Happy spring, friends. At least, I’m hoping it’s a happy spring for you.
It feels remiss to write this post without acknowledging the war (and now being called genocide) in Ukraine. I spent a lot of March glued to the news every day after work, for updates on Ukraine. There are many worthwhile charities to donate to, but if you’re looking for personal advice then I recommend Sunflower of Peace. If you prefer to purchase actual items, you can do so on their Amazon Charity page. I would also like to donate to an animal charity but haven’t yet, so if any of you have recommendations please let me know.
Anyway, onto how March was for me personally, including quite a few adventures here in California (and afar).
Where was I in March?
- Countries: USA
- Cities: Redding, Oakland, San Fransisco, Shasta, and Mendocino, Califonia; Cleveland, Ohio
- Flights: 2
- Days on the road: 7
March on the blog…
I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but I didn’t publish as many blog posts in March as I’d wanted to. I did manage to push out two blog posts I’m pretty proud of, though:
- 50 Photos to Inspire You to Drive Route 66
- How to Prepare for Endometriosis Surgery at the Center for Endometriosis Care
And of course, my monthly recap for February, too.
Ideally in April I’d like to finish up my Route 66 blog posts, share a couple more blog posts about my endometriosis surgery, and maybe even start my Cornwall blog posts… a girl can dream, right?! I wish there were more hours in the day to write.
March adventured like…
A weekend trip to the Mendocino coast: March started off with a bang when I spent a solo weekend on the coast in Mendocino! This was my first visit to the coast since my arrival in California and OMG. I loved it. I ate incredible seafood, went on coastal hikes, and overall had a great time. I can’t wait to share some blog posts on Mendocino, but for now these photos will suffice!
Working overtime: I’m working a lot these days but doing my best to keep it all on the weekdays and not on the weekends. I’m working my full time healthcare job, plus keeping up with my part time freelance writing contracts. It’s a lot.
I actually made a reel: March was endometriosis awareness month, so I made this Instagram reel to show my recovery journey since excision surgery. I made it on a whim, and it’s now been viewed over 10k times! Pretty cool considering I still don’t understand reels lol!
Making the most of northern California: I’m really trying my best to make the most of my weekends by getting out and exploring northern California! In March I hiked to Whiskeytown Waterfalls, and visited Mount Shasta and did some hikes around there.
Some low mental health days: I have to admit, I have had some low, sad, and lonely days this month. I miss my family, Dan, and generally just having a community around me. My phone broke, and I was pretty much stranded. Then my car got a flat tire, and I had nobody to call to come get me. There were other days where nothing in particular happened, I just felt a bit sad. I do love this travel healthcare gig and living in California, but it can be isolating.
Another weekend trip… to Cleveland: This month I took a long weekend trip and flew from San Fransisco to Cleveland! I know it sounds a bit rogue to abandon sunny California for freezing, snowy Cleveland in March, but I had good reason. My college friends planned a mini reunion, and we all flew in from across the country to spend the weekend together. It had been planned for a while – before I knew I was going to be living in California! The travel each way took up an entire day each, but it was so worth it to see my friends.
I experienced my own personal Mercury in Retrograde: Within the span of just a few days, my phone broke, dishwasher broke, shower broke, and I got a flat tire. Like, how is that even coincidence?!?
March blogging income report and update…
My blogging income was a little bit down in March, but that’s okay. Because I am paid approximately two months after I earned the money, this means that the money I was paid in March was for work I did in January. Well, in January Dan was visiting, we both had COVID, and then I drove across the country to move to California. Suffice it to say, working on the blog was not my priority that month, lol! So actually, I am pretty happy it did as well as it did, mostly earning money passively while I quarantined!
March 2022 blogging income
Here’s how my income broke down in March:
- Advertising: $1,526.70
- Freelance Writing: $1,000
- Affiliates: $295.65
Note: This is my gross income, before expenses and taxes.
Upcoming in April…
It’s a little wild to think but my time living in Redding, California for this work assignment is winding down. I knew three months would go by fast but… it’s going really fast.
For my last full month here I want to take advantage of not just northern California, but the area in and around Redding in particular. I have a small bucket list of activities, including visiting Lassen National Park (a few times, I hope!), a waterfall loop drive, Crater Lake National Park, and more.
April is also going to be about getting my sh** together for whatever comes next! Travel plans are already taking shape, so stay tuned 🙂
How was your March? What are you looking forward to in the month ahead?
I really enjoy reading your monthly recaps, they’re one of my favorite parts of the travel blogging community and only a few bloggers left still do them! I also really appreciate you sharing your income. Going forward would you consider sharing your traffic for the month too? It would be so helpful to see how it relates to your Mediavine and affiliate earnings!
Thank you so much! I enjoy writing them, and honestly they help me remember life better lol. Not infrequently I’ve looked back at monthly recaps from years ago to remember a cool place I ate or the date I did something 🙂 I wish more people still did them. And good idea, I’ll share my traffic as well next month.
Your trip to Mendocino looks great!
I’m bummed we couldn’t get together while you were living here! I adore Mendocino – it’s one of my favorite places I’ve been in CA.
I know, I’m bummed too 🙁 My time there was way too short!!