Emotion-Evoking Newborn Lifestyle Photography Session by Kaleigh Betty Photography

Kaleigh Betty Photography
Kaleigh Betty Photography I love surprises! One of the greatest gifts I have ever given myself was keeping the gender of our baby a surprise. Despite it being torture for my poor husband who would have preferred to find out the gender at 20 weeks, he humoured me and we waited. The wives tales, guessing, and anticipation was exciting and I waited anxiously for one of the greatest surprises of my life. Few things in life are surprises, but I knew this would be one worth waiting for. By not knowing the gender, I also found that preparing for the baby’s arrival (who we lovingly referred to as “baby”, “piña” – pineapple in Spanish, or “they”) was easy and enjoyable.

My Journey is Far From Over

AustraliaIn a world where so many are out of work, I am thankful I have a job. I am grateful for the opportunity to have taken a leave from my teaching position to travel for 14 months. Few jobs have such flexibility. Yes, of course I’d like to continue traveling the world, but unfortunately my sabbatical is up and my funds have run out. The time flew by. Time to be back in the classroom. At this point, I’m just thankful to have a job. I need a way to save up for more trips right?
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Blogging Tips and Writing While Traveling

In collaboration with Sandra, from Quirky Books, while preparing a guest post for her blog about writing she mentioned that her readers would be interested in learning more about ‘what to include in blog posts, while travelling, and / or the most popular topics/things to include and why, to help other bloggers’. I thought this was a fantastic idea as I’ve never written on this topic and have been meaning to share with my readers how I write full time, while traveling and on the go. If I can make it work, anyone can make it work!

New Zealand

New Zealand

One of the most difficult things in being considered a blogger or writer, especially a travel writer, is coming up with original ideas for blog posts. Traveling and experiencing the world is the easy part, yet summarizing my experiences in a short blog post at times feels daunting. How can I capsulate a once in a lifetime experience in a mere 500-800 words and with just 8-10 pictures attached? I struggle to not write too much to bore my readers (yes, I can get wordy), yet at the same time I don’t want to write too little and not explain my journey completely. I want my readers to be left wanting more, yet left satisfied with the story-a complete beginning and end. What’s the moral of the story anyway?  Continue reading

Turquoise Compass’ First Birthday

Turquoise CompassThis month marks Turquoise Compass’ first birthday. It’s hard to believe that I have been blogging for one year already and that I embarked on my 14 month sabbatical from teaching to travel the world. I am 11 months into my gap year, and have 3 months left, yet I am surprised how quickly the time has gone. Throughout my travels thus far, I have visited 15 different places and I have more to go! Starting a blog when I started my travels has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. Documenting my experiences online allowed me to open up to others, while learning more about myself.   Continue reading

Link Love

I’ve been wanting to start a blog for a couple of years now. I finally had the guts to do so only one month ago! It takes a lot of courage to put everything out on the table for the world to see, not knowing what the reaction will be! Starting my blog Turquoise Compass has been one of the most rewarding and positive experiences I have ever had. The uplifting feedback and encouragement has been instrumental. Turquoise Compass is definitely a bucket list dream come true.

Some of my friends had started blogs years ago and I always admired them for being brave enough to write publicly about their successes and failures. I’ve been following their lifestyle blogs throughout the years and it was these incredible women who cheered me on and set the foundation for me starting my own journey of blogging. I couldn’t have done it without these lovely ladies! These amazing women have inspired me throughout the years to take a leap of faith to start my own blog. I’ve followed in their footsteps and have done just that! There is no looking back now! I am excited to see what will come of Turquoise Compass.

Take a moment to check out the blogs I’ve been following:

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