Reflecting on 2018, there are many things I am grateful for. I learned so much, met new people and checked off many things on my literal and figurative To-Do lists. Of course, there were ups and downs, but I am choosing to look only at the parts of 2018 that bring me joy and peace. I wrote a short list of 5 things I accomplished in 2018 that make me really proud, and I thought I would share them with you!
Of course, stay tuned for my next post, which will be 5 Goals I have for 2019. For now, let’s take a look back at the past year!
5 Things I Accomplished in 2018
1. Released an album of all original music
In 2014, 2015 and 2016, I released a new single each year. Even though I wanted to release a full album, it was too costly and I didn’t feel quite ready yet. Then, in 2017, I began recording my full album at Oak Recording Studio in Toronto with producer Gord Richards. In August 2018, I am proud to say I released it, and have been selling the albums at my live shows ever since. Here is a link to purchase the whole album and here is a link to the youtube video of “Easy Target”, the first music video from the album.
2. Got through hard times
I’d rather not dwell on this topic too much, but for a few years I have struggled with bad anxiety, and there was a part of 2018 that definitely took me on a rollercoaster when it comes to my mental health. I am proud of what I managed to accomplish despite what felt like crippling anxiety, and I am thankful that these small wins continue to boost my confidence each and every day. In 2019, I will be in charge of my thoughts, not the other way around.
Here are a couple other posts I wrote about mental health:
3. Made new memories with David
Spending time with David is my favourite part of every single day. In 2018, we officially got our own apartment, which is something we’ve been looking forward to for quite a while. The majority of my fond memories from 2018 were because of this incredible man, and I am thankful for him every day.
4. Got a job in a new field and found a new interest
For 6 years straight, I was in the serving/food industry, so when I moved from Toronto to Kitchener in 2018, I felt it was time to try something new. I applied at a few retail stores, and found myself a job at a Health & Nutrition store in the supplements department. Today marks 3 months at this job, and I have truly been enjoying the people I am meeting and the invaluable information I am learning. It’s funny because my brother used to be a supplement specialist, and I never thought in a million years I would take an interest in it too. Was I ever wrong! The training, the knowledge – everything is so interesting to me and it makes it really exciting and rewarding to go to work every day.
If you haven’t yet, check out my last post about the many ways I’ve learned to kick the seasonal cold!
5. Made friends in my new city
In Toronto, I had a group of great friends that I could turn to whenever I wanted to go shopping, or to the movies, or hang out, or even to vent to. When I moved to Kitchener, I was lucky to have David, but I didn’t have anyone else I knew in the city. For a while, I felt secluded, until I realized that I was completely capable of meeting new friends. Now, I have made a few friends in my new city, and they make my days brighter every time I see them. In 2019, I want to meet even more new friends, and continue strengthening my existing relationships. It really does make a difference to have a group of loving, positive people around you.
Regardless how you feel about 2018, I encourage you to think of 5 accomplishments, 5 things you are proud of, or that positively impacted your life in the past year. Focus on the good, and more good will come.
Let me know one of your favourite accomplishments from 2018, or what you were most grateful for, in the comments below! I would love to celebrate these achievements with you.
Make sure you check back in the next few days for my next post, which will highlight 5 goals I have for the coming year.