2018 has been a mixed year. There’s been a few personal and professional changes, some of which were not as positive as I would have liked and I’ve allowed myself to wallow in a funk on more than a few occasions, at one point even contemplating giving up blogging altogether. However, when I looked through my Bullet Journal and the photographs on my phone in preparation for this post, I was reminded that this year has actually been full of more incredible experiences than almost of any other.
Here’s just some of the highlights…
The Bloke won a camera for a squirrel picture. That squirrel picture was more popular than our wedding photos.
Hitting one million views on the blog. This had been something I made a passing comment about in the very early stages of my blogging journey after I had started to receive views on my posts (‘can you imagine if I end up with a million views?’), and in March that’s exactly what happened.
Going on a writers retreat with some of my blogging friends in Southwold.
An amazing week in Scotland – we got to see a Loch for the first time, we got lost in the Cairngorms and revisited the castle where The Bloke proposed two-and-a-half years ago.
Attending the Annual Bloggers Bash in London, and exploring Chiswick House gardens.
Participating in the Escape Rooms Live experience and the Nirvana Room for my friend’s hen party, and then attending her beautiful wedding a few weeks later.
Giving workshop at a local school about social media and blogging.
Changing our eating habits and treating ourselves to cheat days once a week. Food never tasted so good.
An EPIC week in New York – an absolutely fabulous trip during which I experienced the hottest temperature I have ever felt as we were walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Wandering round Chatsworth for the first time. The Bloke grew up not far from there, and after talking about it for years we finally took a trip up there… stunning.
Our first wedding anniversary.
Annoying Paddy, the bunny who hates me.
For the first time in years, an incredibly hot summer.
The Bloke’s 50th birthday extravaganza – feeding giraffes at West Midland Safari Park and presenting him with a Lego Millenium Falcon, then travelling down to London a week later, staying at our first AirBnB, watching Wicked on the West End, and the grand finale – the Harry Potter Studios Tour. The expression on his face when he first walked into the Grand Hall made my year.
Some lovely food experiences in and around Birmingham.
Amazing cinema and theatre experiences – Kinky Boots on Broadway (probably one of the best things I’ve ever seen), Wicked in London, Matilda, Stomp and Rock of Ages in Birmingham, Black Panther, Avengers Infinity Wars, Deadpool 2, Aquaman, Creed II…
Puggy-sitting Dougal, my sister’s pug, for the week.
Decluttering and getting rid of lots of stuff at a car boot sale.
Going to the Toy Fair at the NEC.
The numerous experiences during trips to London during the year, including Notting Hill and Portobello Road Market, Peggy Porschen Cakes Bakery and the Dominique Ansel Bakery, going on a street-art tour with of Shoreditch with Tiffany and staying with Donna in East Croydon, during which we visited Crystal Palace Park.
Being shortlisted as a finalist for Blogger of the Year at the Birmingham Awards, and attending the event at Edgbaston Stadium with The Bloke serving some James Bond realness.
Meeting friends for food and drinks throughout the year.
Surprising my friend at her first art exhibition.
Visiting Dippy the Dinousaur at Birmingham Museum.
My mum coming to stay for the weekend of her birthday at the beginning of December.
And of course, my boys. The Bloke – my partner in crime – who has been with me through everything and making me laugh, and The Cat, who (despite the fact that he cost us a months rent in vet bills to be told that he is ‘hypersensitive’ and has taken to singing the songs of his ancestors at 4.00am) has been my little friend when times have been tough.
Here’s to an even better 2019!
What about you guys? What has been your favourite moments of the year?
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The years been full of ups and downs, you’re right there!!!
It’s been full of stress for me.
I don’t thing I found my way in many ways on my blog… I pootled along, but found more core members of my Blogily!
But here’s to 2019 – a year full of hope and dreams I’m going to try and realise!
Happy new year Suzie!!!
Totally with you there Ritu – I generally pootled along too! I know you’ve had a difficult year at times. Have you got plans for 2019?
Well, my big aim is to not blog pointlessly, cut down to a couple of posts a week, and finish my rewrite/edit!!!
The Bash is obviously up there too!
Deal with my baby becoming a secondary school child will be a big un too!
And keeping a smooth happy home!
Awww secondary school already! Yeah, I’m excited about the bash too!
I know… I’ll no longer be a Primary mum!
another retreat, anyone? April looks good….?
Haha! Ooh, some time at your gorgeous house in the countryside and talk about writing with some of my favourite people? GO ON THEN, you’ve twisted my arm…
I’m just pleased to have made it to the end of 2018! Too many stays in hospital this year and in October I didn’t think I would make this Christmas. But I have and I’m feeling better than I since September. So, onward and upward. For 2019, I have lots of goals to achieve. I have sorely neglected my own blog and I must get back to that. I want to work more on my FB group supporting local people affected by cancer. But my biggest challenge is going to be a complete lifestyle and diet overhaul. Less eating unhealthy food and more walking the dog! So, pass me that bowl of Kale and let’s get on with it. (Also need to find a green juice that I can swallow without throwing up…..)
Highpoints have been lots of laughter. Finding a most beautiful little dog in need of a home, who has enriched our lives in the last 6 months. Meeting new people and realising that there are far more good people out there than nasty ones. The best summer EVER and the best Christmas I’ve had in a long, long time.
Keep blogging Susie. I love reading them. Happy New Year to you and The Bloke.
I’m so pleased to hear about the positive, Gill, and the positive outlook you have on life too! I really like the goals you’ve set yourself too… alter best for the new year – keep me updated!
Wow. You had quite an interesting year! I love the squirrel pictures. We have a lot of them here in reading but my lenses aren’t long enough for a close up.
Haha! The squirrels are everywhere here… yeah it was a busy one! How was yours?
It was fair some ups and down but I think I did alright. Publishing my recap at midnight.😊
Ooh fab! I’ll check it out!
I would miss you very much if you stopped blogging Suzie! I thought about throwing in the towel too recently as Instagram is more enjoyable, my photos receive far more exposure there too. Best wishes for you guys in 2019!! 😎🇬🇧
Thanks John! I think you’ve got to take the rough with the smooth – it’s been a bit more rough than usual this year though haha! I love your insta pics
I agree Suzie, and thanks very much! ❤️
I always love reading your blogs Suzie – and that’s some year you’ve had! Was a pleasure to meet you at the bloggers bash, we need to sort out that catch up soon!
Thanks lovely – ditto! Let me know when you’re free!
It sounds like you had some amazing experiences in 2018! I hope that 2019 brings nothing but good things to you!
Thanks Nicole! And you!
Happy New Year to you Suzie! Thanks for all your encouragement and support. I for one am glad you didn’t end up giving up blogging for good. x
And you lovely! Thanks, and ditto!
Happy New Year Suzie!
And you lovely!
Sounds like a good year, I hope 2019 well be even better 😀
Thanks Simon! Hope you have a good one too!
It’s always interesting to look back and see where we over – and under-achieved in our goals, and to then look forward and say “here’s to what I will do next year!”
Totally – last year was a bit of a learning curve in quite a few ways so I’m looking forward to doing things in a different way. What about you, John?
I have a variety of personal and professional goals, but primarily I want to focus my online social media “voice” a bit more…I get a lot of attention for certain music and movie posts, but also like to do a lot of food and travel, so finding a balance is the key!
That’s exciting! Hope everything goes well for you!
2018 was pretty good, although I’m struggling a bit right now. I’m just about at 25 000 views on my blog–1 million is a long way off but that’s OK–maybe one day!
Just a couple of life changes but I’ll be OK🙂
Here if you need a chat!
Aw, thanks. I’ll be ok—just having to pack up my son’s room. He’s in his third year of uni and doesn’t plan on moving home. Hit me hard but he’s a good kid, and happy so I should be too. I just miss him.
Aww – that must be difficult! My mum felt the same when I chose to stay in my university city after I had graduated…
Wishing you a happy New Year Suzie. I think 2018 has been a bit of a mixed bag for all of us. Here’s hoping this year is better!
And you, lovely! It’s been a weird one – hope you have a great 2019!
Similar feelings here, lots of amazing moments, along with moments of doubt and disappointment. That’s life! Keep moving forward 🙂 Here’s to a great 2019.
Totally with you, Matt! Hope you have a good one!