First and foremost, I hope everyone had a happy holiday with their family/friends, wherever you are and whoever you spent it with. I myself ended up celebrating with neighbors and friends here in Cancun, with a traditional American meal featuring turkey (I did a mango, olive oil and garlic rub with apple/onion stuffing), cheesy potatoes, fresh bread, some Middle Eastern beans prepared by a friend’s girlfriend, a bunch of wine supplied by one of our Russian neighbors (plus a cake!), salad and much more, all to the tune of a nice 8 hour feast where we sat around, ate, drank and were merry for the entire day. Very enjoyable.
But now we are moving into the new year. I know a lot of you are hoping for good things to come, and I certainly hope that is the case for everyone who reads.
A little update on the project I mentioned in the last blog post: it’s still coming (a travel-based website that will be educating people on a wide variety of aspects when it comes to living and working abroad, whether it’s just you or your entire family), but I’ll be pushing it back to late January, early February due to a contract that just came through yesterday that will keep me swamped until January 24th. There probably will not be much on the freelance writing front either until that point, at least in terms of blog posts.
2011 will also see some changes to Complete Writing Solutions. I can’t unveil everything yet, but there will be some new faces making posts related to freelance writing, and I’m considering jumping on the bandwagon and adding job leads on at least a weekly basis, as well as adding AdSense and some other forms of advertising. The goal at this point is to put CWS on autopilot and have someone else running the job leads sections, with the majority of my efforts spent on the Marginal Boundaries projects, since I already have trips planned for Columbia, Peru and likely Argentina as well for 2011. Some of that depends on whether or not I end up spending the summer in Cancun or if I want to head to a cooler climate for June, July and August. As of now I’m heading to Bogotá, Columbia in March for three months, and after that I’ll be bouncing around to a few other places gathering more content and research for the Marginal Boundaries website.
I’m also making some personal changes to my life in 2011, starting with the transition to raw food. I’ve been educating myself over the past few months on the health benefits, as well as talking to some personal friends who have gone through it with great success (one of them got over allergies that the doctors were unable to cure for over 15 years, and another friend of mine stopped needing glasses after 40 years of wearing them), and if you haven’t yet, I highly recommend looking into the concept behind going raw. Not only is it incredibly cheap (all this stuff grows in nature, and you don’t have to pay for it if you have access to nature, and even if you do not, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg at the “organic” section of the grocery store to do it), but it is also incredibly healthy. As one of my favorite promoters of raw food says (Markus Rothkranz), “There is no excuse for not being able to afford food or healthcare because the healthiest foods and medicines on the planet are absolutely FREE.” For a promo trailer talking about various aspects of wild food and free medicine, you can check out this Wild Food Free Medicine video for more information.
Above and beyond that, things are wonderful. I’m flying into Florida today to go to my sister’s wedding on the first of the new year, then heading back to Cancun to finish up the contracts I have lined up for January and February, plus get the new website launched before I head to Bogotá, and after that it’s focusing almost entirely on travel writing for 2011. I want to wish each and every one of you the absolute best for 2011, and if you have any questions, comments or otherwise, feel free to drop me a line and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
Happy New Year!