Aventura Ambassador Spotlight

This week we are excited to feature Val, Editor in Chief of BonBon Break.  Val lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest, with her husband and two kids.  When she is not behind a computer, you can find her whipping up gluten-free dishes or out camping and sailing.  Read on for the full scoop on Val:

Val Bon Bon Break

What event or trip are you most anticipating in 2015 and why?
We just returned from 2 weeks in Maui, so that will be hard to beat! We will be taking our kids to Disneyland, Legoland and Universal Studios (WHEW!) in May, which will be a lot of fun and full of firsts. The trip I am REALLY excited about is a road trip I am taking with one of my best friends and our kids. Two moms, four kids and one minivan. We will be documenting our adventures on BonBon Break and it should be a blast!

What is your best tip for female entrepreneurs?
Trust your gut. If something feels good, go for it. If it doesn’t, trust your instincts.

What is one accomplishment in the past year you are most proud of?
We finally got to a point where we can compensate our contributors through our site sponsors. We are taking next month off to regroup, but we will be back at it in May. Also, my husband and I found our friendship again. Having kids is difficult on a relationship and I am so happy to have made it to this point in our relationship. It wasn’t easy, but it was 100% worth it.

How do you celebrate accomplishments?
This is something I need to work on. I tend to be shooting for the next goal right away instead of enjoying our accomplishments. We had a post go REALLY viral (1.4 million hits in one day!) in February and I was working on the next week’s content instead of cracking open a bottle of bubbly on the beach with friends.

If you could switch places with anyone for one day, who would it be?
Oprah. Hands down. I am really intrigued by her and her accomplishments. She seems very even-keeled… and I really want to see her garden. Have you seen photos of her garden? Ah-mazing.

What is one piece of advice you hope your children take with them as they get older?
Never close a door. When opportunities present themselves, take them. When relationships break, whether they are business or friendships, be kind, polite and respectful. You never know when your paths will cross again and time usually heals wounds.

What do you wish you knew 10 years ago?
That I wouldn’t be able to travel as much with my kids as I thought. I would have travelled a lot more than I did. There are so many places I want to see in the world. I haven’t been to Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia or Antarctica yet and I have barely been in South America. If I could be a professional traveler, I would. I love being immersed in other cultures and seeing birds and other wildlife that are native to places I travel.

Val Curtis Bio Photo