2018: Year in Review

2018 has been one hell of a year – I accomplished some really big goals I set for myself and I know it’s definitely a year for the books.

Here are a list of achievements for this year that I can name off the top of my head:

  • I finally started working in acute psych (the only place in nursing where I had ever hoped to see myself in) and love it. I enjoy conversing with my patients and being able to share some wisdom as well as learning from them.
  • Became a brand ambassador for two companies – Keep Nature Wild and  BANGS Shoes (hit me up for a sweet discount on their shoes). I actually moved up to Sole Mate for Bangs, and I am in love with the sense of community and adventure this company promotes! KNW encourages keep nature wild by having impact days where ambassadors, and just about anyone, head out into the wild and pick up trash! BANGS invests 20% of every sale towards entrepreneurs around the world through kiva.org – you should check out both of these amazing companies!
  • Finally moved out and surviving – Chris and I split the rent along with monthly bills so it’s been manageable despite still trying to pay off credit card debt
  • Learned to cook some simple dishes here and there. My favorite recipes that I’ve perfected are my chicken katsu and chicken tortilla soup! Hello, crockpot.
  • Saw this blog actually make some profit! I teamed up with two companies earlier this year made a few extra bucks by writing entries for them. I like to keep this blog as closely tied to my personal life as possible but a few extra dollars never hurt.
  • Adopted and took in my furbaby, Jazz. I’ve never mentioned her but Chris and I have a little furball! We found her in the backyard and took her in. She’s the sweetest little kitty anyone could ever ask for.
  • Visited my home country for the first time in eleven years. And to add to my list of firsts, I visited Arizona AND the Grand Canyon – I’ll write more about this trip soon!

And what do I have planned for next year?! A LOT OF AMAZING THINGS. The wedding hasn’t been planned so maybe we’ll finally see some wedding planning next year! I definitely want to put in more hikes into my year and visit new national parks. Also, a trip to Hawaii sounds like a good idea too, don’t you think? 

2018 has been an amazing year and I definitely am looking forward to bigger, better and brighter things for 2019! BRING IT ON!



  1. December 30, 2018 / 11:55 AM

    You look so badass, Eena. You look like you’re ready to save some lives and all of that cool stuff lol. Pretty cool that you became a brand ambassador for two companies!!! They’re totally your vibe. I like that moving out got you budgeting and cooking homemade meals. YASSSS ON MAKING SOME MONEY THROUGH BLOGGING!! I love your blog. It’s so easy to digest and your posts are fun to read. Jazz cat is growing up so fast. LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ROCK 2019!!! ♥

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  2. December 30, 2018 / 12:06 PM

    It sounds like you’ve had an amazing year and Jazz is soo adorable! ♥︎

  3. December 30, 2018 / 12:20 PM

    What a successful 2018 you’ve had! It sounds like you’ve had an amazing blogging year. That’s great that you’re earning a bit of money as well! Jazz is so cute! I can’t wait til I move out so that I can get a cat of my own (my parents are completely against pets!). Hope you have a great rest of 2018 and see you in 2019!

  4. December 30, 2018 / 12:22 PM

    Go you! What a year you have had and so many accomplishments. Well done and I hope 2019 brings you all you wish for.

    Holly x

  5. December 30, 2018 / 12:27 PM

    Sounds like an amazing year- you’ve done so much!! Jazz is beautiful 💖

  6. Michelle Blackadar
    December 30, 2018 / 12:57 PM

    you had such a wonderful year! these type of posts are so nice, because you really get to take stock of how your year way and you realize just how much you have to be thankful for. i hope 2019 is just as wonderful for you xx

    mich / simplymich.com

  7. December 30, 2018 / 1:17 PM

    What an amazing year of growth! Congrats on your ambassadorships!

  8. December 30, 2018 / 2:02 PM

    I’m so glad you had an amazing year and I hope 2019 brings you everything you wish for!
    -Kyra || lovekyra.000webhostapp.com

  9. December 30, 2018 / 2:45 PM

    Congrats on the job goal- acute psych is tough work but they need great people!!!!

  10. December 30, 2018 / 8:40 PM

    Good for you for moving out! Important big step 💕😁

  11. December 31, 2018 / 12:03 PM

    You did a lot of cool things on congrats on the brand rep gigs! 2019 is going to be awesome, see you there.

  12. December 31, 2018 / 3:26 PM

    2018 sounds amazing for you. Your definitely inspiring me to get to work. Keep it up and Happy New Year!!

  13. January 1, 2019 / 10:34 AM

    Sounds like you have accomplished a lot in 2018. You have many wonderful memories. It was great that you got to visit your home country. That is probably one of the best memories for the year next to Jazz who is adorable!

  14. January 1, 2019 / 12:17 PM

    Sounds like such a great year! You seem like such a lovely person too!

    PS – Jazz is adorable!

  15. January 1, 2019 / 2:35 PM

    Aw it sounds like you had an amazing 2018, adopting my kitty was one of the best things I’ve done (a couple years ago) and yours is adorable. Happy new year!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

  16. January 1, 2019 / 2:39 PM

    Nice blog, and congrats on making profits from it. Every bloggers dream 🙂
    Looking for ur post on Arizona and Grand Canyon visits…

  17. January 1, 2019 / 2:45 PM

    Sounds like you had an amazing 2018! Happy New Year!

  18. January 1, 2019 / 3:47 PM

    I definitely understand the credit card debt thing. Mine was over $1000, but I finally got it down to just under $300. Hopefully I’ll have it paid off within a couple months.

    Aww, cute kitty! Cats are the best! I’m thinking about adopting another kitty sometime in 2019.

  19. January 1, 2019 / 9:25 PM

    2018 was definitely a great year for you. Hoping that 2019 will be the same! Happy New Year!

  20. January 2, 2019 / 7:49 AM

    Happy new year Eena! I’ve been so absent the last few months online in 2018 because of a new job, but loved reading your updates 🙂 yay for being an adult and THE KITTY.

  21. January 2, 2019 / 5:14 PM

    Hiya! Found you off Nancy’s blog. I just wanted to comment and say hi! Also, I think you’ve had a pretty awesome year! I want to move out. I live with my grandma. I want to get a place with my boyfriend. Is there anything, in particular, you have to do to become a brand ambassador? It sounds interesting! I hope you have an even more awesome 2019! I hope we can become blogging buddies!

  22. January 3, 2019 / 9:09 AM

    Wow – sounds like you had a wonderful 2018! I hope this year is just as great. Happy New Year!

  23. January 3, 2019 / 9:11 AM

    This is such a lovely post! It’s so important to reflect and remember all the things we accomplished. You achieved some amazing things. I really hope that 2019 is going to even better year for you! x

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  24. January 3, 2019 / 9:16 AM

    What a successful 2018 you’ve had!

    You’ve achieved so many amazing things and should be so proud.

    Wishing you all the best for the year ahead.

    Kate | cakeandcoast.com x

  25. January 3, 2019 / 9:26 AM

    Wow it looks like you’ve had an amazing year and congrats on getting the job you wanted! Your furrbaby Jazz is gorgeous! Happy New Year, I hope you have an amazing 2019!

  26. January 7, 2019 / 1:07 PM

    Wow you have made quite a few goals this year. And congratulations on hitting that milestone at work. Yes it is nice when our blogs make a profit, icing on the cake so to speak. I wish you much more success in 2019!

    Allie of

  27. January 9, 2019 / 9:25 AM

    Your furbaby looks so pretty! Your 2018 seems to be pretty good. Here’s to hoping 2019 is better! 😉

    Brb, reading your Manila posts. lol

  28. January 11, 2019 / 6:14 AM

    Wow it sounds like you had some real 2018 highlights! Adopting a kitty was one of the best things I’ve ever done and Jazz looks so cute! A trip to Hawaii sounds amazing for this year- I hope you make it!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com/ x

  29. January 27, 2019 / 8:17 AM

    Eena, take me with you to hawaii.

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