Happy almost-2019, my friends! Do you feel ready for the new year, or does it feel strange to you? Last year I didn’t feel quite ready for 2018, but this year I feel prepared. 😀 2018 was a pretty crazy year, and I’m excited to see what 2019 will hold! What are you most looking forward to this year?
I decided to join in the end-of-year posts with a 2018 recap. 🙂 I’ll try to keep this fast, but we’ll see how it goes. XD Onward!
b l o g g i n g
I published 39 posts this year, which is half as many posts as I wrote in 2017. I just didn’t have near as much time on my hands for blogging. Are you guys okay with the amount of posts I do now, or do you want more? I’d love to hear your thoughts. 😀 Here are some of my favorite posts from 2018:
Other fun blogging memories: I re-designed my entire blog twice, showed my face (whoa there’s an actual human writing this), and started a business for bloggers! I also discovered lots of lovely new blogs and made some new blogging friends. 😀 What were some highlights of your blogging year?
s c h o o l
2019 will be my last full year as a high schooler. I completed four online college classes this year – U.S. History, American Government, English 102, and Music Appreciation. I’m about to start World Literature II and Intro to Psychology. At this point, I really need to choose some sort of major so I can start taking more specific classes. But… I have no idea what I want to do. XD My dream job would be to work at Pixar as either a storyboard artist or doing something with camera angles. BUT HOW DOES ONE EVEN GET A JOB AT PIXAR. *hyperventilates*
So yep, school is going great. 😀 Moving on!
m u s i c
I learned to play the ukulele this year, and it’s been so much fun! I first learned to play on a tiny ukulele that was practically a toy, and then my parents gave me this beautiful one for my birthday. 😀 His name is Jeffrey and he sounds AMAZING. It’s also been just about a year since I got my new fiddle, Fin. My younger sister and I took piano lessons for about two months during the summer, but our teacher was… odd to say the least. It didn’t work out. XD
I listened to a lot of great music this year! Here are my four favorite albums of the year:
Be sure to check out those albums for some amazing music! 😀 What were your favorite songs of 2018? Did you learn any new instruments this year?
p h o t o g r a p h y
This has been a pretty exciting photography year for me! I won a state-wide photography contest in August, bought a new camera in October, and just learned a ton about photography in general. I also started an Instagram where I usually share photos before they end up on my blog. You can check it out here!
As an example of how my photos have improved, here are the first and last photos that I took of Maude in 2018. You can really see a difference in the lighting, composition, and editing! I obviously still have so much to learn, but I hope I’ll continue to improve and learn from my mistakes. 😀
w r i t i n g
I played around with countless story ideas this year, but I didn’t actually finish anything other than some short stories. I had a lot of fun doing Camp NaNoWriMo in April, but I failed NaNo in November… yay me. On the bright side, I had one of my short stories published in a magazine! I have SO many different ideas in my head that I’m working to organize and make some sense of. Maybe by the time I’m 80 I’ll have finally finished a book. 😀 What are you currently writing?
r e a d i n g
I read a total of 102 books in 2018! This was a really great reading year for me – I discovered a lot of new favorite books and authors. I also went to my first book festival and met Jeanne Birdsall, one of my writing role models. 🙂
It was QUITE difficult to choose only five, but here are the five best books I read this year (in no particular order):
Okay for Now
by Gary D. Schmidt
Okay For Now explores a seemingly improbable alliance between new outsider in town Doug Swieteck and Lil Spicer, the savvy spitfire daughter of his deli owner boss. With her challenging assistance, Doug discovers new sides of himself. Along the way, he also readjusts his relationship with his abusive father, his school peers, and his older brother, a newly returned war victim of Vietnam.
by A.S. Peterson
Fin Button is the talk of the colonies. The British say she’s a pirate. The Americans call her a mutineer. The crew of the Rattlesnake call her the most unlikely thing of all: captain. But with the Revolution on the verge of defeat, the Congress offers Fin a deal. If she can free a noblewoman held captive by pirates, the French may be persuaded to join the war. Fin’s reward? A full pardon.
Louisiana’s Way Home
by Kate DiCamillo
When Louisiana Elefante’s granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn’t overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return. Separated from her best friends, Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home.
The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family…
The Penderwicks At Last
by Jeanne Birdsall
Nine years, five older siblings, a few beloved dogs, and an endless array of adventures–these are the things that have shaped Lydia’s journey since readers first met her in The Penderwicks in Spring. Now it’s summertime, and the Penderwicks will all be returning to Arundel, the place where it all began. And better still is the occasion: a good old-fashioned, homemade-by-Penderwicks wedding.
Do yourself a favor and go read all of those lovely books! What were your favorite reads of 2018? Have you read any of the books on my list?
a d v e n t u r e
I traveled to a lot of neat places this year! We went to Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Indiana, North Carolina, and Florida. During our travels, we ate way too much fast food, took thousands of pictures, met really cool people, got lost a few times, and made a whole lot of memories. Traveling is a lot more than you see on Instagram, and it definitely isn’t easy, but I love it. Anyone want to drive to Alaska with me? 😀
I also had a lot of adventures right here on the farm! It snowed for the first time in nine years. We bought my mom a cow for her birthday. I saw a lot of wildlife and beautiful night skies. We survived a hurricane. The creek flooded more than it has in ages. We celebrated ten years on the farm. It was a great year. ❤
What were the highlights of YOUR year? I’d love to hear everything in the comments below. 😀
Happy New Year!