What. A. Year.
Seriously, I can’t believe 2018 has come and gone…besides the fact that it was also the longest year ever. Do you remember how the Olympics happened this year? Because I definitely forgot… In the United States we’ve had a lot of incredible moments in 2018, including many women and people of color being elected to office on varying levels, Black Panther being released, which provided much needed and deserved representation for a major super hero movie, and seeing great progress in the #MeToo movement. We still have so much work to do, but I see progress and it brings me joy.
For me, this year has been such a whirlwind. With starting my job at the American Cancer Society (donate so we can find a cure and I can be out of a job again), moving back out on my own, making new friends in a new city, and traveling to eleven different states, I am so happy with how this year turned out.
I want to look back on my post from the beginning of the year: “Hello 2018!“. I’ve been reflecting on my resolutions and how I kept up with them, and I’ve got to say, some fell off the tracks. Some I stuck with like it was my religion. So if I’ve learned anything, it’s to give myself fewer resolutions so I can give more focus and energy to the ones I choose, without feeling guilt over ones I don’t.
At the beginning of the year, my resolutions were:
- Go outside of your comfort zone
- Read more
- Travel as much as possible
- Write a blog post at least once a week
- Learn a new skill (piano, cooking, sewing, etc.)
- Be more active
- Practice Spanish
- Keep up with bullet journaling
Go outside of your comfort zone
I think this is the one that’s hardest to describe, but one that I tried very hard to do. While I don’t think I did this as much as possible, there were definitely moments in 2018 where I did this. Such as going on dates, starting a new job, applying for a “promotion” after only five months at my job, going to networking events to meet new people, and living in a “big city”.
I’m hoping to still get a few more books read in 2018, but all in all, I finally got back into reading this year. After being an English major in college, it was hard to get myself back into reading for fun. After reading 20 books this year, I feel encouraged and ready to read even more next year! P.S. Add me on Goodreads.
Travel as much as possible
I was able to go to eleven states this year! Starting the year off in California and ending in Missouri, I had the absolute best year traveling around the United States. While I can’t see myself going abroad again until 2020, I’m excited for the travels ahead for 2019.
I almost did this. July was a tough month to focus on writing, but otherwise, I grew my blog a lot within the last year and I’m so happy. I made the decision to buy my domain name and focus on writing good, fun content that I wanted to write. This meant writing about what was happening in my life at the moment and letting people in.
Learn a new skill
…this didn’t happened… maybe next year?
Be more active
I started working out again and doing activities that made me feel active and alive again. See my post about my relationship with the gym.
…this didn’t happen…maybe next year?
Keep up with bullet journaling
Woop, this was my favorite thing to do this year and I can’t wait to start designing my new journal for 2019. I recently updated everyone on my bullet journal, but I’ll share a new end of the year pages now.
This year has really been one for the books. While I accomplished so much this year, I also want to recognize my friends and their accomplishments. I got to see (and photograph) one of my best friends get engaged. I was asked by a couple of my dearest friends to be a bridesmaid in their weddings for 2019. I’ve seen my friends take leaps of faith by leaving their jobs they dislike to travel and figure out what’s next for them. I’ve had friends move across the country to a completely new place and thrive. And all of my friends at work have exceeded their fundraising goals to fight for a world without cancer. I am surrounded by awe-inspiring, intelligent, incredible people who push and encourage me to be the best version of myself every day.
Next week, I’ll let you know my resolutions for 2019 (and show you my new spreads for the bullet journal).
As always, thanks for reading and I’ll see ya in the new year!
P.S. How’d you do on your resolutions?
Also, here’s my 2018 best nine from Instagram: