As I was reflecting on 2014, I thought about what my goals were last January, and how I went about following through on them. Rather than making specific goals, I had more of a basic, vague idea of what I wanted to do. What I realized in looking back was that I did make a series of simple changes over the last year, which overall have had a positive impact. Here’s a few that have been especially helpful:
Created an Account on Fiverr
As a freelancer, I’m always looking for effective ways to find new business. I made an account on Fiverr back when I took on a side hustle challenge, and I am so glad that I did! I shared an in-depth review of the site here.
Some people doubted the value of Fiverr for their own side hustlin’, which I can understand. Let me say that Fiverr is just one more useful tool to generating business. This site introduces me to clients and brings me new projects that I truly enjoy. There are many clients on Fiverr who are willing to pay fair rates, so you’re not working for pennies.
One of my favorite things about the site is that you can create whatever gigs you want and give new things a try. By creating different gigs related to content creation and editing, I have expanded my business beyond just freelance writing. I’ve been able to really hone in on the needs of my client base, and in turn, I’m able to offer them much more.
Opened Rewards Credit Cards
In the beginning of 2014, I started looking into “travel hacking”. Since we like to travel and we also like to avoid debt, it was a no-brainer! I signed up for the Barclay card, quickly earned the bonus, and am still racking up miles on it today. It’ll be a huge help when we book tickets to Bulgaria again this year.
Since M has been actively trying to build his credit, he also signed up for a few cash back cards. We just got a bonus from Chase, as well as cash back from Discover. We’re going to hold off on applying for any more cards this year, but I’m happy with the rewards that these cards have provided while helping us to boost our credit worthiness.
Made Health a Priority
One of my goals last year was to really focus on health. I consider myself to be a pretty healthy person, but there are always improvements to be made. Staying active is sometimes a struggle since I spend a lot of time at the computer.
In my search for a fitness routine that I could actually stick with, I came across hooping. If you’re looking for something fun that doesn’t feel like exercise, give it a try. I absolutely love it! When the weather is warmer, I start off every day with about 30 minutes of hooping outside. Now that it’s cold, I’ve had to bring it indoors. I look forward to turning on music and taking that time to recharge.
Being More Eco-conscious
I don’t want to be a wasteful person. I don’t want to use more resources than I already do, so I try to be mindful of that. One of the little ways that I do this is by hanging our laundry to dry, rather than using an energy sucking dryer. We bought a drying rack from Ikea in the spring, and I used it outdoors all through the warmer months. Now that it’s winter, I do a combination of hanging clothing up in the basement and running the dryer for heavy items. It’s a little thing, I know, but it makes me feel good. It probably doesn’t hurt the electric bill, either 😉
So those are just a few of the small changes that I made in 2014 which have had a positive impact on my life. Hooping and being eco-conscious are really more of lifestyle changes, while Fiverr and credit card churning have been good for my wallet. Hopefully I’ll stick with all of them to some degree, and make a few more changes in 2015, too.
Did you make any lasting changes in 2014?