It has been a tradition for me beginning of every year to make a review of what transpired in my life for the past year. In making a review, I dwell more on my accomplishments rather than my failures. I wanted to keep track of the good things that happened to me in the past and get rid of the bad memories as much as possible. I'm trying to avoid keeping those bad memories in my heart. These should be thrown away. I don't really regret those bad things that I've encountered as these could be transformed into good things depending on how you treat them. I considered my bad experiences as part of the learning process. I suffered, cried and get hurt but these are all important parts and parcels of life that we could not live without.
There is no perfect life, but we could fill it with perfect moments. :)
The year 2013 is not really a great year for me as I have encountered ups and downs as far as my personal life and career is concerned. However, I consider it a wonderful year for me and my family as we have managed to become closer in heart and spirit. The trials and difficulties that we have encountered made us whole and united. We realized the value of family more than ever. Financially, I would say that I passed 2013 with flying colors. This year didn't really made me really rich but I'm well off financially. We've started with the cup cake business and women's apparel which are both operating online. The result is not that marvelous but the potential is great! I've recovered my initial capital quite fast and had started to build up my clients. I didn't really earn that big but it's more than what I've expected. Considered great for 6 months of operation. :)
All in all, here's what I have accomplished for the year 2013:
- Lot amortization has been completed.
- Able to fund the renovation of our first house.
- Introduce some minor repairs and improvements in our current house.
- Replace those furniture that were devastated by the "Habagat" flooding.
- Add up some amount to my savings.
- Increased my blog earnings by 40%. From 5 figures last 2012, it rose up to 6 figures last 2013. Cheers to that! Some of my blogs lost the PR, but with God's grace, these blogs still continued to earn. Maybe lesser towards the end of the year but overall, I still considered it to have contributed quite well to my funds.
I never really spend my blog earnings except for some funds used for hotel bookings abroad, for renewal of my domains, and purchase of LG 29" LED TV for my bedroom last December. I also feel grateful to my blogs for financing my small apparel business which had just started last year.
But the greatest thing that happened to 2013 is my long awaited decision to finally leave the rat race. To leave my job abroad and go back home and stay with the family. There were so many factors that have contributed to this decision but I am very pleased that I've finally made up my mind.
I wanted to work at home and be with my family for good. I didn't regret my decision as I still feel very productive even at home. Apart from being occupied with small businesses, I have managed to keep an online job apart from working on my blogs. On top of that, I am now able to manage the entire household and look after my children.
2013 has been a blessed year for me and I hope that 2014 will even be a better one.
I am claiming success and happiness for 2014.