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.

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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™‚

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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

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My Favorite Posts I Did in 2017

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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

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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!

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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.
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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˜‰

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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.

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

 

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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

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  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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