So dedicated that he quit

A few years back, I read a story about a guy transforming his life using his password. The idea is that you type your password so often and if you set it to a goal, you’re constantly typing it and thinking about it.

I tried the strategy. In 2014, I set my password to Freedom2014. Freedom meant that I get to work on by own business and do my thing.

In 2015, I got a new job (it wasn’t time for Freedom, yet). When my employer gave me a laptop, I set the password to Freedom2016 (I’d given up for 2015!).

I would have forgotten what year I started this “freedom” thinking were it not for my password at home. Freedom2014. Freedom2014. Freedom2014.

Throughout this time I kept squirreling a bit of money where I could. As you know, I also kept working on Zip Recipes.

It took three years for me to get to my goal. Last week, I walked into my manager’s office and resigned. Freedom2017, baby!

So, what does this mean for you?

I’m ecstatic to tell you that I’ve never been more dedicated to you than right now. In April, I will be releasing some really neat features like:

  • Automatic nutritional calculation (that includes nutrition labels)
    • Honestly, this is going to be a huge time saver for you so you can do more of what you love!
  • Search for ingredients using WordPress search
  • Save Recipe button

If you’ve been on the fence about upgrading, no better time than now!

Also, in the past, I’ve had to turn people away if they needed some modifications for Zip Recipes, their theme, or website in general.

From now on, WordPress Customization is a service I will provide for you! So, if you need specific modifications for Zip Recipes to match your site or just modifications in general, send an email and let an expert (ahem me!!) start working on your website!

Lastly, here’s a motivational video from Steve Harvey about Taking the Jump:

 

How I get direction throughout my day

Last August, a friend shared a tip he had heard from a productivity course he was taking.

It was quite simple: set goals at the beginning of the day in a diary. At the end of the day, review them and see how you did. Do this everyday.

Often times, we read a book cover to cover and don’t implement anything from it. That’s a waste and I decided not to waste this tip. I didn’t need to watch a video, take a course, read a whole book. It was one simple tip and I decided to digest and use it.

Now, how do I know it was last August?! I simply went to my diary software and looked up when I started typing “Goals:” at the very top. Here’s the entry for that day:

I started thinking about this process these past few days because I stopped setting these goals. What happened is really not unexpected. I started working on tasks that weren’t the top priority. Often, I had no clue what I was supposed to work on.

I’m sharing this tip with you because I believe it has the power to change your personal life and your business this year.

As for me, it’ll help me build these features for Zip Recipes in the near future:

  • Nutritional info label
  • Save Recipes button for Yummly (let me know if you want a Save Recipes button for another service)
  • Integrate WP Search to search for recipe ingredients, instructions, etc.

Zip Recipes Interview: How Nicolas and Layla built a food blog that gets 2 million views/month

 

I met Nicolas about a year ago. He emailed me enquiring about Zip Recipes.

Since then, I’ve learned a lot from him about how to improve Zip Recipes. I approached him with an idea to do an interview with me about how he and his wife, Layla, started their food blog.

As usual, he was very gracious and we ran with it. The result is below.

They’ve been able to do very well with their food blog and I recommend you listen and see what you can learn. One of the very first SEO tips he shares is so easy to implement. I had never thought about it!

 

I got inspired in Banff, Alberta

Last weekend, my friend and I decided to take some time off and go to Banff, Alberta.

At Fairmont Banff Springs, I shot this video reflecting on something I witness.

BTW, the background is NOT a wallpaper 😍