Make Your 9-5 Escape Permanent this Year: Use 2023's Most Popular Articles on the Free At 50 Blog

Make Your 9-5 Escape Permanent this Year: Use 2023's Most Popular Articles on the Free At 50 Blog

Jan 03, 2024

As we kick off 2024, let's catch up on on the most-read articles of 2023 here on the Free At 50 blog.

I created this blog for 2 reasons:
1) I want everyone to live your dream life and
2) I love to write!

What better way to share the amazing resources, from guest authors to courses, than with a blog?

Below are the top 10 posts on the Free At 50 blog for 2023, according to Google Analytics, starting with the 10th most read and counting down to number 1! I’ve added a link to each post at the bottom of my description.

And…. Some bonus articles at the end: posts added late in the year that really haven't had the time online to gather the momentum to be on the "most-read" list according to Google.

Grab your coffee, take notes, and be prepared to bookmark the articles!

RELATED: The top posts of 2022 on this blog.

Necessary disclaimer: As a blogger, I use affiliate links sometimes! I may receive commission from purchases I share; it does not change your price but sometimes you might get a discount.

grab your coffee and read an article sharing the most-read posts of 2023 on the Free At 50 blog

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Number 10: Ditch the overwhelm of thinking you have to do it all!

Shift Your Mindset From All or Nothing Thinking: Free At 50's Review of the Eye-Opening Diamond Effect Podcast to Boost Your Business Now

As much as I love to read, I really love to listen! My friend Maggie Perotin, a fellow 9-5 escapee who spent years climbing the corporate ladder traded it in for entrepreneurship.

Her podcast is simply fantastic for anyone working on making 9-5 escape permanent.

I listened to her episode about all-or-nothing thinking early in 2023... when I had successfully overwhelmed myself with all the ideas I had. My a-ha moment inspired me to write a post diving deeper into the concept of all-or-nothing thinking and how to ditch it by shifting your mindset.

Click here to read the post.

Number 9: A book review on the book I keep next to my laptop at home and on the road, even poolside!

Discovering The Essential Habits of 6-Figure Bloggers will Motivate Every Entrepreneur

Earning income blogging takes a long time... maybe up to 5 years for that "consistent income" we all seek. Oy.

Let's be honest: it can be demoralizing to see all the "I earned 6-figures in 30 days doing X Y or Z!"

It just isn't realistic. Not long-term. Not if you're doing what you love.

And Sally Miller's book shares the reality of earning income with an online business. I flippin' love the book for everyone, not just bloggers.

Click here to read the post.

sharing a book recommendation that helps entrepreneurs is a book review post of The Essential Habits of 6-Figure Bloggers

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Number 8: Getting organized for spring cleaning: an entrepreneur's to-do list!

7 Simple Ways to Spring Clean Your Business: Priorities for an Entrepreneur.

Truly, you can "spring clean" any time of year! And these tips from organizing your tech and paper files to your goals make it easy.

  • Open the link
  • Read the post
  • Then pull out your planner.
  • Drop in the tasks to spring clean your business all in one week, or month, or set up blocks of time for each task throughout the year.

PRO TIP: Bookmark the post so you can refer back to it!

Click here to read the post.

Number 7: Fantastic advice sharing effective ways to shift into a growth mindset.

6 Links to Understand and Achieve a Growth Mindset: Free At 50's Recommendations

My blog is all about giving your shortcuts.

It's also about something I've learned when running a national training program for emerging leaders: we all have different ways of learning new concepts and building habits.

Hence, I've put together what we bloggers call a "roundup" post of 6 links. With 6 different approaches, at least one will be effective for you on getting into that growth mindset that entrepreneurs need to stay on track for making your 9-5 escape permanent this year.

Click here to read the post.

red flowers blooming and growing your business by shifting to a growth mindset using an article with 6 links to resources

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Number 6: My life over 50 is NOT about money.

3 Reasons Why I Don’t Want a 7-Figure Income: My 2023 Freedom Post

I've said this before and I'll say it again: when I was laid off during Covid, I was HAPPY. I knew my why for deciding to become a blogger: I didn’t ever want to go back to corporate life again. Not ever.

Start with your why- use my 6-Step Checklist to Escape the 9-5!(you can download it here)

Click here to read the post.

Number 5: My word of the year for 2023: UNAPOLOGETIC- and I mean it!

What's the Honest Meaning of Being Unapologetic? An Eye-Opening Free At 50 Story to Inspire You to Be Unapologetically You

In 2022 I jumped on the "word of the year" bandwagon with "Zen" and I continued playing along for 2023. Not only does it serve as a reminder to myself, but can be a guiding force in my blog themes and overall content online.

Want to know why I chose unapologetic? Check out the post! I haven't chosen my 2024 word yet, but I just might drop a post soon!

Click here to read the post.

Number 4: An interview with a guy who is building life online putting family first.

Free At 50 Interview: Mike Vardal on Escaping the 9-5 and Choosing Family Over Corporate Life

I've done a few sets of the Free At 50 interview series and one of my earliest posts has gained serious organic traffic and traction in 2023~ my interview of Mike Vardal.

Family is a priority to Mike and he's involved them all in Vardalia Onions. If you want to be inspired about setting goals and priorities, doing what you love, and making 9-5 escape permanent this year, read this interview.

Click here to read the post.

A teddy bear. Mike Vardal is putting children and family first by escaping 9-5 life permanently

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Number 3: Quotes motivate me, and apparently are loved by others as well!

4 Motivational Quotes to Encourage You to Ditch the 9-5 Tradition and be Truly Inspired

If you Google "motivational quotes to ditch the 9-5" this post is usually ranked number one. (Yes, I'm a little excited!)

Quotes not only motivate me, but often inspire writing. We all have different life experiences and concepts about, well- everything. I love sharing my interpretations to inspire others and for you all to share yours with me!

In this post, I’ve shared 4 quotes that grabbed my attention and have stayed with me as I continue to make my 9-5 escape a permanent thing.

Click here to read the post.

Number 2: My blog is about resources - so the Free At 50 list of favorites on Amazon (and more!) continues to be a top post!

Free At 50 Favorites on Amazon: 37 of the Best Tools, Technology, and Subscriptions for Entrepreneurs (2023)

This was number 1 last year and still ranks high!

Yes, I added "2023" into the title of this one because I updated my favorites. And I'll continue to do so - so soon it will say 2024.

As I find (and hear about) the best tools on Amazon and beyond, I'll keep it going in this post.

So DEFINITELY bookmark it!

As you continue to build your toolkit, there's a strong chance what you need next is on this list. From laptops and screen extenders to courses and e-books, I've got it in this article.

Click here to read the post.

And finally: Number 1: My old friend Jeannine's inspirational story of making her 9-5 escape permanent.

How to Find Purpose in Life: An Upbeat Free at 50 Guest Post Inspiring You to Be Happy.

Simply put, this is 100% inspirational.

Being happy is really what we all want isn't it? So focus on that. Find your purpose and go after it.

Click here to read the post!

Tree in Colonial Williamsburg Virginia changing colors.

Photo by Daphne Reznik- Colonial Williamsburg

Bonus content: start your year off efficiently and effectively with 2 more posts from the blog.

Take a workcation.

Remember that book I wrote about in my 9th most-read post of 2023? I got the idea for workcations from that one.

I've read the book before and have it nearby for reference. But while sitting by the pool over the summer, decided to dig into it deeply again. And had an a-ha moment when I got to page 39.

I wrote a post on how to plan one while doing it a few miles from home on the beautiful Marriott Ford's Colony property here in Williamsburg, VA!


  • Review.
  • Relax.
  • Recharge.

Please treat yourself to one of these this year.

Click here to read the post!

Do a brain dump.

In my opinion, eliminating the chaos and overwhelm from our lives is the biggest step we can take towards productivity. So I've shared the why but also: the steps to doing an effective brain dump.

Click here to read the post!

Use a journal to do a brain dump. Take a workcation to review relax and recharge when working to make your 9-5 escape permanent.

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My continued commitment to you: authenticity, shortcuts, and value to help make your 9-5 escape permanent in 2024!

In my Epic Blog Planner, there is a section to write down three promises I'm making to my blog community this year. I'm literally copying the same 3 things over from last year.

I will not waiver from being authentic with you. Transparency is an over-used word IMO. I like "authentic" better- sharing the good, bad, and ugly about building life outside corporate is important to me so you don't get caught up in comparing yourself to others. And so you stay motivated and inspired to go after your dream life... making your 9-5 escape permanent.

I will continue to share shortcuts. My goal: be your resource queen. As you put together your toolkit, I want you to have quick access to the best stuff I find and what others have found. They'll be on this blog and on my social media accounts.

I will be continue to be a source of value.

Cheers to 2024 and making your 9-5 escape permanent this year!

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