My Year in Review & New Year’s Resolutions 2019

Happy new year, y’all!!!

Yes, I know we are already halfway through January, but I haven’t been clear about my New Year’s resolutions so far. (Better late than never!)

But before talking about resolutions, let’s review my previous year:

My Year in Review

2018 has definitely been a year of major changes for me:

In March, I quit my job as an English teacher in a language school after getting another job that doesn’t take up most of my time.

I was pretty unhappy with my teaching job because my boss paid me only when she could and I was constantly begging my own money. Now I have the peace of mind that they pay me every month on the same day and I don’t waste so much time preparing lessons.

I still do private English classes, but I do because I have fun and because I want to!

Another significant change is that I moved in with my partner in April. It’s true that our relationship has changed a lot since then — it happens to all couples, I guess — but I’m really happy to spend more time with him!

Blogging

Last year, I got my first affiliate marketing sale ever and it was also the first time that a brand contacted for a blogger collaboration. Yay!

Travel

In 2018, I travelled many times, four of them to foreign countries: Ireland, France, Andorra and Hungary.

Dublin, Ireland

David and I visited Dublin for my birthday. This was my second time in this amazing city, but the first time I only spent 2 hours there, and this time we were there for 5 nights.

It was quite cold because it was February — we’re crazy, I know, — but the worst was the wind!

Valencia, Spain

In June, my mom and I went on a weekend city break in Valencia. Although it’s only about 3 hours from my town, it was the first time I went there.

It was a gift from my brother and sister-in-law to get my mother off the couch and so that we could spend more time together.

The best part was to witness the Corpus Christi. Although I’m not a churchgoer, it was something really lovely to see. There were people everywhere and it was suffocating!

The Catalan Pyrenees & Andorra

Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park.
Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park.

During the summer holidays, David and I took a road trip through the Catalan Pyrenees. For a whole week, we slept in a van and showered in mountain huts.

We ended our trip in Andorra, where I had never been before. Honestly, I didn’t like it at all because there everything is pure consumerism…

Collioure & Luchon, France

Residence Villa Luisa, Bagnères-de-Luchon.
Villa Luisa, Bagnères-de-Luchon.

This year we have also travelled to France… twice! At Easter, we went to Collioure, a very picturesque town, and in the summer we spent one night in Bagnères-de-Luchon.

Budapest, Hungary

Hungarian Parliament Building, Budapest.
Hungarian Parliament Building, Budapest.

Finally, we spend the New Year’s Eve in Budapest, Hungary, and I loved it!

We tried a lot of new things, like the strudels, the Fisherman’s soup, the Goulash soup, the
Chicken Paprikash, the sponge cake and the chimney cake. We didn’t try hot wine or pálinka, though!

The Parliament of Budapest — in the photo above — has definitely become my favourite building in the world.

New Year’s Resolutions 2019

  • Publish at least one post per week.
  • Post on Instagram 15 times a month.
  • Increase my DA Score to 25.
  • Take the 52-Week Money Challenge to save a lotta money for travel.
  • Visit Rome during New Year’s Eve. I’ve already bought David this Lonely Planet Pocket Rome travel guide for Christmas.
  • Take the Brontë Sisters Reading Challenge. I got the idea from this post by Marelisa Fábrega from the blog Daring to Live Fully. It basically consists of reading one book a month during 2019, but in this case, I’ll only read books by or about the Brontë sisters. If you’re also a fan of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë, here’s an idea I’ve made up for you:

The Brontë Sisters Reading Challenge

  • Eat porridge every single morning to survive mornings.
  • Don’t buy any more books until I’ve read all my pending readings. (This is gonna be hard!)
  • Write on my diary every single night.
  • Improve my creative writing by writing at least 30 minutes every day.

What are your new year’s resolutions for this year? Have your say in the comments section below!