Friday, 10 February 2017

January in Review

The idea behind doing a review of each month is partly to hold myself accountable to my goals and see how much or how little I've achieved, give myself some encouragement and motivation (if I don't, who will?) and set new goals for the coming month.  If I have to write about it, maybe it'll help me be more constant and persevere in working towards what I want to achieve.  That's a good word for me: PERSEVERE; I'm not very good at it generally so there's something I need to practise.  Should make it my motto.

January in Review

The other purpose of a monthly review is to record the best moments of each month, focus on the positive as much as possible, remember Emma's favourite things, funny phrases and sayings and include my favourite photos.  I hope there will mostly be highlights, but I may write about some of the low points, too.

LIFE

Rosca de Reyes

Día de Reyes (Three Kings Day) was on January 6th and they brought Emma a couple of very nice Peppa-related presents (Mexican children get presents from both Santa and the Three Kings, lucky things!).  We also cut the traditional Rosca De Reyes, a sweet bread in the form of a ring with crystallised fruit on top, and ate it of course.

Presents Peppa figures

I took up the #YogaRevolution 31 days of yoga challenge, although I started on January 2nd instead of the 1st, with the aim of doing some yoga everyday for the whole month.  Each session is approximately half an hour, so it's not a huge chunk of time out of each day.  While I was still on holiday, it was easy to keep up the challenge, as it was the first thing I did every morning.  Once I went back to school on Jan 9th (nice long holiday we had this Christmas!) it was a bit more complicated as I had to find time in the evenings.  I did miss a few days, but at the end of the month I had reached day 23, so only missed eight days in the whole month, which I think isn't bad at all considering I used to only manage one or two sessions per month!  Anyway, I intend to repeat the whole thing when I finish and keep practising and improving.

We had a really lovely day out one Sunday at the Granja De Don Pollo, a little farm especially for family and school visits.  It was fun getting close to the animals, being able to feed and pet them, and Emma really loved it.  So did I, actually!  Her favourite was the rabbits.  I'll probably write a post about our farm visit at some point.

Farm rabbit preschooler cuddly

BLOG
At the end of December I finally got round to buying my own domain name and one of my first goals for January was to transfer the new name to my blog.  I'm quite proud that I managed to do this all by myself!  So now, instead of having .blogspot.com at the end of my name, I'm just www.mummyandthemexicans.com, which sounds much better.  Of course, my DA plummeted down to 1, unsurprisingly, but rock bottom is a good solid foundation to build upon!

I also wanted to sign up to Amazon Affiliates since my ultimate goal is to monetise my blog and eventually earn something (anything!) from it.  In hindsight, maybe it was too soon to do this and it would have been more logical to work on increasing traffic first, but I didn't really think about that at the time and did it anyway.  So now I seriously have to work on getting my visitor numbers up.

I'd planned to write four or five posts in January, but struggled with getting enough time to write.  Weekdays are almost impossible; in the mornings I'm at work and get home around four; afternoons and evenings I'm with Emma and cooking, washing up, having dinner, etc.  By the time I'm free it's usually quite late and I'm too tired to think.  My main blogging time is at the weekend in the mornings before anybody else is up.  At the beginning of the month I published a food/recipe post,  Things to do in Mexico when you're hungry #10 - Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding) and a post on goal setting and achieving, How not to fail at reaching your goals and at the end of the month I wrote a book review of one of the books Emma got for Christmas, We Love Books! #6 - Oi Dog! but didn't publish it till the beginning of February.  I need to do better this month and publish at least one post a week.

I enrolled on the Project Productivity course by Aby of You Baby Me Mummy and have been, admittedly very slowly, working my way through it.  I've now divided up my goals for the year, sharing them out over the four quarters, which I found quite difficult at first as I wanted to try to do everything as soon as possible - not very realistic!

EMMA SAYS...
...A lot! She can be quite a chatterbox when she wants and often surprises me with the things she comes out with.

Favourite phrases: "I NEVER gonna....!"
"...and up and up and all way to moon!"
"This is the best ... ever!"
(I suspect Peppa is mostly to blame for these phrases!)

Funniest saying: She was sitting on the toilet and said, "The mummy is the pee-pee, the baby is the pun (fart!) and the daddy is the poo-poo!" I was in stitches on the bathroom floor!

She chatters away in both English and Spanish, now separating the two languages most of the time.  She occasionally comes out with a mixed-up Spanglish phrase, but that's not so common these days.  She knows who to use each language with and translates like it's the most natural thing in the world.  She can say something to her grandmother in Spanish, then turn to me and translate it into English, or vice versa.  Of course, at almost three she's not always intelligible in either language and can be babbling away and we haven't got a clue what she's talking about - or even which language she's speaking!

FEBRUARY GOALS

  • Most importantly; send off all the documents for Emma's passport application.  I finally have everything together, about a year later than planned, and have done the online application, so that's my top priority.
  • Publish at least one blog post a week, realistically I should be able to manage this.
  • Start scheduling social media - I have already started doing this just this week to try it out, now I need to make it part of my routine.
  • Design a new header and logo - I've been meaning to do this for the past two years!  The parrot was only meant to be temporary.
  • Get a haircut!  My hair is a mess at the moment.
I'm going to sign off with my Quote of the Month, on the subject of self-doubt again....

Quote doubt self doubt shakespeare





Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

Cuddle Fairy

Cuddle Fairy

10 comments:

  1. sounds like your January was quite busy:) and I love your goals for February some of them are mine as well:)
    #KCACOLS

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  2. Busy times. Glad your daughter is doing so well as a bilingual baby. We're trying to raise our son in English and Welsh. #kcacols

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  3. Sounds like you had a busy month. It's good to set goals and be accountable for them. I have a similar post I never published because I just wasn't sure how achievable it was. I also am very slowly working my way through Aby's course too. I am behind this month. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

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  4. Good luck with the new blog format. It's fascinating to read about the experiences of ex-pats raising their families abroad. I like reading the other posts - baby products, travel guides - but it's good to read about people's human experiences too,

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  5. Well done on the yoga and going self-hosted. Kids do come out with the craziest things don't they? It's great having somewhere to record them to look back on (and embarrass them with) when they're older. I've taken a few of Aby's courses and they're great, she certain,y knows her stuff! Good luck with all you Feb goals x
    #CandidCuddles

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    1. Thanks! I haven't gone self-hosted yet, that's a big scary goal for later in the year, just got my own domain name (to look like I'm self-hosted even though I'm not!)

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  6. Great post! I love being able to look back and see what i've accomplished as well. Never thought about doing that in a blog post though! Awesome idea. Nice way to follow along with how the little one is growing and changing too! I also am struggling to find enough time to get my posts written. I don't know how other moms do it sometimes! Thanks for sharing #KCACOLS

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  7. I need to sort my blog out and go self hosted, I keep putting it off. I love the idea of celebrating the arrival of the three kings. Look forward to reading your February review. #KCACOLS

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  8. I did have a giggle reading Feb blog goals and then seeing 'get a haircut'. Brill! And yes, rock bottom is a good foundation to build on! Good luck with it all and thanks for joining #candidcuddles !

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  9. Well done on the Yoga challenge! I'm taking Aby's course too - and also going quite slow at it lol but it's quite useful. Thanks so much for linking up with us at #BloggerClubUK

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