There have been several good things to come out of the past year for both my wife, Brenda and I. If I choose to not dwell on the bad parts – and there always are negatives regardless of who you are – I can see a number of silver linings. Considering I am generally a positive person, this is very easy for me to do.
Two interesting developments came out of 2016 that I see us concentrating more on in the New Year. The success we experienced with the regular vending of the preserves Brenda makes under the JamBusters! home-canning banner was a huge boost to us. Not only did it generate a decent return on investment, it proved to be very popular wherever we set up to vend. It will continue to play a big part in our future.
The second one was my freelance writing. Although it was originally intended to be a casual pastime, it turned into a solid extra source of income with ongoing work through a stable of regular clients. In fact, it became promising enough to convince me to make it a full-time career since September of 2016. I see it growing even more in the New Year as well as my extra projects.
I currently have five personal website projects of my own I have been working on regularly trying to build them up. Of those, three are tied to eBooks I have written. Last year I published two and I see at least two more in the coming year. While they are not getting the kind of action I had hoped, copies do sell regularly and I’ll put some effort into focusing on that.
I also have a podcast channel I have been keeping fresh with new episodes weekly. They see a fair amount of action and I am happy with that but will also put more effort into building those into something better in 2017. As of this week, an episode will be featured Sundays on the internet radio station SoCountry, which is a project of a friend of mine. I am looking forward to the exposure that will bring to my overall ‘Looseink Freelance Ninja’ brand.
Closer to home, I have already started to get involved within my community…again. I chose to do so for various reasons with all of them centred on me being able to use personal skills to assist rather than anything that would be considered selfish. I am no longer tied down with a local storefront business so I can be a bit more active and I enjoy what has been done so far.
So, really, all I see myself doing in 2017 is exactly as I described: building on current successes. What are you going to do this year? Do you have a huge plan that may take off or are you hoping for something big to come your way? It doesn’t really matter what you do in 2017 as long as you do something you enjoy and if you can fit in some time to help others, it will bring you even more satisfaction. Good luck and Happy New Year!