My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions Independence Day Update

by Krantcents · 15 comments

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Happy Independence Day! It  was approximately twenty-eight (28) year a go, I achieved financial independence!  My 2013  New Year’s Resolutions are still mixed, some progress and challenges six (6) months into the new year!  I decided this year to embody the real meaning of resolutions.  Although I am pleased with some of my accomplishments, I have to compare it to the same period last year.

My number of visitors and page views have decreased, however I improved my Alexa Ranking.   The recent Google update seems to have taken its toll on my visitors temporarily.   I made some other changes such as publication dates, longer articles and more controversial topics.  I am making more changes and I am starting right now.   Every business shuld be monitored and make adjustments as needed!. Progress is never a straight line.

My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions:

Volunteering - I am already volunteering and will continue.   I am committed to volunteering and I wan to build on what I started.  I am motivated because it is fulfilling and I feel valued.  I want to increase my commitment to this (feeding homeless) organization and add other organizations.  So far, I made no changes in my volunteering.

Blogging - I have been blogging for over two years and I am still evolving.  I learned what works and what doesn’t!  I have changed my writing, when I publish and hopefully the quality of my writing. I tackled subjects that are controversial such as Extreme Retirement Is Fool’s Gold!, The case against paying off your mortgage, Stop the budget insanity!  and How to Become Minimum Wage MillionaireThere is more to come the rest of the year!  Stay tuned for some really Big Ideas!

Time Off - Normally, this probably is not a resolution for most people.  I am one of those people who never takes time off.  In twelve (12) years, I have only taken two or three days off.  As a teacher, I do not feel I need much time off.  I have more holidays and vacation time than I ever had before.  I only work four and a half hours a day.  Compared to my former profession, I am semi-retired!  I used to work three times that or fifty-to sixty hours a week.  Normally, my wife and I take nice vacations overseas every other yea or visit relatives in New York.  This year, we went away to the beach for a weekend and I am committed to do this a couple times a   year.  I wanted to go away at the beginning of Spring Break, but it was inconvenient and the following weekend is no better.  I failed!  I did manage to schedule a long weekend in July.

What’s left? - I am still working on some of my former goals, but approaching them differently.  My new teaching assignment has challenged me as well.  This is probably the year of change.  I think it is a good thing because it keeps me sharp.  This is important as I get old(er)!  By now, I wanted my Page Rank to increase along with a lower ranking on the Wisebread Top 100 Blogs.  I did manage to improve, but I have a ways to go.  I will continue to report on it as the year goes by.

These is my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions Update!  I did not give up on old resolutions and I will include any progress on those when appropriate.  Failure only occurs when you actually give up.  My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions are my new beginning and so far so good!  Overall the results are mixed!  Independence trumps it all.

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Kim@Eyesonthedollar July 5, 2013 at 5:07 pm

I love that you still set goals for yourself, even after achieving so much. I hope I never feel like there is nothing I still need to learn.

Krantcents July 5, 2013 at 9:09 pm

For me, I am always setting goals. It varies from how fast I ride my bike to improving my percentage of students passing my class. I make it into a game, it adds to the journey and makes it fun. I think I Will always have goals

Anton Ivanov July 6, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Great goals and it’s great that you follow up on them regularly in the public light. No doubt, it puts more pressure on you and makes you work harder to accomplish your goals.

Krantcents July 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Thanks, the pressure is entirely internal. I am self motivated and strive to please myself.

Untemplater July 7, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Nice job keeping track of your progress. It’s crazy that the year is half way in already. I hope you get another nice getaway planned. It’s so refreshing taking some time off. I really needed July 4th to recharge and spend time with friends to forget about all the stress I’ve been dealing with.

Krantcents July 8, 2013 at 7:26 am

As I get older, the one thing that seems to move faster is time! I am really looking forward to the long weekend at the beach. The best part is the hotel and breakfast is covered (free).

Lindsey @ Cents & Sensibility July 8, 2013 at 7:10 pm

I like that you wanted to change up the way you write things on your blog – it’s important to keeping it new and interesting! I also like articles that push me to think so controversial articles make me happy. Cheers to your success with your goals!

Krantcents July 9, 2013 at 8:13 am

Thanks, without feedback I don’t know if I am on the right track.

Israel R. Lawson July 11, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Finally, there are “repeater” resolutions that show up year-to-year. Lose weight. Be more organized. Weed the yard every weekend. These are the kind of resolutions that set you up to fail before you’ve even started.

Krantcents July 11, 2013 at 2:59 pm

I normally do not believe in making resolutions, however I need to demonstrate my performance. How did you do?

Martina Rowland July 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm

We all want to make the best of 2013 with having a fast start. We all start with big dreams and goals, often with a list of top resolutions. However the reality is that most people find it hard to keep those resolutions beyond the first 30 days.

Krantcents July 17, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Many people start out with good intentions, but do not have plan to achieve them. A goal without a plan is just a wish!

silver price July 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Whether you set resolutions or not, now is the time to decide that 2013 is going to be a great year. Take the time to think about what you want and set some goals for yourself in terms of career or business development. Just as importantly as thinking about what you do want 2013 to bring, take a minute to figure out what you don’t want next year, and how to go about eliminating those things from your professional life.

Krantcents July 23, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Resolutions are goals, but a plan is needed to achieve them! If you monitor your progress and adjust you effort, you can achieve anything.

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