Welcome back y’all! I apologize if this is the 53rd wrap-up post you’ve seen this week. I’m gonna go through some quick stats and random stuff from 2018 and then move on to thoughts on the new year. Feel free to skim if you’re like me and you’re running out of brain power. (OMW NEW YEAR Y’ALL)
For firsties I have some stats on my blog, and some Pinterest stats.
Blogging has been incredible so far! My first post was on September 10th, 2018. My total for followers this year is 40. 40! I am so grateful to everyone who has followed me and thrown in their likes and comments. Blogging is basically my thought dump and I’m so glad that y’all like to read my posts. My goal for December was 35, so y’all smashed it 😀 Thank you all heaps!
Pinterest. Dunno if I mentioned this before but I love Pinterest. I switched over to a business account, and I love it! It’s super cute and functional. This month was sort of all over the place in terms of views. I went from 20, to 30, to 80, to 95, and back to 20. I am at 61 followers. Thanks to all my followers-I love seeing your pins and I hope you enjoy mine as well! I don’t care about my Pinterest stats too much, it’s mostly for myself, but it is cool to see what people enjoy and what they don’t.
Next I have some bookish things for all my bookies out there.
My favorite book I read year was definitely The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. You can check out the picture boards I made here. This book was so funny, so real, and so ridiculously heartbreaking. Add it to your 2019 reading list right away.
This year was not the best year for reading, but I did plow through a handful of popular books. The Hunger Games were okish (I mean they were great until I read Ember in the Ashes and uh realized how lame THG characters are…sorry not sorry). Divergent had some good plot twists, but the 2-3rd books were pretty lame. I read the first Maze Runner book, which was FANTASTIC. Last but not least, The Fault in our Stars. HELP ME *wails*. I can’t even describe this book other than amazingness and sadness and madness and more sadness and Isaac.
This year through the blogging world, I ran into the whole world of indie authors. WHOA. Teenagers (some of them older or younger) writing their own incredible books-how cool is that? I’ve loved the ones I read so far. Even my 10-year-old pen pal wrote her own book this year- it was awesome! During all of the whole indie author craziness, I designed a book cover for Lydia Jung (I got it for Christmas and am in the middle of reading it, link here), and beta-read a short story for Aria (It was fantastic, I can’t wait for the release!).
Now for some other random stuff:
2018 was a growing year, like all other years, and I learned a few lessons. Probably the main one was that you (or rather I) can’t do everything. And all our goals went KA-BOOM. Mostly this came from signing up for things and not being able to finish them. Whoops. Sometimes I bit off more than I could chew. (*coughcough* ex. You might have noticed I was on vaca this week and forgot to post my BIBPC? Sorry Team Owl, I’m on it next week) That one’s not as bad, but other things like uncompleted activities and taking on an extra class can come back to bite me. I also had to realize that not only can I not do everything, but that’s ok. No one can, so I’m not alone, am I right? It’s not the end of the world if I can’t fit everything in. <–Definitely helps relieve stress peeps.
Another important one this year was just to let go and realize that God is in control. I’m definitely a perfectionist and a control freak. Let’s just say it took more than a little while for me to realize that God was slapping me in the face. Earlier this year, I was in a car crash. If there had been a 3-4 foot difference, I could have been badly injured. Definitely God. My cousin died in a bus crash in Argentina. This kind of thing happens all the time, right? But when it happens to be in your family, changes things a lot. Definitely God showing me that he holds all things in his hands. My grandparents were in bad car accident. They are both fine. Definitely God. Hard times are always there to teach us lessons, and I’m so glad that I was taught this one.
On a different note, 2018 was my first year bullet journaling. It was such a fun experience, and although I might have put more time into it than I got out of it, it was still worth it. Like my blog, it’s my little creative outlet. I am almost finished setting up my 2019 bullet journal (which I can’t wait to share with you, as well as my 1-month overdue December spreads). Yay for another year with bullet journaling 😀
I failed to play any guitar this year *goal moves slowly from one year to the next* But I did spend a lot of time on piano, and a duet I played with my friend won best in state for our age category! We went through two rounds of competition and then got to perform for several teachers at the beginning of the fall. It was a neat experience.
AND NOW JUST A QUICK MOMENT AS WE ALL FREAK OUT ABOUT THE FACT THAT IT’S ALREADY ALMOST A NEW YEAR 0-0
I am both very excited and not at all prepared. My last midterm lurks ahead, but so does a bunch of other fun stuff, so hopefully I power through. I’m looking forward to a new year of blogging (hopefully with a better schedule).
Half of me joins in the new-year-new-me and the other half knows it’s never gonna happen 😂
I have a week of break left, during which I hope to go have friends over for breakfast, go shopping, see a movie in theaters (not sure which one yet), do some late night new year’s eve babysitting, spend half the week with my friends at another friend’s house (who married and moved away earlier this year), participate in the Reveries Co. blog tour/launch, work on a writing project with my friend, work on a collab with Gracie, and celebrate Christmas with my mom’s side of the family. This leaves me no….timee…to do…..anything….*falls asleep*
I’m looking forward to my fourth year of drama! I love acting, and landed the main role in our troupe’s play this year. YIKES 0-0.
I shall move my guitar resolution to this year. I’ll keep working for my mom (giving piano lessons to one of my littlerest bros) and picking up odd jobs here and there. I have big plans which may involve being booked basically the whole summer x-x I also need to make some big decisions about high school. Shall I stay at home or go to public school? Is private school an option? Shall I be a freshman or a sophomore? What courses should I take? Questions questions questions. I have had the “where are you going to highschool” conversations SO MANY times this year, and all I can say is-I have no idea. Help. Help. Help. 🙂
I probably will be MIA this week, so I wish y’all a very happy new years, and I’d love to hear your resolutions in the comments! Will you stay up till midnight or will you hit the sack early? Are you ready to take on 2019? Thanks again for a great first year of blogging! Isabel Eleison