2018: My year in pictures.

HAPPY, HAPPY NEW YEEAAR EVERYBODY!! πŸŽ‰πŸ’ƒ

How was your 2018? What were the high points and the low points and what did you learn from them? What are you hoping and praying for in 2019? And what do you hope to leave behind in 2018?

I think it’s pretty hard to sum up all your thoughts and feelings on a day like this. But boy oh boy do I love New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day! There’s just a magical feeling in the air of fresh starts and second chances. Of course they say your dreams don’t work unless you do, so let’s not hope for the equivalent of rainbows and unicorns (aka wanting things to change….but not making actual changes in your life) πŸ˜‚

There’s nothing I can say that you haven’t heard before but I think we just all feel somewhat the same on days like these.

This year was a roller-coaster. So, so many unexpected things happened – good and bad, as life goes.

But what made this year so significant is just how much my life changed. I changed university degrees, and I came into 2019 without a single clue how things would go. I still have my fair share of uncertainties because tbh I’m just a worry-wart in general. But for the most part, a lot of things changed for the better for me this year and things happened that I never even imagined could.

I only wish I’d been more present. There was a persistent feeling of detachment from reality and the present that I feel stopped me from fully making the most out of things, and that’s something I really, really want to aim for this year. Making the absolute most out of everything.

Before I ramble on into oblivion, here is a recap of moments from the year that I haven’t previously highlighted on the blog or on Instagram! It’s kind of all over the place, but I mean, isn’t life just all over the place, too? πŸ˜‚

I had my wisdom teeth removed

Not exactly how anyone wants to start the new year πŸ˜‚ But after returning from camp for Youth – the literal day after– I had all four of my wisdom teeth taken out. Put under general anesthesia, the works!

Now, I don’t think you could ever understand how terrified I am of needles, dentists, the hospital, surgery etc etc. But I think because of camp, my mind didn’t have all the extra time it would have had leading up to it to go into a full-blown panic πŸ™ƒπŸ˜‚

The procedure was okay! I mean of course, I was out out cold so I don’t remember anything. It’s everything that happened after that was HORRENDOOOUUUS. I repeat, HORRENDOOOUUS.

I don’t think I could ever possibly thank my Mom and sister enough for looking after me. The recovery process felt like a lifetime.

I think I’ll just leave it at that, you can talk to me personally if you want all the unpleasant details πŸ˜‚

No pictures for this one, for obvious reasons πŸ˜‚ #myheaddoubledinsize #socute #obvs

Youth

Youth ministry plays a very big role in my life. I think anything that requires all your Friday nights and monthly Sundays and meetings and more, does lol.

But wow, just when I think Youth has grown so much it grows even more. It’s amazingΒ to see all the continued progress!And what a privilege it is to get to fellowship with and to know these people!

First on the calendar for Youth – camp in Sumcay! Camp was craziness! But amazing craziness! I was a little (a lottle) nervous because it was gonna be my first time going camping sinceΒ high school.Β But it ended up being such an amazing 3 days. Lol you can tell you had a good time when you literally have one photo because you were too busy having a good time.

More pictures of Youth throughout the year…

Photo props are the bessssttt!

Miss Sisterhood set-up!

Our end of year Christmas partyyy!

I joined the student paper

Last year, I started writing for my university student paper as a Lifestyle and Entertainment journalist! Which is just so exciting because I really do hope to make a career out of something like this one day!

It wasn’t easy. Juggling my schoolwork, this blog, my own personal writing and writing for the student paper was something that got harder and harder to do. But I am so grateful to be getting this practice!

I’ve had to learn how to stick to word limits, be brief on the way I write and describe things, how to work with other people not just myself and how to use specific formats of writing and follow the process of submitting to an editor.

It’s been a lot! But I really want to do my best and give it my all this year!

Con.ect

Now this was a direct result of writing for the student paper! I had the absolute pleasure of writing about Con.ect this year!

Con.ect is PE’s very own equivalent of Comic Con! A geek fest in which people get to dress up as their favorite comic book or video game characters and cosplay fictional characters we all know and love! People of all ages are welcome, and there’s all sorts of stuff on sale and to see too! Stalls, merch, food, exhibits, you naamee it!

I was super, super nervous that day, but everybody that I met, and spoke to for quotes was just so warm and lovely and FRIENDLY. I wish eeeeverybody everywhere was like that 😭β™₯

It’s also where I got to meet Luke! 😊 Aka Pseudellusion, who I even got to interview here on my blog later on in the year!

Everyone I met that day really was so great. How crazy to think of all the special people you never know you’re gonna meet, and where!

You know where to find me! Wherever the food’s at, lol.

My sister and I attended a poetry workshop

My sister found about a poetry workshop being held by The Resonance Poetry Society from our university in collaboration with Alliance Francaise in Richmond Hill, so off we went to attend!

It was absolutely amaaaazing getting to see people share their poetry! And to have such interactive workshops where we got to do al sorts of fun stuff to get our minds thinking! Like creating things with play-dough, and free-writing! It really made me want to get back into writing poetry again! Another New Year’s Resolution maybe!

We got to walk around Richmond Hill during the break, it’s just such a funky little suburb!

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We went strawberry picking for the first time ever

Do you ever have those things on your bucket list that sit there so long you even forget about them πŸ˜‚ This was one of them.

My Mom suggested and took us on a nice little trip to the nearby town of Hankey to go strawberry picking at the Mooihoek strawberry farm!

I’ve always seen people put up pictures of their strawberry picking escapades and wondered what that must be like! πŸ“ Who’d have thought that we’d get the chance to do it so sooon?

The weather was a little grey, but we just had soooo much fun!! If you’ve never done it, I’d highly recommend it!!

By the end of it we had more strawberries than we even knew what to do with πŸ˜‚ It was great! So so great!

First pick!!

That’s about it for me 😊 I hope that you have a marvelous year and that even in the hard times you remember to be patient, and that things really do have the potential to get better.

Remember! One. Day. At. A. Time.

Much love, till next time! πŸ’«πŸ’«πŸ’«

xoxo

 

2 thoughts on “2018: My year in pictures.

  1. Gosh! you have had an exciting year, a little bit biased-but strawberry picking photos might be my favorite. Hope you find everything you want this year and let your inner light guide you through the beautiful uncertainty we call life ❀

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    1. It’s definitely been a whirlwind! πŸ˜‚ Hahaha, agreed because strawberries are the best! πŸ“πŸ™‰ Thank you so so much for the New Year well wishes Souparni!! β™₯β™₯β™₯ Much love
      xx

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