Welcome to 2018!
I started this blog in September because I wanted to be a blogger. I wanted to have an outlet to share ideas and journeys, and I wasn’t entirely sure where it would take me. In the last four months, I have met a great community of personal finance and lifestyle bloggers (through Twitter and Instagram), and learned so much. I also found out that I was a little fish in a big, big sea, and if I wanted to be heard, I needed to say something worth reading, and say it with my own words and my own voice. Anyone can go to a news site and read what the associated press says, but no one can say what I want to say better than I can.
This blog has given me the opportunity to meet people who care about others, and allowed me to spend their money on others. While I haven’t gained hundreds (or even tens) of followers, I have hopefully provided a little bit of insight to those that have been here. In fact, my little blog has been visited 2,108 times as of today. That’s 500+ views a month, and while it’s nothing compared to the big guns out there, it’s amazing to me.
I am starting out the new year with some hopes, dreams, and goals. Call them resolutions, if you will, but here are a few items I am focusing on in 2018:
o Paying off all consumer debt
o Then, paying off my car
o And, start investing in my future
o Giving myself the permission to treat myself as I would treat others
o Investing in myself by learning how to do things I have interest in
o Scheduling my time more effectively so that I can spend more time on the things I love doing, and less on wasted “non-activities”, like mindlessly surfing social media, or procrastinating chores
- I want to practice patience
- I want to work with others to
develop solution- and action-oriented plans to help them move ahead (I am offering
more Life Planning, like coaching but
more focused on the results, in my evenings and weekends to clients who need to
change their lives).
- I want to start a movement of
only accepting great service, and calling out places for poor service –
companies are using anonymity for much too long, and it’s time they respect our
money and our business.
- I want to move my blog to a
wordpress format, but first I need to learn how.
- I want to release my How to increase your sales (title pending) for all side-hustlers of direct sales
It might seem like a daunting list, but I have 365 days to get it done. I plan to write about each of these over time, and share what I learned, and what didn’t work, so I hope that you join my page to watch for new posts. I really look forward to receiving comments on my posts, and answering your questions.
The other subject I plan to delve into is real estate in Ontario. I am not a lawyer and I do not want to take the place of any legal advice. For the last 17 years, I have worked in the real estate market as a landlord, tenant, property manager, law clerk, banker, … almost every aspect except as a real estate agent, and I work closely with them every day. I want to make the property process easier for you, as it doesn’t need to be complicated. Ask me your questions!
I want to wish each and every one of you a very Happy New Year, and look forward to seeing what the new year will bring. Thank you for being here.