Well, here it is, another year in Mexico, making it my 12th. 2019 promises big things. It is the year of the Pig according to the Chinese calendar symbolizing fortune and luck (with a side order of bacon). The Feng Shui elements are fire and metal represented by the colors red and white (brings back Nebraska football memories). 2019 is also the international year of the periodic table, indigenous languages and the salmon, although I’m not sure if that’s wild or farmed salmon.
I did pretty well with manifesting goals last year, so I thought I’d try to make some new ones for this year. My one-word description for 2019 is ORGANIZE. I happen to have more projects on my plate than I can comfortably keep track of right now, so organization would certainly help me clear that plate off.
To that end, I decided that I am tired of keeping track of my to-do lists on crumpled napkins and torn notebook pages, so I bought myself a 5-year planner for work-related projects and schedules. Isn’t this a pretty one?
On the blogging/writing side, I couldn’t find a planner that I liked, so I made my own. You can get it on Amazon now! It includes a monthly list of holiday events for blog post inspiration, record sheets to keep track of income and expenses blogging/writing generated, and a place to record your mission statement and blogging marketing plan.
I also made a separate ebook that just lists the holiday and special events for the year that you can get free with an order of the planner, or free during this kick off the new year special from January 1 to 5.
Now, that I have these nifty organizational tools piled next to my computer, it’s time to get started on all that manifestation I have planned!
I can’t believe the year is over already! So how did I do with my blogging goals for 2018?
Well, if you remember, my word for the year was CREATE and create I did.
I created the books Wascally Wabbits and Zombies Babies, La Yacata Revolution. A to Z Reasons why La Yacata is the Place to Be in Any Disaster, and A Woman’s Survival Guide to Holidays in Mexico, which you can see listed on my newly created Author Pages at Goodreads or Amazon.
I created an advertising page so that Surviving Mexico can move along to the next income level and go from being a slightly expensive labor of love to a self-sustaining site.
I created new material with a total of xxx blog posts in 2018. New readers were created as I went from 64,000 views from 46,000 visitors in 2017 to xxx views from xxx visitors in 2018. My readership has increased to end the year with xxx subscribed followers, xxx Facebook followers and xxx Twitter followers.
I’d like to thank each and every one of you for helping me reach that goal with a free download to another book I created this year A Day in the Life… A Compilation of stories from women creating a new routine in Mexico.
I also created a new office space in La Yacata since 2018 will forever be remembered as the year we finally got electricity and internet service!
And with all that creating, I’m happy to close out the year on a good note. How was your year?
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