Long time no blog! I am using this time of quarantine as a way to get reacquainted with the wonderful habit of journaling and blogging with a first person voice, keeping you and me entertained in the process. You may feel like you have missed a few episodes, or rather a whole season! I will try to catch up as we go. In the meanwhile, stay safe and wash your hands 🙂
It’s been a whole week and honestly so far, so good. We are still safe in our campground, although I still feel some insecurity regarding being allowed to stay all the way through this crisis, for now it looks like we’re good.
My husband went back to work to find out his battalion was working at 20% of the usual staff, only he didn’t get the memo *facepalm*. He and his assistant will now work two day/three day weeks.
Coronado has closed a few parks, but the beaches are still open for now. Being in such a beautiful, open space has been a blessing, and while I am not sure it will last, I do savor every moment of it.
If you have been following this blog for a while, you may have noticed that things went pretty silent around here for a while.
I do love blogging, but somehow, life took over.
I don’t have excuses, but I have a few ideas as to why this happened.
First, a lot of people in my social circles started reading my blog. While I have never been anonymous, I have NEVER shared anything about my blog or what I do on my personal social media.
Why? Because, if you are an accountant, or a teacher, or an engineer, I care very little about what you do at work. I want to know about you, what makes you tick, and have a good time with you. So you shouldn’t have to hear about my blog, either.
Before I started with this blog in 2012, I was writing travel articles. My friends and family would ask me for the URLs, write it down diligently, and then a few months later apologize for not taking the time to read. I couldn’t care less they didn’t read, but I stopped wasting my time giving out the URL.
So with this site, I never put it out there. I wanted it to grow without my mom feeling like she had to share it.
But some people googled me (friends do that apparently!), some found out when my assistant mistakenly shared a post on my personal page, and some just randomly saw my face on their feed when I started writing for bigger sites.
It felt a bit weird. It felt weird to have such an open journal, readily available to friends and enemies alike. It felt weird to talk to people I hadn’t seen in a while, find them so caught up with my life, when I had no idea what they’d been up to.
Then, I contemplated the purpose of this blog. I mainly started it to share my journey to financial independence. You know that “journey matters not the destination” saying? Well, once you reach FI, and your life is pretty much about walking your dogs, swimming in a lake, and drinking beers at sunset, there is little to talk about.
I was happy, content, in a good routine, and I just stopped blogging. Revenue stayed steady for a while, which didn’t help encourage a comeback. Then it dropped, but not to a point where I could be bothered.
Finally, came laziness. When you fall off the horse, be it with nutrition, the gym, or any good habit for that matter, it is hard to get back to it.
Right now, it took a virus and an economic collapse to get me to sit back in front of the computer and muse about life. I like it. I hope to be more diligent with it.
I also think that now that I have moved to the US, married an active duty military serviceman, and am living in expensive San Diego in an RV, I may have a story or two to tell. So stay tuned for more!