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 🐢 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 It did make me somewhat withdrawn, but I am lucky to have a fantastic family and supportive friends who helped me too.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!

πŸ‘‘ 2018 Highlights

 ⭐️ 2018 Goals

  1. Β πŸ‘©πŸ» Focus on Me
    Β Yes and no. πŸ€ͺ
  2. Β πŸŽ“ 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. Β πŸš– Take driving lessons
    Haha. I seem to fail on this one continually. 2019 will be the year I doooo it.
  4. Β πŸ‘­ Spend time with friends
    Yesss! I had a lot of adventures with Claire.
  5.  🌠 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. Β πŸ‘“ Get new glasses
  7. 🀳🏻 Take a selfie??? 
    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. πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Help others
     No. 😣
  9. 🍏 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.  🧠 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. Β πŸ“š Finish third & fourth children’s book
    I can’t believe I thought I was going to complete two books, I didn’t even finish one! πŸ˜‚

✨ 2019 Goals

  1. πŸ‘©πŸ» Make health a priority
  2. β˜€οΈ Be confident
  3. πŸŽ“ Work hard at Uni
  4. πŸš– FINALLY, take driving lessons
  5. πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Help others/volunteer
  6. 🍏 Learn things that challenge me
  7. πŸ“· Capture my world through photography
  8. 🎨 Create designs that inspire happiness
  9. 🧠 Share personal posts about living with mental illness
  10. πŸ“˜ Work toward completing third children’s book

I hope you have an amazing 2019! 😍

πŸ’¬ 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?