December was another good month, and all things considered, 2016 was a great year for me work-wise. It’s the year that marked a shift in my life. I’m someone who downplays their accomplishment and I have trouble feeling proud of myself. But…

In 2016, I created a job for myself (my online business) and it’s entirely based around several of my passions and interests, and that’s something I can feel good about. This job brought me over $100,000 in revenue in 2016, which is so much more than what I expected.

The Last 12 Months

My progress for 2016:

  • January 2016: $3,461.03
  • February 2016: $3,985.58
  • March 2016: $6,696.22
  • April 2016: $6,301.01
  • May 2016: $7,806.68
  • June 2016: $7,897.69
  • July 2016: $8,586.24
  • August 2016: $10,689.15
  • September 2016: $10,510.04
  • October 2016: $11,440.13
  • November 2016: $14,679.61
  • December 2016: $13,201.05
  • Total For 2016: $105,254.43

December Income Breakdown

December Expenses

  • Tailwind: $0 (Free month — get yours here!)
  • SendGrid (e-mails): $9.95
  • Hosting: $10
  • SurveyMonkey: $30
  • TOTAL: $49.95
  • NET EARNINGS: $13,151.10

Now What?

This isn’t going to be a typical income report!

It’s also going to be a little more personal than usual, so if you’re here for the usual blogging tips, I’ll have another post all about that.

For now, I want to go over what I discovered in the past year in terms of business growth and self-growth, and where I’m headed from here.

So, money doesn’t motivate me.

My first big realization of 2016 is that I’m not motivated by money. I didn’t realize this (and the big impact it has on everything else) until my boyfriend pointed it out. “Money clearly doesn’t motivate you. You have to find out what does.”

He’s absolutely right. My income reports are more like a game to me, and although it feels good to know that I’m not in the hole financially, the idea of making more money doesn’t motivate me.

I think this might be the case for a lot of us. We’re more motivated by the things we can achieve with the money we’re making. For me, I have to admit I’ve always been somewhat of a minimalist, and money was something to save for my travels. Since I couldn’t travel because of health issues I’ve been having, money just didn’t serve as a motivator.

What motivates me then? I can think of two things that do.

1. Love, compassion, and helping others.

With my blog Cruelty-Free Kitty, I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback and kind emails thanking me for the work I put into my site. Cruelty-Free Kitty is my small contribution to help put an end to animal testing for cosmetics. But interestingly enough, I’m also helping other people contribute to putting an end to animal testing.

I freaking love helping others, and it’s something that makes me feel useful and gives me a purpose. It’s why I started Rosevibe, which goes way beyond helping others set up a blog and monetize it. I want to help others who may going through a rough time, and I want to give them the confidence and motivation to live the life they want. If I can help just one woman be happier and love herself, I’ll be happy too.

On a similar note, being compassionate towards people is also important to me. I want to raise awareness about the importance of fair trade and being more ethical (for those fortunate enough to have the privilege to choose). I’ve been apprehensive about taking this direction because it’s impossible to be perfectly ethical today, and sadly, some people have a black-and-white vision of ethics. Making a small difference is still possible, and love and compassion are crucial.

2. Creating.

This is what I came up with when it comes to my second source of motivation. Creating. I think it’s part of the fuel that keeps me going. Whether it’s building a website from nothing, branding, or making graphics, I’m very drawn to everything art-related.

I also feel best when I’m creating, in my work life or in terms of hobbies. I’ve started drawing again recently and although it’s hard for me to keep it up, it’s my favorite thing to do. I need to keep that creative energy as central as possible in my life and in my work life.

This also means I want to infuse more of “me” into my work and everything I do.


Over the past year, I’ve seen my identity slip away and it’s not a good sign. My yearly theme for 2017 is identity. Going back to my roots and reviving everything that has made me feel like myself. This means I want to go back to reading more, learning more, and creating more.

I also want to stop hiding online, but it’s one of the hardest things for me. I’ve always hated having any sort of spotlight on me, and I’m the most private person ever. But I’ve started sharing more on this blog, and it feels strangely comfortable.

My biggest goal for 2017 is being myself and sharing more about my life on my blog(s). I want to share more pictures, and although I probably can’t do video at this point, I’d love to have helpful video tutorials with voiceovers on Rosevibe.

My one thing.

In 2016, I achieved something I’m really grateful for, and that’s freedom from the 9-to-5 mindset. Every day, I can either choose to work or not to work, and I’m still making the same passive income.

What’s left for me to do now is take this advantage to the next level, and use my time wisely. This is where The ONE Thing comes in.

I’ve been reading The ONE Thing and it’s been a great inspiration. I’ve been spending the past weeks trying to figure out what my ONE thing is, and I think I’m getting very close to figuring it out.

The book goes over some very basic yet controversial principles. They’re controversial because they challenge what’s established as small truths that we all take for granted today. Things like work-life balance, lack of motivation, or not aiming high enough. Then there’s the core idea of the book, which is all about focusing all your energy on ONE thing, whatever that may be.

Focusing on the positive.

To end this post, I want to go over a general principle that I tend to forget, even though it should be hard-wired in me (and all of us).

Maybe you’re like me. I tend to focus on whatever needs to be fixed, on whatever isn’t quite right. This means that I miss the big picture. I don’t see the forest because I get lost in the few trees that need to be trimmed.

This applies 100% to how I view my blogs. If I’m unhappy with a part of my work, be it in terms of the layout or content, I start to belittle my blog as a whole.

That’s silly! It’s also why I haven’t been giving Rosevibe enough attention since November. Because I’m unhappy with parts of my theme, I stop working on the blog as a whole.

Realistically, I love Rosevibe and what I’ve accomplished with this site so far. The positive comments I’ve been getting make me SO happy. I’m confident that I’m going to transform it into a site I love even more, and help more wonderful people along the way.

If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading! 🙂