Hello all! Today, I want to reflect on 2018, a year that had many highs and lows in it. I definitely experienced the worst of the worst and the best of the best last year. But, as a warning, I’m going to be discussing the death of an animal and surgery. Those are a part of my major hits, so I wanted to give you all a warning.
I thought that it would be a good year. At least, better than 2016 and 2017 were. But, right at the end of the month, we lost my childhood dog after a long fight with cancer. We chose not to do treatment when we found out about it — he was an old dog, after all — and it was very expected, but it was still hard.
God, March was a huge month for me. It kicked off at the start with our toilet overflowing and ruining everything. I wish I was joking about that. We had to tear out the carpeting and flooring in and around the bathroom (including some of my room) and the ceiling of our basement. So much got ruined.
Then, I found out that I was accepted into grad school. I was in partial shock about it since I hadn’t expected to find out so soon, yet there it was. They wanted me in the program.
A week after the house flooded and the day after I found out about grad school, we had my top surgery scheduled. That alone was, well, a high and a low in itself. After waiting for years, I was finally getting a surgery that I dreamed about and longed for. Yet, there was insurance problems and then financial things and all that. They came into my room where I was all ready for surgery to tell me that it wasn’t going to happen unless we wanted to go out of pocket because insurance turned us down. And we chose to do it, then insurance decided to pay for it. Or, pay for some of it.
On April 1st, we got two new puppies! If you follow us on Instagram, then you’ll know their sweet little faces. After losing Blue and Skye (my childhood dogs; Skye passed away in 2017 while Blue passed in 2018), our house felt so empty without dogs. Even though these dogs have high levels of anxiety and aren’t cuddly/friendly to most people, they are the most rewarding thing in my life.
It was also my 22nd birthday! I had a ton of fun that night, tbh. We had food at a place I love, went to see my favorite musical live (which is Sweeney Todd). I had great wine and they had hired a place to make meat pies that were delicious.
I officially graduated from college! I had finished coursework up in December 2017, so I wasn’t enrolled in anything. But, I did the walk and had an amazing time. We went out to eat and I drank wayyy too much. Chantel and I did a video chat that night, too.
I started grad school! That was very exciting and nervewracking. It’s one of the hardest and most rewarding things I’ve done in my life. Half the time, I wish I wasn’t in it and doing it but seeing the patients I work with is always the most rewarding part of it all.
The Blog! (and other social media)
Next, I really want to talk about the blog and how things have changed over the year. 2017, we had total views of just over 2000 people. In 2018, we had over 11,000 people. We also reached 378 followers. I just want to say, I was amazed and shocked and honored by all of you choosing to stick around with us as we went through major changes.
We bought our own domain name. We consistently got over 1000 people looking at our stuff from July and on. We created a Twitter and our Instagram has continued to grow.
Thank you for all of you continuing to follow and support us. Like with grad school, blogging is one of the hardest yet most rewarding things that I do with my time. I love reading the posts you write and writing posts for you all to read.
What to expect in 2019
I will admit, Chantel and I are planning some changes. We’ve discussed doing something new, but that will be in the future.
Personally, I’m going to cut back on my alcohol consumption. In 2018, I feel like I drank way too much for my own good at times. So, I’m going to cut back and slim all that down as a personal goal for myself. I also want to eat healthier this year. Just general dietary changes for myself.
As for the blog, continue to grow and change and do new things. We made an announcement on Twitter and Instagram that from now on, Chantel’s going to head our Twitter and I’m going to do Instagram. I’m planning on continuing to grow Instagram. On Instagram and the blog, I’m also going to try to aim for more interactions with people on posts.
What personal goals are you all setting for yourselves in 2019?
What are you most proud of doing in 2018?