As 2018 draws to a close, I wanted to reflect on everything that happened in my life in the past 12 months. It was a year filled with adventures, new ventures and trying to deal with the shadow of bad news.

Two thousand eighteen was a mostly positive year. I welcomed the beautiful ๐Ÿถ Alice into my life and enjoyed watching her grow (and chew). I was able to have adventures with Claire and go to more events than I ever had before. I even started a new business which embraced my passion for cute art.


Even with the positives, it has also been conflicting. In February I received some bad news about a family friend. I want to respect their privacy and not give any details, but I will say that it is a rare condition that has no known cure. I try and support them and share as much love as I can. It did make me somewhat withdrawn, but I am lucky to have a fantastic family and supportive friends who helped me too.


While I am proud of the things I was able to do this year, I can’t help thinking that I could have done more. I believe my biggest disappointment is that I did not finish and publish a children’s book. I have wanted to self-publish a new book each year, but maybe that is not as realistic as I thought. The main thing is to work creatively and create books that I am proud of, however long that takes!

๐Ÿ‘‘ 2018 Highlights

ย โญ๏ธ 2018 Goals

  1. ย ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป Focus on Me
    ย Yes and no. ๐Ÿคช
  2. ย ๐ŸŽ“ Work hard at Uni
    I did pretty well at Uni. I did get a distinction instead of a high distinction, in my last class of 2018, so have to work harder!
  3. ย ๐Ÿš– Take driving lessons
    Haha. I seem to fail on this one continually. 2019 will be the year I doooo it.
  4. ย ๐Ÿ‘ญ Spend time with friends
    Yesss! I had a lot of adventures with Claire.
  5. ย ๐ŸŒ  Get a tattoo
    No. I started to get annoyed that I had listed ‘get a tattoo’, just for the sake of getting one.. I want to get a tattoo that means a lot to me, and I will know when the time is right.
  6. ย ๐Ÿ‘“ Get new glasses
  7. ๐Ÿคณ๐Ÿป Take a selfie???ย 
    I did take some selfies, but I didn’t share them. I guess that is progress?? I am not very confident, but hopefully, I can work on that in 2019.
  8. ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Help others
    ย No. ๐Ÿ˜ฃ
  9. ๐Ÿ Learn new things
    I had a lot of fun spending time learning how to animate in Adobe Animate CC. While my animations have been very simple, it was a lot of fun to know I could do it!
  10. ย ๐Ÿง  Share personal posts about living with mental illness
    I did not share many personal posts in 2018. I had grand plans on doing this, and I hope I can devote time to it in 2019!
  11. ย ๐Ÿ“š Finish third & fourth childrenโ€™s book
    I can’t believe I thought I was going to complete two books, I didn’t even finish one! ๐Ÿ˜‚

โœจ 2019 Goals

  1. ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป Make health a priority
  2. โ˜€๏ธ Be confident
  3. ๐ŸŽ“ Work hard at Uni
  4. ๐Ÿš– FINALLY, take driving lessons
  5. ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Help others/volunteer
  6. ๐Ÿ Learn things that challenge me
  7. ๐Ÿ“ท Capture my world through photography
  8. ๐ŸŽจ Create designs that inspire happiness
  9. ๐Ÿง  Share personal posts about living with mental illness
  10. ๐Ÿ“˜ Work toward completing third children’s book

I hope you have an amazing 2019! ๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿ’ฌ Questions

  1. How was your 2018?
  2. What are you most proud of doing in 2018?
  3. What do you hope to achieve in 2019?