I can’t believe I am writing my reflection of 2019, how is it the end of the year? It is also the end of a decade! I feel that the end of the year is the perfect time to reflect on what has happened and what you have achieved. Sometimes I forget to remind myself of how much I have achieved or the positive changes that have happened over the past year. Writing a blog post like this is humbling and I feel incredibly grateful for another year. Posts like these act as viral diary for me to be able to look back in years to come also.
What I have achieved this year:
Worked with some amazing brands
This year I reached out and worked with 7 different stationery brands for National Stationery Week. I was so fortunate to have these brands work with me, some of these brands I have continued purchasing from as I love their products so much! The stationery blog posts were very well received and I was even able to host a giveaway too. It was so much fun!
I was invited by the lovely team at Bournemouth West Cliff Hotel for a brunch experience
I was so humbled that the team reached out and invited me. It was my first event style post in my hometown and to be able to bring that to my blog was so exciting for me. I was able to take my mum and my littlest sister, we all had a great time and the food was incredible! Thank you again to Bournemouth West Cliff Hotel.
I opened a help to buy ISA through my bank
One of my bigger life goals is to own a house. In todays society, it is incredibly difficult to get onto the property ladder and rent prices are getting higher and higher. I thought this ISA would be a great way to save extra money for my mortgage. My friend using this ISA has just brought her own flat this year, so I know they work well and so easy to save.
Created a strict blogging schedule
During September I created a proper blogging schedule, where I put specific days and times in place for every week. Posting every Monday and Friday at 9am. I am annoyed at myself for not doing this sooner, it has allowed me to plan my content ahead of time. It has definitely changed the way I blog, I now have all my blog content planned until end of March 2020.
I received my first payment for a guest post
This was my first guest post by a brand and I loved that it was stationery related, it was all about how you can organise your stationery supplies. It worked so well on my blog and it was well received by my audience too.
I was really proud to have reached out to so many brands this year. I want to say a big thank you to: BusyB, Say Nice Things Stationery, BujoBox, Stampin Up UK, BossBird, Glitter and Earth, Charrwillson Stationery, Bournemouth West Cliff Hotel, Thinking Gifts, The Blurt Foundation and ELB Counselling. It is so humbling to have these brands want to work with me and my brand.
This post is all about achievements and positivity. But this year we did have a huge loss to our family and we lost our baby boy suddenly. I came back from the doctors to find one of my dogs had passed away. It has left a huge hole and it is definitely quieter without him. We all miss him!
The end of the year reflections and thoughts are also intertwined with anticipation and excitement about a brand new year and the feeling that anything is possible. I have enjoyed taking this time to reflect. I will be sharing my new goals for 2020 in a blog post in January.
What are you most proud of this year? I’d love to hear in the comments.
Great post and agree end of the decade sounds weird to say. So sorry about your dog…can not wait to see what 2020 will bring…
Thank you! Xxxx
It sounds like you had a great year! I went to a few concerts too, including Take That (twice!) and I’ve already got 4 lined up for next year.
I’ll be posting my review of the year sometime between Christmas and New Year.
Sounds great! Thank you for reading xx
Jaya Avendel says
A beautiful post! Looking back, it seems so much as happened and, when you compile a list of everything you have accomplished, you actually realize how long it is.
Am inspired to write a reflection of my year as well now!
Thank you!!! X
In 2019, I FINALLY visited my dream destination of Thailand and got a good first, fresh-out-of-uni job. I hope to find a different job towards the end of 2020, but it’s been interesting and rewarding experience so far!
Rachel || http://anotherstationanothermile.com
What an awesome 2019 you have had. Thank you for sharing! X
Margarida Vasconcelos (@daisyandthyme) says
My best memories certainly are from my trip to Nepal. Wishing you a wonderful 2020.
Thank you for sharing. Can you share your blog link so I can read x
Gemma Jayne says
Sounds like such a wonderful year! Here’s to 2020!! I have been planning my blogging stuff for the beginning of next year ✨ Have a great Christmas 🎄💫 xxx
Thank you lovely xxxx
Deb's Decorative Life says
You have accomplished a lot during 2019 and got to work with a lot of great brands. Congratulations.
The brunch at the West Cliff Hotel looks absolutely mouthwatering.
Thank you so much! Can you please link your blog so I can read and comment x
It sounds like you’re had an amazing and productive year. Congratulations! I started a blog this year and churned out some posts and even got a like or two. I feel pretty good about where it’s going. This is pretty cool to look back and reflect. Best wishes to you for 2020!!!
What an amazing & successful 2019! I love your stationery posts. ♡ Hope your 2020 is even better!
For what it’s worth, I’m so sorry about your fur baby. 🙁
Thank you so much Hunida. Thank you x
Rachel Laws says
Lovely post! I also cannot believe it is the end of 2019 already?!?! So crazy
All the best for 2020! 😀 x
Thank you Rachel! X
Rachel from Somerootswander.com says
That’s a lot of awesome accomplishments! Truly inspiring!
You’ve had an amazing year Lauren! Congrats on the team-ups with all of those brands, that’s fantastic news! You should be very proud of yourself! Well done on building your blog up too, all the hard work is paying off isn’t it?! Wishing you all the best for 2020 xx
Thank you!! Can you link your blog so I can read your posts lovely xx
Wow looks like you’ve had an amazing year. I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. We lost ours last year to a short but very seriously illness and I miss her terribly every day (crying now just thinking of her). Wishing you well for the New Year, thanks for sharing!
Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes says
Great post, seems you have had a busy year, hope 2020 holds good things for you 🙂
Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes
Thank you so much! X
2019 has really flown by! It’s like I blinked and suddenly New Years is right around the corner! WOW massive congratulations on working with 7 different stationary brands for National Stationary week, that’s amazing! One thing I want to work on in 2020 is approaching brands to collaborate!
YAY concerts, I’ve only been to one before, and it’s just such an amazing experience and really fun to go with friends. Creating a strict blogging schedule was something that I started back in September – wow posting daily Monday through Friday!! That’s amazing! I post once a week and sometimes I get worried about not getting a post ready in time with photos!
I think I’d say I’m most proud of my work ethic from blogging, coding to running and everything in between!
I will be posting soon tips for reaching out to brands so look out for that. That’s a great thing to be proud of. I hope 2020 is a great year for you x
It looks like you’ve achieved so much this year – working with 7 different brands is amazing! I’m also so jealous of the concerts you got to see, especially Hugh Jackman! So sorry to hear about your dog though, it’s so awful losing a fur baby. Hope you have a fantastic 2020 and looking forward to reading more posts from you 🙂 x
The 7 brands was just for stationery. I have worked with more brands! It had been an awesome year! Hugh Jackman was amazing! Thank you Amy x
You managed to achieve so much this year! Congratulations. I can’t tell you how much I love to see people opening their Help to Buy ISA’s. They are a tremendous help when it comes to buying a home.
What an amazing year girl! So inspiring!! Thank you for sharing! I’m so excited to read what you accomplish this year!
Thank you lovely! ❤️