Thursday, January 10, 2019

2018 in Review

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I have to say that 2018 was a really great year for me; spiritually and personally. In 2014, I began to stop having positive expectations because life became really, really difficult. And each year seemed to get worse than the last. In 2017, I did see a turning point but I was still trying to get a grip of all the sadness I was feeling constantly. I am still grieving (to be honest I’m not sure I’ll ever stop grieving); the whole it gets better with time is an outright lie to attempt to make another person feel better, but I digress. 2018 was really good for me. It helped me to really believe that I can have expectations again, that it is OK to hope and believe that good things lie ahead. For a few years I’ve been really scared of the what ifs. You’re stuck in a place where you’re just scared. Scared of everything. The way life changes so drastically and not being prepared for it. It truly takes you for a loop. You’re worried about yourself. You’re worried about the people you love. You’re even worried for strangers. But this year, I really felt it begin to dissolve. I’m not saying that I’ll ever be the ole carefree Faith but I think I’m closer to her than I’ve been in a long time. Life is exciting again. I’m looking forward to things again. I’m not spending my weekends curled in my bed while my body shakes due to hyperventilating tears. I'm not having panic attacks. I know that if I could get to this place after the last few years of my life, I can always do it again. I don’t want to do that again but the thing is knowing that I can. And that somehow, someway, I’ll always be able to get back to me.

As is tradition for this blog, here’s my review of 2018. The year that brought me closer to, well, me.

JANUARY

January was pretty uneventful and quiet which isn’t surprising considering the weather here. This month I did write down goals for the new year (as I’m sure everyone does) and I’m pretty glad to know that I accomplished most of them.
I'm definitely still a work in progress.

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Continued our tradition of Sunday dinners which reminds me that I haven't posted in quite some time.

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I did venture out for a brunch with Cinthia in January and I recall wishing that I had not made plans to go out in the cold that day. The thing is that when I returned home I remember feeling happy.

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Went to the Philadelphia Auto Car show with Sean and I hope to do it again this year!

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FEBRUARY

Although my niece's birthday is in January we celebrated her 5th birthday in February last year.

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Went to see Black Panther and remember leaving feeling so inspired and hopeful!

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Went to a dinner in Upstate NY to celebrate Colleen's new addition, Cate!

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Celebrated Sean's birthday in Saratoga NY with several of his childhood and rugby friends.

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MARCH

Visited San Francisco for the first time and fell in love. We absolutely loved our time there!

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Had a good time celebrating St. Patrick's Day with my favorite guy.

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Sean and I ran a 5K in Philadelphia for Parkinson's. This was definitely a highlight for the both of us.

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APRIL

By April we were so ready for some good weather that when we finally had one good day we celebrated with a grilled dinner on our deck!

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And with the weather finally getting warmer it wasn't an ordeal to get out of the house and go out for brunch.

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Cinthia and I had our first trip to the winery of the year!

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The magnolia trees began to make their appearance and even though it was raining I made us stop to take it all in :)
Fun for me, not so much Sean ;)

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MAY

Sean, Cinthia and I went to a Spring Festival in Philadelphia and had a blast listening to music and stuffing our faces.
It was also Cinco de Mayo.

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We went to Myrtle Beach with Sean's parents and had a long relaxing weekend together.

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My sister and her family came to visit us and we went to the beach.
It was such a good weekend ♥

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Posted about flower day at home. To be honest this is one of my most favorite things to do. Picking out and arranging flowers to place around the house makes me always feel at home.

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JUNE

One of my most favorite memories of 2018 was sister day. We are hoping to do something like this every year. This year I'm hoping that all four of us will be able to do it :).

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Sean and I went to Atlantic City for a quick weekend trip.

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Celebrated my dad's 70th birthday!

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Went to a light festival in honor of my mom's birthday ♥

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Celebrated my MIL's 60th birthday!

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JULY

Spent a summer weekend with Colleen and her family ♥

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Went to Saratoga Springs, NY to spend a day at the race track.

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AUGUST

Family day at Bowlmore Lanes ♥
We've been doing a family day in August ever since my mom passed away in August 2015.
It really helps us all cope better when we are together on one of the hardest days/months of our lives.

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Attended Musikfest in our town and of course had my beloved corn :)

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Rainy day at the farmer's market picking up local produce.
I made an incredible zucchini bread (for the first time!) with the zucchini I picked up that weekend.

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TRAVELED TO PARIS!

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SEPTEMBER

Celebrated 5 years of living in PA

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Celebrated my nephew's 2nd birthday!

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Had a pretty perfect fall weekend with my sister and nephew

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OCTOBER

Turned 36!

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Had a fun weekend in Philadelphia with my girlfriend, Jihae.

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NOVEMBER

Traveled to the Dominican Republic

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We took my MIL to the city to see the Rockettes and made a pit stop at Bryant Park.

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Celebrated Thanksgiving with my family

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DECEMBER

Decorated our home for Christmas

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Visited Colleen for the weekend

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Celebrated Christmas with my in-laws

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Rang in the new year with a lot of cheese and dancing!

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2018 was truly filled with all the things I love most; family, friends, good food and lots of travel.
I hope that 2018 was kind to you too.
2019, I'm ready for you!

6 comments:

  1. I'm so glad this was a year filled with more smiles for you than tears! What a beautiful year you had with so many amazing memories and wonderful trips. I can't say it enough, but your photography is amazing! I pray that 2019 is even better for you and getting you one step closer to where you would like to be.

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    1. Thank you so much, I truly appreciate that :) It was such a beautiful year and I truly hope that 2019 can top it!

      You really make me smile ear to ear when you talk about my photography. Thank you so much!

      And I pray the same for you! 2019 is going to be an incredible year!

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  2. Your year looked to wonderful! It seems you were able to travel quite a bit too. May 2019 bring you just as many joyous memories!

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    1. It was really wonderful. Yes, we traveled a lot last year ... not sure it will be the same this year but still excited for a few trips this year! Thank you so much. I wish the same for you! Happy New Year!!

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  3. I am happy to hear that 2018 was a great year for you!

    You went through a lot of terrible things all at once, I think it was understandable that it took awhile to get a grip on things. I've NEVER been a carefree person. I will be completely honest and say I've been riddled with worry and anxiety since I was a little kid. I'm glad you're coming a little more back to yourself.

    I think the saying "Time heals all" varies on the situation. A break up, certainly... but losing a parent or someone you loved deeply... well, I think it's more adjusting and memories become bittersweet.

    Anyway, going through your timeline of events- it's amazing because I remember half the posts that was associated with these images, and I'm like SHE JUST POSTED ABOUT THAT! even though the post was from last April! etc. Your 2018 DID look wonderful <3

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    1. Thank you my dear friend!

      Yes, I agree that, that saying completely varies on the situation.

      Some of the things I couldn't believe happened so early in the year because I feel like they just happened!

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