Change for a Year

Take a year. Change your life.

About the Site

I started this blog to help change my life. The idea was that each year I’d pick a goal, pursue it, and check it off my bucket list.

After just a few months I discovered what had been missing: writing.

Within six months of launching this blog I quit my job to become a part-time freelance writer. A few months later I landed my dream job as the editor of an awesome startup company helping to deal with cybercrime.

This site came in large part from people, including my dad, asking why I don’t write anymore.  As all parents, good friends, and inner voices seem to say when looking through that warped lens, I am the cat’s pajamas.  It used to give me great joy, and it has given me that again.  I hope posting here helps motivate myself to chase my dreams while, and this is equally important, amusing myself daily.  If it rubs off on those who choose to follow me on this journey, that’s all gravy.


  1. I can’t believe Herbifit beat me to it. Thanks for taking us along on your journey. You deserve a Liebster.

  2. Vegan in Wisconsin….that’s challenging. All the restaurant employees looking at you funny when you order things cheeseless, and I can’t imagine vegan cheeses are plentiful there – sacrilege! Make your own non-cheese!
    Oh- and I used to live in Florida too. Then we fled.

  3. I feel the same way. Loved the “dreaming in the dark” post; it moved me.
    It’s all about our dreams. We really are dreams, it’s what we choose to dream about that differentiates us; what defines us.

    Like you, I want the better side of life, the better side of myself.
    Peace & Love,

  4. Hi, Jeff. Thanks so much for visiting my site and deciding to follow along. I *so* enjoy your blog and look forward to every post. Even though it’s been incredibly easy to switch to a vegan diet, it’s taken me months to start losing weight again. It’s so nice to have companions on this journey.

  5. Hello! I have nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Please follow the link below for the rules All the best to you!

  6. You’ve really got a great thing going here. I really enjoy your posts. In acknowledgement of my appreciation, and to highlight your blog, I have nominated you for “The Very Versatile Blogger Award”. You can either respond by simply knowing that you have a big fan or, in turn, you can go to my post (below), and follow the mission outlined there. Keep up the good work, Tony

  7. I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. Hope you get the pingback, or check out my post to accept the award. I find you very inspiring!

  8. Hi Jeff, great to read through your blog! I’ve recently stopped eating meat and I’m ‘flirting’ with the Vegan life (as Alicia Silverstone calls it) and am posting Vegetarian and Vegan recipe ideas on my new blog ‘Veggie Steady Go!’. I’ll be following your posts and look forward to your ideas. I love the cauliflower buffalo sauce recipe – I’ve always thought the sauce tasted better then the meat anyway! I’m from Wales in the U.K. by the way. Good to meet you! 🙂 Fleur

  9. Holy crap. Your blog effing rules! Look at all those people nominating you for stuff! I didn’t even know they made blogging awards.

    Anyway, thanks for the like and the follow, it caused me to check out your blog, which I am thoroughly enjoying. It’s pretty courageous to commit to a lifestyle change like this one when you are not only a staggering minority, but are also faced with very limited vegetarian resources. Obviously I haven’t even been able to commit to meat-free living in the relatively veg-friendly city of Pittsburgh.

    Good luck in your journey and keep up the good work.

    • Thanks! I didn’t know about blog awards either until I got nominated. It’s been fun being vegan so far. Blogging about it definitely keeps me from cheating until it becomes habit.

  10. seriously awesome. My son’s GF is Vegan and getting a glimpse into that life is super cool.

  11. The step you’ve opted for, needs a huge amount of courage. Kudos to you Jeff 🙂

  12. Cool blog. Love your goals. You`re a tad too young for a midlife crisis. But that makes you just about the right age to have one.
    Looking forward to your adventures in 2014.

  13. Hey I live in gurnee IL and trying to be vegan 🙂 Cheers. I live close to Wisconsin been there done that, loved it. I am 47 going through that “Mid life crisis” I am in college full time for my Bachelor degree! I need to find my passion and change. Great blog, great goals, never give up! U are awesome:

  14. I’m IN…you have inspired me!!

  15. Great blog 🙂 Looks like there are some similarities in our trajectories. I also made big changes in my late 20’s, and now, ten years on, I am a full-time writer, which allows me to do what I love most: move around in the world (geographically rather than “upwards”, in rat-race fashion).

    I’m curious to see how you’ll go about tackling the student debt problem, since this is also my major bone of contention… am looking for a spark (or several) of inspiration here, as you can tell 😉

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