Friday recap, a last sunset and a tropical Christmas

So, it is the last Friday before the holidays, and from the quiet around the blogosphere, I can see some of you already put on their red PJs and are enjoying some quality family time by the Christmas tree!

Yesterday was the last sunset before the end of the world, but the sun did rise this morning, so I guess we’re safe.

So clear and clean, could this really be the last?

So clear and clean, could this really be the last?

We had guests all week, which was lovely, and we celebrated our way under the sun. The petanque (French bowls field) was inaugurated as a French friend brought over the balls, and it is a nice fun activity everyone enjoyed.

We had grilled lamb from the ranch, fresh fish from the lake, but still no homegrown vegetables, although everything is growing quite quickly, it is not time for a harvest just yet.

For a full update, you will have to wait until the end of the year, it will be a good one with costs of construction and life here, to please the number nerds!

I won’t be posting on the 24th and 25th, and have planed some posts for the rest of the week, to make the holidays easier. Yay for blog planning! If you want to be more organized, Sicorra from Tackling our Debt put a wonderful blog planner together, that you can download for free here.

I am still underwater with my blog design, I changed my theme to Genesis but haven’t put back my widgets yet, although it should be less of a hassle now, since they offer support in case I don’t know how to do things. My page loads much more quickly and has less errors, which should improve readers experience and maybe, maybe, make Google love me a little more! The rest can wait until after the holidays.

 I published 4 posts this week, a $100 giveaway about When there is no money, what to do?, my weekly Guatemalan house update, a guest post from Taylor at Repaid.org 4 tips for controlling your holiday spending, and How much do you spend on gits. 

Thank you to everyone who mentioned Reach Financial Independence around the web!

Here are a few great posts for you to enjoy!

My best financial tip: stop being afraid- Eyes on the Dollar

Beginners guide to early retirementJames on Canadian Budget Binder

Looking back, looking forward- Budget and the Beach

My financial goals: End of play- Money Principle

Taking the plunge- Frugal Rules

Beef with my Alma Mater- Plunged in Debt

Plan for the end of days- Average Joe on Modest Money

Don’t let ”I can’t” become a barrier to wealth – The Frugal Path

5 sensible and 5 ridiculous reasons to take out a loan- Savvy Scot

Have a beautiful, wonderful, magical Christmas, and a fabulous holiday!

A 30 something French girl embarking on a journey towards Financial Independence. I blog about money, travel, simple and deliberate living, freedom and choices. You can find me on Twitter, Google+, or Reach Financial Independence's Facebook Page
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  1. Thanks for including me! I hope you have a great Christmas in your new home!
    Catherine recently posted..No Weekly Reads This Week: Merry Christmas!My Profile

  2. Thanks so much for the mention Pauline! You’ll have to tell me about your experience is using your new theme. The guy who created mine has stopped supporting it, so it looks like I’ll be making a change some time soon. Have a Merry Christmas Pauline!
    John S @ Frugal Rules recently posted..Frugal Friday: Posts That Ruled This Week, the Clark W. Griswold EditionMy Profile

    • I like it so far, and it looks like Genesis and Thesis are the big thing right now. Support has been fine so far, although I haven’t started harassing them yet. Merry Christmas to you too!

  3. ” won’t be posting on the 24th and 25th, and have planed some posts for the rest of the week, to make the holidays easier. Yay for blog planning!” Nice job! I have a post scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, and just need to prep a couple for Wednesday and Thursday. Planning ahead is so important with blogging but it’s hard to find the time to get ahead!

    I also have put my theme on the backburner. I don’t see myself getting to it until March at the earliest. Haha that sounds so long from now, but oh well. I bought Thesis so I do want to start working on it, but I don’t see it happening soon.

    BTW I will be linking to one of your posts tomorrow!

    Hope you have a great weekend and you enjoy the Holidays!
    DC @ Young Adult Money recently posted..Enjoy the Holidays without Breaking the BankMy Profile

  4. Thanks for sharing the guest post from James at Canadian Budget Binder. You’re awesome!! Happy Holidays and looking forward to 2013~ Mr.CBB
    Canadian Budget Binder recently posted..Budget-Friendly Christmas Decoration Ideas For The HomeMy Profile

    • Happy holidays Mr CBB! I can only imagine what a delicious feast is ready to be enjoyed at your house, if the recipes you share over the year are just ”normal” cooking.

  5. Pauline, thanks for mentioning and sharing my blog post here. Keep up the good work. Merry Christmas!
    My Wealth Desire recently posted..A Practical Ways To Settle One’s DebtsMy Profile

  6. Thanks for the blog mention! That sunset pic is so pretty. So relaxing looking. I really need to get on some kind of blog schedule…I feel like I’m just winging it sometimes. Have a great weekend, and Merry Christmas!
    Budget & the Beach recently posted..Link Love-Happy End of the World Day!?My Profile

  7. Thanks for including me Pauline!

    Hope you manage to figure out your site issues! They’re a pain in the ass I know! That’s why I just completely did mine over!
    Jon recently posted..Shopping for friends and family abroadMy Profile

  8. Your blog is coming along nicely. I really like the new layout compared to the old one. It’s nice that Genesis offers support, I didn’t know that. I’ve actually been contemplating switching to it, but between that and a million other things to do (that I’ve been putting off) it’s tough to find time or figure out what to do first.

    Mmmm lamb, sounds good! Sounds like you’re having a good time with guests. Well, heck who wouldn’t, being where you are now! I look forward to more of your photos, always so fun to see them (maybe you can include some food pics too :) Ugh, I think I’m really hungry right now and that Brazilian Steak House restaurant I made reservations at is on my mind…)

    Thanks for mentioning Grayson’s post here, I really appreciate it! If I don’t see you around the blog, Happy Holidays to you and your bf!
    Veronica @ Pelican on Money recently posted..The Best of Pelican on Money 2012My Profile

  9. Thanks for the mention. I have it on my list to download the blog planner. I need one. February will be 6 months for me and I hope to do a site redesign sometime after that. I will have to get help, because I understand very little about website design. Hope you enjoy your holiday in paradise. Joyeux Noel!
    Kim@Eyesonthedollar recently posted..My Best Financial Tip: Stop Being AfraidMy Profile

  10. Your picture of the sunset is beautiful.

    Thanks so much for mentioning the blog planner again. I’m using it everyday and I plan to use it next week to do everything I need to do for January. It’s had like a 1,000 downloads :-)

    Have a very Merry Christmas with your family and friends and enjoy the warm weather too. I’ve enjoyed following your journey this year and getting to know you! All the best, Sicorra
    Tackling Our Debt recently posted..8 Powerful Steps Towards Developing Your Personal PowerMy Profile

  11. Looks nice and clean! I’ve been one of the quiet ones you talk about, but it isn’t because I’m gone. Unfortunately, I got the flu (the actual, real flu….not “the flu”). So, now it’s the end of the week and I’m trying to plan out next week while I’m away AND get two podcasts done. That means all quiet from me…..
    AverageJoe recently posted..Year End Business Tax Planning – Stop Uncle Sam From Eating Your LunchMy Profile

  12. Thanks for including our post, Pauline. Have a lovely weekend =)
    Mrs. Pop @ Planting Our Pennies recently posted..Why We Can’t Itemize TaxesMy Profile

  13. Thanks for including me in your list this week Pauline, have a Merry Christmas :)
    Glen @ Monster Piggy Bank recently posted..MPB – Pool Room Posts #9My Profile

  14. Thank you for the mention. Hope you have a Merry Christmas!
    Digital Personal Finance recently posted..5 Ways Bloggers Can Use Fiverr to Outsource TasksMy Profile

  15. Thanks for the mention Pauline. I think you’ll like the Genesis framework. I’m still working on mine, but I love it. Have a merry Christmas and enjoy your bowl game.
    Justin@TheFrugalPath recently posted..Rebuild Wealth One Dollar at a TimeMy Profile

  16. The new look is great. I know when I changed themes it took me some time to get it just right and liking it.

    I hope you have a great holidays and get a bit of a break. Many of us are feeling quite tired this time of year.
    Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter recently posted..Staycations Are For Suckers!My Profile

  17. Merry Christmas to you! I’ll be enjoying your links through the Holiday Week.
    KK @ Student Debt Survivor recently posted..My New Year’s Resolution: Spend More MoneyMy Profile

  18. Thank you for the mention Pauline, have a great Xmas! Btw, I think the link to my site is broken in the post, takes me to a page not found. thx :)
    Harry @ PF Pro recently posted..What Credit Cards Will Work Abroad in Europe, UAE, Asia?My Profile

  19. I hope you’re having a very Merry Christmas. :-) Thanks for the mention.
    Jen @ Master the Art of Saving recently posted..Potentially The Best Christmas Gift Ever: Mini Survival KitsMy Profile

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