2018: My year in review

Wow I can’t believe 2018 is just about over! This has been one crazy year. In January I set my goals and intentions for the year and decided my word for the year would be REACH. 2017 was a year of growth and in 2018 I wanted to be the driver of that growth rather than letting circumstances sneak up on me. I wanted to take charge, make my own decisions, and keep pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I’m pretty sure I succeeded overall.

Just like last year, this year in review post was so much fun to put together. I did so many things this year I completely forgot about (this year was long y’all) and it was great to relive it all.

 

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

This was a really tough year and I spent so much of it in the trenches of grad school, struggling to find my place in other people’s lives, and trying to focus on my own health and wellbeing. But, I think I learned a lot this year and I feel confident I’ve come out stronger, happier, and more sure of myself.

{How was 2018 for you? Once you’re done reliving my memories with me, be sure to leave a comment down below and tell me how the year went for you!}

January

In January, Brendan let me tag along to my first ever Caps game. It was absolutely AMAZING and I had so much fun! It was surreal to see my favorite team play live (and it wouldn’t be the first hockey game 2018 had in store for me!)

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

 

On a similar note, I was pretty excited to see that Snapchat released the option to dress your Bitmoji in NHL gear. January was spent watching hockey and focusing on finishing out my last semester of undergrad.

 

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

 

In January, I also finished out #HBJblogmas. It was last year’s 44-day extravaganza of daily blog posts. I didn’t have the energy or time for Blogmas this year, but last year it was so much fun and resulted in some great January blog posts!

 

January Posts

 

My goals for 2018

How to create a habit tracker to help you achieve your goals + free template

Why Trello is the only program I use to plan my blogging calendar

3 things to do to prepare for a new semester

Friday Favs No. 6

Reflections on 44 days of #HBJblogmas

How to get into sports (even if you can’t tell a face-off from a free throw!)

 

 

 

Books I read

 

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

 

February

In last year’s year in review I wrote about how February was uneventful and how I didn’t remember too much from the month. The same goes for this year. I struggled to find any photos from February or remember any major events. It was the usual academic grind and cold weather.

The biggest thing that really happened was I got more into playing with makeup. I’ve been wearing makeup to some extent since eighth grade, but took a break from it for most of college. However, early on this year I rediscovered my love for makeup, having fun creating eyeshadow looks and trying new products.

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

 

February posts

 

My new favorite planning tool (featuring PurpleTrail)

 

 

March

My biggest March event was my incredible spring break trip to Charleston! I went with Brendan and his roommate/our BFF Kevin to cover the men’s basketball CAA tournament. Unfortunately the W&M men’s team once again failed to advance to the NCAA tournament, but the three of us had a ton of fun watching basketball games and exploring different parts of the city. 

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

I also re-dyed the underside of my hair blue this month! I had dye left over from last year and decided I felt like using it up. I stretched the color out for longer this time by mixing a bit of dye into my conditioner so it got a refresh every time I washed my hair.

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

 

March posts

 

How to make your to do list manageable with the rule of five

My Charleston travel diary: Spring break at the CAA basketball tournament

 

 

April

In April I bought myself the BH Cosmetics Take Me Back to Brazil Palette to jazz up my eyeshadow looks and WOW have I gotten a lot of use out of that thing! It was my first real eyeshadow palette and uhh I have a lot more now. But during April I was really enjoying experimenting with bright, bold colors.

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

I told you January wasn’t the only hockey game I got to go to! Brendan got more Caps tickets for his birthday and he invited me and our wonderful friends Julia and Heather to join him. Heather was a new hockey fan at this point (even newer than me!) so it was incredible to see how much fun she was having.

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

 

April Posts

 

How to overcome the fear of starting

10 questions to ask yourself to find your perfect college

3 blogging “rules” I break and why

Finals week: 3 study strategies to help you succeed

 

 

Books I read

 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

 

May

In May I made possibly my greatest life achievement to date — I graduated with my bachelor’s degree! Four years simultaneously flew by and dragged on, but I learned a lot, made some amazing relationships, and had some unforgettable experiences.

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

 

May posts

 

34 lessons I learned in 4 years of undergrad

 

 

June

Shortly after moving out of my last freshman dorm (yay RA life) I moved into my apartment! It’s still in a dorm, but this school year I’m a Hall Director, so I get a nice one bedroom apartment inside a regular residence hall. I got to move in in June because I was employed by Res Life while I was taking summer classes for grad school. I had about a week between graduation and starting undergrad so it took a while to hit me that I had a college degree.

I spent most of June focused on school (I was taking A LOT of class and it sucked up most of my time and energy). I came down with the stomach flu at one point. But, I also made some time for a bit of fun. I cat-sat for my friend Indi and her cat Sugar. Sugar and I started a beautiful friendship. Check out her Instagram here.

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

This summer was hard for a lot of reasons, but one of them was that Brendan was doing the same Washington, D.C. program I did a couple years ago. So while I was taking summer classes on campus, Brendan was in DC living it up and having a bunch of incredible experiences (like going to the Caps watch parties and parade!). I definitely had some lonely spells (and seriously felt like I was missing out on the Stanley Cup craziness) but I still had some fun of my own.

The night the Caps won the Stanley Cup, I was watching the game alone in my apartment when all of a sudden I heard a knock on my door. My friends Chris and Jacob showed up and we ended up watching the rest of the game together and meeting up with some friends. It was a weird but incredible night and I would just like to put it out there publicly that I totally called this historic win last summer!

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

I also found a bit of time to hit up a local beach with some of my Res Life friends. It was nice to get away from campus and spend some time in the sunshine by the river.

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

 

June posts

 

Why you should be doing a monthly review + free template

How to fake a fresh start

 

 

Books I read

 

The Danger Box by Blue Balliett

 

 

July

In July, my summer classes were over and I got to have some classroom experience! I finished my classes for my English as a Second Language teaching endorsement and got to do a little volunteering at an ESL middle school summer school. I loved the ability to get experience before starting student teaching in the fall (and it really reinforced that elementary school is the place for me!)

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

July was a little less intense than June and I was able to find more time for relaxation. I took a day trip to Virginia Beach with my friend Sarah and even though I got pretty sunburned, I had an amazing time.

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

I was also able to get a week off of work to head to my favorite place — Disney World! I was so glad I was able to join my family for this year’s vacation. My poor sister Abby was in a wheelchair because she broke her toe on the last day of Hello Dolly, the show my sisters were in this summer.

We took it slow this summer and it was nice to do Disney in a chill, relaxed way instead of having to rush all over the place.

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

 

July posts

In July I made the decision to put the blog on a temporary but indefinite hiatus. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed trying to keep up with work and school and since this has historically been something of a college blog I was feeling out of place since I’d started grad school. As you can see, I’m finally back! Still working out where exactly I want this thing to go, but my last post of 2018 (before this one) was in June.

 

Books I read

 

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz

Connect the Stars by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague

The Arm of the Starfish by Madeleine L’Engle

Dragons in the Waters by Madeleine L’Engle

A House Like a Lotus by Madeleine L’Engle

An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

 

 

August

August is as much the beginning of the year as January is for me, since it’s when school starts up again. I luckily got to skip the million-degree move in because I moved into my apartment in June, but I spent many hours in Head Staff training, RA training, and then assisting in freshman move in. I got to wear an official Res Life polo and nametag, which meant that lots of parents asked me if I had a Phillips head screwdriver.

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

An important tradition on our campus is that all the new students gather on the lawn outside the President’s house and then serenade the president with the alma mater. This year is our first year with a new president in roughly a decade and our very first woman president! So it was exciting to take part in this new President Serenade as part of the leadership staff (which meant an up-close view!).

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

I love August for many reasons and Res Life training is one of them. I loved getting to meet my new staff this year and we’ve already been through all kinds of craziness since the end of training when this photo was taken.

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

And last but not least, the month of August held the start of 17th grade! While I took a class for graduate credit in undergrad and took three classes over the summer, August felt like the real start of my grad school career.

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

 

Books I read

 

Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

 

 

September

This is my birthday month, so it’s always bound to be good right? Lots happened in September! Remember Connor, the little boy I nannied last summer? Well he and his mom came to visit Colonial Williamsburg Labor Day Weekend and squeezed in a visit with me! It was awesome to see them again and to have the opportunity to show them around the place I call home for most of the year.

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

September is also the start of public schools around me, which meant I had my first day in second grade. The way my program works, you get one student teaching placement for the whole school year and your role in the classroom changes as the year goes on. I started in my second grade class on their first day of school and spent this semester observing, teaching small lessons, and assisting in the classroom. Next semester, I’ll start taking over teaching and planning lessons until I’m teaching in that classroom full time!

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

As I mentioned, September is my birthday month! On my 22nd birthday, Brendan and I took the ferry over to Surry County (something I love doing!). We went to the Dominion Nuclear Power Plant and took a tour of Bacon’s Castle. Then, we came back to Williamsburg for dinner at my favorite Mexican restaurant and I went to bed early. It was a nerdy, unconventional birthday, but it was exactly what I wanted!

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Hurricane Florence sent my whole campus packing unexpectedly for nearly a week. We were lucky that we barely got a drop of rain in Williamsburg or in Manassas, even though many areas got absolutely devastated. Brendan and I were able to take advantage of the unexpected break to meet up with some of our best friends (Isabel, Josh, and Sarah) from my graduating class who all have jobs in Washington, D.C.

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Later in the month, I was lucky enough to be invited to the William & Mary vs. JMU football game with Brendan’s family and Kevin! Brendan’s parents are both JMU alumni so it was a little family rivalry, but mostly just a delicious tailgate, since W&M got absolutely demolished.

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

It might seem like I just had fun all month, but don’t worry, I managed to focus on school too! We had a day at VIMS where we learned more about watersheds, field trips, and hands-on science.

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

 

October

October was quite a blur. I had what seemed like a million assignments due and I spent a ton of time in my classroom. Brendan managed to convince me to take an evening off one week though and surprised me with a wonderful date night at a seafood restaurant on the river.

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

In October I also decided I wanted to run an 8k later in the year (don’t ask me why, I know it was a crazy and out of character decision!) So I bought some fancy running shoes and tried to keep up with a training program (surprise surprise, I didn’t do such a great job). I had to stay on campus over fall break since I had lockout line duty, so I tried to find times like those to run and focus on myself and my health.

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

If you know me, you know I don’t get that into Halloween. But, it was exciting to see it through the eyes of seven and eight year olds this year. Matthew Whaley does a Halloween parade every year and the second grade teachers let me get in on their team costume — teacher shark (you know, like that baby shark song everyone got so into this year). It was a ton of fun!

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

 

Books I read

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

The Art of Confidence by Wendy Lee

 

 

November

November was yet another busy, academically focused month. If you can believe it I had even more assignments due! But I managed to teach a few lessons to my class and visit some friends’ classrooms and still make time for me. I got into audiobooks this month because I needed a break from the news. I normally listen to NPR on my walks to class and to my placement (about a mile from my apartment to each one), but I was just feeling fed up with all the negativity I was taking in, so I checked out the audiobook options from my local library and downloaded the app I needed to start listening. This not only helped me consume more books, but also reduced the amount of negativity I was hearing.

Brendan and I ran the annual Bee & Goody 5k together, which while I wouldn’t say was fun, I would say I felt really accomplished!

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

And of course, basketball season has started! I went to several men’s and women’s basketball games and even got to sit on press row for one of them. I may or may not have been writing lesson plans during stoppages in play, but I always love going to games.

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

 

Books I read

 

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (audiobook)

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel (audiobook)

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (audiobook)

 

 

December

I always love December. It’s such a wonderful month for those of us who celebrate and love Christmas. I spent a lot of time taking in the sights and sounds and smells of the holiday season with Brendan as well as finishing up my second-to-last semester of school!

At the beginning of the month, Brendan and I ran our 8k at Busch Gardens! I still can barely believe I made it through the whole thing. I walked a lot of it, but ran as much as I could, and finished in around an hour. Brendan was wonderful and ran next to me the whole time even though he could have gone much faster. He had a crazy weekend — our race was on Saturday morning in Williamsburg and Friday night he was up in DC for a concert. He made it back in time for our race and right after we finished, we hopped in his car to drive up to Richmond to pick up our friend Hank’s childhood best friend as a birthday surprise. It was a whirlwind weekend but a ton of fun!

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Our race packets came with discounted tickets to Busch Gardens Christmas Town, so of course we spent the day riding the rides, seeing the shows, and checking out the lights and other decorations.

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

Busch Gardens wasn’t the only place we saw awesome decorations! We spent an afternoon exploring the fancy hotels of Colonial Williamsburg and happened upon this lovely life-sized gingerbread house and more special little spots we’d never seen before.

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

After some grueling hours working on final projects, lots of long overdue cleaning in my apartment, and half a day spent checking residence hall rooms, I was happy to make it home to my family. We did all the usual things we do for Christmas, including pizza after Christmas Eve Mass and Christmas Day spent with my grandparents.

I was even lucky enough to take part in a new-to-me tradition this year. My friend Heather’s family does an annual gingerbread houses decoration day and Brendan and I were lucky enough to be invited this year! Brendan had to do his whole house one-handed because of his shoulder surgery, but we all had an amazing time.

My word of the year for 2018 was REACH. I loved looking through my photos from the year to see how I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year. 2018: MY YEAR IN REVIEW | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

 

Books I read

 

The Humans by Matt Haig (audiobook)

Claim to Fame by Margaret Peterson Haddix (audiobook)

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The Always War by Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (audiobook)

 

 

All in all…

To be perfectly honest I’m glad this year is just about over. I did a lot, I learned a lot, and I accomplished some big things, but I’m ready for a fresh start. 2019 has a lot in store for me. I’ll start my full-time student teaching, get my master’s degree, and hopefully find myself a full-time job for next school year. I’m ready to keep on pushing and make 2019 the best year yet. Stay tuned for my goals for 2019. I’m hoping to post more consistently on the blog in the coming year!

 

{What was the highlight of your 2018? Leave a comment below and tell me!}

 

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