Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Goodbye 2018

There is a part of me that is terrified that another year is over and that I am also firmly in the 'late 20s' bracket. But by virtue of being in my late 20s, I don't really care that time is flying. Although I probably will be singing a different tune right before I hit the big 3-0.

Apart from my trip to Vietnam & Thailand, 2018 has been a relatively quiet year - and that hasn't been a bad thing. I have been working towards my financial goals, nurturing relationships and developing my career.

The year has also held moments of instability; not knowing if I would be made redundant, not knowing if I should jump back on the job hunt grind, and losing my work hubby. But as the year draws to a close, I am now in a new role within the same company and reporting to a different boss. When I reflect upon my mental state during this tumultuous and prolonged period (I'm talking 10 months), I can't help but compare to how I was two years ago and my growth and resilience since then is remarkable.

I also began to fall out of love with blogging. Trying to nurture engagement, nurture views and all that boring stuff. A lot of my favourite blogs that I followed also dropped off from the blogosphere and I just wasn't sure what I was doing anymore. But I eventually remembered why I really started this space 7 years ago - to document. I occasionally read old posts and I find it fascinating to read about the little things that I have forgotten.

For the coming year, I would like to place a greater focus on my health. The months of October and November were effectively a write-off. I caught a cold from my boss, resulting in a neverending cough, temporarily unmanageable asthma and a pulled / strained muscle. As I was recovering, I also got conjunctivitis! I must have been sick at least 4-5 times this year which is very unusual for me.

Unlike previous years, I won't be participating in the Goodreads reading challenge in 2019. I have previously set a target of 60 books / year and this year, I set a higher target of 90. I close out the year with a total of 249 books. I have firmly fallen back onto the reading bandwagon and to set a number is honestly completely arbitrary. I have never used it as a reason to read; I read for pleasure and to educate myself. I had originally set a goal to 'read my way around the world' however I canned it fairly early on. My intention was to read more widely however I eventually struggled to grapple with the concepts of nationality and cultural identity. What if the author was born in X country but migrated to Y country, are they an author from X or Y? And of course what about an author who was in X country, but now is classed as Y country. For example, Bruno Alfred Döblin was born in a German town which is now part of Poland. Long story short, it honestly all became a little pointless.

Top Books 
This is Going to Hurt - Adam Kay
How to Walk Away - Katherine Center
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - Stuart Hardcastle
One of Us - Åsne Seierstad
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer - Fredrik Backman
Australia Day - Melanie Cheng

Top Memories 
Ha Long Bay
Long Jetty & Caves Beach

2019 is looking to be a busy year full of significant milestones. Maybe. I shall see.

Thank you to all the readers who have hung around for another year on my blog. Enjoy the festivities, have a lovely break and catch you in the new year!

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