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Welcome to The Sweetest Way!

Hey there!  I’m so happy you’re here.  Today is a significant moment in the history of this blog, but it wouldn’t mean a thing if I had no one to share it with.

Something rather important about this blog has changed.  After more than two years of blogging as The Mochilera Diaries, it was time to say goodbye.  I assure you, though, this is happy news.  Change is positive; change denotes growth.

I’ve grown and evolved so much as a person since the founding of this blog, and it was time for the blog to evolve with me.

Now, allow me to be the first to officially welcome you to the new and improved site, TheSweetestWay.com.  I’m also here today to offer you some explanation as to what brought about this change, as well as what you can expect from me in terms of content from here on out.

Goodbye, Leah La Mochilera!

Blogging for the last two years as Leah La Mochilera has been incredible, and I’ll always look back on those times fondly. But The Mochilera Diaries started to feel like it was holding me back in a way; after all, mochilera means “backpacker” in Spanish.

I can’t remember the last time I wrote a blog post about backpacking.  I don’t really consider my style of travel backpacking anymore.  I don’t even travel with a backpack!  It just. didn’t. fit.

Not only that, but it was no longer an accurate representation of my content or my goals for this site (I’ll go into a little more detail below on what exactly those goals are).  It didn’t give people a good idea of what I was about at first glance.  It wasn’t able to grow with me, the girl who no longer backpacks, writes about backpacking, or even owns a backpack.

Lastly, since we’re all friends here, I’ll level with you–I know The Mochilera Diaries wasn’t an easy name to remember. Or say. Or spell.  Hell, some of you probably didn’t know what it meant until reading this post RIGHT NOW!The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Where The Mochilera Diaries originated–while backpacking in Peru

For all of these reasons and probably others I’m forgetting, it was time to say goodbye.

What is The Sweetest Way all about?

The Sweetest Way more accurately represents the underlying goals of my site; goals that have been there since the very beginning, but weren’t very clear to my audience, probably because I went around calling myself a backpacker for so long.

If I’m really, truly honest with you, this blog has always been about finding the best way to live my life, the way that makes me the happiest and makes me feel the most at peace.  A large part of that was reaching the understanding that location independence is my ideal lifestyle, but this idea of finding peace and happiness is certainly not limited to travel.

The simple act of writing has allowed for perpetual introspection and reflection that has enabled me to grow and mature much faster than I would have without it.  It has helped me to know myself and to understand my needs and my dreams for the future, and it has bestowed upon me well-defined means to achieve them.

What I never paid enough attention to in the past, however, were the needs and goals of my readers, the very people that have been kind and brave enough to encourage me to follow my heart in the first place.  These days, I get emails almost daily from people asking for advice; they want location independence, or they simply want a lifestyle that allows them the freedom that I’ve found.

One day, something finally clicked, and I came to a profound realization–I’ve attracted a tribe of dreamers.  Dreamers, just like me.  The people who understand that there’s something better out there for them, a different way of life that can help them find happiness and peace.

Now more than ever I want to help these dreamers find their sweetest way of living, whatever that means to them.

The Sweetest Way, for me, means location independence through a combination of freelancing, self-employment, and passive income. This is what gives me the most fulfillment both personally and professionally; it offers me freedom and flexibility, and the opportunity to flex my creative muscles on a daily basis.Is a location independent lifestyle the right choice for you?

For someone else, The Sweetest Way might mean starting a side hustle to earn more money so they can travel more in their free time.

The Sweetest Way might mean taking your current skills and doing the same work remotely so you can experience another culture or travel the world at your own pace.

It might mean creating passive income streams to allow you to spend more time traveling, or simply being with the people you love.

The Sweetest Way, at its core, is about building a lifestyle that allows you to enjoy life to the fullest. It’s about crafting the perfect balance of work and travel so that neither one restricts or impedes the other; it’s about flexibility and living on your terms.

Whatever The Sweetest Way means to you, I want to help you create it.  This site is no longer just about me and my journey to a fulfilling life of travel and freedom, it’s about helping others discover and build theirs, too.

So, What’s Going to Change?

I know from experience that even just a little bit of guidance can go a really long way, so one of my primary goals now is to create content that’s useful and relevant to those looking to follow a path similar to mine.

You may have noticed that I’ve already begun shifting my focus a little bit to include more practical information on living a location independent lifestyle, freelancing, and remote work.  I want to help others achieve their dream lifestyle by offering up the best advice and most valuable lessons I’ve learned (and am still learning!) throughout this process and by drawing inspiration from the experiences of others.

Apart from that, not much is going to change.  I’ll continue to tell my travel stories and occasionally muse on topics altogether unrelated to travel (like how I realized I’m an introvert).

I’ll still give you all of my best travel tips, rave about the destinations I love or share what I’ve learned from the places that didn’t click.  I’ll share the products and services I’ve used and loved in the hopes of making your life even one iota easier.  Sometimes, if I’m at a loss for words, I’ll let my photography do the talking for me.

I don’t consider my future content to be much different from past content, it’s just more goal-oriented and focused.

Needless to say, I’m beyond excited to see where things go from here, and I hope you are too.

And remember, you won’t find @leahlamochilera on social media anymore, my profiles have all been updated.  You’ll find me at @thesweetestway on Instagram and @sweetestway on Twitter and Pinterest.

Or –> Follow my blog with Bloglovin!

Still want to know more?  Check out my updated About page.

What do you think of the new name?  The revised content plan?  I’d love to hear your thoughts…and thank you for being here!


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  • Reply Katie May 18, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Leah, congrats on the big change! I couldn’t be more excited to follow along. After several stints of working abroad, I’m at home for the summer gearing up for another big move — one that’s also a big change in moving away from backpacking and onto a different travel lifestyle. Can’t wait to learn from your location independent and freelancing expertise as I plan my next moves!
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  • Reply Rachel Jones May 18, 2016 at 9:34 am

    So cute love it & the idea behind it. How did you do your redesign?

    • Reply Leah Davis May 19, 2016 at 11:23 am

      Thanks Rachel! I actually didn’t change the design of the blog at all. I ordered a new logo design on Fiverr and created a few new graphics in PicMonkey, but that was it! You actually create an exact duplicate of your old content when doing the redirects to the new domain, so my whole design carried over as well.
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  • Reply Rachel May 18, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Congratulations Leah! I know how hard this change was for you and how nerve racking it was, but it will all be worth it! Great post, great name. Love it!

  • Reply Glo May 18, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Such exciting news and couldn’t sound like a more perfect fit for the direction you’re heading. So happy for you and stoked to see The Sweetest Way evolve and flourish! xx

    • Reply Leah Davis May 19, 2016 at 11:27 am

      Thank you my dear!! I’m pretty excited to see where things go from here too! 😀

  • Reply Silvia May 18, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Ahhh so excited for you! I was super curious where you were headed with this, and I think it’s perfect! Excited to see where this new direction brings you 🙂

    • Reply Leah Davis May 19, 2016 at 11:28 am

      Thanks Silvia! Really happy with it so far, I think things are off to a good start!

  • Reply Nikita May 18, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    So happy for you Leah & excited for all us readers!!! I’ve already told you but I’ll tell you again – your blog is my favorite! ? Congratulations!

    • Reply Leah Davis May 19, 2016 at 11:28 am

      Aww thank you so much Nikita! Your continued support means the world to me! xx

  • Reply Justine May 18, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Love it Leah! I love the name and I LOVE the philosophy behind it all. I’m so excited to see what’s next for you 🙂

    • Reply Leah Davis May 19, 2016 at 11:30 am

      You’re so sweet, Justine! I’m excited too, hopefully things will continue to grow from here!

  • Reply Rachel May 18, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Congratulations on the change…very exciting! I really love the philosophy behind it. I look forward to following along on your journey.

  • Reply Sophie Nadeau May 19, 2016 at 3:59 am

    Hello! Congratulations on the new name change.. a scary but exciting one. Love the new name and good luck!
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  • Reply Sarah Schupp May 19, 2016 at 6:11 am

    I’m pumped! I’ve recently started to market my skills as a VA specializing in Blog Management and Social Media Marketing. I hope to become location independent after I pay my student loans off. I’m interested in how you consult for Pinterest. Do you manage clients’ accounts and/or only consult on strategy?

    • Reply Leah Davis May 19, 2016 at 11:34 am

      Hell yeah Sarah! That’s so exciting, good for you! I actually do both–I manage accounts for a select few clients and also offer one-on-one consultations on strategy for others! It’s been working out really well 🙂

  • Reply Dalia May 19, 2016 at 11:01 am

    I’m going to miss Mochilera Leah! But I love the new site and the rebranding does makes a lot of sense. Plus I’m sure the posts will be just as insightful and inspiring! Good luck with the new site and looking forward to reading!!

    • Reply Leah Davis May 19, 2016 at 11:35 am

      Aw, I think you’re the first one to say that! I’ll miss La Mochilera too, but I’m more excited about the possibilities the new name has in store! I’m happy to hear you’ll be sticking around, anyway 🙂 x

  • Reply Lauren May 19, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    LOVE the new site. So pretty. I’m also a huge advocate of location independence and am excited to read everything you have to say about it. Good luck!

  • Reply Sanna Stefansson May 19, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    I like the new name and the clearer focus as well, it feels like you’re heading the direction you’re meant to go. 🙂 Looking forward to following along!

    • Reply Leah Davis May 19, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks so much Sanna! I think it’s the direction I’m meant to go as well…I hope we’re both right! 😀

  • Reply Mel Bee May 21, 2016 at 3:19 am

    Awesome post and really inspiring! Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Carly May 21, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Such exciting times Leah!! I’ve been an admirer of your work and blog for some time now and love this re-focus so much. I can’t wait to see more and perhaps learn from your experience and your posts! Congrats and good luck 🙂

    • Reply Leah Davis May 21, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      Aw, thank you so much, Carly! I’ve gotten so much positive feedback from this change, it’s such a good feeling to know I’m on the right track 🙂

  • Reply Eva Casey May 21, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    So exciting! I looooove the new design, and I can see how it perfectly fits with where your life is going! I will thoroughly enjoy more posts about location independence. Congratulations!
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  • Reply Ella May 22, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Change is exciting and sometimes, it’s just what’s needed. Nothing stays the same anyway, so it’s awesome that you were aware of needing to make the change and then doing it. Good luck and congratulations! Looking forward to seeing this blog step into itself even more! 🙂 x
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  • Reply Shubham May 25, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Great Work Ma’am.
    Please come to India to create one more beautiful story…

    • Reply Leah Davis May 25, 2016 at 10:30 am

      Thanks! India someday, definitely!

  • Reply Grace @ Sandier Pastures June 1, 2016 at 5:21 am

    Hi Leah,

    I first found your link from Instagram. I love the look and feel of your blog and looking forward to read more! I am also planning to rename/rebrand…but I’ve been using my current one for the past TEN years!

    Anyway, how did you go about with the redirects? Did you do it by yourself or hired a techie person? That’s where most of my concerns are…and oh, how about page rank? Did it reset back to zero with the new URL and all?
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    • Reply Leah Davis June 1, 2016 at 11:06 am

      Hi Grace! Rebranding is exciting, but definitely a bit of work! I hired someone to do the redirects for me. My page authority seems to still be recovering at the moment; I’m doing what I can to get new backlinks to my new URL, but I suspect it will be a long process. On the bright side, I haven’t seen any dip in traffic whatsoever, so that’s promising. Best of luck to you!!

  • Reply Ashley June 19, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Congratulations on the change, Leah! I love the idea – I’m exited to read your advice on location independence and continue to follow along on your travel adventures!

    • Reply Leah Davis June 19, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      Thanks so much!! Really happy with the change myself 🙂

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