2018 in a Blog Post

2018 – what a year it’s been. Ups and downs all over the place, lots of lessons were learned and lots of laughs were had. Just as life should be, if you ask me! I’m in a reflective mood today and feeling grateful for everything that has happened to me over the past year. Here are some of my 2018 personal highlights.

  • I’ve cultivated my relationships with my friends and learned to appreciate them so much more than I ever have.

group of friends laughing

Sometimes, it takes being in a little hot water to realise how much your friends truly care about you and how many of them really do (as well as showing you the ones who don’t). Even if you’re like me and you’re awful with reaching out to people and setting a date for plans.

  • I got the highest average I’ve had to date in uni exams.

photo - studying in a library

I just knuckled down and did it. I was determined to do well and nothing would get in my way. What I’m most proud of, however, is the fact that I’ve found parts of my course that I genuinely love and enjoy – and this made studying so much easier. Fear of failing is also a great motivator. Just saying.

  • I’ve learned to cook and bake, and I love it.

Pasta photo from J's instagram
From Instagram: @janelle_thenellybean

I mean, I love food. I love to eat, and what better way to fuel that love (literally) than learning to make it? I’ve always had a soft spot for chocolate cake, and I made my first ever one this year. I was so happy that it didn’t kill anyone.

  • I discovered my love of photography.

Flower photo from J's instagram
From Instagram: @janelle_thenellybean

It’s one of the most therapeutic things I can think of, now that I’ve given it a proper go with a decent camera. There’s nothing quite like having all the time in the world to try new settings and angles and admiring the results. All you flatlay queens out there, I’m sure you can relate.

  • I started an internship at the company of my dreams.

Laptop photo

I’ve banged on about this enough times in earlier blog posts, but I still can’t believe how lucky I am. It really has been the opportunity of a lifetime, and it has opened so many doors for me in terms of career options and paths that interest me. 

  • I saw one of my earliest violin students through a graded exam.

photo of child playing the violin

They worked their ass off for it and pushed through that exam, stumbles and all. I had a proper proud mama moment, y’all.

  • I received my first Google Adsense paycheck for this blog.

photo of money and growth

It’s taken me almost a year, but what a feeling. You probably have AdBlock on right now whilst reading this, and I don’t blame you. Still, it’s a hell of a blogging milestone for me and I couldn’t be happier.

  • I’ve started exercising regularly. 

photo of a person exercising

I am probably the biggest exercise-phobe you will ever meet, and yet I have managed to enjoy my regular workouts this year. It started with pilates classes at uni, which turned into a 2-hour walk several times a week, which progressed to total body workout classes every week. And I’m having FUN. Who am I?

  • I have now watched all the Harry Potter films. ALL of them.

photo of platform nine and three quarters

I used to be that person who had neither read the books nor watched any of the Harry Potter films (I know, I get the same reaction every time). I am now a fan who has seen all eight films in their entirety and may or may not be fangirling over Snape.

  • I got to spend Christmas and my birthday in Paris.

photo of the eiffel tower in paris, france

Despite the fact that we ran into a bunch of rioters and it was 2ºC or below most of the time, I had an incredible time. My very lovely partner gave me the best Christmas/birthday present I could have asked for, and taking a walk to the Eiffel tower at midnight on Christmas day was magical. 

And that’s my 2018 in a nutshell. What about you? What were your highlights and if you do new year’s resolutions, what are yours for 2019? I’m trying to keep mine simple – eat less sugar and push myself to say yes to more new things I haven’t tried before. I’ve already made a chocolate cake with Biscoff frosting this weekend – here’s hoping that you stick to your resolutions better than I do! Until next time – you go girl.

– J

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4 Comments on “2018 in a Blog Post”

  1. Sounds like a pretty good kind of year! I hope 2019 has lots of amazing things in store for you!
    I had read all the Harry Potter books, but not watched the films, which we put right in December! I can see the appeal with Snape – too many people write him off too soon.
    Happy New Year and all the best with your studies XX

  2. Ahhhh what a wonderful year you have had. I was so excited for you reading all these. I have seen some of your cookery results on Insta, you are doing well! Im so pleased for you with Uni an your internship, you deserve it so much. My eldest son was in Paris over New Year, you could have run into him! Wishing you an amazing 2019 my lovely xxxx

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