Failures and Accomplishments in 2017

This is the first time I’m really doing a retrospective and thinking about my year.

Is that something you do at the end of the year? If so, how do you do it?

Here are some of my failures and accomplishments for 2017.


  • Online Course for Miles and Points – Low enrollment and interest. Need to reevaluate strategy, incorporate feedback, update slides, and re launch an updated version.
  • Writing Consistently – I admit sometimes my posts have been sporadic, with gaps of days to weeks and almost a month earlier in the year. As you may know, I have a ton of different interests and need to really focus my energy. Going forward, I have an idea of how to schedule and make time to post regularly.
  • Not staying focused – I have too many hobbies and get easily distracted, astrophotography/timelapse, flying my drone, coffee roasting, illustration etc. It’s a constant struggle to find time to spend on each of these.
  • Not taking care of my herbs and vegetables better – There were several times this year, when I neglected or did the bare minimum required to grow my own herbs, leafy greens, tomatoes and peppers. Plants are alive as you well know, and I’m sure they didn’t feel the love. And I wasted some of what I grew too. Bad bad bad. Next year? Take the time to take better care of them.
  • Not setting goals for myself – both personal and for the blog. 2018 will be the first






  • Started video blogging (Vlogging) and began to grow my All Day I Eat – like a shark Youtube Channel This means more visual learning about cooking, gardening and travel!
  • Listened to many books on food, mindfulness, marketing, business, and entrepreneurship. I’d love to read more, but audiobooks are much more convenient. If you haven’t tried Audible before, I’d highly recommend it. You can get two free books during your one month trial.  I listen to them on double speed so I can get through twice as fast!
  • Obtained my commercial drone license so I can fly and record aerial video as a side hustle. More aerial footage coming your way!
  • Learned the basics of server setup and maintenance to host my own site in the ‘cloud’. Thinking about doing this? Ask me if you want!

2018 Goals

  • Grow Youtube Channel following to over 1,000 Subscribers
  • Establish All Day I Eat merchandise line
  • Establish local coffee roasting business
  • Enroll at least 100 people in each of my 3 online courses that align with my 3 favorite topics – Japanese food, hydroponic gardening, points travel


What are your goals for 2018?




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9 thoughts on “Failures and Accomplishments in 2017

  • January 5, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    How exciting about starting a coffee roasting business! I am determined to finish my third book in 2018 🙂

  • December 26, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Failure is such a negative word … they are just things you have to work on. And, if things didn’t get done, it’s cause OTHER things were more important. Impressed by your accomplishments list. Best of luck with the goals for 2018.

    PS: I once had fish. I gave them way because, well … refer to your herbs and vegetables note above.

    • December 27, 2017 at 8:06 am

      that’s another way of looking at it, much more positive 🙂

      • December 27, 2017 at 8:12 am

        Swordtails, a 3 spot gourami, a kuhli loach to clear off the algae, cardinal tetras, pencil fish. I even had a siamese fighting fish briefly.

        It was a while ago.

          • December 27, 2017 at 8:39 am

            I don’t think I had them all at the same time but those were the ones I remembered. 🙂

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