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August Updates

The topic of COVID-19 has me a bit overwhelmed. So I’ve been avoiding it, well, like the plague. However, to try and unravel the current situation in Guanajuato, I thought I’d take up the gauntlet today. 

Unless you’ve been sheltering under the proverbial bushel basket, you should know Mexico has moved up in the death race. Mexico now has the third-highest death rate from Covid-19, right after Brazil and the U.S. 

To celebrate this grand event, the state of Guanajuato has moved into orange. This means, places like movie theaters, churches, and gyms can reopen, with precautions, of course. The church has disinfecting mist spray entrances, requires face masks, and is limiting occupancy to 125 people to allow for social distancing. The gyms are taking temperatures at the front door. 

These reopenings are going full steam ahead despite the Pan American Health Organization predicting a new peak in new cases in August. In fact, July 31 saw a new high of 8,458 cases that was topped August 1 with 9,556 cases. The accumulated case tally in Mexico is the sixth-highest in the world. 

Mexico City, of course, has the most active cases, followed by Mexico State. Guanajuato is in the third position, followed by Veracruz, Coahuila, San Luis Potosí, and Nuevo León tied for fourth. As if these statistics weren’t alarming enough, it’s important to take into consideration that these numbers are completely inaccurate. There is no widespread testing taking place, so it’s really anyone’s guess on the true count. 

More or less SEP’s plan for back to school

Mexico made the decision a few days ago to not return to classes. Instead, school will be available online, on the television, and through radio broadcasts. As prudent as this seems, there are some economic repercussions. On the 15th of this month, teacher contracts expire. If they will not be teaching for the foreseeable future, will they get paid? Then there are the small businesses that earn their pesos providing school uniforms and school supplies. What will happen to their livelihood? The future seems bleak for these sectors. 

Moroleon, you survived looting, flooding, the devaluation of the peso in 1995, Chinese clothing imports and you will make it through the pandemic.

Coronavirus aside, Guanajuato has also been declared a safer area with the capture of Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel leader “El Marro” this week. Apparently it took all of 15 minutes to make the arrest. Personally, I have some doubts about the whole situation. Perhaps El Marro felt it was safer in police custody for the moment. The cartel-related violence in our town hasn’t diminished with his arrest, that’s for sure. Last week a man was killed at the barbershop, another in the market, and a third in a moto-repair shop. 

So how is this affecting our daily lives? More of the same really. We dash to town as early as possible and pick up our supplies, then hunker down in La Yacata for the rest of the day. More and more groups have also been gathering in our little corner of the world, since gatherings are still prohibited in town. In fact, this weekend, there were so many people sitting around on buckets, that my son felt the need to put on his mask to bring the horses in from the pasture. 

Fortunately, we have plenty to do to keep us busy. I am still writing and teaching to make ends meet. My son continues with his online prepa courses. Our animals entertain us when they can. Plus we have plenty of good movies to watch and unlimited books via kindle. Overall, we are in a much better position than those that tried to avoid the plague in the middle ages. Wouldn’t you agree?

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Ultimate Homeschooling Bundle 2020 and Online Nature Camp

If you have kids or grandkids, you’ve probably been watching the debates on whether it is safe to open the schools again next month. Here in Mexico, schools will be completely sanitized the first week of August and remedial classes will begin August 10 but the full school year calendar hasn’t been released yet for whatever reason.

There is talk about alternating days to reduce class size and implementing online classes for the days the students aren’t in school. There has also been rumors that only states that are considered “green” according to the semaforo (coronavirus traffic light) will open in September, which leaves out our state Guanajuato. But it’s all still speculation at this point.

My son is in his final year of prepa online (high school) and has 4 more courses to complete to get his diploma. While we didn’t have the pandemic in mind when we made this switch, we’ve certainly come to be grateful for our decision.

Meanwhile, I continue to teach children English in Latin American countries online with class-size swelling to five students per group. I am also glad I won’t be going back to the local elementary school to teach this year. 

Many families are considering homeschooling for the first time these days. The uncertainty and additional work parents will be shouldering is daunting. That’s why I’m thrilled that the Ultimate Bundles group has stepped up to offer the Ultimate Homeschooling Bundle 2020 from July 27 to July 31. 

Contained in this super bundle are 13 eBooks, 10 eCourses, 22 workbooks/printable packs, 4 full curricula, 3 memberships, and a summit with products for every age group. The total value of this packet of information is $1378.79 but you’ll be able to get it this week for just $29.50.

Let’s break down the bundle:

  • Preschool & Kindergarten has 9 products worth $222.49.
  • Elementary School contains 11 products worth $197.89.
  • Middle School includes 9 products worth $264.54.
  • High School has 7 products worth $166.94.
  • Homeschooling Organization includes 6 products worth $111.95.
  • Homeschooling Support contains 9 products worth $314.98.

If you are unsure how to begin your homeschooling adventure, then this bundle will help you get a taste. If you are an old pro at homeschooling, then this bundle will give you a chance to spice up your regular curriculum.

The bonuses:

  • Wild Happy Family Media Membership worth $27.00
  • Teaching Self Government – The Home School Helper & Starting Your Homeschool Right classes worth $23.92
  • Bookroo FREE book box for any club  for new customers or, FREE download of 3 minimalist posters for existing customers worth $19.95-24.95
  • Musik At Home 2 Month’s FREE Subscription worth $31.98
  • Love From Mim Printable Planner Sticker Set worth $16.25

Plus:

  • MadeOn Skin Care Beesilk Family Size Hard Lotion Bar worth $15
  • Orglamix Glow Oil Serum Roller worth $18
  • Puro Co. Focus Aromatherapy Blend for Kids worth $18.00

If you are still on the fence about homeschooling this year, this bundle will give you helpful guidelines and useful curriculum to test the waters while the school opening dates are still under debate. What have you got to lose?

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Another fabulous homeschooling resource that I’m excited to tell you about is the Online Nature Camp from Herbal Academy. It’s a four-lesson course that can be done on or offline that consists of engaging, hands-on educational activities for kids ages 6 to 12.

The four lessons are:

  • THE WORLD OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR
  • HELPFUL GARDEN FRIENDS AND MORE NATURE ART
  • HAVE FUN IN THE KITCHEN
  • TAKE CARE OF YOU! CREATE YOUR OWN SELF-CARE

With activities like flower crowns, herbal bath bombs, and plant print shirts, you just can’t go wrong here!

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2020 Courses towards “Improve”ment

I may have gone a little overboard. I know that I have actually. But there were all sorts of courses on sale in January at Udemy and the Woman’s Wellness Bundle from Ultimate bundles this week, that I decided to sign up for a whole bunch of courses. 

First Udemy. 

I’ve finished the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Practitioner Certificate Course with Kain Ramsey. I have learned so much about active listening, goal setting, belief development and defining my core values. In fact, I liked Kain Ramsey’s presentation style so well, that I signed up for two of his other courses, the NLP Practitioner Certificate Course and Life Coaching Certificate Course. If you’ll recall, finishing the CBT course and taking at least one other are two of my goals for 2020. So I’m well on my way in this!

Then the Ultimate Women’s Wellness Bundle has a whole slew of courses to choose from. It’s not feasible for me to sign up for them all, although I’d love to, so I choose those that most aligned with my goals for this year.

As you may recall, I have hypothyroidism. With the uncertainty about the Mexican healthcare system this year, I need to be more proactive about taking matters into my own hands. For that reason, I signed up for the 14 Day Thyroid Alive! Kickstarter Program by Stephanie Wharton course.  Many of the thyroid courses I have taken in the past focus on recipes, which is problematic for living in central Mexico since I can’t find many of the ingredients. Although this course has quite a number of recipes, it also talks about the actual physical ailment of thyroid issues. Yeah!

I also signed up for two herb classes which why they don’t directly fall under a goal subheading, are certainly things I am interested in. The Basics of Holistic Herbalism by Monica Mitzel and Preparing Your Garden for the Golden Years by Christine Dalziel. Ok, so I’m not exactly in my golden years, but they are closer than they were 20 years ago.  I finished the second course already and was pleased with the tips I learned in the course about how to make my garden more accessible, which herbs to plant for senior health, and that lavender is an excellent companion plant for apple trees.

I’m also working through two courses that so far have just blown me away. They are Love & Boundaries by Beautiful Minds Wellness and Emotional Resilience Training by Georgia Foster. The analogy of each of us is the star in our own movie really resonated with me in the Love & Boundaries class. Then the guided meditations in Emotional Resilience Training have made me experience relaxation like I’ve never felt before. I’m looking forward to finishing them up in a few weeks.

The Ultimate Women’s Wellness Bundle has a total of 29 eCourses for you to improve yourself, ranging from pregnancy care to menopause. Any one of these courses are valued at more than the entire bundle, and you get access to them all! I know I’m super excited about working my way through them over the course of the year. 

With the Ultimate Women’s Wellness Bundle you’ll get a total of 79 products worth $4641.70 which includes 32 eBooks, 32 eCourses & audios, 12 workbooks & printables, 2 summits & a documentary for $37. But act soon, because this deal ends on February 10. 

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