Can you believe we are finally saying goodbye to 2018?
I’m stuck between “Where did 2018 go?” and “OH MY GOSH HOW IS THIS YEAR STILL GOING ON!?”
A lot has happened this year. A lot of good, some not so good, and a lot of in between. My blogging has been minimal, but I think that has been pretty necessary for me and for my life at that time. I like that I can pop in and out and hope that in 2019 I can do even more popping in.
But I’m not talking 2019 yet. It’s still 2018! I want to give you some of the highlights from the past year, both with books and with myself.
So…here’s a bit of 2018 that I’m looking back on:
**I read 59 books in 2018 (my goal was 52). I read a lot a good books, but my top ten would have to be:
Kids of Appetite by David Arnold | Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz | Beartown by Fredrik Backman | Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi | Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly | Turtles All the Way Down by John Green | Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel | The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe | Saga series by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples | To All the Boys I Loved Before series by Jenny Han
**Some interesting facts about my reading:
- I binged 3 different series: Mara Dyer, To All the Boys I Loved Before, Saga
- I finished 1 series that I have been reading since it started: The Illuminae Files
- I started 3 new series: Reign the Earth, Children of Blood and Bone, Crazy Rich Asians
- I read 6 classics: War and Peace, Emma, My Antonia, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Treasure Island
- I FINISHED WAR AND PEACE
A few fave songs from 2018:
Montana by Justin Timberlake | Paper Rain by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness | Last Hope by Paramore | Wolf by Miguel | Best Part by Daniel Cesar and H.E.R. | Freeee by Kids See Ghosts | Forever by Sa-Roc | Pressure by Muse | Everything by Ella Mai and John Legend | Tender Offerings by First Aid Kit
Movies and TV in 2018:
BASICALLY JUST EVERYONE NEEDS TO WATCH SCHITT’S CREEK! Other than that let’s see…I rewatched a lot of Friends, as one does. I become OBSESSED with Queer Eye and really could use the new season. I went to a lot of good movies, such as The Greatest Showman, Crazy Rich Asians, Crimes of Grindewald and so many others. I could probably make a whole post just on this alone, but I won’t. Feel free to discuss movies and TV with me any time!
My personal Life in 2018:
I did a lot this year. Like, a lot a lot. I quit my job as summer began and felt free. I knew the job was dragging me down, but I didn’t really know how much. I didn’t have much of a backup plan besides substitute teaching, but a month and a half after I quit I had a new job in a place that challenges me. I feel comfortable at my new job, I feel capable, and I feel like I can rise to whatever may come my way. My new job was a HUGE thing for me.
I ran a few races in 2018, including my first ever half marathon. My ultimate goal was to finish in under 3 hours, and I did it in 2:57. Go me! I also started weight lifting and joined a tap fitness class.
What else did I do? I saw some baseball, saw some hockey, survived a blizzard, attended a few weddings, saw Les Miserables, didn’t die at a trampoline park, ran a beer can race, and caught up with friends I hadn’t seen in ages.
I went on a road trip! I honestly don’t remember the last time I took a legitimate vacation. Maybe California like 3 years ago? Maybe…For this road trip we drove out to Spokane, WA and back, stopping in places like the Black Hills, Bighorn National Forest, and Yellowstone along the way. It was a wonderful trip that I so needed and I honestly don’t know if I have the words to describe it.
I saw Justin Timberlake! Words cannot describe this experience. We were able to get upgraded to the floor and I was definitely within shouting distance of him (like he probably could have heard me and he potentially could have spotted me but I’m not going to think about that). It was the concert of a lifetime and I am so happy that I was able to go.
Oh, and I JUST RECENTLY SAW ARIKA! She and I live quite a distance apart but it actually worked for us to meet up for lunch with a few other friends while we were home for Christmas. Of course, like idiots, we forgot to take pictures. We were just so busy living in the moment, enjoying the football game, and getting really excited about some awesome things coming up in the new year! The last time I saw Arika was 2 years ago at her wedding, so this was long overdue.
On a personal note, this year has been crazy. I have been so upset with myself, so angry, so frustrated, so stuck. And for once…FOR ONCE….I used that to my advantage and finally pushed myself to better myself. I still have a long way to go, but I am so happy with the progress I have made and I cannot wait to see what is up next for me.
Thanks for everything 2018. The ups and the downs. I learned from everything that you threw at me and I can’t wait to own 2019.
5 thoughts on “Saying Goodbye to 2018”
Congrats on your new job! (and on completing your reading goal!) I loved Turtles All the Way Down as well. My uncle lives in the woods near Spokane, and whenever we visit him I’m overwhelmed by how beautiful the area is. Living in gross polluted Iowa, I don’t get nearly enough of that kind of outdoor beauty.
Best of luck with everything in 2019!
Eleanor | On the Other Side of Reality
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Thank you! I am so happy with a lot that happened in 2018, even with the bad…the good was pretty darn good.
The beauty in Spokane is definitely unlike that in Wisconsin. I was in aw of the entire drive through the mountains and everything. I am hoping to go back this year!
Hope you have a wonderful 2019!
Congratulations Emily! It looks like you took this year by the horns and made it awesome! I hope 2019 is even better (and has more vacations ^^)!
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Thank you! I really tried, even though it definitely wasn’t easy. This year tested me a lot. But I am coming out stronger and with a smile on my face. Happy 2019 to you!=
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