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2018 Mid-year Goal Updates

Can you believe that we are at the mid-point for 2018? Where did all the time go? If you remember, back in January I made a short list of goals for this year. Here’s how they have been going.

My word for 2018 was CREATE.

Here’s what I have created so far:

Featured guest posts for:

Charities and Non-Profit Organizations: The Border Rights Clinic

Inspiring Authors in Mexico: Don Karp

Blogs About Mexico Worth Reading: Ventanas MexicoLetters From MexicoSaltillo Expats,

Small Businesses in Mexico: Pets, Plants and PorchesIllustrations by Clau GuzesSMA Walking Tours by Joseph Toone, Tortilleria

Individuals Braving Mexico:  A Day in the Life in Owl Valley, A Day in the Life in San Circo de Acosta

Herbal Lore: Nispero leaf teaGuayaba Leaf Tea

Each of these categories should have more posts by the end of the year. At least that’s what I’m planning on.

I also participated in the A to Z April Blog challenge along with my SOTB Blogging group which was one of my secondary goals. You can find the full list here.

And finally, Not only did I finish Wascally Wabbits and Zombies Babies but I also finished La Yacata Revolution and A to Z Reasons why La Yacata is the Place to Be in Any Disaster.

I am currently working on a book designed specifically for women moving to Mexico and have the outline for my homesteading in Mexico book.  Enough about what I did so far, back to more creating!

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Surviving Mexico is a Top 30 Mexico Blog!

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Much to my surprise, last month I was included in the Top 30 Mexico blogs list compiled by Feedspot along with other more deserving blogs. According to the author, these blogs were selected because “they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information.”  Boy, I like the sound of that!

So the top 30 (actually there are only 28) were culled on the basis of Google search ranking, presence on social media sites, quality and consistency of posts, and the opinion of Feedspot’s reviewers. Some of these blogs I follow.  Some I have listed in my blogroll or on my expat resource page. Some are entirely new.  So here’s the list. Quite a number are geared towards expats and foodies!  And then there’s me. HA!

  1. Expats in Mexico – The Expat Guide to Living in Mexico
  2. Mexperience | Experience Mexico Living Lifestyle Travel Leisure
  3. Two Expats Mexico – A Blog for Retiring in Mexico  Read about this blog here.
  4. Mexico In My Kitchen | Traditional Homestyle Mexican Food Recipes
  5. Journey Mexico | Mexico Travel Blog
  6. Top Mexico Real Estate Blog
  7. Mexicocity.com Blog | Interesting facts about Mexico City
  8. Mexico News Daily — The latest news from Mexico  This is a great one!
  9. Reddit | Mexico
  10. Mexican Food Journal – Recipes, Stories & People
  11. Mexican Please | Mexican Food Blog
  12. Muy Bueno Cookbook | Three-Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor
  13. Puerto-Penasco.com Blog | Puerto Penasco Mexico Travel News
  14. Mexican Genealogy Blog | Helps You Find Your Ancestors!
  15. Eat Mexico Culinary Tours Blog
  16. Mexican Food Memories
  17. Mexico Cassie Blog | Deliciously, irresponsibly exploring Mexico
  18. Own Mexico Blog | How to Buy, Move-To, Invest, Retire and Live in Mexico
  19. My Heart of Mexico – Life, food, and family Mexican style  One of my favorites!  Read about it here.
  20. Surviving Mexico | Adventures and Disasters  THIS IS ME!
  21. The Mexico Report – Mexico Travel News & Blog
  22. Mexico City: An Opinionated Guide I follow this one too.
  23. 23. Jim & Carole’s Mexico Adventure
  24. Mexinsurance Blog
  25. Two Hungry Mexicans | Mexican Food blog
  26. Mexico Daily Living
  27. The Curious Mexican | Great Eats and Food from Mexico
  28. Reddit | Mexico City

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2018 Blogging Resolutions

I am trying out some new New Year’s Resolutions ideas this year.  I know, I know–soooo cliche.  I promise I’ll be brief.

The first “new” item on my list was to pick a word that will represent all my blogging goals for 2018.  I have chosen the word CREATE.  I will focus on creating new material, new series and new readers during the next 12 months.  I also hope to create a small income, but that’s really a secondary goal.

The second is to CREATE a mission statement for my blog so that all my goals will align with that central theme.  So here it is…..drum roll, please….

My blog’s mission is to assist non-Mexicans (Expats) learn about living in rural Mexico by sharing our family adventures and disasters along with the stories experience by others and to keep my mom up-to-day on our daily happenings.

In order to advance the above mission statement I have the following goals for 2018:

I hope to develop a variety of featured guest posts including but not limited to: Charities and Non-Profit Organizations, Inspiring Authors in Mexico, Blogs about Mexico Worth Reading, Small Businesses in Mexico, and Individuals Braving Mexico. (See Your Stories About Mexico).

I plan to participate in the April Blog Challenge based on the topic A to Z Reasons I Love Mexico along with my SOTB Blogging Group.  Last year I completed the A to Z Survival Series.

I really would like to finish and translate (well, my son will be doing the translating) my animal adventure e-book.

I am determined to continue with the Herbal Lore monthly posts about local plant life, their medicinal properties and the lovely teas you can make with them.  Plus offer relevant e-book bundles when they become available.

And that’s it. I told you I’d be brief.  I’ll post an update (and hopefully release date as well) mid-way through the year.

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Blogs About Mexico Worth Reading–Call it Kismet

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Jules, a blogger at Call it Kismet, was born in Eastern Kentucky and is currently cruising the Pacific coast of Mexico on our live-aboard sailboat.  Here’s what she has to say about her life.

What brought you to Mexico?  

Opportunity to sail in a different country.

How has your life changed?

My stress level had lowered dramatically.  Mexico has a very casual vibe. We don’t have a car, so no traffic problems.

How has your belief system changed?

 It hasn’t.

How have you changed?  

I am learning to become more patient and not so time-obsessed.

What challenges have you overcome?

Living in a small space (boat) with my husband and 2 dogs has simplified my life.

What challenges are you still facing?  

I still miss shopping at Target and Marshalls.

What keeps you going?

Good friends we have met along the way and travel with keep me from getting lonely.

What accomplishment makes you the proudest?

Shedding our material life. We had two beautiful homes and two cars. But it was all just “stuff”.

What things do you miss about your life before?  

Being close to family. But my parents died recently, so I don’t feel the desire or need to return to the US.

What have you found is no longer important to you?

Material things like houses and cars. And shoes. I now wear flip-flops every day.

What do you consider the defining moment in your life in Mexico?

When I got my residency card I realized that Mexico truly and legally is HOME.

How do you spend your free time?

All my time is free time. Since we move around a lot, I go “Urban Hiking” to explore the local towns.

How do you maintain yourself/your family financially?

 Retired.

How have you overcome fear?

No fears.

How have you grown as a person?

I am a work in progress but am mellowing out.

What skills have you learned in Mexico?

A bit of language-learning. I take classes at marinas sometimes and went to Spanish School in Taxco for 6 weeks.

What skills do you still have to master?

The language.  Each summer, during hurricane season, we plan to continue our travels inland for 3-4 months and take Spanish classes in different areas.

What inspires you? What angers you?  

What angers me is the vast overpopulation of homeless animals. But I am inspired by the groups that are raising awareness and helping with spay-neuter and rescue.

What would you do differently if you could do it all over again?

I wouldn’t change a thing.

What is your current goal?

 Just going with the flow for now.

How do you make your life meaningful?

I surround myself with good people.

Do you volunteer?

Since we move around a lot, it is difficult to volunteer, but I frequently donate $$ to animal welfare groups.

 

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