End of the Year Recap

Welcome to my last post of 2018! – Kind Of…


Even though it’s no longer 2018. And I have a perfectly good reason as to why this post is late. I was still on Christmas vacation and did not have my laptop with me. But let’s get right to it!

I can’t say this year was dull. A lot happened – some stuff that I wasn’t prepared for – but it was a decent year.


Kicked off the month with my first breakup. Not exactly how I wanted to start the new year. I also started the last quarter of community college. So, two large sad things ended.

Real footage of me that month…


Started the process for the study abroad program (not easy). Went to see a doctor about having surgery on something. All sorts of paperwork and talking and calling people… ughhhh.



I had my first surgery (nothing seriously, but it was something I needed to take care of or else it would get worse in the future). I officially finished community college! I didn’t attend the grad ceremony – I prefer to graduate with other people I know, and I didn’t really know anyone at the college.



Sent my story to a developmental editor. Study abroad process was taking its time and complications were rising. Somewhat nerve-wracking month.



Turned 21. Study Abroad process got even more complicated.


June – August

Got a job working in the office of a daycare. Stress ate, study abroad progress was stressing me out and making me frustrated, kind of wanted to just quit it all together, anxiety was my constant companion, took a class in self-defense, finally got my visa, and worked with a line editor.


September – December

Was and am in Italy. If you haven’t read my monthly posts since arriving, you can check them out HERE.


A lot has changed in this year, and even I’ve changed. I’ve discovered more about myself than I ever had in my life. Honestly, if you have an opportunity to go abroad, do it. You learn so much and get to know yourself away from home, family, and friends. I’ve made better friendships here than I ever had at home. You get to live in another culture, meet new people, learn a language, and explore a portion of the world. It’s one of the best experiences of my life!

I also grew out my hair!


So, that was my 2018. Now, if you remember, I had goals for this year. Did I complete any of them? Let’s see!

Goals of 2018

New Reading Challenge from Pop Sugar ~ Hehe…kind of forgot about this one. I did join Goodreads for the first time and set of a 30 book challenge. Read 14 books.

Find and work with an editor for The Heir, the Prince, and the Traitor. Completed! Worked with a developmental editor and a line editor. But my story ended up in a mess and I’m still trying to put it back together.

Work with a cover designer. I have and that is all I am saying on the matter.

Get The Heir, the Prince, and the Traitor self-published or at least on the road. And it is still on the road! Though on hold at the moment. It pulled off to the side of the road and is just parked for the moment.

Finish community college. Completed!

Revise and edit Book 2 (The Throne of Carnet). Kind of did this, but stopped because book 1 took all of my attention.

Plan out Book 3. Nope. Maybe next year.

Continue Twitter presence and join more #hashtag games. I think I have? I think I tried out some new games but I had a short hiatus from twitter when Italy time arrived.

Gain 100 Blog Followers. Got to 62 and I couldn’t be happier:) I love all my followers and thank you for sticking around when I can only find the time to post one thing a month.

Comment more on other blogs because I am ashamed to say I am more of a “liker” than a “commenter” (and yes that is a word, according to my personal dictionary). I’m sorry! I tried, but I started following more blogs and I just couldn’t keep up with them all. I will go through and like their posts, but I hardly have the time to read them. I’ll try to do better!

If at all possible (because I might be a bit busy) participate in NaNo again. I did not. Sadly.

So, could’ve done better but at least I knocked a few out. Now, presenting, my goals for the New Year!


2019 Goals

  • Make the most out of being away from home.
  • Get a job – because I’m currently jobless and I don’t have anything to return to when I go back home.
  • Get my first book published – maybe 2019 will be the year!
  • Decide what to do with my life.
  • Read more! Goodreads 15 Book Challenge.
  • NaNoWriMo!
  • Draw something once a week.
  • Try something new.

Well, there you have it! That was my 2018. I’m actually kind of looking forward to what 2019 has in store – I just hope I don’t come to regret that statement. As always…


How was your 2018? Did you complete your goals? What are your new goals for the New Year?

6 thoughts on “End of the Year Recap

  1. I like it a lot! I’m commuting, so while I don’t get the campus community “experience,” I get to live at home and that’s been really nice. My classes have been good, too–mostly gen eds, but I did get to do a paper on the history of barnstorming and learned a ton! (I’m a history major.) Let’s see, some of my favorite books read in 2018 were Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton, and the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries by Dorothy L. Sayers (I’m head over heels in love with Lord Peter).

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    1. Hope

      Glad you’re liking it! I lived at home too, though I went to community college so it wasn’t the “ultimate college experience” but it saved me a ton. Those sound interesting! I’ll have to look up Lord Peter then. It’s been a while since I’ve read a mystery.


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