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Life Designed: Co-Own My Next Site, Marriage & Free Food

Hello! Earlier this year, my wife and I started Modo Maravilla, a wellness blog for Spanish speakers.
Life Designed: Co-Own My Next Site, Marriage & Free Food
By Tomas Laurinavicius • Issue #38 • View online
Earlier this year, my wife and I started Modo Maravilla, a wellness blog for Spanish speakers. It started to grow rapidly and we’re excited to see the fruits of our labor (I’m talking about passive income). While the site is growing, I’m looking to build or acquire a new niche site.
So I have this crazy idea I want to share with you. By the end of 2019, I’m thinking of creating two more niche affiliate sites and inviting you to be the co-owner.
I’ve been closely following Doug Cunnington, Income School, Backlinko & Ahrefs. I’ve learned a ton, but most importantly I applied the knowledge to grow my blog to 50,000 monthly visitors and helped numerous clients (Adobe, Webflow, InVision, JotForm, WiFi Tribe) to rank well on Google, get more traffic and increase profits.
So what’s the deal? Why don’t you do it yourself?
I’m too busy with my client work to do all the little stuff that niche sites require, drafting blog posts, formatting, publishing, pitching guest posts and repurposing content.
My superpowers are the content strategy, content production at scale (outsourcing to external writers using clear and easy to follow guidelines) and outreach (connecting with influencers and guest posting).
I’m looking to raise some capital and give you 10% of the ownership of the site (for life) and use the capital for site setup, SEO software, content writing and outreach. If you ever thought of investing but never knew where and how and if you ever wanted to create a passive income stream but never had the time or knowledge to do it, now is the time.
While this idea is really me thinking out loud, reply to this email if you’re seriously interested and I can send you more thoughts, results and an action plan I have in mind.
Welcome to another edition of Life Designed where I share the knowledge and resources to help you live better.

Meet Josh Spector, an audience growth strategist and curious writer sharing actionable ideas to help you become better at your work, art, and life.
It may seem simple, but my most influential habit is the habit of doing things. I’m constantly launching new projects, experimenting with new ways to do things, and exploring whatever I’m curious about. It’s not a habit I necessarily set out to develop – it comes somewhat natural to me – but I’ve discovered over time that most people don’t make a habit of actually doing things. They talk about things, they think about things, they forever plan to do things, but they rarely actually do them.
Khe Hy wrote a practical piece on making your work more interesting. While I don’t think it can be applied to absolutely everything, you can take tiny steps to make your work less boring and transition to something you’re excited about. Also, check his newsletter RadReads, it’s awesome.
If the process is more important than the result, you play. (Process/Result > 1 = Play)
If the result is more important than the process, you work. (Process/Result < 1 = Work)
Productivity is one of these things that I get easily excited about but most of the time, I’m just being lazy and looking for a shortcut. Josh Spector shares his experience of scheduling his day and actually sticking to that schedule. As I wrote earlier, if you don’t create a plan, someone else will and you won’t like it.
You don’t need to work every second of the day — breaks are not “wasted” time — but you waste time multitasking, working on projects that are less important than others, and meandering around your work instead of being focused on getting it done.
I’ve been married for just 5 months and I’m not an expert on the topic but I can assure it makes you think differently of yourself. It’s hard as there are times when you want the focus to be on you and you have to work hard to realize that it’s not all about you. It’s worth it. If you’re reading this, Isabella, I love you and I want you to be the happiest person in the world.
My dad giving his response to my concerns was such a moment for me. With a knowing smile he said, “Seth, you’re being totally selfish. So I’m going to make this really simple: marriage isn’t for you. You don’t marry to make yourself happy, you marry to make someone else happy. More than that, your marriage isn’t for yourself, you’re marrying for a family.
Now, what can be better than free food? Free food that’s delivered to you. I recently used Deliveroo and it’s a great service that delivers food fast and rewards sharing. If you haven’t tried it yet, get €10 off across your first 4 orders.
Alcohol is a slippery slope and no wonder it’s becoming irrelevant. Hangovers, depression, money. When combined, it all seems stupid but I still drink it, mostly due to social circumstances. An interesting trend is emerging and I’m curious to see where it goes.
I ordered a carrot-and-ginger shrub and hoped it would be palatable. I was pleasantly surprised, drank the whole thing and, voila, was not even tipsy. Even more exciting: my bill. It was a mere $15 for two drinks and a bread bowl — to soak up the non-alcoholic beverages, of course.
If you ever needed to find someone’s email address, here’s the best tool I found so far (I’m also an affiliate). While it still lacks data, when used with bigger companies I find emails of around 90% people that I want to reach. Great for outreach and cold pitching.
If you’re a visual thinker, check out this beautifully designed Mind Maps app and organize ideas with speed.
In 2014, she was listed as the 77th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. Mary Meeker is a venture capitalist primarily with a focus on Internet and new technologies. Here’s her annual report (impressive consistency, she’s been releasing these reports since 1995).
Wake Up
Artwork by Jesus Amador.
Artwork by Jesus Amador.
Food for Thought
“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” – C. S. Lewis
“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” – James Baldwin
“Sometimes “enough” or even less is all we need, since “more” too often equates to more stress, more problems, and more responsibilities in both life and business.” – Paul Jarvis
“Machines can work 24/7, humans can’t. When people focus on productivity, they end up focusing on being busy. Filling every moment with something to do. And there’s always more to do!” – Jason Fried
“There is zero scientific evidence that in contrast to pigs, Sapiens have souls.” – Yuval Noah Harari
⏰ Time: 10:41
🎧 Listening: Chill
📖 Reading: The Great Work of Your Life by Stephen Cope & Company of One by Paul Jarvis
🍿 Watching: The Push
🇪🇸 Location: Valencia, Spain
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