Thank U, Next 2018

December 26, 2018

Thank you, next 2018. I'm going to be completely honest 2018 was a challenging year in many different ways. A little less than halfway through the year I started a completely new job while simultaneously taking two MBA classes in subjects I am awful at. Battled anxiety. Let go of toxic friendships. Asked for help.

2018 taught me a lot. It taught me that you can struggle and things can still turn out amazing. I learned gratitude will always be there, even if you don't feel like you're there. It's the light at the end of the tunnel. "Gratitude helps you find meaning and some version of contentment in the chaos."

In 2018 I vowed to live a year of intentional gratitude, be more conscious about my purchasing behavior in regards to sustainability, and read 23 books.

I read 24 books. I was more mindful of my environmental footprint. I bought most of my clothes secondhand and cut down my consumption of beauty products. I even cancelled Sephora Play. I made sure that things I was consuming most often were able to be recycled. I shared my feelings even when it was challenging. I took as many walks as I could. I lost 4 lbs. I mediated frequently.

I am grateful for all that 2018 has taught me, including the proof that when faced against the odds I can still succeed (in heels too). In 2019 I will try my best to continue working on lessening my environmental footprint (bring a recyclable cup to coffee shops, take reusable bags, etc), work on handling my stress, try my best to practice my French everyday, be easier on myself and welcome each new day with gratitude.

What do you want to see on the blog in 2k19?
What are your goals and intentions for 2019?


  1. Congrats on accomplishing so much in 2018! This past year for me has also been about being more conscious of my spendings, and honestly buying less has felt so liberating, not to mention it's better for the environment! Wishing you an amazing 2019 and a very happy new year!

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

  2. Wow, you juggled a lot this year! I hated taking caurses I was particularily bad at, it was always such a pain in the... I think my goal for the next year is to do exactly what you've done this year - get rid of toxic friendships.

  3. Oh that does sound challenging. 2017 and 2018 have been challenging was laid off in 2017 found a contract job 8 months later it lasted 5 months so now looking for a job again. Ugh. Hoping 2019 will be better. 24 books wow!! That is impressive.

    Allie of

  4. these are great decisions. You learned some important lessons in 2018. I wish you all the best in 2019.

  5. Hello,

    Amazing and happy new year !


  6. You had such a fulfilling 2018- despite obstacles and temporary setbacks, you came out on top! Proud of you, girl!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  7. I feel the same about 2018. Kudos to you for reducing your environmental footprint! I've been taking baby steps too, such as not using plastic plates and cutlery when hosting parties and always bringing reusable bags for shopping. Here's to a wonderful 2019!

  8. It's great that you still achieved your goals and resolutions despite having a tough year with some hard moments! I'm impressed with how many books you read - I need to work on that again this year!

    Happy New Year! Hope that your 2019 is off to a great start and you've been having a great week :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  9. 2018 wasn´t an easy one for me. Still, I think that we always learn something new and positive out of all situations, even not the best ones. I wish you a splendid 2019!



  10. 24 books!! I struggled to read one over the summer break just now! You've accomplished so much this year! I hope you are proud!

    Chloe x |

  11. So glad to read despite the obstacles you came out on top! I hope 2019 is a really amazing year for you. It's also my goal to buy less and read more and importantly, not let my stress and anxiety get the better of me! xx

  12. Congratulations on accomplishing so much in 2018! Letting go toxic friendships is not always easy, I had to make a few tough decisions myself in 2018 about some of my long term friends but now I know these were right decisions. xx

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  13. I'm glad you have accomplished your goals in 2018 even though it was a challenging year for you too, Sonia. My intentions for 2019 will be cultivating more self-love in my life. And I want to be more mindful when it comes to purchasing clothing. I want to choose quality over quantity. I hope you are having a lovely 2019 so far. Sending much love and hugs your way!

    Vivian x

  14. Kudos to you babe. So inspiring. Have more success!

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