Welcome to my 2020 Business and also Life Review!

Usually, I divide my traveling and also organization yearly testimonial web content right into 2 different article, however this year I’ve made a decision to incorporate it right into one.

2020 was a various type of year, and also I’m sure almost everybody would certainly concur with that declaration.

It was a hard year for a great deal of individuals, and also I entirely recognize.

I really feel extremely happy for the life that I reach live, however it was a difficult year for me too. I shed 2 essential member of the family in my life, my grandmother along with my pet dog that was my buddy for nearly 14 years.



I wasn’t certain if I wished to include this area in this life upgrade, as I’m additionally speaking about traveling and also organization, and also truthfully, it simply appears weird to have all of it in one.

I went back and also forth a lot of times, and also I’m still not sure of it.

But, it simply doesn’t appear right to me to not include it, as this is all a component of my life.

Good and also poor points take place, and also will certainly take place throughout an individual’s life time.

I do really feel guilty covering the deaths of 2 of my faves, and also at the very same time additionally covering organization and also traveling. Anyways…

Me and also my grandmother around 4 years earlier.

My grandmother died in the summertime of 2020. She died at the age of 97.

I invested a great deal of time maturing with my grandmother, as she enjoyed us day-to-day after institution when we were children and also stayed in Chicago.

She stayed in the structure simply behind us, so I saw her constantly.

She didn’t talk much English (and also I don’t talk Korean), although she took daily/weekly English courses also in her seniority to make sure that she can a minimum of make hand motions and also speak with us as best as she could.

I bear in mind as a youngster, she would certainly make me simple ramen (without any flavoring!) and also I was constantly so baffled regarding why she would certainly toss the flavoring package away and also make it taste dull. But I couldn’t inform her conveniently due to the fact that I didn’t recognize exactly how to inform her in Korean. After months of consuming noodles in simple water, I found out exactly how to inform her. She believed it was strange that I suched as watery noodles however she made it due to the fact that she believed I liked it, haha. That is a tale that constantly makes me laugh.

She was additionally a globe vacationer, and also mosted likely to a lot of incredible areas.

Also the kindest female ever before, and also she was so fantastic to us. I will certainly permanently miss her.

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This image was taken concerning one week prior to she died.

My favored woman died – Sailor. My buddy, the sweetest darling pie, the very best journey friend, died in December of 2020.

We taken on Sailor when she was simply 2 months old. I had actually simply transformed 18 concerning a week previously, and also simply finished from senior high school. Wes and also I were relocating with each other (we were insane children), and also determined to take on a young puppy that a buddy was looking for a house for.

Shortly after, I learnt that my papa had mind and also lung cancer cells, which he did not have much time left. Sailor existed via every one of the splits and also unhappiness (I leaned greatly on her), and also constantly brought me pleasure.

She has actually climbed up several of the highest hills in the U.S., cruised to lots of islands, and also been to several of one of the most beautiful places around.

It was extremely unexpected, and also prior to she can reach a veterinarian (the veterinarian was in fact on her method to the watercraft). The veterinarian believes it might have been a rapid relocating cancer cells, as she didn’t reveal indicators of it when she was simply at the veterinarian quickly in the past.

I’m still refining what this suggests as she was such a big and also attractive component of my life for the previous nearly 14 years.

I am sad and also miss her a lot. I was fearing this time around for some time, as I recognized she was aging, and also it’s been a lot harder than I can have ever before visualized.

Now, I’m not actually certain exactly how to shift to the following area, however listed below I will certainly be switching over to my traveling and also organization testimonial for 2020.

Like it was for almost everybody – 2020 was an odd year, packed with low and high.


Hanging out throughout lockdown on the watercraft in Puerto Rico.

Travel in 2020

2020 began with us in the Exumas in the Bahamas. We have actually invested a suitable quantity of time in the Bahamas the previous number of years on our watercraft, and also it’s an outstanding area to be, specifically on a watercraft!

We after that cruised to the Dominican Republic in February and also invested around a month. We saw whales, increased the only cord auto in the Caribbean (and also it increases around 2,500 feet!), leased an automobile and also drove around the nation, and also much more.

Then, we cruised to Puerto Rico in March. Shortly after we got here, the lockdown began, and also it was extremely stringent. It has actually loosened up considering that, however the very first a number of months they had several of the most strict policies in the globe. You can just grocery store store on specific days according to your certificate plate, you weren’t enabled to go outdoors (not also to allow your pet dog make use of the restroom), and also much more.

We had actually intended on jumping down the island chain and also investing cyclone period in Grenada, however whatever altered.

We remained in Puerto Rico for around 3 months, considering our following relocation.

Since we survive a watercraft, we needed to figure something out, as cyclone period was coming close to and also we are not enabled to remain in the “Hurricane Box” throughout cyclone period as a result of our watercraft insurance plan.

So, we had 2 alternatives, cruise to Grenada or cruise to the U.S. The cruise to Grenada would certainly have had to do with 3 days.

We determined to cruise to the U.S. as we weren’t certain what the state of the globe would certainly resemble, specifically after remaining in such a stringent lockdown for 3 months in Puerto Rico. Plus, we wished to be beyond the Hurricane Box, and also if you’re going north then that suggests heading right back to the U.S. Also, we had a great deal of watercraft job that we required to obtain done, so mosting likely to Annapolis looked like a simple selection.

It was a 1,300 maritime mile sail and also took us 9 days. It was our lengthiest flow, and also it was simply me, Wes, and also our 2 pets. Our highest possible rate was 14.5 knots, and also we struck 12 and also 13 frequently. We captured fish, saw a submarine, handled Tropical Storm Bertha, and also much more. Our pets did remarkably well on the flow, and also it was a terrific time.

We invested a number of months in Annapolis, Maryland for cyclone period and also obtained a lots of job done on SV Paradise, consisting of a significant electric refit. We can currently run whatever off of our lithium batteries and also our solar, consisting of running the watermaker, our washer/dryer, hot water heater, and also much more. Since I recognize I’ll be asked, the business we made use of for our electric refit was Marine Electric Systems in Annapolis, and also I extremely suggest them.

Hurricane period finished in November, and after that we’re needed by insurance coverage to head southern to prevent winter months weather condition on our watercraft. We did some overseas jumps and also we’re currently in bright Florida!

We’re not exactly sure what we’ll be performing in 2021, however choices need to be made ultimately due to the fact that cyclone period comes annually. We have a couple of concepts however I won’t be sharing anything right now – you’ll simply need to wait and also see! 🙂

Fortunately, we’re rather off-grid and also self-dependent on SV Paradise, so we can securely survive our watercraft, also in a time similar to this.

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2020 Business Year In Review

2020 was most definitely an odd year for companies.

Many companies fell short, while lots of others grew. Working from house and/or beginning your very own local business is currently at an all-time high too.

I am extremely happy for business that I reach run, and also I am thrilled to expand it well right into the future.

While I no more divulge precise earnings numbers as a result of personal privacy factors (therefore that I, along with others, don’t really feel the demand to “keep up” with others), earnings went to a great degree in 2020.

Here’s what my earnings has actually resembled in the past:

  • In 2013, my organization earnings completed $116,519. This was the year that I stopped my task to blog site permanent.
  • In 2014, it completed $163,929. This was my very first complete year of being independent without any day task.
  • In 2015, I made $320,888. I believe this was the year where I discharged every one of my independent customers and also began simply dealing with my blog site. This aided me to expand my earnings dramatically due to the fact that I was FOCUSED!
  • In 2016, I made $979,321. This is the year where I produced my very first item (Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing).
  • In 2017, I gained $1,536,732.
  • In 2018, I gained over $1,500,000 (I quit revealing precise numbers in 2018).

It’s insane to believe that I have actually currently been blogging for over 9 years. What began as an enjoyable little blog site without any objectives (I was also confidential!), has actually become a terrific organization for me.

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2020 was an odd year, as most of us recognize.

Even though I had a load much more leisure time as a result of lockdowns, I didn’t obtain as much job done as I had actually really hoped. My mind was all over the area a great deal of the moment, which resulted in me squandering a great deal of time.

But, I have actually listened to that was regular for a great deal of individuals for 2020. So, if you experienced the very same – do not really feel poor concerning on your own!

I didn’t participate in lots of meetings, didn’t launch any type of brand-new jobs, and also I was hardly on social media sites. I actually don’t recognize what I invested a lot of my time on, to be straightforward.

Luckily, around 2019, I decreased dramatically when it involved functioning, and also it aided greatly. I wasn’t really feeling worn out or anything with Making Sense of Cents. But, I recognized that I required to be much more conscious of exactly how I utilize my time online. I no more intend to be hooked to my laptop computer and also phone for both individual and also organization social media sites browsing/blogging.

And, after a number of years of blogging permanent and also investing 100+ hr weeks on my blog site, it’s behaved to loosen up and also concentrate on various other locations of my life.

I will certainly be entirely straightforward – earnings did not expand in 2020 over 2019 – however it was still a terrific quantity.

Thankfully, every one of the effort that I’ve placed in over the previous a number of years has actually settled.

In situation you are brand-new to this blog site, the major locations I earn money from consist of:

Three short articles that I suggest analysis:

Thank you to every one of my visitors for being below with me on this trip! I’m so pleased that I can share whatever with you.


Anchored in Puerto Rico.

Affiliate advertising and marketing causes 2020.

Affiliate earnings went to a terrific degree this previous year.

Not a lot altered from the previous year, and also whatever is rather easy when it involves associate advertising and marketing earnings on Making Sense of Cents.

I am intending to begin placing for even more article via Search Engine Optimization, which will with any luck enhance my associate earnings even more and also expand my target market on Making Sense of Cents.

The locations that I am dealing with to boost my associate earnings consist of:

  • Planning out 2021 for associate deals. I’m not actually much of a large organizer, so this is something I’m constantly dealing with. This will certainly aid to maintain me arranged and also far better prepared.
  • Learning concerning Search Engine Optimization and also using strategies to my blog site. This previous visitor blog post has actually made me incredibly thinking about taking Search Engine Optimization seriously – The precise layout that aided my website make $95,000 in associate earnings in 2015.
  • Continuing to boost and also construct a top notch channel. I intend to have a top notch channel where I remain to provide beneficial details to my visitors, and also maintain them pleased for the times when I might not have the best wifi.
  • Continuing to expand the reach of Making Sense of Cents. Traffic has actually been a little stuck recently, and also I intend to alter that! I intend to see what I can do to expand the website traffic, as that will certainly aid me to get to brand-new visitors.
  • Analyzing preferred article to see exactly how they can be boosted for the future.
  • Seeking out brand-new associate items to advertise, and also seeing what else my target market has an interest in.

If you intend to discover more concerning associate advertising and marketing, I suggest obtaining the cost-free overview 10 Easy Tips To Increase Your Affiliate Income. With this time-saving rip off sheet, you’ll find out exactly how to make associate earnings from your blog site. These pointers will certainly aid you to quickly boost your outcomes and also enhance your blog writing earnings in no time at all.


Sponsored collaboration causes 2020.

Sponsored collaborations were fantastic in the very first couple of months of 2020. But, when the globe’s occasions struck in March, points decreased significantly. This is due to the fact that business were waiting to see exactly how whatever would certainly play out.

But, in the summertime of 2020, all of it grabbed like insane.

I had a lot of deals in my e-mail inbox that I in fact needed to transform great deals down.

I think that 2021 will certainly be a terrific year for funded collaborations, and also I currently have lots of aligned for the year.

Plus, the very first couple of months of annually are typically the very best for me, as that’s when marketers have a tendency to be searching for a great deal of blog owners.

You can discover more concerning funded collaborations in my cost-free overview 8 Easy Tips To Make Money From Sponsored Posts On Your Blog.


Hiking in Puerto Rico (prior to the lockdown).

Goals for 2021.

I’m really hoping that 2021 will certainly be the year of development for both myself and also Making Sense of Cents.

After taking much of 2019 off, and also a great deal of 2020, I’m ready to obtain back to it for 2021.

My objectives for 2021:

  1. Grow Making Sense of Cents. I’d like to expand in regards to visitors and also earnings, and also there are 2 important points that I intend on performing in order to assist with that (see #2 and also #3 listed below)
  2. Get included in the media much more. I’m presently taking a training course on this subject and also I’ll be sharing even more details on it quickly! In the meanwhile, you can register for the giveaway –  2021 Publicity Calendar – This consists of 179 tale concepts, days, and also hooks to aid you produce limitless limelights and also buzz! If you intend to obtain included in publications and also preferred internet sites, this is something that you will most definitely intend to register for.
  3. See development from Search Engine Optimization. I took an SEO program that I actually appreciated, and also since after that I have actually been taking in every one of the Search Engine Optimization understanding that I can. I am really hoping that 2021 is the year of eruptive development from Search Engine Optimization for Making Sense of Cents. The cost-free program I suggest taking is The Search Engine Optimization Starter Pack (FREE Video Training).
  4. Get a minimum of 3 months in advance on Making Sense of Cents blog posts. I’m presently around 3 months in advance in web content, and also I’d like to proceed the touch that I get on.
  5. Be much more existing. My major objective in 2021 (similar to with previous years) is to be much more existing.
  6. Read 5 publications. I have just check out one publication recently that wasn’t function or sailing/boat-educational relevant. I would love to return to checking out publications that have absolutely nothing to do with attempting to find out something, haha.
  7. Start discovering a brand-new language. I recognize I won’t be well-versed, however I’d like to find out a brand-new language. I took 3-4 years of French in senior high school, which’s the one I’m attempting to find out today via Duolingo. It’s a great language to find out when cruising concerning the globe, so want me good luck!
  8. Learn exactly how to dive. We would potentially such as to include scuba diving tools to our sailing boat to make sure that we can discover the water even more as we cruise concerning the globe. So, that suggests I in fact need to find out exactly how to do it. This is most definitely a big objective of mine for this year!

I wish you appreciated this 2020 year in testimonial article. It’s constantly intriguing placing these kinds of article with each other to make sure that I can review the previous year.

And, it’s nice to have a look at it as soon as this following coming year mores than too.

How was 2020 for you? What concerns do you have for me? Share in the remarks listed below!

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