Monday, 7 January 2019

So what plans have I made for the new year, 2019?:

A big hello to all my friends here on the world wide web. So tell me, have you had a pleasant return to everyday life after your Christmas and new year holiday? For sure I do hope that you guys have had an easy transition back into your normal life. When it comes to me, I have to say that there hasn't been that much of a change from the holidays to normal life. This is because I have more or less worked my way through the festive season, really only taking breaks on Christmas eve and new years eve. Actually, if I am going, to be honest, last year I had only two proper days off from work. During a normal week, I spend between something like 110 and 120 hours working, either on my day job or my blog. This is one of the many things that will change in 2019.

Maybe I should get on with the program and get started on today's topic? I can finally say that the disaster of a year that 2018 in many ways was is history and welcoming the awesome year of 2019, that will become the absolute best year ever for me personally and I have made plans for the year accordingly. Yes, my friends, I have made some really big plans for this year, both on a more personal level and when it comes to my projects online. In some ways, these things are one and the same, since my blog are focused on my experience as an expat here in Peru. Maybe I should start with what plans I have for my online projects for 2019? When it comes to my blog, 2018 was meant as a test phase, to see how it felt and if the blog platform was anything for me.
So now that I have blogged my self through a whole year I can say that this is something I really want to continue with and that means I have a few things that I want to change about my blog. The first thing out is the URL, I will within the next couple of weeks go ahead and buy my self a more personalized domain and when that is done I am also thinking about going for more personal design. This is meant as an attempt to make the blog look more unique and personal if you understand my way of thought here. Because throughout the entire year of 2018 I have gotten tips and hints about doing this to stick out more and be more attractive to potential new readers and followers. Not that my prime focus so far has been the traffic side of it.

When it comes to content and content creation, here is where the biggest changes will come I think. Because up to now all I really have wanted to do has been testing this platform out and see if its anything for me. Now that this question has been answered I wish to dive more into the content side of things as well. One of the things I want to change is the number of posts and the topics of them. Since this is an expat blog, I want to show and tell a realistic expat story, if you know what I mean. Not like I have been serving lies up to now, but the truth is that I want to show all aspects of this type of a lifestyle. Because being an expat is so much more than happy life and top five lists. That is also why I want to include social media platforms like Youtube, Twitter and Instagram a lot more.
At the same time increasing both the number of posts and increase the focus on expat topics to write about. One of the things I am going to do is becoming more active when it comes to taking photos and exploring a lot more than I have been doing lately, for so to be using the experience to write posts and try to entertain you guys and girls. Basically what I want to become is much more of a storyteller and that's where more personal semi-daily posts come in as an option. I am not saying that I will be writing and posting every single day of the week but in my case a lot more frequent than has been done in the past. So for me, it's boiling down to focus on more quality, a broader set of topics and more frequent publications. I do hope this will be possible to follow through on or what do you think?

When it comes to a more personal or private level there is also going to happen a lot of things this year. The first thing out is that we are going to move again, this time out of San Miguel and Lima to Huaral or back to Huaral that is. I mentioned this shortly in one of my post at the end of last year. We had been on a day-trip to Huaral and visited our old landlords and the end result was that we had a verbal contract with them on one of their many apartments. I kinda feel that in some ways I tricked my girlfriend to accept this change or what I did was kinda tricking her to come with me to visit them. It was just pure luck that they happened to have a vacant apartment to show us, initially they had none. Should I feel bad about it or maybe not?
So we have terminated our apartment contract here in San Miguel and moving out of Lima on the 18th of January. This is something I have been wanting to do for a while now, actually ever since I moved to Lima, the truth is that I really didn't want to move out of Huaral. Actually, I did it because it placed me closer to the airport since the plan was that I was supposed to fly back home at the beginning of February last year. I have to ask one thing of you and that is, please don't misunderstand me. I have by far enjoyed living here, but at the same time, I have really missed my beloved Huaral. The good part in all of this is that all 3 of us are looking forward to be moving back, me more than the others I guess? So the next couple of weeks will be a bit hectic for us to get everything ready.

When it comes to work, this is an area that I want to kinda calm down a bit in a way. This won't necessarily be in the amount of work or workload, but in hours and days per week. Because as it is right now I work from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to bed, 7 days a week, 4 weeks a month and 12 months a year with no leisure time at all. As I see it this is not a life for a family man, so the plan is to have one day a week reserved for family time and fun. You know, spending time with my son, do things like go to the cinema, the fun park and such. Not to forget spending time with my girlfriend. So the general plan now is to focus on work 6 days a week, from Monday to Saturday and keep the Sunday holy for the family. I think this is a good idea, what do you think?
We are also planning our first proper trip together as well. This is actually a thing I have wanted to do for my family for a long time, several years to be precise. We or I am actually planning a trip to Europe and Norway and we are staying there for a while, at least for a few months. Because Peruvians automatically get 3 months or 90 days tourist visa within the European Union. This is also something that my baby boy has been asking for ever since I arrived in Peru 2,5 years ago, but back then I didn't have the financial backbone to take them out on a trip like this. So the plan is that our departure will be on my girlfriends birthday, that is on the 25th of June. To be honest with you, even myself are looking forward to this, remember I haven't been home since may 2016. it will be good to come home and see my loved ones back in Norway.

The last big planned change for this year is something very personal, we want another kid, my girlfriend is dreaming about a daughter and I am absolutely not a stranger to increasing our family with a new member. I have two kids already and the truth is that I love kids, always done so. My oldest kid is 21 years old and my youngest 8 years. Not these kids are not with the same woman, I have been married before. My girlfriend has even thought out what name she will have and has had this ready ever since we met back in 2009 or maybe even earlier. I think it would be really great to have a baby again in the house and I am not getting any younger either. I am 43 now and no I am not starting to feel old, far from it actually. So if it happens it happens right?
Well, my friends, these are the plans that I have for 2019, both for my blog and my personal life. At least what we have come up with so far, more plans might come up as we move along. I do hope you enjoyed reading my blog post and that you will be coming back for new ones in the future. At the same time, I do hope you will check me out on social media. I am currently active on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, but Youtube is something that I am working to do a comeback in the near future. I hope you will check me out on social media because I post things there that never end up in any of my blog posts. I am even thinking about starting with live streaming through my Facebook page. Anyway, thank you for stopping by and hope you enjoyed the post.Edit: Before I publish this post, there is something that I want to ask or check out. Are there any expats currently living in South America that either has a blog, website or a youtube channel with a similar type of content? If that is the case, I would really appreciate it if you got in touch with me. The reason for this question is that I am looking for content creators that I can collaborate with. So if you fit this description, please contact me on e-mail or through Facebook so we can start talking and find out if we are looking for the same and such. Anyway, I wish you guys an awesome week and amazing start on the new year.