The One Year Project

A Personal Experiment in Deadline Transition

The Year I’ll Get Everything I Ever Wanted

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Photo by andreakw

Man…  Unbelievable.

I’ve been freelancing for over a year now.  It doesn’t seem like too long ago that I was slaving through 9-to-5 drudgery, hating life working at the hospital.  I’m in a transition phase of my life so I’m having year after year of huge changes (and I kind of hope that doesn’t stop.)  2008 left me with a legitimate web design business ( if you’re interested), a system of organization for getting things done, my first legally owned copy of Photoshop (to know you make enough money to buy the pirated software you use is quite a good feeling), a brand new aluminum MacBook, a Canon Rebel and two Moleskines.  It’s a short list, but this is literally all the material things I’ve ever wanted.  It enables me to make money and art.  If 2008 was the year of acquiring material necessities, 2009 is the year of getting everything else, namely those things which can’t be bought:

  • Financial Stability (Okay, maybe that one sort of can be bought.)
  • A Successful Business
  • A Thin and Healthy Me
  • The Ability to Travel Freely

I’ve listed the goals in more detail  in the earlier post defining this little experiment of mine, but this pretty much sums everything up.

2008 was a great year of personal and professional development for me.  As someone who used to be crippled by shyness, I found myself routinely calling clients and potential clients on the phone.  I started earning money on my absolute own with no employer, however modest my income was.  I developed even more skills to make even more money.  I completed a business plan and registered both a Doing-Business-As name with the state and more recently a full-blown LLC (More about that in a later post).

On the opposite side, 2008 saw an unusually high rate of deaths among family and friends.  I felt almost guilty that while all these horrible things were happening I was doing so well personally.  It also served as a huge motivator.  I felt like with each bit of bad news I was knocked a little further up the line.  Faced with your own mortality, you begin to see what matters and what doesn’t and you start doing what you need to do.

I’ve listed all my personal goals this year.  But what about goals for the blog?

By the end of this year I’d like to have 100 subscribers.

100 subscribers is unreasonable enough to make this a very worthwhile goal.  So help me out!  Click here to subscribe or click here to subscribe by email!

Today is a beautiful day.  The sun is shining so bright, the frost on the grass sparkled like specks of glass in the sunlight.  2009 will be a great year!

Here’s to the last year I’ll ever be fat and broke!


Written by J. Bentley

January 1, 2009 at 11:35 am

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  1. Nice. These goals are great. Good luck with them. 2008 was definitely a strange year. 09 has to be better!

    Mark Pollard

    January 1, 2009 at 5:19 pm

  2. Thanks! I’m looking forward to whatever 09 brings.

    J. Bentley

    January 1, 2009 at 7:04 pm

  3. Good luck with the goals. I have some similar ones myself. Interested to see how things turn out so I subscribed. Best wishes!


    January 2, 2009 at 5:02 pm

  4. Thanks and thanks for subscribing! I hope your learning Mandarin goes well too!

    J. Bentley

    January 2, 2009 at 5:25 pm

  5. “Here’s to the last year I’ll ever be fat and broke!”

    I second that…. stumbled across your blog and am diggin’ it.

    Here’s to health, wealth, prosperity & serenity in 2009!


    January 3, 2009 at 8:38 pm

  6. Thanks Heather! Hope your year is great too!

    J. Bentley

    January 3, 2009 at 8:47 pm

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