An overview of 2018 | Blogmas Day 10

Hey guys and welcome to Blogmas day 9, how are we on Blogmas day 9 already? It’s honestly crazy but that means it is so much closer to Christmas. If you haven’t had a read of my previous Blogmas post’s, I’d definitely recommend you to do so and if you have, I really hope you’re enjoying Blogmas as much as I am. So today I thought I would do a quick overview of 2018 and talk you through some of my accomplishments and things that I’ve found difficult this year.

I can’t lie, 2018 has been a whirl wind of emotions but I’ve learnt so much which I will value and take fourth into 2019. So, let’s start with my blog, I started blogging on the 25th January 2018 so pretty early into the year, as of writing this post, I am currently on 330 followers, is this what I expected to be on by the end of 2018? Absolutely not, I never imagined reaching 100 followers let alone 300. A few months into starting my blog I used to compare mine to other people and wondering why I wasn’t reaching the view’s and followers that some bloggers had reached but I soon came to realise that reaching them goals means working for them and when it came round to August, I changed up my theme and content and now I am where I am today, loving my blog and excited to carry it on into 2018.

I’ve learnt so much from my blog and I’m so thankful for actually pursuing my dream of becoming a blogger, few a few years before starting my blog I’ve wanted to start up my own blog and write content and take images and I’m so happy I did, I’ve learnt how to have my own voice, I’m not as shy and anxious as I was at the start of 2018 and that’s all thanks to the support and love shown through my blog. The reason I started my blog was to have a voice even if it was an online voice and that will always stick no matter how big my small blog may become, I look forward to the future with my blog and I can’t wait for 2019 because I have so many amazing ideas planned.

A bit later on in the year I also started picking up on Instagram and ambitioned to be a “Instagram Influencer” and now I’m currently on 1.1K which is absolutely crazy, I’m still in shock that I reached 1.1K. I’ve been loving taking photography and it is definitely an ambition of mine and I’m so in love with it. I can’t wait till 2019 to continue with my journey and getting better at those candid shots.

Now, something that has been a very big part of 2018 and something that makes me a bit teary talking about, my weight and my eating disorder. So, at the start of the year, around March time, I put on quite a lot of weight meaning I was a size 14, I became obsessed with losing weight, I wouldn’t eat and I also went through a period where I would vomit every time I’d have a meal and I just didn’t feel good about myself. Now, almost a year later, I am a comfortable size 10 sometimes 12 depending if the clothing has stretch and I couldn’t be any happier, I still have improvement’s I want to make and I still have goals and I will still do some of them things I did almost a year ago but now I am happier and I feel better within myself and that is so important. I’ve been trying to practice self love which has really helped with my journey and I’m so happy I’ve been able to show my journey through my Instagram and my blog.

Another thing I never thought would happen this year is passing my first year of university. I’m so unbelievably proud of myself for being able to pass first year, I have been through so many rough patches at university but I definitely wouldn’t change it for the world. I’ve now just finished handing in some of my assignments for seminar 1 of year 2 which I’m really nervous about but also excited to get my results as I’ve worked so hard on all of my assignments.

This year has also been a massive journey for my anxiety, I’ve uploaded quite a few posts focusing on my anxiety this year so if you’d like to have a read of those, their on my blog. At the start of the year, their are definitely things I wouldn’t have been able to do that I do now, I go to the gym everyday by myself which doesn’t seen like a big deal to other people but it would give me massive panic attacks nearly a year ago. I’ve thankfully been able to minimise my panic attacks right down, I think I had my last panic attack about 3 weeks ago which is a massive improvement for me. Something that came hand in hand with my anxiety was self harm, I can thankfully say that I have gone 10 months without self harming which I’m so proud of, I’ve been struggling with self harm ever since 2015 so it is a massive success finally being self harm free.

Here is a very quick overview of 2018, obviously there have been other accomplishment’s but I just wanted to focus on the main ones and the ones that primarily focus on my career. Thank you so much for reading, let me know in the comments one thing your proud of yourself for doing this 2018.

Thank you for reading,

Chlo x

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