Goodnight 2013

With this post, I say goodbye and goodnight to 2013. sunset Ozarks, saying goodbye to 2013

2013 was a year full of joys, challenges and learning. I almost gave up on blogging, and I’m so grateful that I didn’t. After a slow start in the first half of the year, my enthusiasm, posts, readers and subscribers really grow in the second half of 2013. And personally, I’ve had some financial and emotional challenges this year too. With more emphasis on gratitude and focusing on what I do want, I’ve learned from my challenges and am ready to make better choices that will allow me to thrive in 2014.

Mostly, I appreciate my readers for supporting me and helping this blog grow. The growing interaction with my readers has been delightful. Thank You!

Here’s a recap of some of my blog highlights from the WordPress stats.

Doubled my site visitors from 2012 to 2013.

Almost tripled my subscribers.

Most popular posts:

  1. Peace Prevails
  2. Awesome Stories 1.48
  3. Simply Be
  4. Open Your Heart to Gratitude
  5. Growing Gratitude for Thanksgiving

My most engaged fans, most of whom are great bloggers too. Thanks!

  1.  luggagelady
  2.   Teresa Phillipps
  3.  Holistic Wayfarer

My favorite posts:

I’m also going to use simple intentions for 2104 rather than goals. For example, I intend to be more loving and more grateful. My focus will be on progress and process rather than the end point. This will keep me focused in the present, fully participating in life, and using a process designed to help move me toward my intentions. So to be more loving, I am going to ask myself if this choice/ action is based in love. If yes, then I proceed. If not, then I don’t.

Yes, I still have some goals or intentions, but they are not the main focus. For example, I’m wanting to make better financial choices, so I’ve implemented some changes in the way I invest, designed to minimize my risk and losses. Or if you wanted to create better health, then you need some processes that will move you toward better health like exercising 3 times a week and/ or eating more vegetables, grains and whole foods. Using the process keeps you moving toward your goal or intention.

For more on this idea of using systems to reach your goals, read this post by James Clear.

What are your new years’ goals or intentions? More importantly, what are you doing to ensure that you move toward them?

Happy New Year!


4 thoughts on “Goodnight 2013

  1. Brad!! Nice post. Very upbeat and forward looking. All will be well in 2014, if that’s your intention and to which you focus your actions. Be who you are and allow what will be. The master plan and outcomes aren’t ours anyway. 🙂 Much joy and good fortune your way!


  2. Thanks Eric, I feel like you’ve become my friend and coach. I appreciate your kind and encouraging words. They help empower me, and I wonder if others are touched as deeply by encouraging words.
    Blessings to you for 2014. May we thrive and help lift others on the journey.


  3. I’ve never been big on New Year’s Resolutions because most people that I know never stick to them (including myself!) I believe the way you’ve worded things here makes it much more realistic, “My focus will be on progress and process rather than the end point. This will keep me focused in the present, fully participating in life, and using a process designed to help move me toward my intentions.”

    Glad to see you didn’t give up on blogging too! Funny, this is my second year and I’ve been struggling with some of the same thoughts as of late. It is a challenging process, but one that I must admit can be very rewarding and an incredible tool for self growth. Thanks so much for connecting Brad and “Happy New Year!”


    • Thanks so much Jessie. I hope that you find a reason to continue. From what I’ve seen of your blog, you have a lot to offer people with your story, courage and passion to help. I find that writing is grounding for me, helping me to focus and center, plus joyful when readers comment and connect. I look forward to connecting more with you. I’m intending a year with more progress on reaching out to people, trusting and savoring life. Blessings, Brad


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