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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!

33 Comments

  • Nancy
    December 30, 2018 at 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

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  • Kayla
    December 30, 2018 at 12:06 PM

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

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  • Amie Cadwallader
    December 30, 2018 at 12:10 PM

    You’ve had an amazing year my angel! I cannot wait to see what happens in 2019 for you!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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  • Annie
    December 30, 2018 at 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!

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  • Holly
    December 30, 2018 at 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
    http://www.ldnmuse.com

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  • Hazel
    December 30, 2018 at 12:27 PM

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

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  • Olivia williams
    December 30, 2018 at 12:48 PM

    Your blog is just darling. You have a new fan. 🙂 http://www.oliviahalston.com

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  • Michelle Blackadar
    December 30, 2018 at 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

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  • Melanie
    December 30, 2018 at 1:04 PM

    Sounds like you had an amazing year! Hope 2019 is the same x

    Melanie || http://www.melaniewithanie.com

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  • Nicia Allred
    December 30, 2018 at 1:17 PM

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

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  • Kyra
    December 30, 2018 at 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

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  • Elizabeth
    December 30, 2018 at 2:45 PM

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

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  • Grace
    December 30, 2018 at 8:40 PM

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

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  • Alice v
    December 31, 2018 at 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.

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  • Liz
    December 31, 2018 at 3:26 PM

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

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  • Deborah Kos
    January 1, 2019 at 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!

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  • Perri
    January 1, 2019 at 12:17 PM

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

    PS – Jazz is adorable!

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  • Soph
    January 1, 2019 at 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

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  • Maheshwaran Jothi
    January 1, 2019 at 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…

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  • Paige
    January 1, 2019 at 2:45 PM

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

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  • Britney
    January 1, 2019 at 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.

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  • Bee
    January 1, 2019 at 9:25 PM

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

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  • Cherie
    January 2, 2019 at 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.

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  • Kiarra J
    January 2, 2019 at 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!

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  • Shauna
    January 3, 2019 at 9:09 AM

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

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  • Antonia | Sweet Passions
    January 3, 2019 at 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

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  • Amie Cadwallader
    January 3, 2019 at 9:11 AM

    Sounds like you had an amazing year and congratulations on moving out my darling!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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  • Kate
    January 3, 2019 at 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

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  • A Cup of Wonderland
    January 3, 2019 at 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!

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  • Allie Mackin
    January 7, 2019 at 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
    http://www.allienyc.com

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  • Richel V.
    January 9, 2019 at 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

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  • Soph
    January 11, 2019 at 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

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  • Angie
    January 27, 2019 at 8:17 AM

    Eena, take me with you to hawaii.

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