Friday recap, a blogoversary and a sold flat!!

The future view from my future house!!

Happy Friday everyone!! I am very happy to celebrate my 3 months blogoversary with you this week, it has been a fun ride so far, and I have enjoyed it tremendously. I feel like I am at last blogging for an audience, albeit small, but an audience nonetheless! So I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone reading, and to the awesome people who have helped me along the way.

Like many, I have done a lot of mistakes at the beginning, and I am planning a post for future new bloggers to hopefully avoid them (I read a lot of those myself but still didn’t cover everything!).

I started tracking my Alexa ranking at 4.65M on September 10th, so one month later, I can proudly announce that I am standing at 471,727, breaking 500K was one of my October goals, so here is that :)

My Twitter followers are currently at 570, and I am happy about that too, since many PF bloggers and interesting people are among that lot. It has increased slowly but surely since I have stopped trying so hard to gain followers.

My site is starting to look decent, I have had a few problems with the new theme, but I finally got the avatars to work :) and then tried to tackle the threaded comments, did a big mistake, the site was down for two hours, until a nice support guy at Hostgator helped me restore the file that I had modified. Pheeew! I couldn’t get into WordPress or anything! Big scare, note to self about backups and saving files, won’t happen again! Threaded comments are working now too, so comment away!

On a personal note, the cooling-off period ended today for my flat’s sale, and my offer has been accepted on the land in Guatemala !

More on that next week…

Cigarette count: 8…  *ashamed*. couldn’t resist twice this week, at parties with everyone smoking around …

This week’s posts included


France or Guatemala, three real-estate options

Understand the impact of money decisions with Planwise

Are you a good tenant? Lower your rent!

How I doubled my Twitter followers in a week

I was included in two carnivals and received a lot of link love this week, from


Young Adult Money – Quick hits and weekend reading

Modest Money – Beginning of october favorite posts

Making sense of cents – Lifestyle carnival

Fix em up rent em out – What riles me up

Frugal rules – Frugal friday posts that ruled and Blogs that rule

Savvy scot – Top posts of the week

Walking to wealth – Carnival of personal finance

Simple Dollar – Weekly roundup volunteer workers edition


Trent’s post brought a lot of traffic to the site, placing him as my second referral site in just one day!

Here are some great weekend reads for you to enjoy


Young Cheap Living – How saving for a house became saving for Financial Independence

Pelican on Money – 34 money tips from top PF bloggers

Money vs. Sex –  L Bee and the money tree

Freedom Thirty Five – How much beer can you afford?

Eyes on the Dollar – Being a boss: the good, the bad, the ugly

Frugal Rules –How budgeting is like potty training

Modest Money – Blog link building, not all links are created equal

Club Thrifty – Why people aren’t buying life insurance

And finally, let’s go back to our childhood for some Uncle Scrooge nostalgia, via Broke-Ass Mommy and 12 crazy Disney facts you never knew via Savvy Scot

Have a great weekend!

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. Thats so great about your land Pauline! I am over the moon for you :)

    Also, thats amazing that your Alexa rank has moved in so quickly. You will have to tell me the secrets to your success.
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    • Thank you for the kind words Glen!! The secret for success is simple: get out there and make some friends. Share, comment, build a relationship and they will get interested in you and your blog too. Also, you should get a gravatar profile so that your picture or logo shows when you comment on blogs.

  2. Glad you got your site back Pauline! Scary!

    Have a great weekend :)

  3. Congrats! I just passed 3 months as well, and it has been a ton of fun. It’s crazy how fast things can go. Before you know it you will be breaking the 200k mark on Alexa!

    I just bought Thesis 2.0 and plan on doing a full site redesign over the next few months. Your site looks great as it is, and it sounds like you have done a lot of work tweaking the theme. Keep up the good work!

    Looking forward to hearing more about Guatemala, congrats on the acceptance!
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  4. Thanks for the mention Pauline! Awesome news on Guatemala! I look forward to reading more about it. Awesome on the Alexa score as well, I know you’ll see it continue to drop. I agree with DC that the site looks great! Have a great weekend.
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  5. Congrats on breaking 500k, that’s huge! Don’t beat yourself up over the cigarettes, it’s an addiction that takes many attempts (for most) to quit successfully. I’ve met heroin and cocaine addicts (through work) who can give the drug up but can’t give up smoking, you’ll get there!! Have a good weekend!
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    • Thank you Catherine, I bet with the Yakezie you’ll be there in a matter of weeks too! I take the cig one step at a time, funny how with certain things (sport, debt, cigarets) some people have instant discipline and others need to work harder to acquire it. Good weekend to you too, thanks for stopping by!

  6. That’s great about your Alexa! Have a good weekend with no smoking :)

  7. Thanks for the mention… Have a great weekend!
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  8. The view looks amazing. So jealous!
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  9. Pauline,

    I worked in Honduras for three years and have visited Guatemala several times. I think it’s a beautiful country.

    Is that picture of Lago Atitlan?
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    • Hi Terry! This is lake Petén Itzá, next to the mayan ruins of Tikal, in Northern Guatemala. Atitlán was my first choice but much more expensive :)
      The Petén Itzá lake has the advantage of been warm year-round and close to Cancún and Belize so tourists often stop on their way to Guatemala-Antigua.

  10. Congrats on your site and sale of your flat. I wish we called apartments flats here. I like that name much better. I think I read a comment somewhere that English was your third language. I think that is amazing. Do all French learn languages from an early age? That is one thing I would love to see in the US. We just expect everyone to speak English. I tried to learn Spanish as an adult and if you are not forced to speak it, you don’t learn much. Maybe I’ll try again sometime.
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    • Thanks Kim! I lived in the UK for 3 years and watch a ton of American TV so I don’t always use Britishism or Americanism, more like a weird mix… I speak Spanish a bit better I think. Most French are known for expecting you to speak French and making no effort to try and understand you, so don’t feel bad. We must take two languages in high school, for a total 6 hours per week, but many don’t pay attention to the (often bad) teachers, and graduate without speaking anything. I saw the value of speaking several languages early on and was motivated so it was easy to lean. As a busy adult it can be much harder, unless you are really motivated! Have a good weekend :)

  11. How could I have forgotten? Thanks for the mention!

  12. Veronica @ Pelican on Money says:

    Congrats on getting the offer accepted! That must be an exciting stage of planning. I’m curious to hear more on this. I know many folks from U.S. retire to Belize, but not too familiar with Guatemala myself. Oh, thanks for including my post too, really appreciate it!
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  13. Thank you Veronica! I am planning to write more about it in the next weeks. Guatemala is an amazing country, with Caribbean and Pacific beaches, active volcanoes, colonial towns, beautiful lakes, jungle, so many things! More diverse than Belize in my opinion but you have to speak Spanish and the reef in Belize is breathtaking if you like to dive.

  14. Jennifer Lynn @ Broke-Ass Mommy says:

    Thank you so much for the mention. I am so excited to read further adventures from the Guatemalan homefront. Congratulations!
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  15. Jason Clayton | frugal habits says:

    Awesome job Pauline on getting your place sold! Also, way to knock out that Alexa ranking. that is one of the fastest drops I’ve seen in a month. You’ll be under 200k in no time!
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  16. Congrats on all of the positive stats. That is great news. I remember how good it felt for me when I saw those drastic number drops. It was awesome.

    Congrats on all of the carnivals too. That is a great way to get your site name out there.
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  17. Congrats on the land offer being accepted!!! So exciting! And 3 months!!!
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  18. Congrats on the new property!
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  19. Looks like you’re doing awesome on your site traffic. I’m sure you’ll break under 250K by the end of the year, maybe even sooner. Keep it up. Congratulations on buying the property in Guatemala! Maybe I can come visit your cattle if I ever drop by the area lol. I’ve put an offer in for a piece of farmland in Canada, hope it will go through :)
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  20. Tackling Our Debt says:

    Just catching up with you for the first time after seeing your name on so many other blogs in the last little while.

    Congrats on buying land in Guatemala. That is definitely exciting. Not sure if you mentioned it somewhere on here or not, but when will you be moving there?

    • Hi there, thanks for stopping by! I am moving next week to Guatemala! I am making a small recap next Friday, and my posts on Mondays will be about the move, living abroad, starting a guest house project on the land etc. from next Monday!

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