As the year comes to a close, I can’t help but look back on 2018 and all that I accomplished. I can confidently say that 2018 was the best year I’ve had in a long while (since 2013). Back in 2013, I started my career, moved out on my own for the first time since college, traveled to Thailand and Hawaii with my family, did my first half marathon and triathlon, and I found myself as an adult. It was a pivotal year in my life that I honestly hadn’t been able to top– until now.
To be totally transparent, 2018 started off on the wrong foot. There was some alcohol-induced drama on New Year’s Eve, and I was still navigating a fresh break-up. Come January 1, things weren’t looking great. I had no clue where 2018 was going to take me, and I had no sense of direction to help guide things along. That’s when I decided that 2018 was going to be my year of travel– not to run away, but to find myself again.
And travel I did.
This year I traveled near and far. I started the year off in Tahoe with some of my oldest and closest friends. I went to Whistler, Canada for a long weekend. I flew to Florida for work. We visited Nashville, Tennessee for the first time. I spent nearly two weeks in Europe– Ireland and Paris– with my very best friends. I went to Palm Springs with my parents, and then went back three weeks later to meet my Instagram friends in real life. I visited my best friend in Orange County. I went to Tahoe again. My mom and I took the best mother-daughter trip together to Maui, Hawaii. And I finished off the year in Chicago, Illinois with my friends from the Internet who have become so much more than that.
The car rides, airports and countless miles helped me see things from a new perspective. It made all of the problems that I thought I had seem so small. It helped me to find my sense of self again– and that’s priceless.
Of course, if you look at my vision board from 2018, travel was only one of many things I hoped to accomplish.
I wanted to work harder in my career, and in 2018 I got a promotion. I think 2019 will be an important year in my career, deciding what I want to do next, but I am happy with the progress I have made since January. This has also been my most successful year to date in blogging. I was given so many incredible opportunities, met so many amazing people, and worked with so many awesome brands in the past 12 months. I know that blogging isn’t a forever gig, so I am soaking it all in while I can.
In 2018 I really wanted to commit to myself, and my health. I had a list of things I wanted to try in 2018 in the notes on my phone, most of which were health and beauty related. Admittedly, I didn’t get to a majority of them. But I did get my very first facial in January, started taking kickboxing classes more regularly, got back into running and swimming, tried a bikini wax for the first time, and learned so much more about skincare in general. These are all things that I will undoubtedly continue in the new year.
Going in to 2018 I questioned a lot of things. I was living at home with my parents, newly single, and was on my way to turning 28. That was never where I expected to be at that age, and it was really discouraging. This year I wanted to ditch my preconceived notions of a “timeline”, find peace with where I was at, and trust the timing of life.
While I did move in to my own apartment, and have put myself back out there in the dating world, I can’t say that I found the peace that I was looking for. I struggled a lot with trusting the timing this year (seriously, ask my friends– I bitch about it every time I get drunk). What I wanted more than anything was a significant other, a life partner, my person– and I didn’t find that. Towards the end of the year, I started to feel really disappointed and lonely, but at the end of the day am thankful to have the friends and family that I do. If God can put them in my life, I trust he will put the right man in my life, too.
This blog was a bit of a ramble, but all in all 2018 was a phenomenal year. I accomplished a lot, spent quality time with family and friends (new and old), focused on myself, and most importantly I established my self-worth. I’m sad to see 2018 go, but I am so excited to see what the new year will bring.
Cheers to 2019!