As most of you know by now, I have pledged to go Facebook Free for 30 Days. This is challenge is not so much as a New Year's resolution as it is a personal experiment. I'm not trying to make any big social statement nor take anything away from more serious resolutions being made for serious reasons for not only the New Year but for the future. Sure, I could have played out my little experiment in September or June but what can I say? This seemed a bit more in keeping with the season!

So how is it going, you may want to know? Have I had any great epiphanies in the past 5 Facebook Free days? Not really. Have I all of a sudden found a fabulous glut of free time with which to improve my life and the lives of my family? Nope. This isn't to say that I haven't been productive. I have. In fact I have nearly finished one project that I have been procrastinating about for months! I am up to date on my (recent) emails and chipping away at the backlog that had built up in my inbox.I have worked my way through one of our websites, picked it apart and sent directives for changes and improvements to the appropriate parties.

Have I cracked open any of the books my friend Mitch (who by the way is not on Facebook at all) lent to me? No.
Have I gotten my lazy arse onto the treadmill like I promised myself I would? No.
Have I ridden more than once since New Years day? No.
Have I really altered my routine in anyway with all my supposed new found spare time. No.

In my defense, I've had a few things out if whack. I've spent the better part of two days sitting at home waiting for Z Gas to come and fill our empty tank. Sure that has kept me from getting out and about more but it hasn't kept me from exercising or reading for heaven's sake. So, either I wasn't wasting that much time on Facebook OR my time management issues are far more complex. Uugh.

On a more positive note, I spent New Years Day lounging poolside with some dear friends. I had a delightful lunch on the beach at Lol Ha with an old friend from back home and spent the afternoon in the sun, reminiscing (gossiping) about old times and getting to know his lovely wife and boys.

I have plans to accompany Santa and the team from Christmas Dreams Playa to deliver toys to children in remote Jose Maria Morelos. We are taking a road trip to the annual Gran Feria de Tizimin, the Yucatan's most anticipated agricultural festival. I have been invited and plan to attend the first meeting of 2013 of the Playa del Carmen Seaside Rotary Club. I am putting the finishing touches on a presentation for our second company FurnitureMEX. I've got 3 more real estate websites to redesign, relaunch and set up marketing and social media plans for. It's going to be a busy month, so whatever time management issues I have better get solved, quick! February 1st will be here before we know it!


Michele Kinnon

I moved to Mexico with my family in 2004 with the hope of offering our children a more global education and world view. Since then, we have traveled through Mexico, Belize and Guatemala, gathering friends and life experiences and learning a lot about ourselves along the way. When we are not out and about exploring, Rob and I own and operate BuyPlaya, a Playa del Carmen real estate company and FurnitureMex. "Life's a Beach" is a catch-all blog where you may find anything from restaurant reviews, to recipes, gardening tips, commentary about expat daily life, local events, information about moving to Mexico and educating children in Playa del Carmen. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and .