26 December 2018

What I Learned in 2018

I'm pretty sure I set more than one New Year's resolution for 2018 but here I find myself with five days left until 2019 and I can only remember one.

I don't remember writing down any resolutions and if I did, that paper is long crumpled and tossed away. What I do know is this: I wanted to get off social media in 2018 and I'm happy to say that I did. I had what I've come to call a 'self-love summer' which can sound rather sexual but I mean it in the most vanilla sense possible. It was a summer dedicated to me- in the least self-indulgent and snobby way. I took time for myself and re-evaluated my self-worth.

Most importantly, I have gained things this year that I didn't even know I needed in my life on the last day of 2017. This year has demanded personal attributes, skills, and qualities that I would never have thought to make resolutions for. I've recently reflected on How My Life Has Changed in One Year so I won't repeat myself in this post. I could never have anticipated the situations that I would find myself in and what that would demand from myself. A few days ago, I quietly asked myself what I'm most proud for achieving in 2018. I still haven't been able to answer that but re-gaining my self-worth and strength as a woman is definitely up there. I also figure that I still have five days (and the rest of my life) before I need a definitive answer.

So, heading into 2019, I have no idea what the next year will demand from me but if I learned anything in 2018, it's that life can change drastically in the space of a year- and even a single month. The thought of that absolutely petrifies me but my goodness does it give me hope too.

I never shared this with you, but this year I filmed every day of the year...well almost. My video (which has ultimately become 30 minutes long) focuses on the moments that never make it online. It also highlights the people in my life. It differs slightly from those 'one second a day' videos in that it's more than one second. Editing that and watching it back helps me remember the little moments that I've long forgotten about.

Every year whilst writing my penultimate post for the year, I always look back at the post I wrote the previous year. This year I re-read My Year in Review and truth be told I haven't thought of a lot of those moments from 2017.

I initially scheduled this post and hadn't included the bullet points that are to follow because I was trying to avoid specifics but I was just reading back older posts and specifics are important for me. So, here's a bit more detail of 2018:

  • I had my first kiss. I've already discussed this as extensively as I discussed my 'lip-virginity' with the guy I ultimately kissed- which is too much in case you're wondering. I won't say more on the subject and just point you in the direction of My First Kiss instead.
  • I visited Amsterdam for the first time and fell in love with the city- and the food!
  • I don't think I ever mentioned this but I did two-weeks of work experience at The Sunday Times which was an incredible opportunity as a journalism student.
  • I moved out of student accommodation at university and into a house with my siblings and my one flatmate from last year.
  • I hopped on a tram (which is like a train) in Greece to meet my Tinder Soulmate for a walk in the "shadows of the Acropolis" only for him to text me an hour before and cancel. He asked if we could re-schedule but he never did. I unfollowed him on Instagram and that was the end of that.You can read more about being stood up here: LIFE UPDATE
  • After what has felt like a century and a half, I did my first sponsored blog post called Blogger's Guide to London Bridge. I had an incredible day meandering the banks of the Thames, posing in front of street art and eating to my heart's content.

"I also hope there were lots of BIG moments- blissful big moments that you playback and smile when thinking about"

So, to future Steph, to the version of me that will return to this post with a few days left of 2019, I just wanted to say that I have no idea what kind of year you have had. I have no doubts that there were lots of little moments that you don't remember now but I also hope there were lots of BIG moments- blissful big moments that you playback and smile when thinking about. I hope you're reading this and you're smiling at how much things have improved from where you were one year ago. 2018 Steph can't wait to see what the year has in store for you but you'll just have to write up a post and let us all know.

Have you reflected on this past year? What have you discovered? Do you have any goals for the new year?

I hope you have a wonderous start to 2019 and may it continue to be wonderful and filled with blissful moments all the way through.

Till next time-


  1. I've had regular social media breaks throughout this year too and it has improved my mental health so much! Happy new year :) xx

    -Charlotte / myownblogofthoughts.blogspot.com

  2. Loved reading this Steph, I hope you have an amazing 2019. :)

    Nabila | Hot Town Cool Girl

  3. I'm still in the process of making goals for 2019, but I think too I'm going to have to spend less time of social media. Have a wonderful new year Steph, can't wait to see what 2019 brings for you x

    Sophie | Sophie's Spot

  4. That's a really cool idea to video everyday. It will be amazing to have to look back on when you're older. I've only ever made and edited one video that was 3 minutes long and that was so time consuming, I can't imagine what 30 minutes of footage must be like!
    Like you said, so much can happen in a year. When I reflect back on 2018 I'm just amazed on how many life events I had and the challenges I faced ( ... and will continue to face )
    I want to make 2019 a year of becoming who I want to be. I think I've faltered the last couple of years and would like to get back to the best version of myself.
    Here's to a fantastic new year! ^_^
    // M


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