Where has 2018 gone? I can’t believe it is almost 2019… I thought it would be nice to reflect on this year before it comes to an end!
In all honesty, 2018 has been tough. It’s been the worst year for me in terms of my mental health. In September, I hit my breaking point. However, this did mean that I finally asked for help. Going on medication for my mental health was without a doubt the best thing to happen this year. It’s unfortunately not a magic fix, but it does help me get through each day.
On a more positive note, 2018 has been a great blogging year for me. I’ve been posting much more regularly this year, and I also feel like I’ve improved the content I’m sharing along the way. I went to lots of blog events this year, and I generally went alone. I stepped out of my comfort zone and said yes to things that made me anxious. That is definitely something I’m proud of!
Another positive of 2018 has been strengthening the important relationships in my life. Lewis has been my rock – he sees the daily impact of my depression and is always there to help. For some strange reason, he still loves me even when I refuse to get out of bed and I’m surrounded by tears and tissues… My family have also been incredible this year. Although being vulnerable with them is so scary, it means that they now understand me more. They regularly check up on me, and I’m so grateful to have them.
To round up the year, I thought I’d also revisit and reflect on the goals I set for 2018. Let’s see how I did…
Read more. This is one I think I made a pretty good punch at! Over the summer, I read a lot. Instead of mindlessly scrolling my phone, I spent a lot of my free time reading. Unfortunately, this did decrease towards the end of the year as uni got busy.
Live more ethically. I’m no where near perfect, but I do think I’ve achieved this goal in 2018. We no longer buy plastic bags when doing our weekly food shop – I’ve always got about a million totebags with me instead. We’ve switched to bamboo toothbrushes and a plastic free toothpaste alternative. I’m not loving the plastic free toothpaste, but I’m learning to adjust! I also don’t go anywhere without my Chilly’s bottle and my Keep Cup. I think making these little changes has really helped to cut down on my waste!
Save more and spend less. I’m not too sure how I did with this one. I haven’t made any outrageous purchases this year, but I also wouldn’t say I’ve done a great job of saving. I always have money left at the end of the month, but I definitely could have made more of a conscious effort to put money aside. Definitely one to work on again next year!
Get a doggo. Unfortunately this didn’t happen in 2018, but in all honesty I didn’t think it would. We’ve decided we want to move into a house with a garden first, because it’s much more practical. I’m hoping 2019 will be our year for moving, but who knows what life has in store for us…
Improve my mental health. Now I don’t think my mental health has improved this year, but I have taken a step in the right direction. Going on medication has made me feel a bit more stable, and I’m hoping that I’ll get to start therapy in 2019. I am so glad that 2018 was the year of taking my mental health into my own hands and doing something about it.
Last but not least, improve my blog. I set myself the goal of posting at least once a week, and I did it! Although I do spend a good proportion of my time with serious imposter syndrome, I think my blog has improved in 2018. I don’t like tooting my own horn, but I’ve worked really hard on my blog this year and I’m proud of the content I’ve created.
And that’s a wrap for 2018! I will be back in a few days to share my goals for 2019 with you.
What’s been your best moment of 2018? I would love to know!
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