I do design my own website. I get this question a lot and it's usually followed by "how?" You'd never believe that I had absolutely NO internet skills when I started. That's right, absolutely none. However, I did have great motivation and a real passion for something: breaking down incorrect stereotypes about Bolivia. I've spent my entire life fielding questions like these:
"Bolivia! Oh, that’s in Africa, right?" (and lest you think I'm joking, someone equally frustrated actually started a Facebook group with exactly that title) - "Do you ride a donkey to school?" - "Are there buildings in Bolivia?" - "Are there toilets in Bolivia?" - "Are there cars in Bolivia?" - "How many coca leaves does it take to make cocaine?" Um... I should know???
Then one day a famous President (never mind which one, it's too embarrassing) told the world how glad he was he had studied Latin in school so he could speak with the people of Latin America (???) and followed up by saying he was so happy to be visiting Bolivia. Only he wasn't in Bolivia (Spanish), he was in Brazil (Portuguese). And that's when I decided I had to get Bolivia on the map! Fast!
I use SBI (Site Build It) to build this site. Now, most people build a site to promote their business but I didn't have a business. I just had information and a desire to reach as many people as I possibly could with it because I feel so passionate about ensuring people learn about the REAL Bolivia. I knew that in order to do that I had to go top-notch all the way. No use building a site if no one sees it! I also wanted to do it myself (ouch). You can read about exactly
how SBI is helping me accomplish that.
Now BoliviaBella is the number one English website about Bolivia and what began as a hobby has evolved into a business. Why? Because by its 10th month online BoliviaBella had risen to the top 1% of all websites in the world and today is visited by thousands of people every day. People make life-changing decisions (like the decision to leave everything and move to Bolivia) based on the information they find here.
That's an enormous responsibility and one I take extremely seriously. It takes enormous amounts of time and effort so now I'm spending more and more time doing what I love (building this site for you) and less and less time on "that other job I sometimes do". But BoliviaBella doesn't succeed by coincidence. It is what it is because of the tools I use.
I now own a business I can take with me anywhere I go. I can spend as little or as much time on it as I want. I can love being a mom and spending time with my family and friends and I don't have a boss. I don't have to beg for vacation time when I need it. I find myself capable every day of doing things I never believed myself capable of (like building a website). And most importantly, I LOVE WHAT I DO!
Because of that I no longer live to work, I work to live. And you can too! Anywhere! "Today is the first day of the rest of your life!" is a well-known saying, but it's true. So...