My 2019 Annual Year In Review

by Jan 19, 2020Year In Review0 comments

I recently received James Clear’s “My 2019 Annual Review” newsletter and realized how great of an idea this is that everyone should implement. In the course of him starting these reviews in 2013 to his current 2019 edition he has had major strides of success. In 2013 it looked as though this was an experiment to hold himself accountable. In 2019 Jame Clear has had some astonishing numbers to share including, but not limited to; over 1.3 million copies of his book Atomic Habits sold worldwide with a 4.8/5 review score on both Amazon and Audible, 353,970 new email subscribers, and158 nights of travel away from home. If you haven’t read or listened to his book Atomic Habits yet then I highly recommend you pick up a copy, it is an incredible book that everyone should read if you’re hoping to pick up a habit. Here are a few links of his Annual Reviews for you to check out for yourself

James Clear 2019 Annual Review
James Clear 2018 Annual Review
James Clear 2017 Annual Review
James Clear 2016 Annual Review
James Clear 2015 Annual Review
James Clear 2014 Annual Review
James Clear 2013 Annual Review

Now that you’ve seen the amazing success that is possible with using a newsletter or article like that it’s time for myself to begin writing about my 2019 year in review. The results haven’t been nearly as astonishing as what James has had, but with this accountability, I believe that I will achieve similar results in a shortened period of time.

I’m going to start off with the same format as James Clear in this one:

This Annual Review will answer the three questions:

  1. What went well this year?
  2. What didn’t go so well this year?
  3. What did I learn?
  4. Plans for 2020 (This one is my personal addition)

Before we begin, it is worth noting that every Annual Review is a personal process. This is simply an overview of what my year looked like, not advice for how you should live your life. (That said, you are always welcome to use this general format for your own Annual Review.)

1 – What went well this year?

2019 was a real bounce-back year of my life showing that I could come back from any obstacles I face with self-education and hard work.  The year was really focussed on testing the waters and see what income sources are possible.  The majority of these successes happened from August-December.

Self Improvement & Health

  • Lost 30 pounds Lost 6% Body-fat
  • Listened to 23 audiobooks while doing home renovations
  • Read 11 Books
  • 44 days straight of Yoga
  • Began Testing Meditation
  • Began Testing Visioning
  • Took 10 online courses (Mindvalley; Longevity, The M Word, Limitless, Rapid Transformative Training, The Habit of Ferocity, Mastery Of Sleep.  Course Creator Pro, Aquaponics Design Course, 2 carpentry courses)
  • Accepted into MindValley University
  • Bought a lot of gadgets focussed on health
  • Listened to podcasts religiously – Ben Greenfield, MindValley, Smart Passive Income, Tom Bilyeu
  • Learned to Juggle

Audience Growth

  • Started a website called Educational Grader which saw 930 newsletter subscribers added
  • Instagram – 8,352 Subscribers
  • Started a YouTube Channel – 3,770 Subscribers
  • I haven’t started Facebook or Twitter Yet.


  • Went to Nova Scotia (Furthest East in Canada I’ve ever been)


Real Estate

  • Created an AirBNB unit and had our first guest
  • I moved away from the big city to where I have the rental properties so I can focus more on them.


2 – What Didn’t Go So Well This Year?

I can’t look at anything as a failure because it was all an experience, but these are the downsides of the year.  Most of these happened before July/August and I recovered from all of these by the end of the year.

  • Gained 20 pounds at the beginning of the year because I focussed too much on business
  • Cysts started appearing on my body, however, I did learn how to get rid of cysts by removing sugar from the diet!

3 – What Did I Learn

2019 was focused on learning in every aspect of my life.

  • Depression was overcome by a healthier diet, yoga, meditation, and educating myself
  • Anxiety was overcome by the above aspects, but I believe primarily from removing added sugar from my diet
  • Cysts went away after I removed refined sugars from my diet
  • The minimal effective dose of exercise
  • The benefits of an earthing mat
  • The impact that the food we eat plays on our body and how important the gut microbiome is.
  • Understanding growth and analytics with YouTube
  • Understanding how to grow an Instagram account
  • Learned how to put together an online course
  • I learned a lot when it comes to home renovations and carpentry.
  • Learned Aquaponics and how to design many different types of systems
  • How to grow an email list

4 – Plans for 2020

The plans for 2020 are quite extravagant.

Online World

  • Launch a course on how to start a catering company with my mother.
  • Release 2 YouTube Videos a week
  • Write 5 blog posts per week
  • Aquaponics store on Amazon
  • Start a podcast – 2 Podcasts/week
  • Become a travel agent

Health, Self Improvement, and Knowledge

  • Physical fitness to the next level by working out once again (Lose 8% body fat to bring me down to 12%)
  • Grouse Grind
  • Tough Mudder or Spartan Race
  • Read at least 50 books
  • Listen to at least 50 Audiobooks
  • Consistent Routine (Yoga, Meditation, Reading, Cold Showers, Cashflow Board Game with Family, etc)
  • Attend MindValley University
  • Attend MindValley Adventures
  • At least 3 overseas trips
  • Soccer abilities (being able to Juggle the ball)

Real Estate

  • Create 3 AirBNB’s
  • Sell 2 Sustainable Properties
  • Invest in at Least 2 more Properties
  • Build 2 backyard aquaponics systems, 1 major system, sell multiple mini-systems.
  • Work on Water Turbines



2019 was probably one of the worst and best years of my life at the same time.  It was quite the roller coaster that was preoccupied primarily by a big move and complete life changes.  The year ended quite strong which gives me lots of hope for this upcoming year.  I believe that I have worked out a plan that will help me hit every goal I seek to achieve and the last 4 months saw how much is possible.

2020 is going to be an amazing year and I can’t wait to show you the outcome.

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