I Don’t Look Back

It looks like I will be planting in the mud like a man.

This week, Larry Prater, a kind, interesting and generous man, brought both Felipe and me a pair of black rubber boots. Larry owns Tepozspa, a day spa for men in Tepoztlan, he discovered us through vsvevg and came for a visit. What a treat it was! He brought some friends and took us to lunch. We enjoyed sharing experiences of moving to, and living in Mexico, and getting to know each other. Anticipate a future post about the splendors of Tepozspa. We will be visiting soon.

Larry’s recommendation of vsvevg has put me in contact with many expats in Mexico, and others who share our interest in self-sustainability. It is a great encouragement to learn of their diverse experiences, challenges and triumphs, and also of more of Mexico’s beauty, culture and comforts that we have not yet had an opportunity to explore.

What has truly amazed me is how fast word of mouth can expand the circle of your network, and what a wonderful community of people there are in the cyber realm. I greatly appreciate all the interest expressed in vsvevg, my writing, art and poetry. As, Kristen Lamb says, it is a wonderful time to be a writer, and I am certainly enjoying the abundance of this creative, supportive community.

I will admit to you that when I started on this journey I had no idea what I was doing. I had never read a blog before, but I had an intuition that it was a perfect venue for me. I came back from the U.S. with just enough money to pay for a wide band stick and service for one year. I set up most of the blog in the airport as I was waiting to fly out.

This is my way; I have never applied for a job I was qualified for. I landed my first position as a waiter (my career in the U.S.), by belting out ‘When I’m Sixty Four’ acapella in a dining room full occupied tables. I am not a singer; it was a singing waiter position, so I sang. I got the job, and ended up with a lucrative career, because I have always been willing to leap. Well– that is not entirely accurate, I am as afraid to take risks and to fail as anyone else, but in my experience, terror is often a good indicator that the action is one I should take. As was the case with vsvevg, though my hands shook the first several times I pushed the publish button, I pressed on, and I’m so thankful I did. VSVEVG is now 3 months old with over 30 posts under its header.

my office

Soon I will be posting more excerpts from my book, Humble Pie, a Memoir if Meals and Metamorphosis in Mexico, it’s a mouthful, no? You have already sampled the fare with, El Rio and the Digging the Well Deep series. I look forward to your feedback on this project.

I sincerely thank everyone that has chosen to follow me, I appreciate every comment, I beam at every like. I really do.

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About vsvevg

Hello, I'm Abby Smith. I started this blog in 2010 to write about the pursuit of a self-sustainable life in rural Mexico. In 2015, my then-husband and I moved to Nicaragua, where we created a successful farm-to-table and in-house charcuterie program for a high-end beach resort. In 2022, with mad butchery and cheese-making skills under my belt, I started a sustainable food systems consulting business. Happily, I also have more time for my first love-- writing about food and the complexities of the simple life.

14 thoughts on “I Don’t Look Back

  1. I love your office photo, with the Corona ‘desk’. I am marveling at the power and potential of social networking, as I suspect Larry Prater and Kevin Knox (of San Miguel de Allende, and his extended group) followed my link to VSVEVG from a facebook post on May 31st – and I think I found you from another blogger’s link. I am so happy to feel a connection to very special people, at least some of whom I will meet eventually, as has happened before with those I have discovered through their writing online…

    • Thanks Stan, the chair in my office converts to my laptop desk if i am sitting on the couch, it’s pretty handy. What a wonderful tangled web! Many thanks for your support. paz, Abby

  2. I am Larry Prater’s Gringa neighbor

    And I more than like your blog. It’s great

    Plus anyone who can stand and belt “When I’m 64” for the reason you did gets my vote.

    Nice to meet you!

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