Oh 2018, you’ve been quite a ride.
This year, my main priorities were to lose weight, heal in a healthy manner from the loss of my step dad, professional development and change jobs. I’m proud that I have done all four! In March I went to Springfield, Missouri for a certification training workshop in AutPlay Therapy, something I have wanted to do for 8 years. In July I took my second cruise, with stops in Turks, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and The Dominican Republic, and I even went to Houston. My Houston trip was a really big eye opener for me, that I didn’t discuss with you guys. But it taught me that I was chasing the wrong thing, and I needed to let go.
Also in July, I got a call I never expected. I was offered a transfer to the school I originally began working at. When I set out to change jobs, I never knew it would come this way, but I accepted and it has honestly made a difference. For the first time in 5 years, I’m not in a stressful work environment; I’m embraced and supported and I can’t express enough how powerful that is.
I found many healthy ways to cope this year. I began my workout regimen in May. I’ve always struggled with exercising, but this time it really stuck. I’ve gained so much muscle, and I’m genuinely happy with what I see in the mirror. My hair has grown and I even get my nails done every two weeks. My weight still fluctuates slightly but I'm getting more disciplined with my exercise.
I pushed myself this year but I’m going even harder next year. I really learned a lot this year, and you guys were there for all of it. So as tradition, I’m sharing the top 10 blog posts from this year that you guys loved the most!
You guys loved my recap of Bahamian fashion designer, Cardell McClam. This was the most popular post of the year! On Thanksgiving day, Cardell premiered his newest collection inspired by the iconic Frida Khalo. I loved working with Cardell again and look forward to covering more of his shows!
Although the event itself only lasted one week, I had a lot of fun at Sip and Paint. I’m sorry it didn’t make it to a second week considering the masterminds behind it are trying really hard to raise funds for a college education. I wish them the best of luck in 2019 with their event planning and I’ll keep you all updated.
Apparently EVERYONE loves Eggs Benedict. You guys have been hitting up about this recipe and I’m so glad you loved it! Although the Baked Egg Bread Pudding took 1st place in my heart for breakfast recipes from the Magnolia Table cookbook, this one a very close second! The hardest thing for me with these recipes is how much each recipe costs on average. Essentially all of the breakfast items ask for heavy cream, which is just under $6 for a half pint. A dozen eggs are $2.99, Canadian bacon is also just under $6 and a variety of fresh herbs and spices are supposed to be on hand. I cut the recipe in half but I’ll still share it as is if you want to make this for a crowd. Then there’s the realisation that none of this is keto so I end up giving away a lot of what I make.
I never had any expectations for turning 28. This number never registered on my radar as important for any reason. Little did I know that this would be one of the most important birthday's of my life!
After six years of blogging (while getting a Master's degree and working a full time job), working several fashion shows, reviewing international products and services, photo shoots, partnerships, and two blue ribbon awards for original recipes, I've been nominated for the second consecutive year for the Elevation Awards Blog of the Year! Even though I didn’t win this year, I have a good feeling for next year!
What’s funny about this being on the recap is it was least favourite recipe of the year! The recipe was it was WAAAAAAAAAY too salty. I realised afterwards that most of the salt came from the sausage as someone told me I should've boiled the sausage first, to take off the salt. So be careful when you make yours because I'd hate you to go through all of this to not even be able to eat it.
Back in January I tried the Infinity Gold 2 in 1 Blower Brush. I bought it on Morningsave.com after seeing it advertised on Dish Nation. My stylist comes to my house which is great for my anxiety. Her comb attachment to her brush was beginning to give her problems, so I thought this would help. You guys really liked what I had to say about it and it got a lot of views on Youtube.
Everyone has been there at the end of a breakup and wondered, “What If”? Here you can find 5 expert tips on what to do when you find yourself dwelling on the past.
I was so happy to tell you that on February 17, 2018, at 3:46 PM, my best friend Telia gave birth to a healthy baby boy! We joke that Lukas will one day marry my niece, who's only about five months older than him, and then we can all be one family! Check out the photos!
Last but certainly not least, I got raw a few times this year on the blog. Including the time I opened up about the biggest issues I have with blogging. I’m working on getting more organised but it also comes with a lot of sacrifices.
SO WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT NEXT YEAR?
Newsletters: I’m revisiting newsletters starting with a freebie for everyone who signs up. You can expect to see that tomorrow!
More photoshoots: I stopped doing professional photography after a bad experience with a baptism. I didn’t enjoy it and the client didn’t like the photos. So I took a major step back. I’m looking to get back into that kind of photography, but I will try to photograph more of what makes me happy.
More collaborations: I know a lot of creatives and I can’t wait to start some projects with them.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me in 2018. It has truly been a great year! See you all in 2019! Happy New Year