countries later I can proudly call myself a traveler. Dreams always seem silly but there's someone out there already making it happen. I still get a lot of negative comments and criticism. And I'm still making it happen, full of fear, hope, dreams, and dare I say - a little silliness. TELL ME:If could go back in time and say something to your younger self, what would you say? #wynwood #miami #miamiblogger
Double tap if you need a vacation! I hear you! For about a week I was feeling so terrible physically. For a while (at times) emotionally I haven't been feeling too hot either. The thing is I have dreams I want to achieve and not seeing immediate results gets frustrating. (So yeah, a vacation to take a break from all this would be great right about now!) BUT it's part of the process! I just gotta trust the process and enjoy the ride. For now, I'll be focused on my smart goals to achieve my dreams. Slowly but surely I'm achieving them, one by one. Throwback to my last family vacation! Tell me when was your last family vacation and where did you go? #cornersofmyworld #darlingdaily #everysquareastory #flashesofdelight #lifestyleblog #lifestyleblogger #lifestylebloggers #lifestyleinspo #lifeunscripted #nothingisordinary #personalblog #pursuepretty #reclaimthehappy #seeksimplicity #stilllifephotography #stillswithstories #thatsdarling #bloggersdiaries #bloggersgetsocial #bloggersofinstagram #bloggingcommunity #blogginggals #Disney #DisneyWorld #DisneyParks #DisneyGram #DisneyFan #DisneyLove #DisneyLife #DisneySide
I get discouraged and unmotivated. I'm incredibly grateful to have been so successful with my academic career and travel goals. I have traveled to 30+ countries, gotten several degrees, and now I'm starting grad school at one of the best unis in the country. THIS also shows how incredibly ambitious and hard working I am. I fall, and get back up. I actively pursue the things I want. I seek guidance and support from those I admire to help me get where I wanna be. But let me tell you something- I've failed, HARD. There are days when I feel unmotivated and discouraged. I've gotten more nos than yeses. I've spent days stressed, overwhelmed, and overworked. So yes, you see the pretty but I cannot hide the ugly. I get these ugly feelings with various things- my career and academic studies, my blog. Heres when I feel discouraged with my IG: -when I feel like no one is listening -when my friends religiously watch all my story posts (encouraging people to comment and like) but never engage with my content -when my friends and family unfollow -when I put in hours into posting high quality images and captions but see little growth -when I see people stealing my ideas but not giving me credit So here's a visual to represet my failures, when I feel the most discouraged and unmotivated, and how one should deal with them- with a smile and full of positivity. 🌟 Here's a reminder to myself and all of you- success takes time, effort, and failure. There is no true success without a few bumps. So hang in there and enjoy the ride. ❤ TELL ME: What's your best advice to someone who's feeling discouraged? Asking for a friend! #miami #wynwoodwalls #wynwood #art #miamiinfluencer
I'M GOING TO CAIRO And this guy is the reason! 😍 I don't know when yet, we're in the planning stages of my visit. I've been once but there's still so much left to explore! So proud of @Juannunez0821 for getting a full scholarship to study abroad in Cairo for a year. Huge nerd alert, am I right? 🤓😂 I mean, I am going to an ivy league uni for grad school so nerd couple goals..? 😂 Throwback to #BurrsBerryFarm Have you been to Cairo before? Drop some suggestions in the comments or tag someone who has been to Cairo. ❤ #floridablogger #miamiblogger #travelblogger
RETURNING ALL COMMENTS from public female travel blogger accounts. 🌟 I'd love to connect with more of you! Let's get to know each other. Tell me who you are and what your blog is about. Then, scroll through my comments to read about others! I'll drop my intro here: I'm Elizabeth!🙋🏻♀️ Your average broke Miami chick, who just happens to travel the world on a budget. I've found ways to make travel accessible and affordable and today I am showing others how they can do it too, even if they're broke AF through my blog www.trulyeli.com. When I'm not out traveling or admiring dogs, I'm focusing on my academic career (and probably thinking about chicken nuggets). #miami #wynwood
I've always been pretty creative. 🌟 This platform has allowed me to channel my creativity to build my community, in hopes of inspiring and helping others. ❤ It has also been a healthy outlet for my mental health. Although it's been fun and greatly beneficial, it's also my business, my brand! Social media influencers and bloggers build businesses through their content, and some even make a full time living off of it. Recently, I got some incorrect & rude comments about how my business wasn't a legit business. These type of People like these will try and bring you down to make themselves feel better. People like these are limited to their own little bubble. Do not let people like these limit you! Do not let them rain on your parade. Your influence, your blog, IS a business, even if you don't treat it that way yet. While some people are out here making fun of influencers, they're making money and building an audience and probably don't care about the opinions of haters. If you have a limited view on what a real business is and want to tear others down, you're wrong for that and quite frankly- I don't wanna hear it. 🤷🏻♀️ I'm just here minding my business, spreading kindness + support, making moves. And yes, I've worked with brands. Yes, I've made money off of it. And no, I do not need your judgement and criticism. Positive vibes only. 🌻🌟 Here's the thing: Whatever your passion is, there are already people, right now, pursuing it and I can guarantee you they are not universally liked and they still get negativity, no matter how successful they are. If you're crazy enough to pursue your dreams, do it unapologetically. And when you fail, do so daringly and greatly (or dare I say bigly 😂 brownie points if you get the reference). Then, get back up and try again! Don't quit your day dream. TELL ME: What's something you've always dreamt of achieving? --- #motivationmonday #dontquityourdaydream #miami #strawberry #KennedyPark
What ever happened to randomly calling a friend? Unschedule & unannounced, just to say hello. 📲 When was the last time you asked someone how THEY are doing? When was the last time YOU made plans to hang out with a friend, and didn't wait around for them to make the plans for you. When was the last time you had a deep and meaningful conversation with someone without checking your phone every 15 minutes? 🤳 Many people are addicted to social media but dislike being social. Is that not the oddest thing? 😂 Our favorite phrase has become I'm busy but what are you REALLY busy doing? Are you using your time in meaningful ways? I'll admit it, I'm not one to call friends up every day, not even every week. I try to chat with them periodically, some more than others. To build meaningful connections, you have to but a significant effort and time to it. No shortcuts. This week, ring a friend! Say hello. ❤ TELL ME: What do you prefer, texting or talking on the phone? Personally I love talking on the phone! I can do it for hours. I am a talker, but more importantly, I'm a listener. #kennedypark #miami
This is what anxiety looks like. Anxiety to me is when relatively small mistakes make me fight back the tears. Anxiety to me is not being able to sleep a night because of the influx of irrational thoughts. Anxiety to me is having your nervous system accelerate, triggered suddenly and rapidly, by a thought or event. Anxiety to me means needing an interactive but simple activity to calm my nerves. Anxiety to me is overeating to make me feel better. Anxiety to me is avoiding caffeine because I can't handle the side effects when my heart already feels like its pounding out of my chest. Anxiety also looks like smiling throughout the day. It also looks like having regular conversations and social interactions. It looks like being productive and accomplished. You get the idea? Having anxiety doesn't mean you're literally anxious all the time and can't function. Various situations and thoughts can trigger it. And regardless of how functional and happy you may appear and are (cus in my case I am generally happy!), it doesn't make your mental health experiences any less valid. I hate that certain experiences are made out to be one thing and if you don't fit in that box, it's not real. But hey, not everyone is a mental health expert. Some don't even cope with it and surpress their feelings with unhealthy outlets. Many still do not even believe it's real. Everyone doesn't understand mental health, but I do. I've done research on this and I got a degree on it, so you can trust me on this! I'm here to tell you, your feelings and emotions are valid. I hope you find the best healthy way to deal with all mental health challenges you face. TELL ME: What are some assumptions/stereotypes people have that really bug you? --- #mentalhealth #anxiety #miami #breakthestigma #anxietyawareness
Free trips! 𝐃𝐎𝐔𝐁𝐋𝐄 𝐓𝐀𝐏 if you love them! 🚂🚢✈🌏 4 years ago on this very day, I was packing for 2 months of my life. I got accepted to volunteer in India for a month, fully funded. And the following month I worked in Italy for a month. It was an eventful summer to say the least! I worked hard to look for these opportunities and enhance my skills. I create and actively search for meaningful experiences. You see the pictures but you don't see all the work I've done to get where I am.🌏👩🏻🎓 I don't come from wealth. My trips are paid fully on my own and through earned scholarships and grants. I've applied to more things than I can remember only to get a handful of yeses. But I'm persistent. I keep trying. All my goals are reached by completing small steps on the way. Currently, my travel goals have been put on pause. I've been traveling a lot less because I'm focusing on my academic and career goals. 👩🏻🏫📚 But sometimes I feel so impatient. I want to do everything NOW. I want to see more progress and more accomplishments quicker. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work that way. It helps to sometimes take a moment to remember a time when I wanted to be where I am now. I take a moment to appreciate how far I've come and what is yet to come. I didn't get this far to only get 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 far! TELL ME: How do you stay motivated? --- #india #fridayfunday #motivation #newdelhi
#NycBloggers: Let's connect! As some of you already know, I'm moving to NYC for grad school. @pricklyfresh and I are starting a @thebloggerunion blogger community chapter: @thenycbloggers, in New York. We will be hosting meet ups, workshops, and opportunities to grow through kind collaboration. If you're a #nycblogger or know of one comment below! 🌟 TELL ME: Are you blogger? If yes, what do you blog about? --- #nycinfluencer #pamm #miami
Many people don't know this: I'm an ambivert. Although the behaviors, thoughts, and feelings may vary person to person, being an ambivert to me means: 1. Preferring 1 on 1 hang outs over large group hang outs. 2. I won't talk over you. I do not fighting to be heard. If you cut me off or don't listen, I just won't share what I had to say. 🤷🏻♀️ 3. Wanting conversations with depth and substance. Don't get me wrong, I love chatting about all things pop culture. Yeah, I can talk about the Kardashians and share all the fun facts I learned against my will. But there needs to be more than just shallow conversation. I want conversations that are meaningful. 4. Listening and observing more than I talk. 5. My behavior is influenced by my environment and surrounding people. 6. Having a deep desire to befriend + connect with others by asking about their likes + dislikes and their passions. 7. Spending time with friends doing interactive activities like dinner, museum visit, cultural things, going to the mall. Although I do enjoy a night out but about once a month is good enough for me. Can you relate? TELL ME: I wanna know, are you an ambivert like me or an introvert or extrovert? --- #ambivert #santamaria #brasil #nycbloggers #nyctravelbloggers
6 years of stealing your fries! 🍟 and traveling the world. ✈🌏 Fun fact: @juannunez0821 and I have been dating long distance for most of our relationship. We met in community college and then transferred to different universities. Soon we'll be apart again while I attend Columbia in NYC and he studies abroad in Cairo. I'm teaming up with travel blogger @elliebearescapades to create guide on long distance relationships. More details coming soon! TELL ME: What questions do you have about long distance relationships? Have you ever been in a long distance relationship? #longdistance #miami #KennedyPark
Solo or group trips? Which one do you prefer? Let me know in the comments! A few years ago I went on a group roadtrip with my friends from Ann Arbor to Toronto. I loved the experience! Some people prefer to travel alone. Others prefer traveling with people. I like both! Ideal is a small group cus as the group gets bigger it can get kinda messy and confusing! Btw, have you checked out my latest blog post- Working Abroad and Remotely: A Guide by Travel Bloggers and Business Owners. You can read it by heading to www.trulyeli.com or just click on the link in my bio! #Canada #NiagaraFalls #travel #Toronto #waterfall
TAG someone in the comments that would wanna read this! 🌟 In this blog post you will read about female travel bloggers and business owners working abroad or remotely. We will also share show you can do it too by sharing our experiences, tips, and even links to apply to varies opportunities! Special thank you to: @glendasagenda @itssimplytasha @linaforrestal @beachbumsteffi TELL ME: What type of content would YOU like to see more of? Let me know in the comments. #travel #blog Head on over to www.trulyeli.com or click on the link in my bio to read.
1 month in India. My first summer at @uofmichigan I did a service learning program through @cgisumich I was excited to do something meaningful and give back. As most Westerners, I came in with the idea of helping others as a volunteer. Although this is what volunteers usually do, it was a little more complex than most would think. Allow me to explain. I spent nearly a month volunteering: cooking, cleaning, among other duties; to help provide 60 thousand to 100 thousand meals a day. Incredible, right? The coolest part is that not only has this been happening for over 400 years, it also is completely free and open to everyone. It's not even funded by the government which shows the incredible heart and kindness of the people involved. It was a privilege to play a small role in this but I wasn't needed. If anything, I slowed them down! I (tried to) learned to make perfectly round rotis, which seemed like a second nature to these local volunteers that spent endless hours making them. I had to observe others and ask for their help. Sometimes they had to stop me to just show me how it's done! And I, of course, was incredibly grateful to learn! Yes, I came in with this I'm-gonna-make-a-huge-change-mentality. I thought my work would be meaningful, and it was but not in the way I expected. During my time, I made meaningful interactions. I shared a piece of my culture with others. We often communicated through basic English, gestures, and smiles. I went to help but in reality they helped me. They helped me understand a different part of the world, a different cultures, and even how to make rotis (don't ask me to make you any cus mine weren't that good! Oh but I am now a master at peeling garlic thanks to this experience. I am up for a garlic peeling competition if anyone wants to challenge me! 😂)They helped see that sometimes we gain more than we give as volunteers. It helped me be less ignorant about a religion different from my own. To the volunteers out there (or aspiring volunteers): thank you for your service and remain humble! Think about what you're gaining, not only what you're giving. When was the last time you volunteered?
Work Abroad + Remotely Guide 🌟 This Friday at 12PM EST, a new guide on working abroad and remotely will go live on my blog: www.trulyeli.com! It will even include tips and application links! Special thank you to these lovely ladies for sharing their experience and tips: @beachbumsteffi @itssimplytasha @glendasagenda @linaforrestal @trulyeli (Yes, I have to thank myself too 😂) Make sure to check them out and give them a follow for travel inspo and other travel related things. 🌟 Throwback to volunteering in Brazil! TELL ME: What travel-related content would YOU like to see? What types of blogs should I share? Let me know in the comments! ⤵️ --- #kindcollaboration #blog #travel #santamaria #communityovercompetition #brazil
Let's talk about mental health. 💫 May is mental health awareness month. First we should discuss why it exists and why it matters. May was picked as the mental health awareness month in hopes of raising awareness about the importance of mental health and to stop the stigma associated with mental health. Ok, cool so why should you care? Although we've come a long way in reducing the stigmatization of mental health, there is still work to be done. Many are struggling and need to find healthy coping strategies and solutions through effective and scientifically-supported therapies and activities. Some are struggling to admit they need support. If it's impacting one person, it impacts us all directly or indirectly, believe it or not. Let's push for a healthier, happier, and more understanding society. 🌟 TELL ME: What is the best strategy to deal with mental health challenges? Here are some quick facts on mental health. Slide to view.➡️ Check out @elliebearescapades recent post on mental health (that inspired this one!) #mentalhealth #pamm #mentalhealthawareness
Just a few more days until my very much anticipated blog post! A lot of you liked the Au Pair blog post so I wanted to collab with other travel bloggers and business owners on a guide to working abroad and remotely. This Friday it will go live! If you are a travel blogger and would like to collab, DM me! Throwback to my undergrad days! I went on a roadtrip from Ann Arbor, Michigan to Toronto with some good friends. 🌟 TELL ME: When was the last time you took a roadtrip? --- #roadtrip #NiagaraFalls #travel
I'm looking forward to... completing my next blog post on working abroad + remotely! Shoutout to the awesome travel bloggers who are collaborating with me on this piece! Make sure to check them out: @beachbumsteffi @itssimplytasha @glendasagenda @linaforrestal TELL ME: Have you ever worked abroad or remotely? Would you ever like to? Throwback to me in Brazil where I started my first remote job while volunteering. 🌟 --- #santamaria #Brasil #kindcollaboration #communityovercompetition
Like saving money + travel? If yes- Double tap! When traveling I'm always on the look out for budget-friendly + meaningful experiences. Especially if it's free! And I 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 I can't be the only one! Where are my thrifty people at?! 🙋🏻♀️ I created a budget travel guide include the top free things to do in Lima! 🇵🇪 Full guide on my blog. Head on over to www.trulyeli.com for the full guide or click on my bio. I love making budget travel guides for you! What type of content would you like to see more of? Let me know in the comments! 🤗 I'd love to get your feedback on this. Shoutout to @byohlola for inspiring this carousel idea! If you love photography + fashion, make sure to check her out! --- #travelguide #lima #miraflores #peru
Don't get fat! You're too skinny, gain some weight. You need to fix yourself more and dress nicer. Wow, you're really going out dressed like that? Cover yourself! You need to settle down already, you're getting old. Wow you're too young to have kids. You're still in school? You should go to school to get a degree. We've all heard comments like these. 🤷🏻♀️ In person, on tv, or maybe we know someone who has said it. We are constantly told what to be, what not to be. To me, it seems like we are constantly getting contradicting messages. Does anyone else agree? 🙋🏻♀️ In today's society the biggest sin is to be both too much or too little of something. But here's the fun part: Their opinions don't matter! 🤷🏻♀️ Live your life to the fullest. People will say/think whatever. Who cares? Do you, boo! In honor of #selflove and #selfacceptance here's a selfie! 😜 A little throwback from my undergrad days at @uofmichigan! TELL ME: What's the weirdest negative comment you've heard? --- #annarbor #midwest #Michigan
I'm pretty excited about this! @pricklyfresh and I are starting @thebloggersunion NYC chapter! 🌟🗽 We are creating a community of NYC bloggers dedicated to growing together through kind collaborations. We will have monthly meet ups, workshops, and so much more. If you're in the NYC area, make sure to follow ➡️ @thenycbloggers ⬅️ Tag a New York Blogger in the comments below! Spread the word. Also, I'm trying to come up with a cute label for Jordan who will be creating this with me. Blogging partner? Blartner? Clearly I need your help! 😂 Drop your suggestions below and best one gwill get a shoutout. Extra points if its funny! Throwback to Santa Maria, Brazil. --- #nycbloggers #nycblogger #santamaria #visitBrazil
Are you up for this challenge? Okay so I know a lot of you may roll your eyes at this 👀 but I really love ice breakers! My favorite one is 2 truths and one lie. Every once in a while I enjoy doing this so we can get to know each other. Basically I'm going to say 2 truths and one lie about myself. You gotta figure out which is which and then it's your turn! Ready? 💫 1. I've spent at least a month in 7 different countries. 🌏 2. I hate all veggies + refuse to eat them, except corn! #sorrynotsorry 🌽 3. I have 3 college degrees and I'll have 5 by 2021. TELL ME: Which one do you think is the lie? Let me know in the comments! Now it's your turn! Join by sharing your 2 truths and one lie in the comments. Engage with others to guess theirs! Have fun! 💫 Throwback to Marrakech with the lovely, Michelle! @amp1e --- #marrakech morroco #blue #jardinmajorelle Travel on a budget even if you're broke AF! I'll show you how. Make sure to follow along for budget travel tips + tricks, travel guides, and much more. Click on my bio for more. Check out my newest blog post at: www.trulyeli.com
This made me rethink 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨! Everyone wants to be brave but no one wants to be vulnerable - @BreneBrown Recently I watched a documentary on @netflix, 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘰 𝘊𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘦. Brown talked about bravery only existing in the presence of vulnerability. And then I started thinking of a time when I was brave but not vulnerable and it doesn't exist. And yet, my biggest accomplishment are times I was vulnerable. Times I was scared, judged, and criticized by friends, family, strangers. Now I'm about to start a new chapter and y'all I am 𝘚𝘊𝘈𝘙𝘌𝘋. I'm starting grad school soon at an ivy league and all these questions have begun to arise. Am I good enough? Am I smart enough? Do I really deserve this? Can I handle it? I know deep down the answer is yes! But dealing with the #Impostersyndrome, the uncertainty, challenges, and insecurities, make me scared of this experience. I am excited and remind myself that this is a part of being brave and yes it may be scary now but aren't all great experience a little scary? Or is that only applicable in my life? 😜 Is there something really scary that you wanna do? Let me know in the comments! Also, can you think of a time you were brave & vulnerable? --- #wynwoodwalls #wynwood #thecalltocourage #Frida
If it's FREE it's for me. ❣🤷🏻♀️ Those who know me, know I'm cheap. I like to think of it as being smart with money. 🤑 What can I say- I work hard for my money and I like to make my money last. 💰 When looking for free/cheap things to do in my city I turn to my best friend, Google. 😉 Here in Miami we have free entrances to all major museums, beaches, free drinks (nearly free night for ladies), and even free entrance to galleries and murals like this one! Should I make a blog post sharing the best free things to do in Miami? 🤔 Throwback to a frugal Miami adventure with @glendasagenda and @lake_lin! 💫 TELL ME: What's your favorite activity? --- #visitmiami #wynwood #wynwoodwalls
SEX , DRUGS, & FIGHTS Now that I've gotten your attention... I hope that one day you find yourself so deep in selflove that you never doubt yourself again. I hope you find the courage to fully and unapologetically pursue your wildest dreams. I hope your social circle becomes full of people who lift you up, love + support you unconditionally. TELL ME: What's your wildest dreams? Be fearless and share proudly! --- #Miami #PAMM #Florida #selflove
I am ashamed of some of the things I've done, thought, and said when I didn't know any better. I've been ignorant and I've been naive. Through the years I've gotten many life lessons and knowledge but this does not except me from still making mistakes today. And this is true for you too! By all means, kindly call people out when they make mistakes. Tell people when they're being disrespectful. Tell people when they're hurting you. But do not freeze people in time. Keep them out of a box. People can change, evolve, grow. Let them. TELL ME: What's the most important life lesson you've learned and wished more people knew? Throwback to Santa Maria, Brazil! --- #santamaria #brazil #volunteerabroad
You can't travel + be broke. 🤷🏻♀️ Or at least that's what most people believe. Here's the truth: to travel on a budget you gotta be resourceful, do your research, and plan ahead. That's it, in a nutshell. No one believes it's possible until it's done. And it's been done for years. Wanna know the best part? Today its easier than ever! I've created free guides on how to travel on a budget on my site: www.trulyeli.com I shared my secrets to budget travel, a guide to working abroad, and even city travel guides. All for you, all for free. You're welcome. 🙂 For easy access head on over to the link in my bio. TELL ME: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Throwback to Barcelona with @glendasagenda --- #visitbarcelona #spain #ArcdeTriomf
Budget travel secrets! ✈🌏 I've shared my top budget travel secrets up on my site! For easy access you can click on the link in my bio and select Top Budget Travel Secrets. ❣ I've been working on my site! I'd love some feedback. Let me know what you think. Head on over to www.trulyeli.com Here's a throwback to my visit to Santa Maria, Brazil! I was there last fall volunteering at a local school teaching students about international social issues and how to address them. TELL ME: What's a social issue you feel passionate about? Let me know in the comments. 💫 --- #SantaMaria #Brazil #blueinmyfeed #visitBrazil
I studied abroad 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 year while in college with scholarships. ✈🌏 My last semester I decided to finish my degree in Paris, studying French literature. 📖📚 I wanna know: are there any students wanting to study abroad? TELL ME: What are some questions or concerns you have regarding study abroad? Let me know in the comments. ❣ I plan on using these questions to address them in future blog posts. Throwback to my visit to Marrakech, Morocco, while studying abroad in France. (It was cheaper and easier to visit from France) --- #blue #marrakesh #maroc #jardinmajorelle
We're all busy. And that's the truth. Or at least we like to say we're busy. But how much time do you spend scrolling through social media? How much time do you spend binge watching tv? Are you being intentional and smart with your time? As we enter adulthood everyone's new favorite answer to How are you? is I'm good, busy or something along those lines. Who can relate? 🙋🏻♀️ Here's the thing - we all get 24 hours in a day. We all decide how we spend our time. So next time you say/think I'm busy think of how you're 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 using that time. I want to take this opportunity to thank my busy friends for making time for our friendship! 😜 Throwback to a time @glendasagenda, @lake_lin and I hung out and made time for friendship during our busy lives. TELL ME: How do you spend your busy life? Are you good at time management? --- #everysquareastory #photosinbetween #instavacations #instavacay #worldwonder #blogtravel #travelmakesmehappy #happytraveller #latinablogger #hispanicblogger #bayside #baysidemarketplace #miami #visitmiami #downtownmiami
You 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥𝘯'𝘵 travel alone* if: -You are disrespectful to other people and cultures -You don't want to learn -You don't want to -You like to judge & criticize -Aren't willing to respect the norms -Aren't willing to take precautions *applies to all travel actually. The world is shared. As travelers we are merely visitors in other countries. TELL ME: What are some reasons you think someone shouldn't travel? Throwback to Lima, fall 2018. This was during my first trip to South America. I traveled there alone. This picture was taken in Kennedy Park aka the cat park 🐱 which also has these cool statues. Lima is filled with art! Highly recommend. If you're thinking of visiting, check out my Top Free Things to do in Lima post on my blog - www.trulyeli.com --- #WomenWhoExplore #WomenWhoTravel #sundayblogshare #sundayread #sundayvibes #ihavethisthingwithtravel #hellocolor #colorhunters #colorlove #colorsplash
These words are powerful. Words used to compliment. Words used to express love, gratitude, forgiveness. Words of affirmation. We often forget how much power we carry. On any day we have the power to change someone's day. We can make someone's day any day and everyday. Read that again. Recently I shared some ugly words I've been told but today I wanna share words that made my day. I'm proud of you. You inspire me to be a better person. You've grown so much. You sound so confident. You're a blessing to me. You have such a gift with words I can tell you've put a lot of effort into this What you do means so much to me. You've made an impact in my life. Thank you, you've made me feel so much better. These are words I've heard from acquaintances, students, friends, coworkers. Today, I encourage you to use that power for good by saying something nice to someone you care. If you're a #starwarsfan you can use it as a #Mayfourth challenge, maybe? Look I'm gonna be honest, I haven't watched the movies. But is the May the force be with you a reference to power? Lol, asking for a friend! Hopefully this wasn't a big fail. I tried. 😜 TELL ME: What's the kindest thing someone has said to you? Let me know in the comments! #traveltips #travelwithme #travelwriter #dametraveler #darlingescapes #explorerbabes #femaletravel #femmetravel #girlaroundtheworld #girlsabroad #girlsborntotravel
I want to be transparent with you. I have some dreams that are pretty out there. I have goals that are challenging to achieve. And yes, I am so grateful for all the support I've gotten from some family members and close friends. But not everyone is that way. Although I get a lot of support, I also get negative comments, as well. Why do you travel to those countries? You're gonna get killed Don't apply anywhere, no one will accept you Why do you even wanna go to school? You're getting old. That's a waste of time You need to settle down already You shouldn't go to school These are the types of comments I get constantly, mostly from people I've known for years, people who are close to me. I wanted to share this with you to show the other side of being ambitious and goal-oriented. The point is: no matter how sucessful you are, no matter how great your dreams + goals are, you will ALWAYS get negative comments. 🤷🏻♀️ And guess what you should do about it: NOTHING. 🙅🏻♀️ Ignore them! Some people will never get it. No need to explain yourself or your goals. Those who truly love you and support you will get it. That's all that matters. Do you! Go after your dreams! 💫 TAG someone that needs to hear this right now! TELL ME: Share a comment you've gotten from a hater below. 😜 --- #amazingdestination #wandertheworld #travelnowlifelater #travelpassport #travelpassion #fridayfeeling #fortmyersbeach #matanzaspasspreserve #fortmyers #fridayfunday#timeoutsociety #girlmeetsglobe #girlbosstravelnation #girlsjustwannatravel #matanzaspreserve
Unpopular opinion: I LOVE school & I think it's great! No, seriously, I do! I always sit by the front and participate. I love going to class early and learning something new everyday. And even on my time off, the learning continues- I enjoy doing workshops, webinars, online classes. And DON'T even get me started on color coding my notes! DOUBLE TAP if you do this too! Yes, I'm kind of a nerd. 🤓 It's been nearly 2 years since I got my BA in Psychology and French Literature. I've been yearning to go back! I'm pretty excited to start my graduate studies this fall. I'm a forever student. whether its in or out of the classroom, I'm always looking for an opportunity to grow + learn, both intellectually and mentally. You're never too old, too wise, or too smart to learn something new. 🌟 Where are my nerds at? 🙋🏻♀️🙆🏻♀️ TELL ME: What were you like as a student? Throwback to Siox City, Iowa! 🌽🐄 --- #iowa #siouxcity #TravelingLadies, #Worlderlust #TravelAwesome #ExploringTheGlobe #CNTraveler #TravelDames #mytravelcollaborative #obsesswithtravel #goaldigger #midwest
If you think the world is out to get you, that's all you'll ever see. You'll notice the negatives and it will magnify in your brain. You'll read into things that aren't really there. And when good things happen, you'll interpret it as an exception and call it a coincidence or luck. Here's the beauty to it: your mindset will change everything. Accepting and searching for good things in your life will open doors to greater things. If you truly believe it's even possible, you're already half way there. Why? Because you're open to the opportunity and potentially seeking it. TELL ME: Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Let me know in the comments. ❣ Throwback to my last trip with BFF @yenybaybee! PC: Myself using an a timer. 😂😜📸 --- #rei1440project #SoloTravels, #wednesdayvibes #fortmyers #wednesdaythoughts #bloggerlatina #blogueras #instaviajeros #viajandoando #bosschicasglobal #igerstravel #fortmyersbeach #fortmyerspier #pier
To those who feel pressure when seeing others achieving great things and feel bad for not completing X thing (be it a degree, buying a house/car, getting married or something else) remember - progress is progress. No matter how slow or fast you achieve whatever you set your mind to, it doesn't matter. What matters is that you're putting work into your dreams. Moving in the right directly slowly is better than not moving at all. Tag someone who needs to read this right now. 😍 ❤ DOUBLE TAP if you agree! ❤ TELL ME: What's one accomplishment you're proud of and what's your next goal? PC: @juannunez0821 --- #bloggervibes #bloggerslife #santodomingo #blogginggals #travelplans #wanderlife #wanderlustlife #wanderfar #wanderoften #travelphotograph #zonacolonial #visitdominicanrepublic
Social media is a lie Social media causes depression Social media is a waste of time Social media is what you make it. Be intentional with who you allow into your life. Follow people who move you. Follow people who inspire you. Follow people who push you to be a better person. Follow people who encourage you and celebrate your small accomplishments. It's a tool we use to connect with people. Use it to add to your life, not drain. TELL ME: Does your social media network bring you joy or add positivity? --- #ForbesTravelGuide #BBCTravel #motivationmonday #mondayblues #thegirlgang #peoplescreative #thehappynow #girlaroundworld #thetravelwomen #ladiesgoneglobal #globelletravels #girlslovetravel #theprettycities #fortmyers #visitfortmyers #fortmyersbeach
Are you ANNOYED of seeing all these people on social media traveling while you're sitting at home waiting to achieve your travel goals? I HEAR YOU! But here's the thing - YOU can make it happen and my blog can help you. ❣ What's stopping you, money? Travel can be affordable and sometimes free! You gotta work? There are jobs that are abroad and remote! Are you scared? I got tips and guides for that too. All this and more on my blog. www.trulyeli.com Make sure to subscribe to stay up to date on freebies, guides, and blog posts. Tell me: What's stopping you from traveling? --- #WomenWhoExplore, #WomenWhoTravel #sundayblogshare #sundayread #sundayvibes #ihavethisthingwithtravel #hellocolor #cusco #visitPeru
As promised, a guide to working abroad! I'm working on exciting content for you! Keep reading. ❣ I just created and shared my lastest guide on my blog about how to become an au pair & why you should become one. Link in bio. 😁 Next month I'm working with other bloggers so they can share their experiences on working abroad and/or remotely. Including video editing, teaching, social media management, and more. The coolest part is I'll be including links to applications and other job suggestions, as well. Head on over to www.trulyeli.com for the latests on working abroad and traveling for cheap. Make sure to subscribe to stay up to date! TELL ME: What types of blog posts would YOU like to see? Let me know in the comments.
I get jealous. I get envious. I can be judgemental and critical. 🤦🏻♀️ But it usually comes down to one thing: they have something I want. Maybe its their self confidence. Or their really cool job. Sometimes it's their sucess. 🤷🏻♀️ It's the truth. It's easy to fee this way when you only see one side of the story. We don't know their struggles. We only see sucess but never the hard work. 🤔 Do you crave their hard work? Do you hope for their struggle? It's usually a packaged deal - you want it, you gotta work for it. If you're feeling a little overwhelmed and unmotivated, remember the road to success gets kinda bumpy. Don't give up, try harder. 🌟 TELL ME: What's something you achieve that you never thought would be possible? Throwback to my trip to Fort Myers with @yenybaybee ! --- #travelphotooftheday #travelwithlove #letsflyawayto #travelbible #traveldaily #discover_earthpix #mondayfunday #liveunscripted #abmlifeisbeautiful #amblifeissweet #dametraveler #sheisnotlost #wearetravelgirls #fortmyers #fortmyersbeach #visitfortmyers
If YOU don't make time for yourself, your mind + body will! DOUBLE TAP if you're a hardworker who sometimes forgets to make some me time. 🙋🏻♀️ I'm so guilty of this! I have all these goals and dreams that sometimes I over work myself and don't make time for me. And usually that doesn't end well. 🤦🏻♀️ I have to constantly remind myself to make my overall health my priority. TELL ME: What do you do during your me time? Throwback to my last trip outside of the US! PC: @juannunez0821 --- #yellowinmyfeed #santiago #visitsantiago #fortalezaSanLuis #wanderxwonder #travelnation #placesoftheworld #placestotravel #bbctravels #viajarporelmundo #viajaresvida
You call me an optimist, call me crazy even, for believing that you can have it all. DOUBLE TAP if you agree! ❤ Now this doesn't mean all is perfect. It just means our all goals and dreams are attainable.The limitations are set by ourselves. So yeah, maybe you gotta work your butt of for years. Or spend 12 years pursuing that degree. Or perhaps you gotta fail 10 times before you actually get your first win. Hey - I could be wrong. And I could be right. Doesn't hurt to try, right? The only way to find out is by actually pursuing those dreams. So far, so good. 😁 TELL ME: Do YOU think you can have it all? --- #travelthroughtheworld #travelingplanet #travelingworld #traveltheworldwithme #travelingislife #travelingsoul #chattycaptioncommunity #pinkinmyfeed #sunrise #sunset #cybercorner
I'M MOVING! Soon I'm saying See ya l8r to Miami for at least 2 years. It might be longer, don't know yet! I'm moving to NYC in August. I am looking to connect with NYC blogger to connect with and suggestions for things to do there. If know an NYC blogger, tag them below! If you are an NYC blogger, say hi in the comments! TELL ME: What are some MUST-DOs in NYC? I'm open to recommendations for things to do, places to see, food, anything! --- #livefolk #globeshotz #stayandwander #hello_worldpics #exploretocreate #travelingthroughtheworld #freedomtower #miami #yellowinmyfeed #weareoutlatinas #miamiphotographer #nycbloggers #NYCblogger #NYCtravelblogger #newyorkcityblogger #newyorkcitytravelblogger
🌟 𝐂𝐀𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝐓𝐇𝐈𝐒 🌟 I'll post the best caption in my story. 😆 Throwback to a recent trip to Fort Myers with my bestie @yenybaybee --- #passiontravel #travelpicsdaily #travelingfoodie #wanderings #wanderfull #wanderlost #holdthemoments #dreamersanddoers #lovetheworld #galswhotravel #floridablogger #canonphotography #florida #fortmyers
Want to work 𝘢𝘣𝘳𝘰𝘢𝘥?! Yes? KEEP READING! As some of you know, I moved to France after high school. I was just a teen! This experience allowed me learn, grow, and explore. And now I'm sharing why YOU should do it to and how to do it! Check out my latest blog on www.trulyeli.com OR click the link in my bio. ❤ Is there something I should blog about regarding travel, studying abroad, working abroad, etc?- let me know in the comments! 😁 These feet have traveled more cities than I can remember. 🌏 And now I wanna help others achieve their travel goals, as well. Here's a shot from this week while shooting with @bluechalkmedia at @azucaricecream! --- #fromabove #insearchofjoy #pursuewhatislovely #visualcrush #seekthesimplicity #oneofthebunch #femaletravelbloggers #colorcolourlovers #meettheworld #gogirlsguide
𝐃𝐨𝐧'𝐭 𝐛𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐝. The media will paint a one-side picture for you. Why? Fear sells. Catastrophe sells. Violence sells. The media will have you think you CAN'T travel alone as a woman. Media will feed into your fear and convince you some places are too dangerous to visit. The media will have you thinking Notre Dame is completely destroyed (slide to read more). Here's the thing - we need to be aware and educated on current event. The media is NOT our enemy but we need to be careful with what sources we listen to and believe. We have to find a balance and do some research. I've traveled around the world and back. There are precautions and steps I must take to make travel as fun and safe as possible. There are higher risks and ways to combat them. Throwback to Lima! 💫 TELL ME: What's the craziest news you've ever heard (truth or not)? --- #momentsofmine #postcardsfromtheworld #photographyislifee #getoutstayout #flashesofdelight #pursuepretty #takemethere #openmyworld #wheretofindme #roamingwomen #pangeadreams #lima #visitPeru #explorePeru #NotreDame #media #igerslima #sunset #miraflores #parquedelamor
I was scared but I jumped. I jumped at the opportunity to explore. I took a chance and traveled to South America alone. And volunteered in Brazil for 6 weeks, as well. I was scared and yet I was sucessful. I feared failure but I pushed through and got my degree. I was scared I wasn't good enough. But I got accepted to my dream grad school anyways. I was scared that I would sound silly on IG and people wouldn't read/look at my stuff. But I got 3k+ within my first year and I have 70+ subscribers to my blog. I must be doing something right.🤷🏻♀️ Don't let fear hold you back. If you're scared, do it anyways! Jump! TELL ME: What's something that scares you? How you ever pursued something you were scared of? --- #everysquareastory #photosinbetween #instavacations #instavacay #worldwonder #blogtravel #travelmakesmehappy #happytraveller #floridablogger #latinablogger #hispanicblogger #BasílicayConventodeSanFranciscodeLima #Basílicayconvento #lima #yellowinmyfeed #perutravel #limatravel #visitperu #visitlima
I'm going to be really honest with you- sometimes I want to GIVE UP! I ask myself a bunch of questions like: What's the point? Who actually cares? Does this sound familiar? Well, KEEP ON READING cus this one is for you! ❤ BUT here's the deal - maybe out of every 20 people, 5 care. And those are FIVE people who support and encourage. Those are people who look forward to my post and show support via follows + likes + kind comments. AND more importantly, these may be the 5 people who read my tricks and tips on budget travel (link in bio). So if I help at least 5 people, then it's worth it. 💫 So hey, next time you're wondering if your story or guidance is worth sharing - think about those 5 people. TELL ME: Who has been the most supportive person in your life? Go the extra mile and tag them + show them your gratitude. PC: @juannunez0821 --- #WomenWhoExplore, #WomenWhoTravel #sundayblogshare #sundayread #sundayvibes #ihavethisthingwithtravel #hellocolor #ihavethisthingwithpink #pinkinmyfeed #pinkeverything #pink #pinkfeed #santodomingo #visitsantodomingo #republicadominicana #museodelaporcelana #zonacolonial
Hey, who are you?! It's not all about numbers, it's about community + support. 💫 DOUBLE TAP if you agree! I want a take a moment to get to know each other better. So I'm inviting you to introduce yourself in the comments! And say hello to others. ❤ And if you're intrigued, start a conversation, follow each other. TELL ME: Who you are and what you're passionate about. 👈🏻 Everyone is invited to join the conversation- students, bloggers, business owners, everyone. --- #kindcollaboration #miamiinfluencer #miamiblogger #miamitravelblogger #amazingdestination #wandertheworld #travelnowlifelater #travelpassport #travelpassion #fridayfeeling #Czechrepublic #visitczechrepublic #fridayfunday#timeoutsociety #girlmeetsglobe #girlbosstravelnation #girlsjustwannatravel #Prague #visitprague
One day you're waking up to work in Miami the next day you could be waking up in Marrakech to explore the city. 🌍❤ You never truly know where this life will take you. But one way to fail at achieving your dreams is not trying at all. So if you're looking for a sign, this is it! Apply for that job! Move to that country! Follow your heart! Recently, I was reflecting back on my long term goals from 10-5 years ago. And guess what - I've achieved them all! It took planning, dedication, time, AND actually pursuing them. It's not always easy, but if it bring you joy + happiness, it's always worth it. 💫 DREAM BIG! WORK HARD! 😍 TELL ME: What's a goal you hope to achieve in 5-10 years? Throwback to Marrakech. --- #ontheblogtoday #instablogger #bloglife #TheGlobeWanderer #LonelyPlanet #TravelDeeper #TravelStoke #ABMTravelBug #goalgetter #creativetocultivate #marrakech #marrakesh #maroc #Morocco
Surround yourself with kind, loving, positive people who push you to be your best self! 💫 We've shared laughs, books, our love for the Sims, and experiences. Over several years my best friend Yeny and I have lived far away but our friendship knows no distance. ❤ TAG your bestie in the comments! Thank you for always being there for me when I wanted to rant about celebrity drama and why it's so ridiculous (oh, the irony) or when I needed someone to make me feel like my dreams weren't silly. Thanks for always making things fun! To more years of friendship and trips! 🥂 May we become be the cool old lady besties we have always aspired to be. 😂 TELL ME: Who's your bestfriend and why? --- #fromabove #insearchofjoy #pursuewhatislovely #visualcrush #seekthesimplicity #oneofthebunch #femaletravelbloggers #colorcolourlovers #meettheworld #gogirlsguide #friendswhotravel #bestie #bestfriend #yellow
STOP asking yourself if you're good enough for THEM and start asking yourself if they're good enough for YOU! This applies to friendships, relationships, all the ships! ⛴ As I've gotten older I've learned to value my time more. And I refuse to waste my time with bonds that aren't worth it. If you're not adding positivity, support, encouragement, and/or joy then you don't deserve my time. 🤷🏻♀️ @juannunez0821 took this picture. I guess he'll stay in my life cus the picture is pretty good. You can stay. 😂 TELL ME: Are you selective with your social network? --- #inspiremyinstagram #theeverygirl #NatGeoTravel #NatGeoYourShot #GuardianTravelSnaps #tuesdaythoughts #tuesdaytips #blogeralatina #viajera #viajeros #blogera #friendship #friends #dominicanrepublic #Dominicanrepublictravel #visitsantodomingo #santodomingo #Palacio Nacional #PresidenciadelaRepúblicaDominicana
I don't always toot my own horn but... TOOT TOOT 🚂 Today I am taking a moment to take it all in. I'm reflecting on my accomplishments and all the obstacles I've overcome. Honestly, I didn't think I would get this far. 💫 I often share when I am feeling low and vulnerable but lately I've been feeling pretty powerful and capable! I've accomplished many of my dreams - getting my bachelor's degree (pscyh + French), traveling (31 countries and counting!), & my most recent accomplishment: getting accepted to my dream grad school. ❤😍 Getting accepted to @Columbia's grad school is no small feat! It's within the top 10 unis in the world and top programs in the country. But none of this would mean anything if I don't use these experiences and accomplishments to help others achieve their goals as well! 😁 I'll take some time to reflect on ways I can provide guidance + help to aspiring travelers and students. I'm really excited for this new chapter! TELL ME: What's one accomplishment you're proud of? Taken by @juannunez0821 --- #tblogger #thattravelblog #travelpreneur #responsibletravel #seekmoments #TLPicks #ontheblog #bloggergirl #PassionPassport #BeautifulDestinations #BestInTravel #mondaymotivation #columbia #santodomingo #zonacolonial #columbiagradstudent #gradstudent #columbiagraduatestudent
Unpopular opinion: You can take lots of pictures and be in the moment. Time and time again I see people criticizing others for taking too many pictures. But they seem to be completely ignoring the reason and purpose. For some people photography + instagram is their artistic outlet. Some use it for their business and job. To others social platforms like IG are their main source of socialization or connecting with others. It could even be used as a way to improve mental health also. 💫Let people enjoy the little things💫 Here's how I see it, as long as your actions are not hurting anyone or being toxic- DO whatever makes you happy! If its spending a weekend taking pictures- do it! If its spending hours chatting with your friends online- do it! If its spending months curating your IG for your business- do it! There is plenty of good on this little platform - add to it! ❤ TELL ME: What's one cool thing IG has allowed you to do? 😁 throwback to 2014! --- #explorehelsinki #helsinki #visithelsinki #uspenskicathedral #cybercorner #citizenfemme #girldiscoverers #girlvsglobe #chattycaptioncommunity #travellikeagirl
Thinking about saying screw it and moving to Europe. No, really! For those who know me personally - you KNOW I'm not all talk, I take action. Here's the deal: I've been not so happy with my current situation. And I'm about to start grad school this fall. So should I just work abroad and travel before making that big commitment? Here's what I'm thinking: finding a job in Italy for about 3 months, traveling, and than coming back home for graduate school. Now, does that sound crazy or awesome? Sounds pretty good to me! HELP ME DECIDE! Are you team #screwit move to Italy OR team #LameStay? I wanna hear from you! I'm totally serious. 😂Let me know in the comments and explain your perspective. PC: @Juannunez0821 --- #communityovercompetition #visitdominicanrepublic #exploresantiago #Dominicanrepublic #latinatravelblogger #cybercorner #createeveryday #blogwithme #miamiinfluencer #chattycaptioncommunity #microinfluencer #fortalezasanluis
I'm not trying to be a basic bxxxh traveler 🤷🏻♀️ When I travel I try my best to be respectful of the people + culture. I remind myself that I am a visitor in THEIR home. I cannot travel close minded and compare everything. No one culture or country is superior. 💫 I also enjoy learning and exploring museums like this one - Huaca Pucllana. Its a adobe and clay pyramid located in the Miraflores district of central Lima, Peru, built from seven staggered platforms and cost less than $3. 😍 TELL ME: Have you been to Lima? Should I do a budget traveler's guide on the cities I've visited? Drop city suggestions in the comments! --- #HuacaPucllana #Miraflores #visitmiraflores #exploreLima #miamiinfluencer #frugalTravels #latinablogger #latinatraveler #solofemaletraveler #cybercorner #igerslima
Do you feel like no one listening? Yeah, me too. Sometimes I feel like giving up. I wonder what's the point in this? But then I get the sweetest little messages + comments of encouragement from strangers and friends and it makes it all worth it. Its easy to feel like we're just yelling into the void to never be heard. But I promise you there are people on here that are reading + listening in silence. And if you're ever in need of a friend to hear you out and support you - HEY! I'm right here! 🙋🏻♀️ and here's the best part- I'm NOT the only one! Me and other lovely supportive people just waiting to spam you with all the support and encouragement for those not so good days. Keep showing up and sharing your life & messages! We are here on the other side of the screen cheering you on! TELL ME: Does this sound familiar? What's the best way to stay motivated? Special shoutout to some pretty cool women with whom I've connected and have shown me some awesome support + encouragement recently! Make sure you check them out: @elliebearescapades @diana.janisbel @queserasahra @anythingbutsaladblog @ojosextranjeros
How to be a good friend in 2019 💕 1. Communicate 🗣 You can't talk right now? You need some space? Something made you upset? Let them know. No one can read your mind. Make sure you're using your communications skills to share. 2. Support + encourage 🎉 Hype them up! Push them towards their goals and dreams. 💫 3. Listen👂🏻 Listen more than you speak. Don't just have conversations to hear yourself talk. Try to actively listen and understand what people are saying first. 4. Check in 🙋🏻♀️ Reach out to your friend every now and then just to say hello and see how they are doing. Remember your time is not more valuable than anyone else's. Everyone is busy and everyone has 24 hours in a day. 🤷🏻♀️ BONUS TIP: I love using technology to stay connected. I often send rants + updates on snapchat or other social media platforms through video and audio. It's not that often that you're available for a chat, but by sending audios and videos, they can stay connected regardless of schedules. 💕 Is there something I left out? Drop suggestions in the comments! Have you been a good friendly lately? #london #england #bigben
Caption this 💫 This weekend I've been sick. 🤧 So not a lot of exciting things for me last weekend. How was your weekend? --- #travelingcreators #speechlessplaces #globetrotter #mybudgettravel #beach #visitflorida #inspiringtravelwomen #southbeach #thetravelingvacation #lonelyplanet #mylpguide #IAmatraveler #natgeotravel #ladiesgoneglobal #gogirlguides #pinkinfeed #ihaveathingwithcolor #ihaveathingwithpink #miamiinfluencer #visitmiami #miami #beachvibes
In 2019, we are building each other up! 🌻💛 This is me on my way to sign up to be YOUR hype woman, yes! This year I'm committed to be more supportive to those around me and on the IG community. I'm so tired of hearing/seeing people tear each other down. We need more love + support. 😍 Who's with me? Give me a heck yes I'm with you! in the comments if wanna be a little more supportive and kind this 2019. HELP ME OUT! In the comments share something you're proud of or a scary goal you have so I can go on there and HYPE YOU UP! 💫 Feel free to join and show your support to others in the comments. PC: @muttaqeey or @juannunez0821 idk
I'm not just lucky, I'm privileged. I think as we grow and understand who we are and our place in the world, it's important to reflect on our identities. We have to think about how those identities impact our experiences. Yes, its a little bit of luck & a lot hard work but I'd be wrong to dismiss my privilege and it's role in my travels and education. These privileges include: being a fair-skinned Latina, abled-bodied, and even my American passport. EVERYONE has privilege, of one form or another. I often think of all the disadvantages and obstacles I've faced but today I wanted to think of all the advantages I was simply born with and did not have to work for. Personally, I can travel to most countries without any additional visas, which has played a role in visiting 30 countries. (Yes, some required visas too but some did not). As a fair Latina, I get more representation in the Latinx than others, which helps find role models and envision myself in a positive light. Being able-bodies has made things easier for me everywhere I go because for the most part, the world caters to abled people and their needs. This means I can easily access public bathrooms, use any public transportation without any concern, etc. BE HONEST + TELL ME: What's a privilege you have? Go a step further if you'd like and tell me how that priviledge has given you an advantage! I can help you figure it out if you'd like. PC: @juannunez0821 --- #privilege #diversity #yellowinmyfeed #yellow #livecolorfully #love #selfgrowth #hellocolor #santodomingo #Dominicanrepublic #republicadominicana #zonacolonial
I may not be the prettiest or the smartest in the room. But I always try to be kindest and hardest working person everywhere I go. 💫 In a world with so much hate and be negativity, aim for kindness. Aim to truly listen to others. Aim to not make everything about yourself. Listen more, talk less. TELL ME: What's something kind you've done or would like to do? PC: @juannunez0821
Here's the truth about traveling that no one seems to talk about. Traveling won't solve your problems. YUP, it's true. Getting away from your hometown isn't the solution. Your problems go with you wherever you go. Sure, it may bring you some temporary joy but eventually you'll snap back into reality. Before you decide to travel to get away from it all make sure you prioritize your mental health. Make sure you found healthy ways to resolve your issues. Don't put your problems on pause, face them head-on. Sometimes there just isn't a quick fix. 🤷🏻♀️ But hey, that's life! TELL ME: So, what do you think? Let me know in the comments? Am I completely off 🚫 or spot on? 🎯 --- #communityovercompetition #entrepreneurslife #entrepreneurspirit #petitejoys #yellowinmyfeed #ihavethisthingwithcolor #dominicanrepublic #visitlavega #lavega #republicadominicana #cybercorner #theeverygirl #ThatsDarling #throwbackthursday #justbehue #colorventures #girldiscoverers #miamiinfluencer #miamiliving #miamiblogger #shinnyhappybloggers #latinatraveler #femaletravelerbloggers #latinablogger #floridablogger
Can you be christian AND support social issues? I know, touchy subject! But its important to talk about. I've been having an internal battle balancing my strong support in social issues and christianity. I believe everyone has a right to the pursuit of happiness, whatever it may be, as long as they're not hurting others. Am I the only one who feels this way? So here's the deal: At its core all religions are about being good people. Thats truly all that matters to - being a good person. If you're a good person, we can be friends. Regardless of your religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity. Double tap if you agree! Also - I don't think christianity is the right religion. In fact, I don't think there is one. I don't think we have the right to tell people what they should believe or which religion is the right one. 🤷🏻♀️ No one religion is superior. TELL ME: Can you be christian (or a member of any other religion) AND support social issues? How do you find the right way to be both? --- #miamiblogger #pinkinmyfeed #discoverunder10k #discoverunder100k #lavega #cybercorner #Dominicanrepublic #thatsdarling #ihaveathingwithpink #communityovercompetition #hellocolor #instagrammable #femaletravelbloggers #getbusyliving #colorcolourlovers #floridablogger #prettylittleiiinspo #miamilifestyle #solovelysofree #thesparklediaries #iamtheeverygirl #latinablogger #latinaabroad #christian #christianblogger #socialjustice #thesehappysquares #femaletraveler #femmetravel #visitdominicanrepublic
Hope we don't break up cus this is gonna be awkward later. 😂 13 countries and nearly 6 years later, still my best friend & favorite travel buddy. ✈🌏 Sorry @glendasagenda Guess you're a close second. 🤷🏻♀️ TELL ME: If you've traveled - who's your favorite travel buddy? If you haven't - who would you like to visit with? PC: @muttaqeey --- #miamiblogger #miamiinfluencer #latinablogger #gtllove #globelletravels #pangeadreams #travelblogger #roamingwomen #femmetravel #dametravel #traveldreamseekers #dametraveler #IamATraveler #wearetravelgirls #sheisnotlost #ladiesgoneglobal #thetravelwomen #sidewalkerdaily #darlingescapes #citizenfemme #thewanderingtourist #girlsthatwander #mytinyatlas #passionpassport #tlpicks #wheretofindme #miamitravelblogger #mybudgettravel #pursuepretty #darlingdaily ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I didn't think it was possible until I started doing it. 31 countries later and I still love traveling on a budget. ❤ I've done it at all- traveled while being a full time student, full time student + job, studied abroad, worked abroad. 💫 I've been considering sharing more guides on my blog and perhaps even starting a youtube. But I need YOUR help! Tell me what would you like me to make blogs + videos about. I wanna hear from you! Let me know in the comments! As always your comments + likes are appreciated. It helps to build this lovely community & encourages me to continue. Hope you have a wonderful week. 💛 Here's a throwback from my visit to German while I was working in Europe at just 19! --- #communityovercompetition #BerlinerDom #berlincathedral #churchgram #prettylittlething #architecture #photosinbetween #theeverygirl #contentcreator #cybercorner #pursuepretty #floridablogger #deutschland #germany
I'm pretty excited and nervous about this! But its time to share... This fall I'm going back to school for my grad degree! Yup! Sometime around September/August I'll be moving somewhere in the US. My goal is to improve access to education. Let's face it- the educatinal systems need huge improvements! So I want to do my part and make a positive impact. I'll be deciding which graduate program/uni in April. Talking about universities... here's Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino (or University of Saint Thomas Aquinas) in present-day Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic). It was the first university in the New World. Founded as a seminary for Roman Catholic monks of the Dominican Order in 1518, it was made a university by a papal bill on October 28, 1538. Pretty cool, eh? TELL ME: What's your favorite memory from your school days? PC: @juannunez0821 --- #UniversidadSantoTomásdeAquino #orangeinmyfeed #ihavethisthingwithcolor #santodomingo #colormehappy #history #republicadominicana #floridablogger #latinainfluencer #theeverygirl #igersMiami #discoverunder10k #nothingisordinary #latinablogger #postitfortheaesthetics #UniversityofSaintThomasAquinas
What brings you joy? For me it's travel, service, and learning. 💫 Throwback to DR. I'd rather be traveling but here I am in Miami writing this post. 😂 Who can relate? 🙋🏻♀️ --- #purpleinmyfeed #purple #prettylittleiiinspo #farocolon #columbuslighthouse #miamiinfluencer #microblogger #southfloridablogger #latinaabroad #latinatraveler #Dominicanrepublic #exploretocreate #santodomingo #visitsantodomingo #colorventures #budgettravelblogger #budgetblogger
Is there a wrong way to travel? Through my travels, social interactions, and education I've learned there are plenty of things one can do wrong. Most I learned the hard way. 😂 But hey, we're all learning and growing everyday, right? Learning, growing, chasing dreams, that's what it's all about. 💫 A common dream/goal I hear often is travel. Don't believe me? Try it! Ask someone what their goals/dreams are and more times than not they will say travel. And perhaps during those travels, you may ask yourself Is there a wrong way to travel? Let's talk about it! I want to know, what do you think? Is there a wrong way to travel? Share your thoughts in the comments and tag a traveler to invite them to the conversation! --- #sanjuan #riosanjuan #Dominicanrepublic #visitdominicanrepublic #TravelLifeBC #femaletravel #girlsdreamtravel #ladieswhotravel #latinaabroad #latinaswhotravel #latinaslovetravel #travellatina #mybudgettravel #weareoutlatinas #girlsthatwander #travelinladies #miamiblogger #miamiphotographer #BBCTravel #LovetheWorld #citizenfemme #femaletravelbloggers #globalgirlsunited #darlingescapes #blogdeviajes #viajeros #quetalviajar #travelblogger #exploremore #travel_captures ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @travel.lifestyle.bloggers
These shoes have been through a lot. Both literally and metaphorically. 👠👡 They've taken me all over the world - from Europe to Asia, and most recently South America. They've walked me to graduation and soon will graduate school this fall. Every step brings me closer to achieving another goal. TELL ME: What have your shoes been up to lately? What have you been doing and where have they taken you? --- #shoes #travelblogger #lifestyleblogger #discoverunder10k #blogger #cybercorner #communityovercompetition #santodomingo #visitdominicanrepublic #colorfulfeed #Dominicanrepublic #valentines #galentines #wanderout #travelwithme
Happy (early) Valentine’s Day to myself. I love me. ❤ This vday I want to remind you to love the most important person in your life, You! Let's practice self love! 💫 Here are some ways to practice healthy self love: 🌼 Find + build a supportive & kind community. No haters, pls. 🚫 🌼 List at least 3 things you love about yourself. BONUS #SelfLoveChallenge: 3 things on the outside and 3 things you love about yourself. Share your list on social media and tag me @trulyeli! I want to see your lists! 😍❤ 🌼 No comparisons. It's not a competition. 💫 TELL ME: How do you practice self love? PC: @juannunez0821 --- #zonacolonial #travelshots #traveltagged #travelista #blueinmyfeed #valentine #valentinesday #santodomingo #republicadominicana #Dominicanrepublic #ThatsDarling #communityovercompetition #prettylittleinspo #littlejoys #cybercorner #humpday #blue
I've been really ignorant. Growing up, I had very few friends outside of my ethnicity. In Miami it felt really cliquey in my schools. When I went to college at @mdcollege and @uofmichigan it felt different. My circle of friends got more diverse (in everything- race, ethnicity, gender expression), which changed everything for me because I began listening and learning (more than before) about issues faced by other communities. As I continue learning and exploring the world I keep those issues in mind to avoid being inappropriate/disrespectful or the basic traveler (we can talk about that later). And to be completely honest travel has helped get rid of negative stereotypes and misconceptions I've had of different people and cultures. But the learning journey should never end. TELL ME: Is there a movie or book that has helped you learn something new about a social issue? Drop all book/author/movie recommendations below! Throwback to DR with travel buddies (PC) @juannunez0821 @muttaquey --- #santodomingo #Dominicanrepublic #zonacolonial #discoverunder5k #floridablogger #miamiblogger #miamiliving #lifestyleblogger #miamiphotographer #miamilifestyle