Today we’d like to introduce you to Lynndee Reese.
Hi Lynndee, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
My home country is the Philippines and how I ended up here in the U.S could truly be considered my own Cinderella fantasy come true. I became a blogger by necessity after having two previous jobs shut down. And it was during this time that my husband, who had become ill with renal failure, died at the young age of 30.
Having no full-time regular job, a friend of mine turned me onto blogging to pay for what I needed something to support not only myself but the son who was the result of the union between me and my late husband. The blog posts/ads I wrote were remunerated in U.S. dollars at a low scale, but when converted to Philippine peso the income provided was sufficient enough to provide us with our needs.
I’d been doing this for a couple of years when, much to my surprise, I met a guy from the U.S. online who’d come across some of my work. We began communicating via email, and then he got an international plan and started calling me. I soon realized, just from reading his emails and talking to him, that he was an intelligent dude who could help me with my posts by becoming my editor.
That went so well, that I decided to invite him to become my co-blogger which he leaped at because, according to him, he’d always wanted to be a writer. And, much to my delight, he aced the opportunity. All this eventually led us to start making plans for him to come to visit me, which finally came true. In looking back on it and talking about it, we’ve both admitted that we’d both already fallen in love without ever having even met face-to-face.
The way he puts it, he said the minute that I walked into the lobby of the hotel he was staying at, he knew right away that he’d met his wife-to-be. And, excuse the cliché, the rest is history. It was only on his second day there that he popped the question. Then on the day we had a family celebration of my birthday, he popped the question to my Dad, seeking his approval in the old time way.
After his 16-day vacation, he returned home and began the task of jumping through all the hoops of getting a fiancé visa for me and my son. And it was 11 months later that he came back to the Philippines and brought us to our new home. We’ve now been here almost 12 years, in that time becoming American citizens. It truly has been a fairytale!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Things have been relatively smooth since I met my new husband. My biggest struggles were in dealing with the illness and death of my first husband and setting up my financial survival afterward.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a blogger/influencer/content creator. My blog is a personal blog in which I cover everything from family to food, travel, lifestyle, etc.
I’m proud of the fact that so many advertisers have recognized my work and reached out to me to sponsor them. What sets me apart is that I will only do work for products that I genuinely believe in.
What do you think about happiness?
The simple little things in life, such as that first cup of coffee in the morning; a surprise sweet text from my husband when he’s at work; or seeing my son enjoying his life here in the U.S.
- Website: http://www.athousandcountryroads.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lynndeeee/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/athousandcountryroads
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/lynndeeee