Best Year Ever 2015

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“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I started doing this a few years ago, even before I was a “blogger” and have kept up with it ever since. Was 2015 my best year ever? Let’s take a look at some of my accomplishments.

Met some influential and successful people. I had lunch with Shawn Stevenson. Shawn is a best selling author and a top ranking health and wellness podcaster. I reached out to him when I found out he lived in St. Louis and was honored that he took time out of his schedule to meet up with me and give me some guidance. Later in the same month I attended Coaching with Excellence, a course taught by Dan Miller himself, another best selling author and podcaster. Meeting these two was the start to a great year.

Published my first book. When I got back from Coaching with Excellence, I was pumped and ready to kick off my career as a personal weight loss and life coach. I thought being a published author would help so, I published The Complete Guide to Primitive Eating. This was key to my great year. If I hadn’t of taken this step, I wouldn’t have made as much progress as I have. The cool thing is, even though the book had many errors and could have used some more read throughs, I got several positive reviews and even made Amazon’s best sellers list a few times. I have since updated the book. I added more actual information, took out some opinions, made a ton of corrections, and added an extra chapter.

Published my second book. Funny thing is, while writing another book, MIRA!, I wrote Stop Working Out!. The whole process, from start to finish, took just over a month and cost me less than $100.

Interviewed on two podcast. It’s just cool that podcasters think I am interesting enough to interview me. The first was on gymmyth.com The second was on intetionallywandering.com. Check them out when you get a chance.

Broke through a weight loss plateau. I seemed to be stuck at 235 for a long time. Don’t get me wrong, I was happy with that weight. It’s pretty much the lowest I have ever weighed in my adult life. I went keto to kick my sugar cravings not to lose weight but, as a result, I dropped down to 230. It may not have been much but I was getting a lot of comments online about how lean I looked.

Figured out how to make my contracting business profitable. This was a biggie! I started the year with the company being about $10,000 in debt with an adjusted insurance bill and a huge tax bill. We got caught up in July but I could still barely afford to pay my employees, much less provide them with any benefits. On September 1st I raised our rates and by the end of the fourth quarter, we had profited more than in that quarter than we ever have in an entire year since I founded the company. This itself should be it’s own blog post but let me sum it up by saying, “Charge what you are worth, always.”

Retired from the Air National Guard. I still can’t believe that I no longer have the only job I ever managed to keep. To tell you the truth it feels a little weird. But, it was time to move on. I proudly served for 23 years.

Started my year long road trip. This was another biggie! After working my ass off as a struggling entrepreneur for several years, I got myself into a position where I can travel indefinitely. It’s not because I have a ton of money, though. It’s because I lowered my cost of living low enough to make it possible. My income is considerably lower than the average household income.

Those are the wins but how about some losses. I have plenty but don’t really consider them losses at all. I set some goals at the beginning of last year that I didn’t quite achieve.

Click here to continue on to Part 2 to read them.

 

 

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