Where did 2019 go? I had some amazing experiences, including several firsts, this year that just made time fly by. Allow me to recap my adventures briefly, if you would.
In January, I chose the word ORGANIZE as my one-word description. I won’t say that I was uber-organized this year despite my 5-year calendar and my blogging planner, but I didn’t feel as overwhelmed as often and that’s saying something because look at all I accomplished this year!
Early in the year, I took on another content writing job. Some weeks I find the topics tedious, but other weeks, they are not so bad. It certainly helped keep my income up since I cut back on my online teaching hours considerably. I also started reviewing books for Reedsy Discovery and have been enjoying that experience as well.
I most certainly stretched myself beyond my comfort zone in 2019. I submitted my Exploring Traditional Herbal Remedies in Mexico book to the Ultimate Bundles people and was accepted. I participated in my first podcast with Expat Mama Kimberlee Thorne-Harper. I also became an online presenter for the Work Freedom Summit.
I created two online courses on CourseCraft. Surviving Voluntary Exile: Overcoming Common Obstacles to Making a Successful Life Transition and Book It: Everything You Need to Know to Publish Your Book on Amazon.
I reworked both the One-Year Blogging Planner and the International Event and Special Occasion List. I compiled a book edition of Surviving Voluntary Exile: How to overcome common obstacles to making a successful life transition and created a journal A Woman’s Survival Journal: A Guide for Making the Most of Your Life in Mexico.
I was able to get a fourth and final solar panel for our home, new glasses for myself and my son, and a motorcycle with my hard earned coins this year. My son and I were also able to spend a month with my family and friends in Pennsylvania and meet a long-time online BFF which wouldn’t have been possible without the online work I’ve found. Red and Terry joined the Flores Ranchito. And my son passed algebra 2 in his online classwork.
Of course, not everything was peachy keen. I didn’t finish all the projects I began this year. My son is finding geometry challenging and may need to retake the course. I wasn’t able to visit my friend in Tennessee even though I really wanted to. I still have chronic health isssues and so do my parents. Our Puppy was poisoned and our hearts are still aching because of that. We didn’t have a bumper crop of goats. The crops didn’t do well and feeding the animals through the dry season is difficult.
Overall, though, the good outweighed the bad in 2019 and I am grateful. How was your year?
Last year, right before the end of the year, I released two books, the One-Year Blogging Planner and the International Event and Special Occasion List. I was in a bit of a hurry and unfortunately, the quality of the books suffered because of that.
You see, I wanted something to use beginning in January to organize my blog content better. Not finding what I wanted out there, I made my own. Since then, I’ve had nearly a year to use my self-created resources and improve them.
The International Event and Special Occasion List had a complete overhaul. I went through and checked every single hyperlink, added more holidays as I became aware of them, and sorted the events by theme in addition to by month and date.
The One-Year Blogging Planner also had some tweaking done. Last year, it was only available as a print book. This year, it is also available on Kindle.
As an end-of-year bonus, both eBook versions are available for FREE on Amazon for the next few days. (December 9 – 13) If you have time, I’d love it if you would leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads or drop me a line using the form below if you have suggestions on how I can make these two resources even better.
Today, I’d like to take a few minutes and talk about why I love working from home and what my greatest challenges are. Most of you already know that I’ve been working at home for almost two years now and I absolutely love it!
I don’t have to get up before dark and brave the wet or cold on my moto to go to work, nor do I need to bundle up and come home in the rain or cold on my moto after dark. When it gets cold, and even though I live in Mexico, it does still get cold, I can take my laptop and set up in front of the fireplace and work in my sweater and slipper socks with my cup of tea beside me.
I also enjoy the income I earn online as compared to working for pesos in Mexico. Earning dollars means I don’t have to work nearly as many hours per week to provide for my family comfortably. I have flexibility in my schedule that I never had before. I was able to work and visit my family in Pennsylvania this year, which wouldn’t have been possible at any of the traditional jobs I’ve had over the years.
The challenges of working at home are challenges to be sure. The weather impacts my internet connection, so some days I can’t get everything I want to get done, done. I’ve had to cancel online classes because of poor internet connection as well. I’ve learned the best hours for full-power internet are early in the morning, so that’s when most of my online work happens. I need to be organized and ahead of the game so that in the event of an internet outage, I won’t be behind in my writing assignments either. Procrastination has had to be eliminated from my vocabulary in order for working from home to work.
I get to spend more time with my family working from home and I have more time to do the things I love. Right now, I’m going to finish up this post and take the Puppers for a walk in the middle of the day. When could I have done that working at a traditional job? I also get to enjoy my house. It’s been quite an adventure building it and instead of leaving it vacant for 8 – 10 hours a day, I can actually LIVE in it!
I want to help other women, especially those in Mexico, find similar opportunities to work from home, whether online or in another field. So remember that his week is the Work Freedom Summit that I participated in. While it will be available after this week, it won’t be available for FREE! So take advantage of this fabulous resource and sign up for your FREE access from October 24-26.
Take a look at all the topics that will be covered!
I can’t wait to see what you think of my segment on eBooks!
Time for that walk!