The Roundup: 2018

The Roundup 2018 Thirteen Thoughts

2018 was a year of change. It was another year where I didn’t get to do or try too many things that I had hoped to do and try.

Even though it wasn’t for a lack of effort, it still felt like a bit of a failure on my part. It wasn’t until towards the end of this year, that I realized that sometimes you can’t help but slow down and play the cards you’re dealt.

For me, it was taking a break and focusing on my health- which isn’t always easy to do when you’re a bit of a workaholic and get all your energy from being active. “Taking it easy” is not always as “easy” as it might seem. I hope that 2019 will be filled with health, leaving the “bad” behind, and continuing to make dreams come true- this is what I wish for, for myself and all of you guys.

Some of my favorite posts to write this past year were also some of the most honest pieces. As I struggled with change, feeling lost and confused, I learned a lot along the way and shared my thoughts in posts like Leaving the Past Behind + Learning to Move On7 Things to Remember When You Feel Lost, On Overcoming Fear + Embracing Change, and A Gentle Reminder: You Are Not What Happens To You. I also really loved creating the Free 7-Day *How to Start a Blog* Email Course– I loved connecting with so many of you who took the course and decided to start a blog. You guys are awesome!

Aaand… here’s the rest of my yearly roundup.

How to Make Your Mornings Brighter

SELF-GROWTH

The Art of Being Yourself: How to Live Authentically
50 Affirmations for Abundance, Happiness & Success
5 Simple Shifts to Bring More Positivity to Your Life
How to Stop Resisting + Learn to Flow With Life
7 Ways to Be Kinder to Yourself
5 Ways to Be More Productive 
When Making a Change in Life is Difficult
5 Things to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed
Self-Growth + Judgment- How to Judge Yourself, Less
Removing Negativity From Your Life
Leaving the Past Behind + Learning to Move On
Ways to Built Up Your Self-Esteem + Confidence
4 Ways to Be More Mindful
Time Management: Daily Habits to Help You Save Time
50 Small Ways to Challenge Yourself Every Day + Free Printable
7 Habits that Kill Your Productivity
On Overcoming Fear + Embracing Change
How to Rock Your Goals in 2019

How to beat the midday slump

INSPIRATION

How to Overcome a Burnout
Finding Joy in Everyday Life
13 Small Changes to Improve Your Life
Simple Living: 10 Ways to Simplify Your Life
How to Make Gratitude a Part of Your Daily Routine
How to Be More Present and Mindful
Staying Resilient During a Setback & Tough Times
7 Small Habits that Steal Your Happiness
How to Chase Your Dreams
Slow Down + Find More Joy in Life
A Gentle Reminder: You Are Not What Happens To You
Affirmations for When You’re Feeling Stuck
5 Habits for a Happier Life
How to Attract More Positivity to Your Life
7 Things to Remember When You Feel Lost
Finding Balance, Having it All + 7 Quotes to Inspire Harmony

How to survive the holiday season without going crazy

LIFESTYLE/SELF-CARE

10 Ways to Unwind After a Bad Day
How to Make Your Mornings Brighter
5 Ways to Spoil Yourself
Living With Anxiety: 9 Ways to Deal With Your Anxious Mind
5 Simple Self-Care Ideas
Nighttime Self-Care Rituals to Adopt
How to Beat the Midday Slump
7 Ways to Stress Less
Getting Your Mind Right: How to Do a Mental Cleanse
13 Self-Care Ideas for Fall

Quick Fix Beauty Products

BEAUTY

Splurge-Worthy Beauty
Best of Beauty
Best of Natural Beauty
Things to Start Doing for Your Skin, Right Now
Overnight Beauty Treatments
Sensitive Skin: a Handful of Favorites
Bedside Beauty

Spring Beauty Bits
At-Home Airbrush Makeup: Temptu Air Review
A Lip Product for Every Scenario
Express Beauty to Love
Summer Body Care
Travel Beauty Products to Love
Reviving Your Dull Skin: Lifestyle Changes + Skincare Tips
Summer Beauty 
The “No Makeup” Makeup Menu
The “Everyday” Lip Color
Fall Lip Colors to Love
Molton Brown Jasmine & Sun Rose
Dealing With Sensitive Skin
Pixi Matte Last Liquid Lip
Simple + Minimal Makeup Routine
Urban Decay Naked Cherry Collection
How to Streamline Your Morning Beauty Routine
“His” Beauty
Deep Cleaning Your Beauty Stash
Overnight Face-Masking
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette
Quick-Fix Beauty Products
SmoothSkin Gold IPL At-Home Hair Removal

Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers

BLOGGING

How to Manage Your Time as a Blogger + Free Worksheet
7 Reasons to Start a Blog + Free 7-Day Email Course
Starting a blog: FAQ + The Basics
Increasing Your Blog Traffic + Sales With One Simple Step
Fixing a Bad Photo in Photoshop
How to Grow Your Email List + Add Content Upgrades to Your Posts
How to Get 1,000 Email Subscribers in 30 Days
Growing Your Email List with Pinterest
Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers
How to Get Better Results from Pinterest

Remember: no matter how bad things might seem at times, you’re in control of your life- even if you can’t always control what happens to you. Your struggles can help make you stronger, but only if you learn from them.

I wish this new year to bring all of you a lot of joy, happiness, love, acceptance, strength, and health. That last one, your health, is one of the most precious things you will have in life- this was one of the most important lessons I learned this year. You don’t know how important your health is until bits of it are taken away from you. So please, appreciate it, don’t ever take it for granted and remember to take care of yourself.

Happy 2019! Love you. Mean it.