Full disclosure: This post is 100% inspired by all the recap posts of 2018 I’m seeing on everyone’s Instagram stories.
I decided I couldn’t end 2018 without a blog post where I ramble on about what life and the universe threw my way this year.
I also realized that my memory isn’t what it used to be. And what better way to immortalize 2018 than on the internet?
So let’s get into it.
12 moments that perfectly capture how 2018 went for me
1) Saying buh-bye to my last two wisdom teeth.
Below: Right before the extraction.
I started the year with a little mandatory self-care. I was super scared that I would get dry socket (when you don’t take care of your gums post-wisdom teeth extraction and then it leads to pain and more recovery time) so I babied my gums and my mouth like it was my one mission on earth. It forced me to take things easier and practice patience. Especially since I had to wait for what seemed like forever to eat solid food again. And in the end, no dry socket. HOORAY!
2) I discovered my one ab.
I was so proud of myself here. I kept second guessing whether that was really an ab. I was working out regularly for six months and that was my proof is in the pudding moment. That was back in February. My belly no longer looks like that. I’m not sure I care for that to be a goal of mine anymore. I wasn’t working at the time, so I had a crap ton of time to work out and that’s just not my situation anymore. Now that I work full-time, I am way too tired to care or focus on something like this. I love that I have other things to preoccupy my body and my mind with.
3) My skin freaked out.
My skin through me for a spin this year. For the first time ever my eczema was flaring up on my face. I wasn’t comfortable leaving my apartment and was super grateful that I didn’t have to go anywhere on most days since I was unemployed. Things didn’t get better in the second half the year either since my skin started breaking out like crazy and as I am writing this now on the 31st of December, it is just beginning to look normal again. Knocking on wood as I type. Also, no more micellar water and overdoing it with oils for me in 2019 and beyond.
4) I told myself I didn’t get the job.
I went on an interview with my eyes irritated and my skin red and flakey. No amount of makeup could hide it so I put on this polka dot dress that I rented from Rent the Runway, and hoped that the pattern could distract from what was going on with my face. I came home and told Vadim that I was sure I didn’t get the job. I got an email that day that they would like to schedule a second interview with me. I realized that day that sometimes you mistake your inner negative Nancy for your gut, and then the universe reminds you that it’s all going to be a-okay.
5) I celebrated my birthday in freaking Italy!
Ever since my study abroad trip to Florence in 2012, I knew I had to come back some day with Vadim. And we got to do that this year! Somehow the stars aligned and we were able to celebrate my birthday there. We hiked through Cinque Terre (post about that here) and had this fabulous lunch accompanied by a feline friend. No exaggeration when I say that it was the best possible way to celebrate getting older. I can only hope that every birthday involves celebratory carbs and cats.
6) I got the job and I felt like myself again.
I got the call earlier that day that I got the job. Vadim took me out to dinner to celebrate and this photo (above) was taken on our way to dinner. I was honestly over the moon and felt like the pieces of myself were coming back together. I honestly felt so grateful that day.
7) I stopped letting coffee run my life.
I used to not be able to start my day until I had a cup bowl of coffee. I especially didn’t like it when I was traveling. I always had to find some way to get my dose before heading out to explore wherever I was. And I no longer wanted coffee to have that control over my life. So I decided to go cold turkey…on the first week of my new job. It was rough but it made me realize that I never want anything to have that much control over me. I was reclaiming my time! Please excuse my ignorant use of Maxine Waters’ most famous clapback.
8) I chopped off my hair.
I was sweating up a storm every night and decided my hair had to go. I honestly didn’t realize how high maintenance short hair is. It was fun some days but mostly it just made me late and frustrated that my hair wasn’t cooperating. A reminder to self: all future haircuts will have to be long enough for a ponytail and actually be low maintenance for real.
9) We celebrated Vadim’s birthday in Montreal.
Montreal in the summer is my favorite. Especially when I get to spend time with the people I love. I think I laughed the most during this trip. It solidified for me that our friends are actually our chosen family. And that, I realized is a wonderful feeling to have.
10) We finally got our couch.
After over two months of waiting, we finally got our couch. At one point, I was so frustrated (West Elm told us they didn’t know where our couch was) I wanted to give up on the one we ordered and just get a different couch. But after much frustration and bugging West Elm to deliver what we paid for, we finally got our apartment’s pièce de résistance. And boy, does it make all the difference.
11) I learned that there is such thing as too much wine.
I was a very happy drunk during this self-guided wine tour until I wasn’t feeling so good anymore. The night ended with me puking all over Vadim’s lap (I couldn’t get myself up and out of our friends’ car) and missing out on dinner. Never consuming that much wine again. And will forever be chasing wine with food and water. This life lesson came to me super delayed and in the form of a crash course. I can no longer say that I have never thrown up from drinking. Womp womp. Welcome to my late twenties, I guess.
12) Our apartment finally feels like a home.
I took this photo the other day right before our friends came over for our little holiday get-together. This moment made me realize that the details matter. A motto I’m bringing with me into 2019. It was also the precise moment that our apartment finally felt like a home. Silly that two floral pillows and a festive table runner could produce this super specific yet abstract feeling, but here I am. Also, maybe, on a meta level, home is what you make of it.
That wraps up 2018 for me.
This year I learned to not give up, to be my biggest cheerleader, and to just go ahead and live my life the way I want to. I also learned to nurture the relationships that matter and not be bothered by the people in my life who drain me of my energy. And last but not least, I learned that growing up is mostly a good time even when it’s confusing and painful.
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. I truly, truly appreciate you and your eyeballs for letting this blog live on. Have a glorious start to your new year. I’ll see you in my next post!
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