2019 Organize!

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?organizer

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. planner

 

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!

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2018 End of Year Blogging Goals Update

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.

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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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Christmas in Mexico–Los Santos Inocentes

In our area, December 28, Holy Innocents’ Day, doesn’t get a lot of attention because it falls during Christmas break but I would be remiss to not make mention of the Mexican version of April Fools’ Day.

With such a benign name (Los Santos Inocentes) it’s hard to believe that this day was originally set to commemorate baby boys killed by King Herod in Bethlehem after he realized he had been “tricked” by the traveling astrologers. (Matthew 2:16)  So since the mighty King Herod found himself outwitted, the custom of practical jokes evolved.

Not only are there jokes galore, but you also must be leery of lending anything on this day since the borrower has no obligation to return it again with reference to the deceit by the wise men.  King Herod had requested that once the child was found, the wise men should return to inform him so that Herod “may also go and pay him homage.” King Herod more than likely lent the weary travelers food and supplies, perhaps even gifts to give the Christ child but the wise men were “warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another path” leaving Herod without any returns. (Matthew 2)  Thus you might hear “Inocente palomita te dejaste engañar hoy por ser día 28 en nadie debes confiar” (Innocent dove you allowed someone to trick you. Today being the 28th, you should trust in no one).

Of course, Herod also was tricked since even after ordering the murder of boys under the age of two in Bethlehem, Jesus survived because Joseph was warned in a dream to flee to Egypt. He took Mary and her son “by night” (Matthew 2:13-15) and escaped. So haha Herod?  The jokes on you.

I believe the biggest joke is the date chosen by the Catholic church.  The date of the massacre was calculated on the basis that Jesus was born on the evening of December 24 (which has been established as pretty shoddy guesswork) and the visit of the wise men occurred on February 6, (which again is without rhyme nor reason.) Since the infanticide of a few Jewish babies wasn’t considered important enough for historians of the time to record, the actual date is unknown but because it was a holy day at the time the Catholic Church arrived in Mexico, a holiday it remains.

Like I mentioned, this holiday doesn’t get a lot of attention in our area. I’d love to hear about places that make a big tadoo about this one.  Apparently, once upon a time, the jolly ol’ English custom was to whip your kids in bed in the morning on the Feast of the Holy Innocents Day to remind the children to be mournful.  Ahh–the good old days!

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Healthy Living and Herbs & Essential Oils Ultimate Bundle Flash Sale

By now you probably know that I love these Ultimate Bundles sets. Earlier in the year, I shared both the Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle (34 products worth $567.48 including 22 eBooks, 4 eCourses, 6 printable packs, and 2 membership sites) and the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle (96 products worth $2,235.92 with 62 eBooks, 12 printable packs & workbooks, 30 eCourses and 2 membership sites). If you missed it, you have one more chance to get these amazing bundles. Today and tomorrow (December 27 and 28) there is a Flash Sale on both bundles. Furthermore, if you buy one bundle, you can get the other for just $15! Just take a look at all this amazing stuff you get!

Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle

Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2018
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I’ve been enjoying my Ultimate Bundles for months now and can’t wait to see what bundles will be available in 2019. So don’t wait and pick up one or both Flash Sale bundles today!

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