2019 is here, and so are my objectives for the year. Like my annual looking back blog post, started last year, I’m publishing my plan again for what’s to come in 2019. This write-up provides me a motivational vision (and reference point) to focus on throughout the year as I wade through my priorities and circumstances. Finishing our student loans and my second book will be two large milestones, but that's not all I've got on the docket.
As I survey these themes and goals, I want my example to inspire and encourage you to forecast your year and set your own plan in motion. In December 2019 when you look back at the year, what do you want have seen happen?
Here’s what I’m expecting.
Read about what content and pacing you can expect from my 2019 blogging efforts
Last fall, I unexpectedly was contacted by the staff of Airtable. One of my favorite and widely recommended tools, Airtable let me know Entrepreneur magazine was creating a piece about hot new tools for freelancers. They asked if I’d be interviewed for the section highlighting their tool. I agreed and the subsequent interview was conducted!
While I first assumed it was simply going to be an article on the website it turned out it was an actual section of the printed magazine as well. Here’s a photo of the magazine section, of yours truly.
You can read the entire article on their website here. If you're interested in my Airtable Universe templates, click here to check them out.
I’m excited and grateful for this opportunity and look forward to landing more of these as I continue growing my personal brand.
In several months, it'll be the five year anniversary from when we shut down Noodlehead Marketing. It's mind boggling to think we've almost had as much time away from the company as we have had while managing it.
But, it's been a positive new journey (although not always easy). Let me recap.
I was grateful in the first year for the unexpected freelancing success, while 2015 was a year of taming this new wild ride. 2016 Involved another child, closing some loops on the transition, excelling as a freelancer and beginning the journey to buy our first home. In 2017, I published my first book, launched into a blogging challenge, changed churches, and bought a house, to name a few of many expected changes that year. 2018 was the year to build up these new foundations for a more prosperous and margin filled life.
Learn about my year's failures, successes, and other interesting tidbits
With one of my online digital business clients, where I manage online marketing efforts, I've had numerous opportunities to respond to bad reviews. The number includes responding to over a hundred one and two-star reviews (due to their high customer volume).
Explore my guest article on how to tackle terrible online reviews
Anxiety and depression are brutal mental and emotional challenges we humans face, and eventually, a heavy dose of this would unexpectedly affect me.
In the fall of 2013, I was hit by a metaphorical truck of emotion and mental issues as the result of many life changes including the decision to shut down my marketing business of seven years (while considering going back home to Arizona). I was facing a nervous breakdown.
Explore the steps to overcome and effectively manage anxiety
Continue reading about lessons learned, collected quotes, and an update on my life and work
This blog post is number 400!
Celebrations are in order as this article completes my blogging goal for the year. 118 new posts published for 2018!
While it's been a five-year journey to get here, a large share of the work happened fairly recently. 206 of these 400 articles were newly published within the previous fifteen months, 88 of which came during 2017's four-month weekday blogging challenge. The rest of the 400 articles (~194) took me almost four years to accumulate (from 2014 through part of 2017).
My goal of publishing 400 blog posts was my tipping point test. Would this volume of content drive more visitors from the search engines? While I'll need another year to truly answer that question in a meaningful way, the leading indicators show a dramatic uptick in activity. Will this activity provide enough momentum to reach escape velocity towards an income generating path through blogging? We shall see.
Thankfully, with a full plate of paying consulting and project management work, I'm able to play the long game. So, as I look forward to what could be, what's important at this moment is fully understanding (and appreciating) how I got here. While the content creation really ramped up in the recent past, it was the work done beforehand that laid the foundation for the machine to come alive. The fusion of it all brought me to this point. As I look back, what were the milestones along the way?
Explore the five year blogging journey I've trekked
This blog is geared towards sharing stories and systems to help others live better and work smarter. While you receive an abundance of insights from my published articles, I've been experimenting with a new interview series to provide you with the opportunity to hear insights from people I know and work with.
So far we've heard by video from Jason Long, founder of MedRev, and by written words Gary Epp, fractional EOS integrator. Their wisdom provides different perspectives and ideas to thrive in your personal and professional journey.
To continue this new Live Better, Work Smarter interview series, we'll be talking with Chi Chi Okezie of SIMPLEnetworking. Chi Chi contributed a guest post here on the blog in 2015 where she shared how her faith in God changed her business and transformed her life. We originally met in Atlanta networking to grow our respective companies, and she's an active reader here on the blog.
So without further ado, let's shift to Chi Chi and read her insights on how she lives better and works smarter.
Read interview with Chi Chi Okezie on Systems and Stories to Live Better & Work Smarter