2018 in Reflection | The highlights of the year

2018 in Reflection | The highlights of the year

Just like that, another year had passed. Can you imagine?

It has been a journey indeed. I had ups and downs, I had days I wanted to do nothing and I had days when I felt like conquering the world. But nevertheless, 2018 was the year of learning, trying new things and slowly gaining clarity on what I want to do and accomplish in the future.

With that being said, I didn’t have a ‘Best of 2018’ jar this year. Even though I really love the idea of keeping tickets, notes and all the little pieces that made my year amazing, I realized that those jars kind of make me even more of a hoarder than I already am. I am sure my parents aren’t very keen of my ‘sentimentality’ towards basically everything. So in 2018, I decided to stop making memory jars and embrace the moment. However, if you have no idea what the eff I’m talking about, take a look at my reflection jars of 2015, 2016 and 2017 to get a better picture.

Now that I sat down to write this blog post, I am starting to realize how hard it is to remember all the things I’ve done and am proud of in 2018. It was waaaay easier with jars, let me tell you this. On the other hand, it will be a very nice memory exercise for my brain. So let’s get to it, shall we?

Lake Bled, Slovenia

01: Personal life

01.1: I travelled! This year has been very good to me travel vice. I set the goal of visiting 3 places I have never been to before and well, I managed to do much more. I went to Oslo, Norway in January, I travelled to Berlin (again!) in February, I spent 2 weeks in Sofia, Bulgaria in spring. Also, I got to visit Slovenia, Romania, Austria and, of course, Hungary once again which brings me to another highlight of 2018…

01.2: I studied abroad! I spent 4 months in a gorgeous Budapest, Hungary and it was definitely an experience an a half. It put me out of my comfort zone and taught me a few valuable lessons that I beyond grateful for. So for anyone wondering to go or not to go, I say – do it. It will be worth it. Trust me. Also, for anyone wondering, I will have a blog post about my experience and all the things you can do in Budapest soon.

01.3: I said ‘no’ more! Now this is something I’ve been meaning to do more of for a while. I am that person who says ‘yes’ to much and ends up with a pile of things to do and way too little time for all of it. So this year, I really stepped up and taught myself that it is okay to say ‘no’ sometimes and put yourself first.

01.4: I gained clarity! One of the biggest accomplishments this year was gaining more clarity on what I want to do, where I want to go and what my vision of life is. All this new knowledge is very closely related to my focus word for 2019 which I will reveal and let all of you know more about in the next blog post.

Bucharest, Romania

02: Blogging life

02.1: I partnered with brands! Blogging vice this year was a real rollercoaster. I partnered with brands such as Vienna Tourism, VisitBerlin, Fielmann, Celica Hostel and many more travel, lifestyle companies from all around the world. It’s been a great pleasure to work with all of them and I am forever grateful for such opportunities.

02.2: I went on the press trip! 2018 was the year when I went on my first ever press trip to Bucharest, Romania. I spent 4 full days in this diverse and pretty capital of Romania and I met so many incredible people along the day. It was an eye opening experience which is definitely in TOP 5 things I have accomplished during this year.

02.3: I increased my income! Hallelujah. I managed to earn a bit more than I did last year and for that I am incredibly proud of myself. With all the money that I earned with the help of TNM, I managed to pay for some of my travels and other bits and pieces. Let’s hope that 2019 will be even better year for me.

o02.4: I made decisions! Lastly but not the least, I spent a lot of time reevaluating my blog and brand. I made changes and I made a lot of decisions in one year that lead me to a solid realization of what I want TNM to look like. I tried consulting, I tried advertising, I tried focusing on travel only and I tried guest posts and after all those trials, I am starting to understand what I like and what I don’t. Hopefully, 2019 will be the year I finally figure it all out.

Blonde girl in Oslo

That is my 2018 in a nutshell! Asides from all the good things I learned and achieved during the year, I had a pretty rough time most of the time. I battled with anxiety and driving, I lost a really dear blogging friend that reminded me just how fragile our life is. All those learnings made a huge impact of me and I will share everything in the next blog post which will hopefully be up on the first week of January.

But for now, I want to say a massive thank you to all of you who continue to read TNM and support me during my journey. I am very grateful for that and for all the opportunities I got because of your support. Thank you and wish you only the best in 2019.

How was your year?

Any highlights you would like to share?

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Leta Bielinytė

Lifestyle and travel blogger who aspires to inspire and motivate others to seek happiness and live the life with positive vibes.