Cassie blogs her travels at Mexico Cassie.
Ummmmm. I didn’t think long and hard about my blog name. I love it now though.
We are from the UK. My husband and I had long talked about moving overseas again. Once we had kids we decided that we’d try a six-month trip and see what happened. It took a while to find the right location but once I suggested Mexico, everything fell into place. We had had our honeymoon here and always said we’d go back.
We were sick and tired of always working and always being stressed. We didn’t like that we weren’t seeing enough of our kids, that I basically worked to pay nursery fees so I could work. It was a ridiculous and vicious cycle and we wanted out. We wanted to slow life down and see if we could live according to our values and passions in life.
Six months wasn’t enough. All it did was show us how much we didn’t want to go home. We did go home though. We went back, arranged our life and left for Mexico again.
We have no plans to leave. We’re not saying we’ll never go home, or somewhere else but right now the UK isn’t especially attractive to us. We love that our kids are growing up here. We will probably discuss our options as we approach educational milestones for the kids – high school and university.
I love living here, I feel so grateful and happy. I guess I loved the kindness we saw in Chihuahua City, a place everyone was scared of on our behalf. An uber driver canceled our fare when I took our son to the hospital in the middle of the night. He didn’t say anything, he just did it. Another guy gave me an icy water for free when I needed something to put on my daughter’s bumped head. And when we drove miles out to a water park that turned out to be shut for a private party, the owners let us in because they felt bad for us. We experienced nothing but kindness and welcomes in this city everyone warned us against visiting.
The worst experience we’ve had was when my husband had his bag stolen in CDMX. We were in El Globo so I guess we felt as if we were at home in Merida so we let our guards down. Luckily there wasn’t much in the bag but it was annoying. We learned that we were dumb to let our guard down in a not so lovely area of CDMX.
I live in Yucatan so the bulk of my writing is about here but when we explore and travel I write too. I also have two guest series that I love. ‘Postcards from Mexico‘ where other bloggers send me a ‘postcard’ about somewhere that hasn’t been written about on my site. ‘Eating Around…Mexico‘ is a similar idea except you write and tell me about your ideal day’s eating in a specific location.
I also write about exploring with a family. We have small kids and we love exploring Mexico. I know some people are nervous about bringing their kids and venturing off resorts. I want to highlight the majesty of Mexico without being unrealistic about where things aren’t great.
I began by writing for me but I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I also write, edit and proofread for others but my blog is my true love. My tag line on my business cards is, ‘explore, write, empower’ and I stand by this. I want to explore first and foremost, write about what we do and how we do it and then empower others to do the same.
It upsets me how much people are fed misinformation about Mexico.
My favorite blog post…Oooh, tricky. There are a few I’m quite proud of. I love a few of the collaborations I’ve facilitated. Partly I love them because I craft them. I don’t just whack other people’s words and a few photos onto a page, I work really hard to make them come together. I love the piece I just wrote about Dia de Muertos, for example. I also love my Copper Canyon series because I loved exploring up there.
I am not sure I found anything particularly difficult to blog about. Some articles are hard to get into but I usually get there. I definitely need to go and edit some of the early ones now I know so much more about writing and blogging. If only I had time!
I want my blog to grow and grow and get better and better. I won’t sell out. I’d like to earn decent money from it.
If you are considering moving or traveling to Mexico–Do it! Read Mexico Cassie and then do it! Learn Spanish, don’t be afraid but do check in with locals to see where is sort of ‘off limits’ at the moment. Embrace Mexico and Mexico will embrace you. Be grateful you get to be here.
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