Jason (jasondoesstuff.com) is this one guy on the interwebs, whom I’ve followed since 2007. He did this one site called I Wear Your Tshirt and managed to make $1,000,000 over five years getting paid to wear t-shirts, and exploit himself on social media while doing it. So, when Jason said, “hey, random reader, you should write an end-of-year post like me, and you can even copy my format!” I said, why not? That’s a great way to start the year. A year in review, so you know where I’m coming from, before we go forward!
What Went Well in 2017
I traveled outside of Japan. In the last ten years I’ve made several visits to Japan. So much so that it stopped becoming extraordinary and became ordinary. I was able to see Paris and London for the first time. It gave me a new perspective, and a desire to see more of Europe (you know, between Japan visits.)
I purchased my first home. I quickly learned I hate house projects. I learned how to rip up carpet, and install flooring. I now can do tile work, and hard wood laminate flooring. Plus, I paint, reluctantly, in a home I call mine.
I realized I can make it full-time with my own self-employment ventures! Success! I’ve actually made income online since 2007. From Etsy businesses here and there, to Amazon in 2013, I’ve done all the side hustles with varied success. From June through December I was able to support myself solely on regular paychecks from my Amazon hustle. I proved to myself it CAN be done!
I got a divorce. Well, I got separated. (Divorce party coming soon!) I’m actually putting this in both columns, as you will read. After ten years with my partner, we are now getting a divorce. Those close to me understand the underlying issues in my relationship, and why I’m capable of saying good bye to that long chapter of my life without being crippled in bed forever. But, for now, I’ll say, I am grateful for the lessons I learned. And put that in the win column.
What Didn’t Go Well in 2017
I got a divorce. Yep, both columns. This change in my life came unexpectedly mid-year 2017. It shattered my world momentarily and caused me to take a hard look at my life. My business plummeted drastically. So much so, I did half of my revenue in 2017 than 2016.
My business sales went down. As mentioned, trying times, meant my focus was elsewhere. My sales dropped by more than 50%. By the time I was “okay” or in a “good place”. I had little time to gain momentum for the big fourth quarter of holiday sales. Chalk it up to a life lesson!
I couldn’t manage to pull a screenshot of all of 2016, but if you total the months of 2016 without January you’ll see I did a gross $365,017.76 without counting January 2016. You can see that’s a big life lesson!
What Surprised Me in 2017
Family. I’ve never been a dependent person. I’m quite the opposite. From a young age I learned to stand on my own two feet and only depend on myself. When my separation occurred, I didn’t know what to do with myself. My family flew in to keep my mind occupied. My friends all rallied to keep me busy and motivated. I now feel stronger, more confident and determined to be a success in 2018.
What’s Coming in 2018
A big game plan. In 2018, I plan on doing all the damn things. I’m actually going to save this for a separate post. There will be journals, time lines, bullet lists, wagers made, and Excel charts a-plenty!