I love celebrating the New Year!
New Year is truly my favorite holiday. For many years I have focused on growth and evolution in my personal and professional life, so I genuinely enjoy looking back and setting new goals each year. For me, 2018 was full of high-highs and low-lows. Considering my general luck in life, the twists and turns are no longer a surprise. For many years I questioned why I could never catch a break, but the older I get, the more I try to stay positive and remain calm when the roller coaster reaches its peak.
This Time Last Year
We started the New Year in New York. We were there for about 5 days and it was a much-needed vacation. Mario and I had been hustling with little to no breaks for months. Shortly after we returned to San Francisco we adopted Rosie. She was just two months old and five pounds *cue tears* She is the sweetest, smartest, most athletic pup I know. She has changed our lives forever and we love her so much!
In March, I decided to leave my part-time position in retail to pursue blogging more aggressively. Mario and I decided that in 2018 we were going to focus primarily on growth for my network and monetizing my blog. By June, I had been blogging for three years on-the-dot and finally hit 10K on Instagram. Within 12 weeks, I doubled my following to 20K. All my dedication and sacrifice was paying off!
In the beginning of August, I began experiencing flareups on my face. It was torture because the reactions lasted for weeks at a time. My skin was in so much pain- swollen, cracking, burning, itching, red. At one point, I did not leave the house for three weeks. As you can imagine, it greatly interfered with my school attendance and blog work. I felt trapped in my body with no answers from doctors for months. After many visits, I was told that I was initially misdiagnosed and what I was experiencing was allergies. Since I learned this, I began eliminating and reintroducing various triggers to my diet and skincare routine which has helped me figure out how to manage it.
Milestones Part Two
November was interesting. It was the first month that I matched my pay as an influencer to my former part-time salary. It's a busy time of the year and the campaigns were coming left and right. At this time, my flareups were peaking and I had to figure out clever ways to complete contracted campaigns under the tortuous circumstances. One particular flareup lasted nearly 6 weeks. It was such a struggle to take decent photos, my engagement was low, and it killed me inside for so many reasons. I was so excited to finally get the work and recognition I was working toward, but now that I reached that point I could barely take decent photos. In addition to my face looking terrible, my insides felt terrible. I was extremely exhausted and in constant discomfort. Some days I barely left my room. I just wanted to feel better and have my life back, but it felt like my hard work and health were sinking into quicksand. Regardless, I did my best to stay positive and have faith that I would get better. This mindset gave me the strength I needed to push through my blog work and classes.
And now we are here, the last days of December and it’s time to reflect and create positive intentions for 2019. I made a mood and manifestation board at the beginning of the semester so I will continue to reflect back on it for the beginning of 2019. When I made it, I made it with the intention of going into the New Year. One of the goals on my board is to do yoga or meditate at least once a week. During a recent meditation I said to myself:
“I am a light in this world. I am a positive influence in this world. I absorb light. I give light. The light in my life will help me heal inside and out.”
As I reflect on my experiences this past year I come back to this moment. That's the energy I want to bring into the new year. I've never been an overtly positive person, but I do recognize the importance of staying positive and spreading kindness. I want to make a conscious effort to approach my everyday with a more optimistic thought process. I feel our mind is so powerful when it comes to healing and what you attract in this universe. As I enter the last year of my 20’s in 2019 (I’m 29 in March - cue more tears*) all I want to pursue in my life is peace.
Thank you for all the love and support this year!
Thank you so much for all the love and support in 2018! I look forward to sharing this journey as it unfolds in 2019. I hope you have a wonderful New Year filled with lots of light and love!
Some of this year’s top photos: