[📚/✒️] 2018; My Bookish Year In Review

Happy Sunday book slayers!

As 2018 draws to a close, I cannot help but be so happy, fulfilled, and so thankful. I had one of the most wonderful years, I finished my goal of 35 books, and I even got the chance to review a few amazing ARCs that have already been released, and some that are being released in the coming weeks/months.

In retrospect, despite setting some lofty goals for myself in 2018 and not necessarily hitting all of them, I am very proud of my accomplishments, and I cannot wait to set even more goals for myself in 2019, but that is for another blog post (inspired by the lovely @biblio.virgo on bookstagram!)

So, back to our current calendar year, 2018.

Goal 1:

Read 35 Books (accomplished.)

I can’t begin to explain how happy I am with the reading I accomplished this year. Originally, I set a goal of 52 books, one per week, but, with a full time job, training a new puppy, and still spending as much possible time with my husband, I noted about halfway through the year that it wasn’t a feasible goal, so I recalculated, and feasibly said 35 books, and I am currently reading books 33, 34 and 35, which I should easily finish before we ring in the new year,

Goal 2:

Get 15,000 words written in my debut novel. (accomplished.)

For the longest time, I’ve wanted to write a book. As someone who has been avidly reading for over 25 years, writing a book sort of seemed like something I was meant to do. I have so many character ideas, world building ideas, and story lines in my head that I wanted to see played out in a book, and never quite found something like the story I wanted to tell. Flash forward to November of this year, and my first time participating in NaNoWriMo. I accomplished writing the first few chapters of my book, and got over 25,000 words written – which was a feat on its own after how much self editing I did while writing. Lesson learned – do not go back, only go forward. There is a reason that authors write more than one draft of their books.

Goal 3:

Create Business Plan (accomplished x2)

This year, I decided I was sick and tired of working my mundane full time job, and vowed to work towards doing something that I would truly enjoy. Throughout the year, I accomplished writing not one, but two business plans – one for mine and my husbands business which we began in July 2018, and one for my business – which will open in 2019!  This will by no means replace my full time job at the moment – but it is the goal.

Goal 4:

Travel

This year, other than a few local trips, I was unable to get on a trip to a new country. Even if I don’t accomplish the goal, this will be the one goal that will be on every single years goal list. I love to travel and my goal is to see every country this amazing planet has to offer. There is so much to see, and so much to learn, and I feel you can learn more about not only the world around you, but about yourself through travel.

Goal 5:

Become more involved in bookstagram (accomplished)

From hosting a couple monthly photo challenges and giveaways, to ensuring I try to post every day and respond to every comment – I’ve actually put a lot of time into bookstagram. I received my first rep spot, and my first influencer spot, and I made so many amazing friends. I found some unbelievable companies I am so happy and honoured to support, and I have discovered new authors I may have never heard of otherwise. Side note: apologies to my husband, Tommy, who has had to listen to countless questions on which photo to choose out of my batch photo days, which edit looks best, which sleeves/books/candles to feature and so much more – he really went above and beyond as a booksta-hubby by putting up with my insane book love. I can’t thank him enough for building my library, or the countless book hauls he took me to get [and carried in the house for me].

Goal 6:

Strengthen friendships with those closest to me (accomplished)

This year, I wanted to put a major emphasis on some of the friendships in my life.  I have a few of the most amazing best friends a girl could ask for, and I wanted to do my best to make more memories with these amazing women.

My best friend Chantelle, my forever friend – for 16 years, this girl has been my rock. We’ve both grown so much in the past few years – both now married, and Chantelle now the mother to my absolutely stunning niece Lena. Despite not seeing her nearly as much as I would like to – I am so thankful to call her my best friend. She is someone that despite not talking for weeks or months, every conversation starts as if it were only mere minutes since the last.  You will forever be my rock Chantelle – thank you for everything you’ve done for me in our countless years of friendship.

My best friend Samantha, my twin witch.  My go to, my best, my girl, my witchy sister. The girl who stood at my side when I married the love of my life. The girl I’ve crossed bucket list items off with, and the one who I share so many countless memories I can’t begin to name them all. Since meeting on MySpace so many moons ago, we’ve both grown as people, but we’ve grown closer together. I wouldn’t trade our friendship for anything in the world, and I cannot wait to see where the next chapter of our friendship takes us, and what bucket list item we cross off next. I love you to infinity and beyond. After all this time – always.

My best friend Heather, my soul sister.  I can’t begin to explain how thankful I am that you and my Tommy were best friends before I got to meet you – because it brought you into my life. Our friendship feels as if it were the missing piece in my puzzle of life. You are always down to go on an adventure, and we share so many countless interests that there is never a lull in conversation, or a dull moment when we are together.  From road tripping to spend time with our EST family, to planning future adventures, I can’t imagine experiencing some of these memories with anyone but you. Until the very end.

Though not all my goals were directly book related, I am proud to have set myself some goals that I stuck with and obtained.

Until next post where I discuss what I am hoping for 2019, creep it real, witches.  May your coffee be strong, and your books be magical!

Stay spooky, and stay wild, moonchild.
Love,

Jana

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