2018 has been a year. It’s been a year of grief. It’s been a year of sadness. It’s been a year of stress. But it’s also been a tremendous year of growth. 2018 is quickly coming to an end. With the New Year right around the corner, I think it’s important to look back and reflect on everything 2018 has taught me.
1. How to Say No
I think perhaps one of the biggest things I learned in 2018 is how to say no. I grew up with this intense desire to please people. Don’t get me wrong that’s a great thing but only to a certain extent. I still remember my senior year in high school when my best friend spent fifteen minutes explaining to me why it was okay to skip volunteering because I was deathly ill. (Note to Self: Runny noses and Soup Kitchens don’t mix well) Helping people is great, but don’t be afraid to set your personal boundaries and put yourself first.
2. How to Get an Internship
As I said before this year has been a tremendous year for growth, especially professional growth. I can still fill the excitement when I received into the email saying I got the internship. I’m not going to go into too much detail on this, as (spoiler alert) I have a post planned on how to get an internship.
3. How to take the Train in Europe
If you’ve been following my blog from the beginning, first thank you so so much, you may remember my struggle to catch the train on my way to Siena. Coming from South Florida my experience with public transportation was limited, to say the least. Six weeks in Europe and now it’s a different story, even if it did take spending 3 hours on the wrong train to learn.
4. How to go Vegan
After three months of gelato and ravioli, it was time. It had been on my mind for a while, I had seen the facts, and I was tired of ignoring them. Veganism is better for the environment, personal health, and, of course, animals. These past five months have been a journey. One filled with fruits, vegetables, and some of the most amazing food I have ever tasted, thank you Karma Cream. The journey has taught me so much, and I can’t wait to share it with you…in a couple of weeks.
5. How to Cope with Loss
Disclaimer: This is about to get emotional
For those of you who don’t know I lost two of my biggest supporters and best friends, in the span of three months, my puppy Sadie, and my Gam. I had to teach myself to focus on how grateful I was for even getting the chance to know them instead of losing them. To say I don’t miss them every day, would be a lie. But I’ve learned that it’s okay to still smile, after all, how many people can say they were lucky enough to know them. If any of you have lost someone, I’m so sorry for your loss. I want you to know, that even if it may not seem like it, you are strong enough. You deserve to live a life that would make them proud.
6. How to Prioritize Self-Care
Self – Care is an essential part of living a happy, healthy life. I always enjoyed the occasional facial, but they were few and far between. While I still don’t do a facial every night, I make sure that I take at least a half hour for myself every day. This act of self-care can range from anything as simple as watching a youtube video with a warm drink to a full-on girls-night with my best friends.
7. How to Start a Blog
As you guys have noticed one of the things I accomplished this year was starting a blog. After many stressful days and a countless amount of YouTube tutorials, I can proudly say I have developed a blog that reflects everything I stand for. If you guys are considering starting a blog, or any other type of creative outlet, I would highly recommend it. Feel free to reach out with any questions!
8. How to Develop my Personal Style
Six weeks abroad, one suitcase… well one and a half. This meant my usual method of packing my whole closet wasn’t going to cut it. I was forced to pick pieces that went well together. As a result, I found my style along the way. I’m even in the process of developing a capsule wardrobe (a wardrobe based off of a few essential, timeless pieces)!
9. How to Run
This year I made a discovery, one many of you have probably already made, and it’s that running is actually amazing! I had never been a runner and after years of playing soccer pacing myself was out of the question. Now, I look forward to my runs. Nothing beats the clear-headed post-run feeling.
10. How to Put Yourself Out There
Putting yourself out there pays off. As an introvert, putting myself out there is something that I’m still working on. I used to be afraid of being vulnerable. Vulnerability is for the weak, I would tell myself over and over again. I could not have been more wrong; vulnerability is not for the weak, it’s for the brave, it’s for those who aren’t afraid of living. This year was one that I finally took advice from my favorite quote, “be you, bravely.” And it’s paid off, I got my first job, joined a service sorority, started a blog, and traveled abroad by myself.
I hope this post inspired you to reflect on all the things you’ve learned this year. If it did I’d loved to hear about it in the comments!