The 2018 highlights reel

I think it’s safe to say that 2018 has been a crazy year.

It’s had immense lows but even more immense highs. There’s been plenty of tears but even more laughs. I didn’t know it was possible for so many big changes to happy in just one year.

So without further ado, here are the best things that happened this year…

I graduated!

After three years of essays, lugging a camera around London, falling out with Canada Goose and interviewing people in the street, I graduated from London Metropolitan University with a first-class journalism degree. As well as being one of the highlights of this year, walking across the stage and collecting my scroll in front of my family was one of the proudest moments of my life.


Moving house

Shortly before graduation I moved out of student halls and into an actual house. Even though I share it with 8 other people it’s probably the quietest house I’ve ever been in. Living in student accommodation was more loud and chaotic than you can imagine.

Also, nothing beats the feeling of renting a property completely unaided. I’m still adjusting to life after my student loan but I’m doing well so far.


Picking myself up

It’s safe to say that I’ve picked myself up a fair few times this year. 2018 came with more mental and emotional challenges than I think I could count. That being said, when I think about the past year I can’t quite believe how much happier I am now than this time 12 months ago.

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Making healthier choices

At the start of this year I remember wanting to start taking my health more seriously – and I actually did. I started going to the gym really regularly and eating clean. I ended up losing around 33lbs and more importantly starting feeling better and healthier. I still go to the gym and eat well but I definitely give myself more rest and treats than I used to.

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt over the past year it’s that it’s so important to give your body what it needs – whether that be sleep, a really carby plate of pasta or a good long run. Running is something else that I’ve been getting more and more into this year. It feels good to look back and the times where I could barely run 1km without feeling finished. Now I run regularly and I’m always getting faster and running for longer.

Donating blood for the first time

Like I said in my blog post about it, giving blood was something I’d always wanted to do. This year I made my first donation and felt amazing afterwards (despite feeling a bit tired and sensitive). I have since tried to donate a second time but it didn’t work – apparently I have little veins? I’m going to try again in the new year though. I have to wait a little while because I recently had a tattoo done. Which leads me onto my next point…

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Getting my first tattoo

Let me tell you that this little wrist wave was one of the most painful things my body’s endured. However, I did manage to get through it without crying a single tear. Despite it being painful I wouldn’t say it was so painful that I’d never get another but I’m so in love with this one that I don’t have the urge to get another one anytime soon.


So much more happened this year but I think I’d need thousands more words to write about all of the good things that have happened in 2018 – I suppose that’s a good thing really.

As always, thank you for reading!

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Bye for now,

Courteney x

28 thoughts on “The 2018 highlights reel

  1. It sounds like you had an amazing year! Best of luck to you as you head into your first full year out of school! I remember that being such a big time of growth for me and I learned SO much about myself! Wishing you a wonderful 2019!

  2. Congratulations on everything you have achieved this year! You have definitely had a much more eventful year than myself. The tattoo looks great by the way, I wish I had the confidence to get one to be honest 🙂

  3. Congrats on graduating! What an amazing accomplishment! I love your tattoo! I’m curious if there is a meaning behind it. I used to want a tattoo when I was younger but now I’m more afraid of getting one. Seems like 2019 is going to be the start of some great things for you!

  4. It sounds like you have had a busy year. And a year filled with lots of firsts! It’s nice that you got a chance to try a lot of new things and experiences (even though that tattoo was so painful)!

  5. Congrats on graduating. After reading all of your accomplishments, my year seems drab. That tattoo is darling and brave of you to get.

  6. I love the idea of a favorite moments of the year list! I’m gonna have to try one myself!

  7. Congratulations to all your achievements especially your graduation. It is really indeed one of the most memorable events of your life together with your family. More achievements to come. Goodluck!

  8. You had a great year with so many big accomplishments and firsts! Tough to top but it sounds like 2019 will be awesome too!

  9. congratulations on your year! Well done for giving blood- such an amazing thing to do! Congrats on your graduation too – always a bit achievement!

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