WELCOME 2018 + The Year in Review + Polls!

Happy 2018, everyone!

It’s January 1st, 2018. Page 1 of 365. The day of making resolutions, the day of new beginnings, and the day of gigantic recap posts.


2017 has been a good (and very speedy) year. Today I’m going to be talking all about it, and setting goals for the year to come. Let’s get started! ๐Ÿ™‚


First of all, I just want to thank each and every one of you for reading. This year of blogging has brought so much growth and made me so happy! I appreciate you all so much. *wipes away tear*

I’m going to be sharing my most popular posts, then the posts I liked the best that I did, a few stats, and then I will be making goals for the upcoming year.

Most Popular Posts in 2017


My Favorite Posts I Did in 2017


A Few Stats for 2017

  • New Followers: 136
  • Posts: 56
  • Comments:ย 746
  • Likes:ย 708
  • Pageviews: 4.338
  • Visitors: 1,404
  • Countries People Visited From: 45

By sharing my stats, I’m definitely not trying to show them off. I just want to look back next year and see my growth. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Also, all these stats are from December 30th, so they could be slightly off.)

Goals for Blogging in 2018

  • Stick to my blogging schedule
  • Reach 250 followers
  • Continue posting about books
  • Participate in tags occasionally
  • Keep reading and commenting on other blogs

And Finally, A Few Polls For You


2017 was both a good and a bad reading year for me.

It started off strong, but as the year progressed and I moved up a grade in school, I read less and less. I have so much more homework now than I used to, and that’s really affected how much I read.

Last week, I did a recap on my Year in Books, which highlighted the main points of my reading year if you’re interested! ๐Ÿ™‚

Goals I Had For 2017

  • I wanted to read 200 books. โŒย Ha. I actually ended up reading 105 books. I think 200 was much too ambitious…and I’m still fine with how much I ended up reading.
  • I wanted to read more nonfiction.โŒย Why did I even make this goal?! I just don’t enjoy nonfiction.
  • Read hyped books.โœ…ย I think I did okay at this one!

New Goals for 2018

  • Read 75 books. I know that my school workload is only going to get harder from here, so this is a such more attainable goal for me.
  • Keep track on Goodreads. I’m going to use Goodreads more this upcoming year. Or at least try.
  • Review 5 books. I don’t love reviewing, but this is a book blog, and I think I need to make more of an effort to review books.
  • ARCs!! I do have one ARC that I am in the process of reading, but I hope to get more in 2018.

All in all, it wasn’t a bad year. But I guess I couldn’t say it was wonderful, either, seeing as the amount of books I read decreased each month. Here’s to a better 2018!


2017 was a good year. Not amazing, but good.

A lot of good things happened to me, but I’m excited for 2018 to come. It’s always nice to have a clean, blank slate in front of you!

Best Parts of 2017:

  • I had a recital in April. My annual dance recital was in late April, which is always so fun. We look forward to it all year!
  • I met Reveille. This is kind of random, but I got to meet and pet the mascot of A&M University (she is a dog). ๐Ÿ™‚
  • I went to Boston and Rhode Island. During the summer, my family and I went to Boston, and while we were there we also drove to Cape Cod and Rhode Island for day trips. I loved seeing all the history, and the Atlantic Ocean! We also drove by Concord, and I got to see the house where Louisa May Alcott wroteย Little Women.
here’s the Boston Public Library!
  • I saw my favorite band perform. I got to see my favorite band in October, which was one of the highlights of my life.
  • My dance fall concert. It was so much fun! I miss all my dances from it…
  • Spending time with my family at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I got to see a lot of my relatives over the holidays, and that is always so wonderful!

Goals for 2018:

  • Keep up with my bullet journal
  • Read a devotional consistently
  • Journal at least once a week
  • Improve. my. fouettes. (By the way, the person in the video isn’t me.)
  • Eat healthier

I’m sure I’ll make more goals, but those are just a few that I’ll be sharing. ๐Ÿ˜‰


I hope you enjoyed this post! I love recap posts, especially ones of the whole year. It makes me feel good to make goals even if I will never achieve half of them.

How was your 2017? What are your goals for 2018? How was your Christmas? Let’s chat in the comments.


Photo byย Eric Rothermelย onย Unsplashย >> Creds for the amazing image I used in my featured image!


25 thoughts on “WELCOME 2018 + The Year in Review + Polls!

  1. Sounds like you had a great time this past year! Congrats! I’m so jealous you went to Boston. I live in Rhode Island most of the year now, but I haven’t really gone outside of Providence and it makes me so sad, but I just haven’t found the occasion. Your dance fall concert sounds great! I’m hoping to get into dance/ music this semester (or rather make it more of a priority). I’m also trying to eat healthier in 2018. I downgraded my meal plan so I can cook more this coming semester! Really hope it pays off. Good luck with your goals! I hope 2018 brings lots of fun and new experiences for you!!

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    • Thank you so much, Lynn! ๐Ÿ™‚ I went to Providence when I went to Rhode Island! It is such a cute little town. (We toured Brown.) We mostly went to Newport though, which I highly recommend if you havenโ€™t gone there yet!
      Thanks! I hope you can get more into dance and music. Also, eating healthier is such a good goal! I donโ€™t know if Iโ€™ll be able to stick to it. XD
      Thanks again! Youโ€™re so sweet. Wishing you the happiest new year!โค๏ธ

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  2. Ah, reading 105 books is alot! I read about half that this year & I’m going to try and double it for 2018.
    And you visited Boston! I’ve never gone to New England, but I hope to one day!
    Also, you met Reveille! I’m from North Texas and I think that’s co cool!!!

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    • Thanks, Elizabeth! I hope you reach all of your reading goals. ๐Ÿ˜‰ You can do it!
      Yes! I’d never visited New England before I went either. It’s so pretty up there!
      Aw, cool! Me, too. It was so cool to meet The Lady, haha. Thanks for your sweet comment!โค๏ธ


  3. Aahh, 105 books is a GREAT amount of books to read!! I could never make the goal to read 205 books. ๐Ÿ˜ณ And yes, I totally want to read more ARCs! I’ve been requesting lots but they’re all from really big publishers, so they don’t pay much attention to people with a smaller amount of followers. (Which is crazy to me, because I think 1K is a lot?? ๐Ÿ˜‚)

    And same!! I really want to improve my fouette turns (except I don’t do them on pointe ahaha). I can tell that I’ve gotten better on my right side, but my left side… ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Good luck with all your goals!!

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    • Thank you, May! Yeah, 200 was a bit ambitious looking back. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think my goal this year is a lot more attainable, so that’s good, haha!
      1K does seem like so much to me! I’d definitely consider yours a big blog. I haven’t started requesting yet, but it’s probably going to be difficult to get any since my blog is so small!

      Fouettes are a unique form of torture, at least for me. (I’m not a natural turner, so things like fouettes and seconds are HORRIBLE for me.๐Ÿ˜‚) I’m not on pointe either, since I’ve never been able to take the pointe prep classes at my studio. The best video I found to show them for people who don’t dance just had a person on pointe haha. Good luck with your fouettes- we’re all in this together!!

      Thanks, May! Happy New Year.โค๏ธ

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