Thoughts On Turning 30 (And My Favorite Memories From My 20s)

thoughts on turning 30

Thoughts on turning 30, my favorite memories from my 20s, and what I’m most looking forward to about the next decade of my life.

I’m writing this post on the last day of my 20s.

It’s an odd statement that brings up a lot of feelings, but I guess it’s a good sign that the one that’s the strongest is excitement.

It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was turning 20 in San Diego.

I still had another year left of college and I still had no idea what I wanted to do with my life.

I remember thinking about how I had a whole decade of my 20s in front of me.

On one hand, that feels like a lifetime ago because so much has happened since then.

On the other hand, it’s interesting to look back.

It always feels like time has a way of flying by.

I guess it’s a clear reminder of the elusiveness of life and how it passes by quickly, at least in retrospect.

The one thing I promised myself back then was that my 20s would be for myself.

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How I Made $1,162 in Passive Income in February 2020

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My February 2020 income report! A full recap of how I hit my first milestone of $1000 per month in passive income. 

February was a milestone month for me and my passive income goals. Although $1,000 may not seem like a ton of money, it’s not too shabby for passive income.

It’s also the first step to reaching bigger goals and a reassurance that my passive income strategies are actually working.

If you have been following these reports since I started writing them, you’ll remember that I started at $0 in passive income in August.

Six months later I’m at $1,000 and my passive income growth is finally starting to pick up speed, which gives me hope for hitting even bigger goals throughout the rest of 2020.   

In case you’re new here, these monthly reports are where I give you an honest look into how I’m building my blog into a business and finally monetizing it after over six years of blogging.

I write these income reports for my own accountability, but also to show others how to go about monetizing their blogs – whether they’re new to blogging or they’ve been at it for years.

These posts are also a good way to keep track of what I’m trying in terms of monetization and what is and isn’t working the best for my website.

My goal is to be as transparent as possible with these posts to give you a good idea of how much work goes into running a financially sustainable blog, and the different income streams that are out there for bloggers.

My main focus right now is building my passive income so I’ll have more time to expand my brand and make this blog better in the process.

So, let’s talk about February. 

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How I Made $948 in Passive Income in January 2020

January income report 2020

My January 2020 income report! A full recap of how I reached my highest passive income month yet. 

2020 started off with a bang. I was just short of hitting my first milestone goal of making $1000 in ONLY passive income in January, I reached the highest amount of users ever on my site, and I released my very first book during the first week of February. 

This report is coming out a bit later than usual because I took a week off from work after my book came out. I’m trying to celebrate my wins better this year and take breaks when needed to avoid burning out. #selfcare 

In case you’re new here, these monthly reports are where I give you an honest look into how I’m building my blog into a business and finally monetizing it after over six years of blogging.

I write these income reports for my own accountability, but also to show others how to go about monetizing their blogs – whether they’re a newbie or they’ve been in the blogging game for years.

These posts are also a good way to keep track of what I’m trying in terms of monetization and what is and isn’t working the best for my website.

My goal is to be as transparent as possible with these posts to give you a good idea of how much work goes into running a financially sustainable blog, and the different income streams that are out there for bloggers.

My main goal at the moment is building my passive income so I’ll have more time to expand my brand and make this blog better in the process.

So, let’s dive into January.

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How I Made $675 from Travel Blogging in December 2019

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My December 2019 income report! A full recap of how I worked on monetizing my blog for the last month of the year and my blogging income goals for 2020.  

Happy new year and and welcome to my monthly income report series!

These monthly reports are where I give you an honest look into how I’m building my blog into a business and finally monetizing it after over six years of blogging.

I wanted to start putting together these income reports for my own accountability, but also to show others how to go about monetizing their blogs – whether they’re a newbie or they’ve been in the blogging game for years.

These posts are also a good way to keep track of what I’m trying in terms of monetization and what is and isn’t working the best for my website.

My goal is to be as transparent as possible with these posts to give you a good idea of how much work goes into making a successful blog, and the different income streams that are out there for bloggers.

My main goal at the moment is building my passive income so I’ll have more time to expand my brand and make this blog better in the process.

So, let’s dive into December.

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2019, A Year of Discovery

2019 yearly wrap up

In some ways it feels like this year flew by in no time at all, but then I think back on everything that happened in the past 365 days and it’s amazing to me that it has only been a year. 

2019 was a year of discovery – into myself, my purpose, and what I want to make of my life. It was a year of humility, growth, and solid confirmation that you’re never really done growing as a human. 

I was full of hope at the start of 2019. I had finally found a home base in San Francisco, recently moved into a new apartment, I was making enough to comfortably live in the Bay Area (not an easy feat), and I was smitten with my relationship.

As the year went on though, each of those foundations began to crumble. First slowly, and then all at once. I was taken aback looking at the crumpled mess before me by July. 

Wasn’t this meant to be my year when all of my wildest dreams came true? How could everything go so wrong if I was building a life that I loved? 

The short answer is that I wasn’t.

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How I Made $523 from Travel Blogging in November 2019

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My November 2019 income report! This is what I tested out in terms of monetization in November, including what did and didn’t work increase my blog income.

Hi friends and welcome to my monthly income report series!

These monthly reports are where I give you an honest look into how I’m building my blog into a business and finally monetizing it after over six years of blogging.

I wanted to start putting together these income reports for my own accountability, but also to show others how to go about monetizing their blogs – whether they’re a newbie or have been in the blogging game for years.

In general, these posts are also a good way to keep track of what I’m trying in terms of monetization and what is and isn’t working the best for my website.

My goal is to be as transparent as possible with these posts to give you a good idea of how much work goes into making a successful blog, and the different income streams that are out there for bloggers.

My main goal at the moment is building my passive income so I’ll have more time to expand my brand and make this blog better in the process.

And, you know, to also make a livable wage in San Francisco (easier said than done).

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Notes from a Mexican Rooftop

notes from a mexican rooftop

The humid air enveloped me as I stood on the rooftop of my new apartment. It was a welcome respite after San Francisco’s cool chill that left me full of love but unprotected from the needlelike cold. There was a storm in the distance, rain falling in a place I hadn’t yet explored. I wondered … Read more

How I Made $831 from Travel Blogging in October 2019

travel blogger income report - october 2019

My October 2019 income report! This is how I doubled my blog income from September and what I’ll be focusing on in November to continue my momentum into the end of the year.

Hello and welcome to my monthly income report series! These monthly reports are where I go through how I’m building my blog into a business and finally monetizing it after over six years of blogging. 

The purpose of these income reports are to show a realistic picture of what it takes to monetize a blog in 2019, and to keep myself accountable and motivated throughout the ups and downs of this entrepreneurial journey. 

I want to be completely transparent with my blog monetization goals, strategies, and outcomes. These posts are meant to give you an idea of how I make money from blogging and to how to do it yourself if that’s the career path you want.

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