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Monthly Progress Report: Big News in 2013

December was a big month for me. It not only marked the ending of one of the best years I’ve ever had career-wise, but it was also life-changing for me personally.

I learned so much about myself, my mindset, my relationship with money and so much more. When you hold the reigns of your life, you’ll be surprised where you go (and where you end up).

In 2013, some of the biggest milestones included, quitting my job of 10 years, starting my own solopreneur business and getting married!

Yep, after my fiance and I got engaged in March 2013, we decided to elope in December and make it official.

its official

My fiance and I tied the knot!

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Interviews and Mentions

Thanks to all the awesome people who interviewed me and shared this blog as helpful resource!

The hubs and I enjoying our honeymoon!

The hubs and I enjoying our honeymoon!

A Year in Review: Major Biz Accomplishments in 2013

There’s a lot of things I celebrated this year. Like I mentioned, my fiance and I got engaged in March. Then I quit my job on May 1, 2013 and within a few weeks, moved to Denver, Colorado for the summer.

Over the summer break I tried and tested being my own boss, and understood for the first time in a decade, what it meant to put my family and health before my job. During this entire time I worked with a business coach to help me get through all the ups-and-downs.

To wrap up a fun summer, I attended World Domination Summit for the first, and met some awesome people in real life for the first time. After that I dialed back the busyness and went on a weekend mastermind retreat to Palm Springs.

Then I closed out the last of my business travels by meeting Derek Halpern in person at FinCon13. Lastly, I wrapped up the end of the year by launching my first paid product

Books I’m Reading Now

Make Money Your Honey: A Spirited Entrepreneur’s Guide to Having a Love Affair with Work and Money, by Amanda Abella.

Was 2013 an epic year for you? Share a personal or business accomplishment in the comments below, or on Twitter!

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About the author: Carrie Smith is a financial writer, business consultant, and freelance coach. After paying off $14,000 of debt and quitting her full-time accounting job, she launched Careful Cents to help other creative freelancers overcome financial mountains. She works one-on-one with side hustlers and go-getters who are ready to make a profit without selling out. When she’s not writing about finance, and geeking out over numbers, she enjoys painting, sketching, and making food with her chef husband. You can connect with her in real time on Twitter or Instagram: @carefulcents.

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  • Susan @ Travel Junkette January 16, 2014, 3:16 pm

    Congrats on a great (and inspiring) year, Carrie! Here’s to even more success in 2014!

    • Carrie Smith January 16, 2014, 8:42 pm

      Thank you Susan! It’s been a fabulous 2013. :)

  • Kaya Ismail January 16, 2014, 3:59 pm

    Thanks for including my Top 50 Twitter Accounts Every Freelance Blogger Should Follow list Carrie!

    Hope you enjoyed the honeymoon :)

    • Carrie Smith January 22, 2014, 12:32 pm

      A big thanks to you for including my account in your list! Our honeymoon was a blast. :)