Happy new year everyone!
I hope you all enjoyed Christmas if you celebrated it! Can you believe it’s that time of year again where I sum up everything that happened in 2018? I can’t.
As you’ll know from the last post, at the beginning of 2018 I wrote a looooong list of goals for the year. The last post discussed what those goals were and whether or not I achieved them, this one will go into more detail about how I did this.
I’m also going to talk about the year as a whole. Looking back at my here’s to 2017 post I described that year as full of change. If I were to sum up this year it would definitely be a whirlwind of every emotion possible.
While this year has been filled with some amazing memories and opportunities I’ll never forget, it was also one of the toughest years so far. Life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. We may have made it through the end of 2018 looking like we’ve been dragged through a bush backwards, but we got through it!
Here’s to 2019 and all that it will bring,
2018 goals I achieved:
1. Continue blogging
Although it’s been tough at times and I haven’t fully stuck to my schedule, I’ve not given up on blogging. I still love it and although sometimes I stretch myself out too thinly, I wouldn’t change it for the world. Some of my favourite moments of 2018 wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t decide to give blogging another go.
2. Read more books
I finished the year on 33 books read. While I didn’t quite manage to reach my target of 40 books, I smashed last years amount by 19 books so I’m pretty happy with this. Given that I took time away from reading while I was editing for a company and completing some freelance work, this isn’t too bad. I also had to overcome a few serious reading slumps this year, I’m sure you know how that feels!
Social Media Goals:
13. Dedicate more time to Bookstagram
I had a real love/hate relationship with Bookstagram and Instagram in general last year and I’m still not sure where I’m at with it. I definitely did dedicate more time to Bookstagram at the start of the year, but around halfway through I stopped posting as much as merged my personal and Bookstagram accounts.
I don’t know whether to keep them separate again or continue as before, but at some point this year I will be more active on Instagram.
14. Dedicate more time to taking nicer photos for my blog and Bookstagram
I did take more time out to do this.
15. Have 1,000 followers on Bookstagram
I reached over this goal after I combined my accounts. 😊
16. Have 3,000 Twitter followers
I reached this goal in December, yay!
17. Do more book giveaways
I did 5 giveaways last year which was fun to do. 😊
18. Discover more bloggers
Definitely did this through the SBC and a new book blogger chat I joined. I love finding new blogs to follow and bloggers to befriend. 😊
19. Say yes to more things
I tried to step out of my comfort zone more this year and definitely said yes to more things. I tried to stop my anxiety from getting in the way and said yes to things I normally wouldn’t have, such as travelling alone!
20. Get more editing experience
Bit of a sore topic this one, but I did get more editing experience last year, even if it was for a corrupt company. Although the outcome of the experience was a negative one, I’m glad of the experience in some ways.
16. Get another pet
I got two new pets this year. My Russian Blue kitten Bilbo and a Russian dwarf hamster Katya. Here’s a photo of Bilbo and Luna cuddling, they get on most of the time!
17. Spend more time with family and friends
While this is something I think we can all always improve on, I did spend more time with family and friends this year. After having a tough year as a family, I think we’ve all learned to appreciate the time we spend together even more.
18. Be tidier
I was tidier and more organised in 2018 than I was in 2017, but I can always work on being more organised!
While 2018 was a fantastic year, it was also one of the toughest years yet where I did a lot of learning. It was definitely a year where I realised what was important in life and learned to let go of what wasn’t.
The start of the year was a confusing one and things in my personal life weren’t all that great, it took some working on but things sorted themselves out and that part of my life is better than it has been in a long time. It’s when you’re at a low point in your life that you realise the difference between real and toxic friends.
I won’t go into this much as I’m not one to air my dirty laundry out online, but I ended a close friendship this year that I didn’t originally expect to happen. But, when you put your trust in someone and you have that trust abused and used against you for the other person’s gain, it makes you question why. If you’ve ever experienced a toxic friendship then you’ll agree with me that even though people will tell you that you should have ended it long ago, it’s still tough. Sometimes though it’s better to cut ties with people that don’t bring out or want the best for you. It honestly was a breath of fresh air for me. I’m lucky to have people around me now that build me up and want the best for me, rather than judging my choices. 😊
August and September were two of the toughest months I’ve experienced so far. My Great Grand Mother sadly passed away. Although her health had been deteriorating, it came as a shock and I was absolutely devastated. My Nan lived in the same street as me growing up and last year I moved back into my old home again. I’m so glad I was able to spend the last year and a half living near her again as I was able to visit her often. It was a real tough time for the family and it still is, but it brought our family closer together and I think she would be happy about that. ❤️
The day after my Nan passed away, my boyfriend’s Great Nan was taken into hospital and a few days later sadly passed away too. It was such a surreal experience as we were both grieving and also grieving for each other. It was so difficult us both being upset and yet trying to stay strong for one another, but it brought us closer together. The day after my boyfriends Nan’s funeral his uncle passed away after a tough battle with cancer. August and September were difficult months and we won’t forget the people we lost. They were all so important to us and although we still miss them every day, we remember the good times we spent with them.
Many of you may remember me mentioning Mr Noodle, my Roborovski Hamster. He reached the ripe old age of 2 and a few months and passed away in November. I was sad as he was the first pet that I completely owned, but he lived a great life and I’m glad I adopted him!
There were also some amazing times in 2018. I finally got to see Lady Gaga and Ed Sheeran live. I’ve wanted to see both for so long and they didn’t disappoint, both were incredible! I was so close to the mini stage in Lady Gaga’s show too, she’s my absolute favourite and I did cry my eyes out more than once haha!
I went to YALC, various blogging events mentioned above and I saw The Book of Mormon in London, which was fantastic. Christmas was also brilliant and I loved spending time with mine and my boyfriend’s family.
I’m grateful to 2018 for teaching me life lessons and for reminding me how important family and friends are and how to not take moments for granted. ❤️
This year celebrates another year of For the Love of Books. While I out my blog on pause for a few months at the start of the year I continued to blog and still love it. There were many times were I burnt myself out and got myself into some serious slumps, but I worked through it. I’m looking forward to another year of blogging!
Thank you to everyone who read and comments on my posts. Your continued support and encouragement makes this all completely worth it and I wouldn’t be where I am without you all. ❤️
I’m excited to see what 2019 holds!