New Year’s Resolution Ideas (for People Who Live on Purpose)

New Year’s Resolution Ideas (for People Who Live on Purpose)

Need New Year’s Resolution ideas that could actually change your life?

Pick one (or two!) and make next year your best year yet. Some of these are really hard things to do. But I say do the hard things! They are they ones that need doing the most. (Just so you know, coming up with new year’s resolution ideas and then not following though with them won’t change anything, so make a plan to make sure you can follow through.)

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How to ACTUALLY keep your New Year’s Resolution this year

How to ACTUALLY keep your New Year’s Resolution this year

I sort of assumed that most of us do. I wanted a real number though, so I googled it – cus google always knows. Google shocked me a little this time. (I got you a screen shot so you can be shocked too.) It claims that NINETY-TWO PERCENT of us will fail at keeping our new year’s resolutions. Whhhhatt??

As a collective, we are THAT poor at follow through?

It would seem so. (Interesting point here – I participate in an affiliate program for BestMark – a secret shopping company – that I used to get FREE oil changes for my car (before I got a VW) – and anyone can join as a secret shopper (check it out here if you’re interested). As of today, I have had 1044 people join BestMark and EIGHT people follow through with secret shops. Follow through is a problem.)
WHY is follow through such a problem?

I believe we have good intentions. I really do. Even if 92% of us are failing all over at follow through, I think there’s a good chance that close to 100% of us intend to follow through. We just don’t.

I’m willing to bet that for most of us, our problems with it are the same.

In general: life is busy, change is hard, and there are always more pressing matters to deal with than “what we want out of life”. The path of least resistance is the path that you’ve tread down really well over the years, and it’s comfortable and easy to stay on it.

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Blog Income & Traffic Report: November 2016

Blog Income & Traffic Report: November 2016

I had always HOPED that I could make a living blogging, and I had HOPED that I could generate enough passive income to make it “worth the effort” – but until this past week I have been putting in about 1000% effort. (Not kidding, I’m talking about 6-10 hours per day, every day, for the past 8 months.) Waking and sleeping (yes, even in my dreams) I have been blogging.

And it was TOTALLY paying off, so I knew I wasn’t “wasting my time”. (By “totally paying off, I mean I earned over $8000 in the past two months alone – with a blog I started in MARCH. So less than 7 months to a full time income.)

BUT, there has always been a little picky doubt at the back of my mind as to if the blog could generate an income if I wasn’t able to invest as much time.

And this week I got my answer to that question.

I have not pinned to pinterest, I have not written new content, I have not responded to emails or comments in a timely manor. I have not done a speck of email marketing.

Instead I had a baby – and I am savoring every minute of his squishyness and just enjoying my time with him and letting my body recover without worrying about “work”. I am in awe of his tinyness and blogging is the farthest thing from my mind.

And, while I oggled my little man, I made over $600 in passive income. So yes, I can absolutely make a 100% passive income, and blogging is worth the effort.

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Bad Money Habits You Need to Ditch NOW

Bad Money Habits You Need to Ditch NOW

This post has been sort of rattling around in my brain this week, just waiting to get out onto the screen…but posts have a hard time forming in my head until something inspires the concrete ideas and words that make up what I want to say. This week, what I want to say came to me at the grocery store while I was contemplating how much money my blog made in October, and looking at a box of $16 chicken fingers.

Not just any chicken fingers, but the best chicken fingers I have ever had. (I bought a box a few weeks ago when they were deeply discounted. And we got two meals out of it. So at $16 for the box, I knew that meant we would have 2 $8 meat nights, and that is too expensive. I aim for $5 / meal or less – talking about just meat here, and $6 happens sometimes, but $8 is ridiculous. Unless it’s steak and it’s a treat.)

It occurred to me that some people might think to themselves, if they were in my exact situation at that moment, “I can afford to buy these grossly over-priced chicken fingers, because I made an extra $5035.17 on my blog this month” (- which is nuts, by the way).

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The Best FREE Gifts to Give Your Kids This Christmas

The Best FREE Gifts to Give Your Kids This Christmas

I know it’s early… but I’m a planner. So Christmas is on my mind. And this year in particular I want to get Christmas gifts out of the way early. In December I’ll be doing the whole new baby thing, and I think leaving the house for shopping will be tricky at best.

So I’ve been thinking Christmas gifts, and I’ve been thinking kids. But because I’m me I’ve also been thinking intentional living and prioritizing and parenting (something I don’t know much about yet).

And it’s occurred to me that Christmas is a really great time to give your kids a few extra gifts. Gifts that really matter, and will continue to matter for the rest of their lives.

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