“New Year – a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.” – Alex Morritt
Every year around this time, I get excited for the new year.
I sit down. Set a bunch of goals (I mean like way too many). Look at them once or twice throughout the year. Then they get lost in the shuffle of life.
Although I don’t continuously look at my goals, I think the process helps. It gives me an idea of what I want to accomplish.
The main reason, I spend so much time on goal setting is because one of my biggest fears in life is being the same person I was this time last year. Life is about growing.
As Tony Robbins says, “If you aren’t growing, you’re dying.”
This year, I’m taking a slightly different approach to goal setting that I will get into later in this post. Before I get into what my plans are for 2017, I want to reflect on 2016.
Before I get into what my plans are for 2017, I want to reflect on 2016.
In this post, I’ll share with you some failures, what went right, some of my favorite things from 2016, and then move on to what’s happening with Stuff Parents Like in 2017.
As with every year, 2016 was filled with things I tried but didn’t work.
This may be a surprise to you since I discuss Amazon often, but hear me out.
Selling on Amazon wasn’t a total failure, but I failed to hit the income goal I wanted this year. My goal was to earn $75,000, but I was well short.
I haven’t figured out my final numbers, but my income will be closer to $30,000.
The reason I didn’t accomplish this goal is it stopped being a priority. It boils down to three reasons:
1) I started to experiment with others ways to make money
2) My kids are getting older, and I decided to coach their sports teams, etc.
3) This blog started to evolve and took more of my time
I’m not disappointed because when I started Amazon, my goal was for this business to be a way to diversify income. I never wanted Amazon to be a full-time job.
In 2017, I will still sell on Amazon. My goal is to spend about 10 hours a month and earn $15,000.
As 2016 progressed, I became more interested in writing. I wrote more on my blog, sent more emails, and had a few guest posts.
Then I decided to try and get paid for my writing. This venture resulted in a negative $400.
Instead of trying to learn the “ropes” of paid writing, I decided to enroll the help of an expert. So I signed up for Contena.co.
Contena.co is a site that aggregates writing gigs across the world. They also provide a course to help you get started along with a coach.
The site is great, and the course is excellent. The reason I didn’t make money is that I was involved in too many things at the time.
I ended up pitching two or three gigs but never heard back from anyone.
Writing may be in the cards in the future, but for now, I am going to stick to focusing on my site and you.
In September, I had someone who wanted me to help with their website. By no means am I a professional web developer, but I was better than the person who built her site.
Anyways, I helped her at no charge (big mistake). Anyone else would have charged between $250 plus for the two hours, it took me.
After I had helped, I started looking at other local businesses and their online presence. I concluded there was some opportunity and I thought I should dabble in that game. So I built a website and started Social Dimes.
To make a long story, short; I spent hours building the site. Then realized I didn’t have enough time to get the business off the ground.
I spent about $100 on the site and 40 hours of time I won’t get back. There is still a lot of opportunity in my area; I just don’t have the time or desire.
This past year, I had a great time with my family. At the end of the day, my family is the most important thing to me and spending more time with them was my biggest success.I coached my son’s basketball team, my daughter’s soccer team, and watched them compete in a Ninja Warrior competition. We spent time at the beach, had weekend getaways, and created many memories.
I coached my son’s basketball team, my daughter’s soccer team, and watched them compete in a Ninja Warrior competition. We spent time at the beach, had weekend getaways, and created many memories. Additionally, I spent a lot of time with my parents and my in-laws.
Maybe I could have made more money or built my blog faster, but I wouldn’t trade the time I spent with my family for anything.
Yes..I know I listed this as a failure, but it was also a success.
As I mentioned, I never started selling on Amazon to make it a full-time job. The primary purpose was to diversify my income.
Over the past three years, I have earned over $100,000 selling on Amazon. Now I’m slowing it down. The best part is I always have the option to crank it up when I want to (like in the fourth quarter).
By not relying on Amazon income, gave me the opportunity to try different things.
Some of the biggest joys I got this year were the emails and Facebook messages for helping others.
People have sent me questions about personal finance, debt related problems, Amazon FBA, health, and much more. I try my best to get back to everyone who sends me a message.
If you have questions at any time, feel free to email me at [email protected]
Building a Ninja Warrior Gym
Last year I built a mini Ninja Warrior gym in our basement for my oldest son. I didn’t realize at the time; I would use it more than him.
Exercise has always been important to me, but after I had built the Ninja Warrior Gym, I dove into exercising. Now I workout at least five days week.
My kids also love playing in there. The gym includes:
- The Cliffhanger
- Climbing rope
- Baseball swing
- Punching bag
- Speed ladder
If you want to learn how to make your gym, check out my tutorial on YouTube below:
My Favorites of 2016
In 2016, I experimented with a host of things (all legal).
Here is a quick list of some of my favorite things of 2016:
- Turmeric Tea
- Snap Chat (follow me @stufparentslike)
- Audible (free 30 days)
- Sleep Cycle (alarm clock for iPhone)
- Seconds (app I use for interval workouts)
- Slow Carb Diet
- Nike Free Trainers (my favorite training shoes)
- Anything You Want by Derek Sivers
- Beach Body on Demand (30-day free trial)
- Apple Watch
- Banana and Spinach Smoothie
- App Sumo
- Sony Alpa 6000 Camera
So what’s going on in 2017?
As I discussed earlier, after I set goals for the year I rarely look at them again. I think the reason is because a year is a really long time. I often become complacent and just happy with what’s going on.
Instead of setting goals for the year, I’m breaking my year into 4, 90 day years. I feel like I can accomplish much more this way. It also gives me a chance to review more often. I’m also going to focus more on one thing and not “dabble” in many.
This year I plan on helping more people and grow Stuff Parents Like.
Most of you know, this site is all about helping parents succeed in three areas: Fitness, Finances, and Family.
As I say to be a great parent, you need to be the best version of you possible. I am here to help you accomplish that.
I am making a commitment to produce more content focused on health and finances. I will experiment more, write more, create more videos, and bring you a sh*t ton of value.
If you are looking for more from me, here is what I plan on doing in the first 90 days of 2017 and where you can find more of me:
- Blog posts on Monday (today’s the exception)
- Facebook Live every other Wednesday starting January 4th. I will answer questions, share insights to my life, and much more.
- YouTube Videos every other Thursday starting January 12th. Subscribe here.
- Snap Chat – If you want to get some behind the scenes access to my family life and humor then check it out. Follow me @stufparentslike
- Instagram – This is where I share some of my workouts, quotes, and other inspiration
As always, thanks for being here.
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