Hi friends! If you read my last Little House in Guatemala update, you will know that I am now back home. Actually I have been home for a little while now but I was still really busy with our Airbnb guests, we hosted 8 people in the first 10 days we arrived, plus BF’s aunt, the lake has been rising and the water pump broke so we had no running water, it was a busy time.
I also wanted to get back into a routine, which is half a pass, half a fail, what suffered most during the trip was physical activity, sure, we walked around a lot, and traveling on a motorcycle is even considered a sport by some, but I stopped running once we got to Morocco, for a number of reasons, but I would say mainly because with the winter days the sun was rising later, as late as 8am in France, and going for a run at 530am in the dark is pretty depressing. I couldn’t ask BF to wait until 10am for me to be ready to travel either. And we ate at restaurants every days, drank a lot of wine and/or sangria, so I felt like a heavy potato. Going back home, BF bought me a neat new pair of running shoes, a cute pink t-shirt and some comfy running pants. NO MORE EXCUSES!
Now I am back to running 8-10K three times a week, I can run for a full hour without feeling out of breath and have a heavenly swim in the lake afterward. That is the best way to start the day with a ton of energy.
On the blog side, I bought another PF website, and it has taken a lot of my attention as well, the migration to my server didn’t go well as there was a confusion with Hostgator, they canceled my hosting plan, the site was down, I had to migrate back to the old server, then again to the new one… Long story short it was a mess.
I also had tried to stay away from the online world while we were traveling around Europe for two months, as an obvious courtesy to BF, and simply because the trip was to be enjoyed, not spent online. It was mostly a success, I had the majority of my posts planned in advance, and my lovely VA did a great job holding the fort behind the scenes.
Thank you to the awesome bloggers who took over to host the Carnival of Financial Independence in my absence, I will now alternate hosting with other bloggers, hosting once or twice a month myself, and leaving the other two weeks to volunteers, you can register to host on bloggercarnivals.com.
I kept reading many of my favorite blogs by downloading them and reading offline when the internet was not reliable, although I did a poor job of staying in touch, commenting or simply saying hi once in a while, I hope you can forgive me.
With the blogs on auto pilot, it was easy to stay away from it all, and just watch passively as I used to when I just read blogs and never participated in the community. Then one day, there weren’t enough posts in the queue. But I hadn’t planned for it, so there wasn’t time either to start writing some more. And I got lazy. Like I hadn’t run in a month and it took all my energy to get back on the horse.
However, I am now back and on fire! I have written about 20 posts in the past few days, for all three sites I now own and manage, have implemented a few ideas to make things even better, and I hope you will join me for the ride in the new year.
Reach Financial Independence will feature 2-3 posts per week and remain my personal outlet, for life updates, random thoughts and of course posts about achieving financial independence and living life in early retirement. I will try to resume the Wednesday guest posts about YOUR quest of Financial Independence, let me know if you would like to be featured.
Make Money Your Way will host three posts a week after a bit of an hectic schedule, we are back to normal. One post will talk about investing or real estate, the second about side hustles and ways to make extra money or improve your career, and the third will be about online income and blogging.
And finally, Super Secret Website #3 will host 2-3 posts a week about frugal living, saving money, travel, life goals and self improvement. Its name will be revealed as soon as I break even from my purchase, which I expect to be in less than 6 months.
Which means I have a writing schedule of around 7 posts per week, wow! I already have a staff writer for the investing posts, but want to keep my two sites personal and hopefully interesting so they keep growing. Let me know if you have any suggestions on how to get better, see you around, and thank you for bearing with me during those busy times!