I thought my previous style post (if you missed it, here’s the link) would be my last post for 2018, but I was wrong. This reflections and resolutions write up all started when I was creating Instagram stories with my favorite photos and memories of 2018. I soon realized that I had way too much to reflect on in just an Instagram story. Although, my favorite type of posts to read and create are usually style posts, I genuinely enjoy writing these serious kind of blogs, because it gives me a chance to process my thoughts and express them in written words.
Since, 2018 was a remarkable year (moved to New York City, met my boyfriend, played a major role in my sister’s wedding, and so on) I also think it’s essential to set some goals for the new year, so it can be an even better year than the year before, so here are my 2018 reflections and 2019 resolutions.
Started the year by upgrading my usual brassy, blonde hair color to a more icy, platinum color. From this point on, this edgy style became my hair look of choice throughout 2018 and now into 2019. 💇🏼♀️
This also was the month that commenced by intense process of trying to move into New York City. As much as I loved being at home, I realized that it was time to abandon that hour and half commute to work each day and begin living out my dream in New York City. 🗽
Yet another year spending Valentine’s Day alone, but was different this year is that I fully accepted that it was ok to be single and instead take the time to enjoy life, better myself, and be patient with finding that person. This month, I finally learned that those failed relationships in the past allowed me to understand what I wanted and deserved. Little did I know that two months later I would meet a pretty cool guy. 😉
Even though, February was a positive month, I did find some days I was super motivated to continue my NYC apartment hunt and other days felt hopeless like this move was never going to happen. 😰
March was my most pivotal month of 2018 because I finally made my dream of moving to NYC a reality. 👏🏼 It wasn’t easy and I’m still face with challenges, but living in the city for almost a year now, I continue to fall in love with NYC each and everyday.
And there was no better way to start this new chapter in my life then with a boozy brunch on St. Patrick’s Day with Lauren (a NYC blogger over at LifeStylesByLauren), which deepened our friendship and blogging support system. 🍹☘️
Now being in the city for a month and loving every part of it, I decided to get on those dating apps to meet some new people in hopes of sparking some sort of romantic relationship. 😜 After a few dates, I began to feel frustrated, until I met this handsome, intelligent, sarcastic, funny boy named Greg. And the dating apps were no longer needed. ❤️
My birthday month. 🎉 Although, it was my first birthday not being at home, my family, friends, and of course Griffin made my 23rd birthday a special one.
But, really the proudest thing that happened this month was witnessing my older sister deliver her dissertation and graduate with her doctorate degree. 👩🏼🎓
It was my first summer in NYC which consisted of lots of strolls in Central Park and visits back home to CT to hang by the pool with the fam. On a more fashion related note, this month the weather was finally heating up, so I discovered my love for jumpsuits and my wardrobe from this month out was filled with my latest jumpsuit finds. 😍
Usually all summers seem to fly by, but summer 2018 came and went in a blink of an eye. I guess because it was my first real working summer, so when the weekends came they just went by too quickly. 😩 Plus, each weekend was packed with fun adventures, like trips to the lake with Greg and his friends, where I learned how to waterski, but obviously I enjoyed basking in the sun on the boat better.
I also went to Coney Island for the first time, which has been something that has always been on my bucket list.
On top of all that I was being the best maid of honor ever and showering the bride to be (my sister) for her upcoming wedding in September. 👰🏼
August was another jam-packed month. Greg took me to two Yankee games (within a week of each other) and I got to experience his love for baseball and a good old stadium hot dog. 🌭
I also threw my sister one heck of a bachelorette party with all her friends in Rhode Island. It was a boozy weekend to say the least. 🍹
My sister’s wedding month! Finally, after a two year engagement and knowing her now husband for almost 10 years that they started their new life together as husband and wife. Although, all throughout this engagement I couldn’t wait for this wedding to be over, I was also sad that my maid of honor duties would come to an end. Their wedding day was the most beautiful day, filled with so much happiness and love. 💕
After the wedding festivities were over, two weeks later I attended my first Renaissance Faire with Greg, which is something I would have never done before, but it was a blast. 🙌🏼
Compared to the months before, October was a quieter month (thank gosh). I actually had time to just spend most of my weekends in the city and experience my first fall in New York. I spent most of this month in Central Park admiring the changing leaves and all the colors of autumn. 🍂
Of course, what’s the month of October without Halloween? I celebrated Halloween with Greg and I dressed up as a flapper and he dressed as a 1920’s gangster. From what I remember from that night, it was a blast (LOL). 🎃
November began the unofficial start of the holiday season in NYC. It was so lovely seeing all the holiday markets pop up around Manhattan. 🎄 I even decorated my apartment for Christmas a little early.
Since, I haven’t visited my real home back in CT since the wedding in September, I was looking forward to spending Thanksgiving week and weekend at home with the family and pup. I also attended my 5 year high school reunion, which was something I was debating whether or not to go. Although, I was fearful that I would be flooded with all the bad memories and feelings from high school, I ended up attending my reunion with my head held high and showing my former classmates how far I’ve come and all what I accomplished in those 5 years. 💪🏼
I blinked and December was over, which is probably due to the fact I spent two weeks of the month in London. 🇬🇧 I can’t express how thankful I was for my company to fly us all out to London for our extravagant holiday party. This was my second time in London and I fell in love with the city more than last time.
Also, it was so magical to be in London during the Christmas season because the British love Christmas. 🎅🏼 The whole city, all the pubs, and all the stores were decked out for the holidays, which just put me into the Christmas spirit.
Although, London is beautiful, NYC will always have my heart, so I was happy to return back to the city for one more week before heading back to CT for the Christmas week. Now, back in NYC, I’m excited to end the year, just like how I somewhat started the year…loving life in the city that never sleeps. 🚕
Although, this post is getting quite lengthy, I wanted to set some goals for the new year, so next year this time (like what I did today) I can look back on 2019 and be proud of what I accomplished. Even though, I did come up with a list of new year resolutions, it’s a work in progress and have a feeling I’ll be adding to this list throughout 2019.
- Stay inspired, stay consistent – this one is more for my blog. I want to keep up with my blog this year more so than in previous years, as well as stay motivated to always be brainstorming new ideas.
- Stop criticizing myself – for this one it applies to my blog and my life in general. For my blog, I have to stop comparing myself to others and feeling like I’m never going to be as good as other bloggers. I have to understand that I have a full time job besides my blog, so how much content I produce and the quality of that content will reflect that.
- Step out of my comfort zone – I somewhat accomplished this in 2018, but will continue to do so in 2019. I want to continue to try new things, whether that’s experiences or food and most importantly not being afraid.
- Explore and travel – ever since London, I caught the travel bug. It’s frustrating that traveling can be expensive, but it’ll be so worth it to experiences new places and culture. But, I can’t forget that I live in the most amazing city in the world, so when I don’t have the time or money to travel across continents, it would be fun to continue to play tourist in my city and explore new neighborhoods.
- Don’t bottle things up – this has been a goal of mine for years and some days I’m better at it than others. I find myself bottling up my feelings and opinions because I fear what other people will think or react. Instead, when I feel something is bothering me, I don’t want to keep it to myself but speak up and solve the issue.
Wow! My brain hurts from all this reflecting. 2018 was a great year and I know 2019 will be even better if I strive to stick to my resolutions. Now, it’s time to celebrate the end of the year and the chance to start fresh. I hope everyone had a great 2018 and learned from it to better yourself in 2019. Most importantly, I can’t express how grateful I am for all the support from my family and friends, and of course all the encouragement my followers give me on my blog and Instagram. Cheers to 2019!