Financial Freedom ++ – like I had predicted in previous weeks, I had spent plus or minus a few dollars off the amount I anticipated spending. This seems like it will be the norm in terms of my spending if I don’t take into account special events like birthdays, outings, which involve copious amounts of alcohol 🙂
SEO/Career (-) – man, this is industry is very up and down. Considering all the changes Google has made in the last few months, which has far outpaced any in recent years. It’s becoming increasingly challenging for small businesses to be able to rank for extremely competitive keywords. It seems that Google is finally making the steps to really drive home the point that only high quality, relevant, timely and useful content will help small businesses rank, and that’s excluding their emphasis on social where they’re rolling in their PostRank acquisition in building out the social side of Google Analytics. Only the nimblest and agile small businesses who are top of their game will be able to emerge from this assault on webspam and low quality content.
Fitness Phenomenon ++ – hit the gym 4 times this week! w00t! I still didn’t get around to running 5 K probably because of the chillier temperatures, but that shouldn’t be an excuse… However, I did do a PR for amount lifted for my Barbell Back Squats at 180 lbs! Just have to keep on showing up to the gym and giving it all I got until I feel like I need to be thrown into the scrap heap 😉
Data Visualization ++ – signed up for TutsPlus Premium’s 30 Days to Learn Illustrator. Even though it’s $19 a month, I feel more compelled to follow through. In my Consistency blog post, I detailed writing about Chris Strom’s blogging every day, where he would write, reflect and reinforce what he learned the previous day for an entire year. An amazing feat of execution, discipline and focus. I’ll try to hold myself up to his standard of blogging everyday for the next year. Back to learning Illustrator, I feel that learning in a structured “Tutorial” environment that covers the basics will help me build a foundation I’m comfortable with and one that I can reference. Doing random basic tutorials felt like a waste of time for me, to be frank, but I suppose everyone has their own way of learning.