Reflecting on 2018
I hope you’ve all had lovely Christmas’ and a well-earned break. In this strange limbo between Christmas and new year I like to look back on the year just passed as well as make plans and set goals for the coming one. It’s always a great time to scroll through my camera roll and social feeds to remind myself what was happening in Spring and Summer which now seem so long ago.
It seems like for so many of us (not to mention Western politics) 2018 has been an eventful year. I enjoy reflecting on the ups and downs, even in the hardest years there are always things to be grateful for and achievements to be proud of. I thought I’d share a few here.
Getting a New Zealand visa and booking a one-way flight from the UK
Without a doubt this is my biggest, proudest and also scariest achievement this year. I have been half planning a huge trip (including a year working/travelling in NZ) since I got back from my last trip three years ago. Originally it was a solo travel plan, then it transformed into a shared adventure with my ex but now it’s back to a solo plan. Pro-tip: a great way to get over a breakup is to impulsively buy a 1-way ticket to Bali. ?
I can’t lie, I’m totally terrified about this great adventure I’m embarking on in February (which seems scarily soon) but I’m also so excited and I know that this is what I’m meant to be doing. It will be such a good opportunity for growth and progression and I’m excited for all the new friends I’m going to make and all the amazing things I’m going to see.
It’s always scary stepping out of your comfort zone and doing something new, but that’s never a reason not to do it. Whilst I have no idea when I’ll return to the UK I know that it, and all my wonderful friends and family will be here with open arms when I do come back.
Developing a yoga practice
I can’t believe it took me so long to be honest, but this year is the first time I started taking yoga seriously and now I have a regular practice. I’m not exaggerating when I say that yoga is now a really important part of my life and I can’t imagine how I went so long before embracing it. Earlier this year I took an introductory course, and since then I’ve experimented with a variety of styles, classes and workshops alongside a regular class or two each week and a few YouTube videos thrown in. It’s been amazing for my mental health getting me through a particularly tough year, as well as my physical health. My body feels stronger and more flexible than it has in years. I can’t wait to see some of the fabulous yoga retreats available in Bali!
I’ve talked about this a little on the blog before. Like many people I’ve struggled with self-love, self-acceptance and body positivity throughout the years, but as I’m nearly 28 I’ve finally decided to put all that shit behind me. Self-care is important and self-love isn’t narcissistic. For me this means embracing how I look, accepting and embracing my flaws and recognising and appreciating everything else. I’m done nitpicking at myself and I’m tired of being self-conscious. Here’s to a 2019 full of self-love and selfies!
Looking ahead to 2019
For a lot of us this time of year is for making plans for the new year and setting goals. Whilst next year is certainly going to be exciting for me, I also have no idea what it holds so goal setting is a little tricky. However, here are some of my initial thoughts.
- Grow this blog in new directions: As I’m going travelling it makes sense that this blog will take on more of a travel focus. Whilst I’m still passionate about interiors, craft and bullet journalling and will try and feature that as much as possible I’m also excited to create content around the amazing places I’m visiting and the things I’m doing. I’m looking forward to engaging with the travel blogging community. 🙂
- Embrace the unknown fully: As I’ve said, I have no idea what next year holds. Apart from a few flights and hostels most of my trip is relatively unplanned, and I’m so excited! I’m looking forward to embracing the unknown, taking the advice of fellow travellers I meet on the road, tagging along with others and buddying up for adventures, and travelling without a set itinerary – which is a very new thing for me.
- Accept that growth is scary: I’m not going to lie, 2018 kicked my arse and I’m so very glad that it’s over. That being said, it taught me a lot. It taught me that you really can’t control anything outside of yourself – and that’s something I’m working on making my peace with, that people aren’t always going to be on the same page as you – and that’s totally ok, and that sometimes growth hurts – but it’s necessary. I’m going into 2019 accepting that there are so many things I can’t change/control and letting go of the pressure to do so. Instead I’m focusing fully on myself and my growth. I think this solo travel trip is going to be a great way to do that and I’m excited to look back at how far I’ve come and who I am when I write this post next year.
So that’s how I’m feeling this New Year’s Eve, how about all of you? Any specific goals your working towards or treasured memories from last year? Let’s share in the comments. 🙂
Love, Sarah x