2018 is almost in the books. Wow.
It would be redundant to say, how this year flew by! or I can’t believe it’s already over. I mean, now that it is over I feel that way, but I can remember when December felt very, very far away.
2018 was by far my hardest + most stressful year. It pushed and forced me into situations that were difficult. . .like dark-tunnel difficult. That’s not to say, this year didn’t have good times. It did. There were many. But if I had to weigh bad against good – bad would win out.
I realize I might be taking on more than I can chew here – condensing an entire year into a blog post. But people do it all the time, right? I’m sure it’s fine.
Let’s get into it, shall we?
Things I did + Things that happened
Blogging: I remember Jan + Feb as my favorite blogging months. In January, I started my first blog series – which did pretty well. I was just re-reading the comments the other day, and it was amazing how they blessed + touched me all over again. In February, I got a surprise message from Kate, asking me if I wanted to be a part of her Aspire Series. We had a conversation over Skype (imagine that!) and it was so much fun. The entire experience just mblessed me so much. It’s definitely one of my favorite 2018 memories. Also, I collaborated with Ella – which I don’t mind saying is my favorite collab to date.
– Thankfulness Thursday just might become my favorite blogging traditions.
I’m really glad I did it.
– I hit #oneyear of blogging. It was super special.
My favorite blog posts to write this year were:
Life: I started a bullet journal and managed to keep up with it. I’m really glad I did because it is providing a lot of material for this post (‘cause uh, who remembers what movies they watched in April???)
– In April, I wrote a little over 7k for my WIP (sadly: I have not touched the book since, which is depressing I know)
– I re-read A Thousand Splendid Suns and fell in love with it all over again.
– I took a lot of time off the internet + social media, and it was really, really good. But. my blog readers might have suffered a little because of my absence (something I wish to remedy in 2019)
– I cannot tell you how amazing it is to see wildlife up close. To be driving and see a bald eagle in the tree above me. Deer in the field, and moose cruising through town in the middle of the day. I have literally seen a herd of turkeys trying to cross the hwy. It’s amazing.
– SNOW. #perksofnorthernliving
Photography: This was a memorable photography year. I traveled a bit in May/June/July, so I was able to put more interesting things in front of my lens. I say “more interesting”, because I once read somewhere that: if you want better photos, put more interesting things in front of your lens. I really like how my Instagram feed turned out this year, too.
Movies that made the cut
Defiance // A Beautiful Mind // The Interpreter // Denial // Hidden Figures // The Light Between Oceans // Into the Wild // You’ve Got Mail // The Postman // Molly’s Game // Dances with Wolves // Into the West // Bridge of Spies // And Then There Were None // Eagle Eye // Poldark seasons 1-3 (not a movie, but still. . .)
I feel like this list says I only watch historical + true story films + book adaptations. Which is not true. Mostly. Mostly, it’s just that those films are the ones that hit me and the ones I remember. Although I will say: You’ve Got Mail is quite possibly the best film that isn’t a historical + true story + book adaptation
Music I listened to most often
Books that made the cut
✕ Everybody Always | Bob Goff
✕ Story Genius + Wired for Story | Lisa Cron
✕ The Nightingale | Kristen Hannah
✕ Snow Falling on Cedars | David Guterson
✕ And the Mountains Echoed | Khaled Hosseini
✕ Braving the Wilderness | Brene Brown
✕ Man’s Search for Meaning | Victor Frankl
I didn’t read as much this year, as I hoped too. Still, each of these books are A++ and I highly recommend them.
Photographs that made the cut
– by no means a complete list
Things that impacted me this year
– by no means a complete list
– 99 things I learned from senior year
– A Brief Guide to the Undernet
– “What is a Disciple?”
– There is nothing “basic” about you.
– Be present in this moment
– This & This | social media reality check
– And we are all screaming SOS
– I find it hard not to be angry
– Girls react to being called beautiful
– Rebekah Lyons on the Importance of Authenticity
– Embracing the Right Opportunities
– 3 steps to avoid repeating history
✕ Running is amazing for your soul.
✕ Explore more.
✕ Truth is not running away from you.
✕ You don’t need as much (stuff) as you think you need.
✕ Smaller closets are better.
✕ You think that X is the worst thing that can happen to you. Then you experience X, and you realize that although X is bad, it’s not the worst after all.
✕ You are strong. (see above)
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There is only a week left in 2018, so I’m off to finish up last minute projects, go to work, and play in the fresh snow #yay.
hope your week
postscript #1 – all photos
(except the header)