2018 in Review

2018 in Review

That last week between Christmas and New Years always gets me in a weird place. It almost doesn’t feel real to exist at this time, if that makes any sense. Once I’m past my post-Christmas blues, I tend to get in a weird state of self-reflection about the year, so I decided to share that with you all today!

2018 was eventful, for sure.

I Quit My Job!

I think my biggest accomplishment this year was quitting my full-time job because it was making me miserable and sick. I quit without having anything else lined up, which was absolutely terrifying for me but I was in no state to interview, redo my resume, and write cover letters due to my confidence being in shambles and my anxiety being at an all-time high.

I found my smile again after quitting the job that made me miserable!

My Parents Moved to Another State!

My parents had been planning a move to Florida for a while, and were super serious about it to the point where they bought the condo they wanted in 2017 and paid both mortgages for a while! My mom got a job down there in August, and my dad followed her in October. It’s been a major adjustment getting used to living without my parents just a 30-minute drive from me… but they both love living down there and have jobs that they like way more.

My parents can literally walk to the beach from their condo!

I Launched My Blog!

I have wanted to start a blog quite literally since 2016. I had a lot of fears about starting and it took me a long time to take the plunge. But I am already SO HAPPY that I started blogging and I am obsessed with it! I have so many plans for this little baby of mine and I’m excited to share my thoughts with the world and hopefully help others along the way!

2018 had a lot of negative things too, unfortunately…. I spent a large portion of this year being unhappy, depressed, and feeling stuck. It was only until the last couple of months that I actually started to feel capable enough to make some changes.

2018 also threw me some of the hardest things I’ve ever dealt with so far.

Medical Issues

My grandpa had triple bypass surgery and a valve replacement in February and it was absolutely terrifying for me. He was in the hospital for a week afterwards. He recovered well and all that, but those first few weeks after surgery were scary, and I was terrified that something was going to go wrong.


On March 7, 2018, my precious cat passed away and I was completely devastated. I am actually still grieving over her and I still periodically will cry for her. I have lost cats before, but I was exceptionally close to her and I had her since she was a teeny baby.

My baby, Merida. I love you forever.

Mental Health Deterioration

I spent most of the year depressed, angry, and anxious as a direct result of the job I was miserable in. I had just left a job that I had been at for nearly 5 years, so at first I chalked it up to new job jitters. Eventually it started to eat away at me an it turned me into… not someone I wanted to be. One time I got sick and had to miss work, and I was actually relieved that I didn’t have to go in even though I was incapacitated in bed with a high fever.

I only worked there for seven months, but it defined a lot of my 2018 experience.

The last few months of 2018 have given me the chance to heal.

New Beginnings

After my cat passed away, I was not interested in getting a new one or even getting close to another cat. A few months later, another kitty started showing up around our house… and it eventually got to the point where he just started following us inside.

This is Marty, our baby bean!

I also started seeing a therapist to work on getting my confidence back and to take my life in some sort of actionable direction. I’ve been in and out of therapy before and I finally feel like I’ve found a therapist I click with AND can afford to see regularly. If there’s ever even the smallest feeling in your mind that you need to see a therapist, DO IT if you have the financial means.


The Fountain of Youth – Saint Augustine, FL

The cool thing about my parents moving to Florida is that we also got to do some cool touristy things together this year. We went to an alligator farm, a garden park, the Fountain of Youth, and toured a few historic locations.

That’s about it for my 2018 in review!! I also wrote about my 2019 goals… if you haven’t seen that yet, you can check those out right here!

Was your 2018 good, bad, or somewhere in between? Let me know!

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  1. December 31, 2018 / 10:23 pm

    I’ve had a lot of similar experiences in 2018. My jobs were also making me angry, frustrated, and anxious, and while it was nice to finally quit, it’s been hard looking for another job/editing my resume and writing cover letters.
    I’m really sorry to hear about your cat, that must’ve been really hard. That new kitty seems cute though! And the medical issues with your grandpa seemed really stressful too-my dad had to have open heart surgery a couple of years ago, and he had to stay at the hospital for a week or so too. Definitely a scary experience!
    While it must have been an adjustment having both your parents move, it must be cool that they live in Florida (I was born there so maybe I’m just biased lol)! Those touristy and historic sites seem like they’d be fun!

    • Jackie
      January 1, 2019 / 2:02 pm

      It’s a great feeling to quit your job for sure… but resumes and cover letters aren’t fun either.
      Open heart surgery is scary and I wasn’t even the one experiencing it!
      It’s definitely cool that my parents live in Florida! The touristy and historic places are really fun! Thanks for reading!

  2. January 2, 2019 / 12:38 pm

    Wow, you sure have had an eventful 2018. I’m so sorry to hear about your kitty passing. I can only imagine how difficult that was (and still is). How precious though about Marty adopting you! We have three cats, and this past month starting seeing more and more of a stray kitty. Her name is now Tex and we bring her in at night, but she still wants to be outside during the day!

    Congratulations on taking major steps to creating a life you love. Best wishes for a beautiful 2019!

    • Jackie
      January 2, 2019 / 10:41 pm

      Aww, that’s cute about Tex! I bet she appreciates being inside at night. A lot of kitties seem to enjoy being outside during the day so they can explore/lounge about!

      2019 will be great! Happy New Year 🙂

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