It feels so good to be writing on my blog again!
So this will be the first post on my blog for nearly 10 months now! I’ve had a long time off from blogging but as you’ll see further on in this post, I’ve been quite busy with a lot of other things during the year! I’m so happy to say I’m in such a better place in my life now than I was a year ago and before I begin sharing my blog content for 2019, I’d just love to reflect on what I’ve managed to achieve over 2018. I’ve truly been blessed this year and am incredibly grateful for that since I had a really rough two years in 2016 and 2017.
2018 was the year I finally had built up enough confidence in myself to start achieving goals I’d set out to do.
Started my blog
2018 was the year I began my lifestyle blog and during January – March of 2018 it had such a huge impact on my life! I made a lot of great blogger friends and found a great outlet for creativity which I was lacking at that point in time.
I absolutely would recommend just going for it and starting your own blog if you’ve been thinking about it. It will be one of the best decisions you’ll make!
Reached 5,000+ Followers on Twitter
When starting my blog, Twitter was easily the single biggest platform for me connecting with other bloggers and I’m so happy to have managed to have built up my following in such a small amount of time. I hit 3,000 in June just after 6 months of actively using my account and I’ve honestly not been active much at all during July – November but will be ending 2018 hitting over 5.3K followers which blows my mind!
Joined the gym / Lost 20lbs
In January 2018 I took the plunge and decided to join the gym. I was actually very nervous to join starting out since I was the complete opposite of a fitness junkie and was worried about the thought of working out in front of other people. Luckily I had a lot of support on Twitter from fellow gym goers which gave me the confidence to join myself and it was such an amazing change in my life.
I ended up loving it and for most of 2018, I averaged around 5 days a week. I noticed results within a few weeks and by June I had already lost a stone (14lbs) and as of now since joining the gym I’ve lost 21 pounds in total and I’m down to 51kg which I owe all to going to the gym regularly. I’m very excited to tackle even more fitness goals in 2019!
Left Feb 2018 / Right August 2018
If you’re interested in my fitness journal you can follow my fitness Instagram here!
Had my first trip abroad
2018 was the first year I set foot on a plane and ventured outside of the UK and I choose one of the longest flights imaginable for my first which was to Australia to visit my brother. Luckily, I absolutely love flying and Australia has been a bucket list country for me so it was win-win! I’m super grateful to be at a point in my life where I’m able to travel and already have my next adventure planned in 2019.
Passed my driving test
This is probably one of my proudest moments of 2018 due to how much of a huge task it was getting to this stage! I’ve been having driving lessons on and off since 2016 and due to my schedule, it was really hard for me to have consistent lesson schedule so I’d end up losing progress since I’d have big gaps during my lessons. Luckily I ended up switching to a new instructor who regularly met me after work which helped my progress and confidence tremendously and I finally passed my test!
I found driving way more challenging than I expected it to be but now it’s done, driving has been one of the biggest changes in my life. I was so intimidated at the thought of driving everywhere but now I’m spending so much time every day in my car that it is second nature to me (Although I’m still not totally confident in my reverse manoeuvres!) and it lead me to the next part of my 2018 journey was is…
Getting a full-time job within Digital Marketing
Since dropping out of university in 2016 I had been stuck in retail jobs due to my lack of transport and not having the confidence in my ability to apply for jobs focused around my skillset. In the summer of 2018, once I passed my driving test and had access to my own car I dedicated a lot of time to redesigning my CV and started applying for jobs within design and marketing. I landed a lot more interviews than I thought and none of them cared I didn’t have a degree! I got 3 job offers and am now incredibly happy in my new role as a Digital Marketing Executive, working in a job and a field I actually want to be in has made such a huge difference to my life.
Got into a new relationship
I’d ended my longterm relationship of 4 years in 2016 and was absolutely in no rush to get into another anytime soon. I did spend a fair amount of time exploring the dating scene during 2017 and 2018 but am so happy to say that I finally met someone who I felt ready to commit to again and have been in a relationship with him since November.
I’d love to hear what you’ve accomplished during 2018 yourselves! I’ll be sharing my 2019 goals tomorrow to start off the new year.