Monday, 25 February 2019

Just felt like updating you guys on what is going on:

A big hello to all you amazing people here on the great world wide web. It does seem as we have just worked our self through another weekend and we are standing at the start line for a brand new and exciting week, with all that follows with it. For me, it means that its time for another post here on Beyond the Horizon blog, but today I feel like doing a random update post. Yes, I feel its time to update you guys on what's been going on in our life, especially since it has been a while now. I think it has been something like two weeks now, but this is not meant to be an apology post at all. Because I have been busy as hell all over the board lately. It has just been super hectic and not to forget extremely warm weather on top of it.

To be completely honest, today I only want to update you guys on what has been going on in my life lately and at least provide some explanation on my absence. Not that I haven't been working on my projects, but in many ways, I have been stretching my self to thin I guess. Working on too many blog posts, preparing too many videos and at the same time trying to keep my Facebook pages up to date. Yes, I do have more than one page on Facebook, one for my Beyond the Horizon projects and one that is more personal or private. Lately, I have actually been working on no less than 3 separate posts, where I focus on different type of topics. The end result is of course as you can see, no posts at all for two weeks. Isn't that kind of typical?
So let's get started on today's topic, what's new in our Peruvian expat lives? Well, the first thing that I want to mention is that I have actually “upgraded” my computer. Okay, it's not a brand new computer that I have gotten my hands on and to be honest not completely happy with the end result either. Not that I have any plans to give it back, but take a few rounds of upgrades on it instead. Yes, it was second hand, the previous owner was my brother in law and that should have raised a few red flags but it didn't. A lesson learned, not to buy stuff from family, but at the same time, I did really need a new computer. My old one has been with me all over the world for the past five or so years. It's not retired, but my son is currently using it.

Another thing that I feel that has to be mentioned is that we have gotten a brand new addition to our small Peruvian family. No, we have not gotten another kid or that my girlfriend has gotten pregnant. We have actually opened our home to a new kitten. It came to us one and a half week ago. The reality is that when we left Lima back in January I had to leave my babies behind, find a new home for them since we thought that the new landlord didn't allow pets in the apartments. I wanted to bring my babies home, but since they had settled in their new home we didn't feel it was right to do it. So my girlfriend decided to surprise me with a kitten and I can tell you that it was a huge surprise too. She is a super cute red-haired kitten, that got the name Ginger.
We have also had a few earthquakes as well, not that it bothers me or anything because I have gotten used to them through these years. Usually, I find out about them either on Facebook or when someone tells me about it. okay, they haven't been super strong or anything, usually 5 or less on Richter scale. The bigger ones I notice, but these are really rare, think I have been through 7 or more just a few times. Maybe no more than 3 or 4 times through all the years that I have been travelling back and forth to Peru. We have been forced to evacuate our apartment only one time and that was back in 2017. So basically, you get used to the smaller quakes with time is my experience.

On top of this and thanks to a lot of hard work on my day job, we have managed to improve our financial situation. I am not going to brag or talk a lot about this, but the good thing that comes out of this is that I am not able to actually invest in my online projects. By saying this I am sure that you understand that we have been through some rougher times when it comes to the money part. Not that we have been poor or lacked necessary stuff, but it has denied me investing in things like my blog and such. The first thing out is investing in a domain or a dedicated URL. One thing that I am not sure about at this moment is the solution I will end up with. Because one part of me wants to go all the way on this.
What I mean about going all the way out is not just investing in a domain but in a complete website. That way my blog would go from being a blog to becoming a website with all that follows. Yes, I would be dropping blogger all together and rely on my chosen provider or host it all together my self. Anyway, my main focus right now is to replace this Blogspot URL that I am currently using with something more personal. To be honest, I haven't even decided on a domain yet. If you have any good ideas on the subject I would appreciate the help, because I am not good at this kind of things at all. Another thing that I will be investing in is a more personal look on the site or blog, paying for a new design. I have gotten some negative feedback on the look of it.

I think its time to wrap this post up. I only meant to update you guys on what's going on in my life at the moment and explain why I have been quiet these past few weeks. As you now understand, I work a lot but at the same time, I have not forgotten about my blog or any other project that I am working on. Just that I have stretched my resources a bit thin lately. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my post and that I will see you back for a future on, but don't forget to check me out on social media. You find me on youtube (Beyond the Horizon 2.0), on Twitter (Beyond the Horizon), on Instagram (Beyond our Horizon) and Facebook (Beyond the Horizon). Yes, I know that most of them have the same name. That's actually the idea, branding-wise.

Monday, 4 February 2019

This weekend I have been the king of my own castle:

Hello again my friends here on the great world wide web, yet again it is time for a new Monday and a brand new week with all that follows for us normal people. So tell me, how has your weekend been, did it live up to your acceptation or did it flop this time around? Must say that I hope it was an overwhelming success for you. When it comes to my self then I have to say that it has been amazing and I can't even imagine how it could have been better. So I guess you wonder what happened this weekend that has made it so special for me? To be honest, nothing special really. Actually, the only reason is that I have been the king of my own castle these days. It has just ben me, my self and I.

This is actually the very first alone weekend I have had since I arrived here in Peru almost 3 years ago. Not even when I was single in 2018 did I have a weekend like this, so you can say it has been awesome. The reason for my solitude weekend has been that my girlfriend and son went to Pasamayo to celebrate my mother in laws birthday and I was kinda prevented to join in on the celebration because of work and such. So how did I spend the weekend, did I throw a big ass party or did I go crazy at the local pubs? The reality is that I didn't do any of this, but instead, I dug my self down in work and work-related activities (blog, youtube and social media are included in this, by the way.)

During this weekend I have finally been able to focus 100% on things that have been needing it, especially my normal job and it has done wonders on the efficiency. If I am not mistaken, my production numbers went up around 35% from what I can see on last weeks report and that is pretty good and much thanks to my solitude weekend. Bet I am not alone in the fact that one enjoys a weekend like this once in a while, at the same time t is very important for the relationship to get some distance for a few days. It gives us time to miss each other, something that also happened during these days and it was kinda lovely. It gives you a good feeling when your girlfriend actually sends you a message and tells you she misses you.

So how did my weekend really look like? Actually, the truth is that it didn't look that different to any other day. As usual, I woke up at noon, kicked off my day with a strong and freshly made cup of coffee that I enjoyed while checking newspapers, emails and social media. Having what I call a soft start. At one I logged into my job system and started my workday. No real break until 6 and it usually lasts until 7, during this hour I get my dinner ready and do all the things that need to get done before I continue on my work at 7 as mentioned. After my break, I usually combine work and my online projects. Actually, on Saturday I uploaded a brand new video to my Youtube channel (This is my Magdalena Del Mar), its not an optimal title.

Usually, after my break that ends at 7 I keep on working until around 2 or 3 in the morning and that is also why I usually wake up that late as I do, around noon. To be completely honest, I a lot better at night and always done so. I have the best results and have the most awake brain for some reason, so I am not a typical morning person. So I do a lot of multi-tasking at night, but the really positive about this weekend has been that I have been able to work uninterrupted and with full focus on all aspects of my must do things. So you can say that I have really been a master for the art of multi-tasking these days. You will be able to see the final result of this within a few short weeks.

There is actually one more good thing that has come out of this weekend and this is that in 7 to 10 days I am going to be receiving a brand new computer. Or the truth is that it's secondhand, but actually never been used and is less than a year old. This is also the first time in 15 years or so that I am not going for a laptop, but a stationary computer instead. For you, this means I will be able to produce better quality content on the video side of things and for me it means I get a more up to date and more powerful machine to work on. The honest truth here is that the computer that I am currently working on is really old and outdated in every possible way. I am not even sure how long this laptop is going to last either so it was about time to upgrade my equipment.

I guess its time for me to wrap this post up, just wanted to update you guys and girls on how things are here in Peru for a Norwegian expat. Just to have it mentioned, my weekend in solitude has been amazing and very productive. The part with the new computer is just the cherry on top for my part and this benefits me greatly when it comes to both blog and youtube. I do hope that you enjoyed reading my post and that I will see you around for my next update. I also hope that you will check me out on Twitter, Youtube, Facebook and Instagram as well. I do hope to see you on my Youtube channel as an active subscriber, that is something I will appreciate greatly. So until next time, remember to stay safe and stay tuned.