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    July 2021 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    After a few months of limited travel as we adjust to life here in Ohio, July finally saw my return to the open skies and open roads – just in the nick of time! Not being able to travel has been hard for my mental health and my business, and sneaking in a few trips before the Delta Variant began sweeping across the country helped soothe that discomfort some...

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    June 2021 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    Once is an outlier, twice is a coincidence, three times – that’s a pattern. That’s how I’m feeling this month as I look at my traffic and income, and am awed at how far this site has come in the past few years. The beginning of July marks the anniversary of when I left my last full-time role to strike out as a full-time blogger/freelance writer – and I have so much more freedom (both personal and financial) than I ever did when working for other companies...

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    May 2021 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    Each time I sit down to write these monthly recaps, I replace the one from a year previous. That means that for the next few months, I'm reliving the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic's impact on my business – and reporting on my recovery (and growth). This month, like April, is one that gives me a lot of faith that my persistence has and will continue to pay off.

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    April 2021 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    Sitting down to write this recap, I looked back on last year's numbers and my thoughts surrounding them. This time last year, we were in the first few months of what would become a years-long pandemic. It was incredibly stressful to watch the business I'd built over the past seven years evaporate overnight...

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    January 2021 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    January, oh January. Normally, a month of celebration, with roaring traffic that makes up for typical income drops at the beginning of a new year. Two years ago, I wrote "I’m delighted to share that January was an all-time great month for the blog. So many of you are new readers, I received heart-warming comments and questions, and all the hard work in the past few months is starting to pay off. 2019 is lookin’ real good right now..."

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    December 2020 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    Here we are: the end of 2020. I can't say the end of the year because 2020 definitely felt like many years to me, including the Normal Time (January & February), the Quarantine Years (March, April, May), That Time I Planned a Pandemic Wedding (June & July), the One Month That Felt Like A Year (August), A Semblance of Normal (September & October), and The Precipice of A Dark Winter (November). Oh yeah, and this month...

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    November 2020 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    Ah, November. Normally I don't mind you, but this year, like each new month I'm glad to be closer to the end of this year. November 2020 brought us the election of Joe Biden, too – which hopefully signals a shift toward better pandemic management and a sooner recovery to the travel industry...

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    October 2020 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    Here we are, already in the final few months of the year. It's hard to believe how 2020 has all gone so far – and what's next. You don't have to agree, but I've been over here having a party about the outcome of the election 🍾🥂 It gives me hope that we'll soon be welcome around the world again – in part because of properly managing the Coronavirus pandemic, and in part because our political behavior will be worthy of respect again...