• November 2019 Recap
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    November 2019 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    November is a month of transitions: from autumn into winter, the start of the holiday season, the beginning of the end of the year, and wrapping up all my thoughts about that… It also turned out to be a month of firsts: my first speaking opportunity about astrotourism, Mr. V’s first day at a new job, and our first full month living on our houseboat...

  • October 2019 Recap
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    October 2019 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    October is a big month ’round these parts: it’s my blogiversary month! As of October 2019, I’ve been blogging for six years! I wrote a post about it already, and I encourage you to take a look if you’re keen to see some of my thoughts on the industry and how it has changed since I was a wee blogger back in 2013. This post will follow my standard monthly template...

  • September 2019 Recap
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    September 2019 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    September! Falling leaves, treating myself to a PSL, putting on sweaters with my shorts for the first time in a few months… (In California, autumn means sweaters and shorts; winter is when I switch to sweaters and pants.) Normally I love September – but this year, it’s been tricky and full of entrepreneurial lessons...

  • August 2019 Recap
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    August 2019 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    After a summer of record-breaking traffic and income, this month has been a good reminder that the only constant is change – and change isn’t always in the direction you hope. August is a historically slow month for my site, as you readers finish planning your summer trips, recommit to the school year, and save up for holiday travel...

  • July 2019 Recap
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    July 2019 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    After resetting my goals at the end of June to make them even more ambitious, I’m excited to report that July was a really great month for this humble V&V blog. This time one year ago, I was feeling excited about the growth I had in the first half of 2018 – I’m even more thrilled about how these first seven months of 2019 has gone! Let’s dive in…

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    June 2019 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    Goodbye, June! 👋🏻 With the end of last month, half of 2019 has come and gone. How do you feel about the year so far? To be honest, I’m feeling pretty good! It’s been a crazy busy month with travel, blogging, writing, and getting ready for the announcement of Dark Skies. But, having had many different careers and jobs in the last decade, I can say it’s still my favorite ride...

  • May 2019 Recap
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    May 2019 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    Is it possible to create a life and business as a travel blogger? For the first time, this month I can say yes. After spending more than half of the month traveling and still making enough to pay all of my bills and student loans I finally feel like I’ve earned my stripes as a travel blogger – and I ain’t goin’ nowhere...

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    April 2019 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    April is my birthday month, which means it's automatically a great time of year. This particular April has been especially wonderful: a good month for my blog, a nice month for income, and the perfect time to announce two important things in my life: Mr. Valise and my forthcoming book...

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    October 2015 Valerie & Valise Income Report

    My favorite month has come and gone; with it, October has brought grey skies and misty rain and falling leaves to Seattle. I didn’t spend the whole month here, but I loved experiencing the city during its transformation. Speaking of, it’s time to look back on how the month went for my blog; there’s an endless list of to-dos and improvements I want to make, but, as usual, taking the time to look back shows me how far I’ve come...