Looking Back On 2018

Hello! Welcome Back! Gosh does it feel good to be back writing, I know I only took a few days of a break but I still missed it. I swear stepping away from your blog for a few days can really help you come up with new ideas to write about. How was everyone’s Christmas? I’m kind of thinking about doing a “what I got for Christmas” type of a deal over on my Instagram stories, so be sure to follow me over there if you want to see everything I got. Today, I wanted to take a little bit of time to reflect on this past year. I think posts like these can be really helpful, because you’re able to physically see the type of growth you made over the year. This past year was actually really good for me, that’s not to say I didn’t have my struggles because of course I did, I actually think I started the year struggling. The end of my year has had struggles I never thought I’d experience with my brother going through some health issues, but as a whole I will look back on this year overall as a good year in my life. You guys know how much I like to talk so, before we end up being here until like 2020 let me just jump into it.

Looking Back on 2018.

When planning this post I decided I was going to write about my top 5 achievements and it was actually kind of hard for me to narrow it down to just five. I’ve really started to appreciate the small achievements I’ve made  almost more than the big ones, because those small achievements helped lead up to the big achievements. My first achievement of this past year was, getting on medication for my depression and anxiety. This is in no way me telling people that medication is the answer, because for you it may not be. However, it’s not even the actual act of being on medication that’s an achievement to me. It’s the fact that I spoke up and said “I need to start taking care of myself and I can’t fix this on my own anymore.” We were never meant to handle this world on our own and I knew that, I was always accepting of others getting help but for so long I was too afraid to do it for myself. Finally learning and accepting that it was okay for me to get help and that it’s okay that for right now I need a pill to help keep my serotonin up was literally life changing. As of right now, I’m staying on my medication until at least April due to my age and I’ll reevaluate once that time comes on what I want to do.

This is more of a highlight than an achievement because I didn’t put any work into this happening but, I met my niece Reia for the first time. If you read my post from a couple weeks ago on how to make long distance friendships last, you’ll know that my best friend (Reia’s mom) lives across the country from me so our visits are few and far between. I truly can’t explain the feeling of seeing this little human that you’ve watch change from a new born to a one year old on Facebook in the flesh. Being able to hug her, hold her hand as she walked, and kiss her chubby cheeks was the best thing in the world. It’s honestly making my heart hurt knowing how long I have to wait to see her and my best friend again. I’ve learned that your friends having babies is really the best of both worlds, because you reap the benefits of babies while still being able to hand them off when they aren’t all rainbows and sunshine.

In terms of my job, I’ve had a good year. I was actually planning out an upcoming blog post, where I’m going to compile all of my favorite blog posts from the year into one place. While I was doing that I came across a post, where I mentioned I was making only 9 dollars an hour and working only 27 hours a week. Fast forward to now, I’ve increased my hourly rate and I’ve increased my number of hours which obviously increases the amount in my paychecks. Not only that, I’ve increased my responsibility. I do ordering for the store, I have helped schedule interviews for new employees and then trained them so that they are all up to speed on how the store works. I’m my bosses right hand man and I’m really happy with my job. I feel very appreciated and valued which is more important than the amount of money I make. I have really come to know what’s important to me and happiness in what I’m doing needs to be at the forefront of my life. I would much rather enjoy my job and make less money than make more money and absolutely hate going to work everyday.

This is something I’m really proud to be writing, I learned how to stand up for myself more this past year. Being a people pleaser I never want to disappoint people. In the past I would put aside what I believe is right just to please a loved one. I’ve gotten better at NOT doing that. I’ve started to stand my ground and say that this is my life and I’m going to live it how I want on my timeline. The people that truly love me will respect that and stand by my side through the journey. I never stood up for myself before because I didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but I can’t be a door mat. I’ve had to explain to people that just because YOU don’t see my progress doesn’t mean I’m not making any which I’m glad I’ve done. I got tired of people thinking I’m not doing anything with my life because it’s not what they want me to do. Always stand up for what you want, it may sound selfish but it’s your life and no one else’s.

My last achievement for the year is one that could honestly bring me to tears but hopefully I don’t get too emotional writing this. This past year is when ‘Simply Michelle‘ was born, and man I could not be prouder. The growth that this blog has had from a statistics standpoint is still small on the grand scheme of all the blogs out there but, it’s also full of numbers I never thought I’d reach. This blog makes me into this confident, sure of herself boss woman and I love that. It proves to me what I’m capable of. In my real life, I can be very shy and crippled with self doubt but creating Simply Michelle has shown me a new side of myself. This side of me has her shit together a lot more than people might think, and it’s nice to have that to balance out when I do get those moments of crippling self doubt. From the beginning I knew I wasn’t going to be an overnight success and I was truly okay with that I still am, it’s made the hard work I put in really mean something to me. Even though I knew I wasn’t going to go from 0-100, I still chose to set goals for myself so I had something to work towards and improve on. Every goal I’ve set since Simply Michelle was born has been achieved and I am so f’ing proud of that. I’ve had people that I know in my personal life, from college and old childhood friends tell me how much they enjoy my blog and ask for help on different topics and that’s the greatest feeling. That’s what I always wanted from this blog, for others to know that they aren’t alone and always have someone rooting for them. I’ve never been so proud of doing something that has the potential of failing and that scares me so much because of how badly I want it to work out.

Well, that about wraps up this year. What a year it’s been, here’s to more growth in all area’s of life. 2018 is the first year in a while that I was able to look in the mirror and not completely despise the person looking back at me. What was your biggest achievement of this year, please leave it in the comments so I can give you all the praise you deserve. Thanks for stopping by, until next time…

Be Nice. Be Good.

Mich. x

Simply Michelle

Hi! I’m Mich. I’m a 26 year old young woman trying to navigate adulthood and all the challenges it brings. On Simply Michelle you will find genuine posts about a wide range of topics from mental health & faith to makeup & baking. This is my safe place to be vulnerable and hopefully you'll feel that you can do the same. I hope you stick around!

Be Nice. Be Good. x

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  1. Beautiful post ..please keep this up❤

    1. thank you abbey xx

  2. Thank you for sharing these, you should be so proud of everything you’ve achieved this year. I especially loved the paragraph on learning to stand up for yourself, that would be on my list for 2018 too! Happy New Year, I hope 2019 is wonderful for you! xx Naomi

    1. thank you naomi, cheers to us for standing our ground more. here’s to expanding on that in the new year 🥂✨

  3. This was such a beautiful post to read. I feel so proud reading it. You seem to have grown so much this year in every way possible and it’s amazing to see people flourish like that. I love what you said about appreciating the smaller things. I’m starting to feel that way too. I don’t know what I’ve achieved this year 🙈 I need to work on that x


    1. sophie..did you just say you don’t know what you’ve achieved this year??? how about releasing a bloody ebook!!! that’s incredible! but thank you for your kind words, i’m so glad i found your blog not only for the content but for the wonderful supportive human behind it. happy new year xx

  4. crazedladychronicles says:

    Great read! So important to reflect! Happy New Year!

    1. thank you! happy new year to you as well xx

  5. Fabulous read, well done for the achievements and roll on 2019 x

    1. thank you debbie, happy new year can’t wait to see what 2019 brings for you. glad i found you through the fb page xx

  6. Lovely post, sounds like 2018 has been really good to you! It’s been a heck of a year xxx

    1. that it has! i’ve said this too you a couple times now but really can’t wait to see what 2019 brings for you ❤️ xxx

  7. Sounds like 2018 was a great year for you in which you learned a lot. It’s good to take a look and see how far you’ve come, isn’t it? Here’s to a 2019 full of success as well.

    1. yes i completely agree, especially with social media it’s easy to think you haven’t grown if you didn’t have some HUGE life altering thing happen but looking back you can realize just how far you’ve come. hope 2019 is amazing for you as well jenny ❤️

  8. Well done you! Really important to take stock like this and realise how far you have come. Onwards and upwards 😊❤

    1. thank you jane, your support has not gone unnoticed this year. happy new year xxx

  9. What a lovely year, it’s truly been a great year for you. That’s lovely! I love reading how far you’ve come, especially with your blog. That’s always a good achievement. Thank-you for sharing some great achievements from 2018.

    Gemma |

    1. what a kind comment, thank you. i hope 2019 brings so much happiness for you gemma xx

  10. You’ve had such an amazing year and I’m so proud of you for smashing all your blogging goals, I hope your blog continues to grow in 2019 because it’s fab and I love reading your posts! Having a job you enjoy is very rare these days so you’re really lucky and I’m a ‘people pleaser’ too so I think I need to be more like you!!

    Jess //

    1. thank you so much jess, what a sweet comment. you don’t need to be more like me, you’re doing great being like yourself. i’m still a people pleaser, just take it one step at a time. happy new year lovely xx

  11. You have achieved so much this year and its so amazing to read! I hope you have a wonderful New Year and wish you all the best for 2019 (:

    1. thank you! wishing you the same, happy new year xxx

  12. Geraldine says:

    Congratulations on coming so far with your blog Michelle! It seriously is a beautiful and amazing blog that you’ve grown and every time I tune in here, I am uplifted and always enjoy your blog post(s). Congratulations on all of these things, I feel that they are all so important! You struck a chord with me on the last 3 lessons and made me tear up (still sniffling haha)!! I’ve not read about what exactly it is you do for work but I am so happy you know what it is that you want to do. I’m at a position where I’ve tried to get away from the things I enjoy doing but ended up hurting myself in the end. I’m still in that stage where I feel like I don’t know where to turn or what to do anymore (and with limited funds + still being in debt, mind you!), so it really made me think of my own life and how I wished I knew which was the right direction to take. Anyway, RANT OVER lol, but I thought this was a very well thought out and well written post, and makes me really think of what I learned in my own life this year!!

    Geraldine |

    1. oh geraldine this comment has touched my heart so deeply. for the record, i work retail in a small beauty supply store. we only have two locations so emphasis on the small business aspect lol. i still get worried knowing this job and the cost of living don’t really line up well together but, being that i’m young i figured it was more important that i love my job and figure out life around that. i’m hoping you find more direction in the new year, for what it’s worth i think you’re doing an incredible job. sending you lots of love ❤️

      1. Geraldine says:

        I found your post about post-graduation and it also resounded with me!! I live close to NYC so cost of living is really high but you’re SO right! It’s important we figure out what makes us happy over a high paying job. Trying to listen to my inner self more is probably going to be one of my priorities for the new year. Thank you so much Mich! 💕

  13. Your blog is absolutely amazing my darling, and I’ve loved reading your posts! I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. thank you, i feel the same about your blog amie❤️❤️

  14. Great read. Glad to hear you’ve had a great year. Hope 2019 is even better

    1. thank you, hope 2019 is great for you as well xx

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