Recap of 2018 + Goals for 2019 // HELLO NEW YEAR!

2019 is here.

It’s been a year full of growth, reading, dancing, blogging, and a heck of a lot of happiness. While 2018 was good to me, I can’t say that I’m not looking forward to starting a fresh new year, with new goals and new memories.

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Just like every other blogger, today I’m going to be doing a recap of my year, a look back at the highlights and at all the goals I set, and then setting a few goals for the next year as well. I hope I’ll be able to look back at this post in years to come and see how much I’ve grown!

Without further ado, let the games begin. πŸ˜‰

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This year of blogging seriously brought me so much joy and a little bit of stress at times, but it was all worth it. Even though I didn’t always stay on top of my schedule, and I sometimes took hiatuses or missed out on reading your posts, for the most part, I was consistently blogging, and that makes me so incredibly happy.

My little blog saw a lot of growth this year, and I’m beyond grateful for that! I’ll never take for granted the comments y’all leave and the amazing friendships I’ve made.πŸ’“(I never thought I could have friends that I’ve only chatted with through blog comments, but I most definitely can- and I do.)

So, I think what I’m trying to say, isΒ thank you. I appreciate you and love you so much, and you’ve been a big part of making my year so amazing.


Now that my sappy moment is over expect a lot of sappy moments in this post, let’s take a look at a few of my posts this past year that y’all liked the best!

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I adored all of these posts, so it makes me very happy to see that you all adored them as well. πŸ˜‰ However, there were a lot of other posts I wrote that I loved- here are just a few of my all-time favorites of this year.

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If you sense a small trend- I enjoy screaming about Harry Potter (quite a lot, as you may have noticed), doing mini reviews for books I love, and discussion posts about all things book related. I’m sure those three topics encompass the majority of my blog posts this year!


Last year, I made a few blogging goals for this year, and now it’s time to see if I accomplished them, and I’d also like to make more goals so I can look back at this post in a year’s time (hi, future self) and see how 2019 went. It’s still odd to say 2019, anyone else with me?

  • Stick to my blogging schedule.❌ Sadly, no, life got in the way. I don’t know why I didn’t see that would happen, but I don’t think it’s a reasonable goal in the future to assume that I would have no mess ups the entire year.
  • Reach 250 followers.βœ…Β I exceeded my expectations here. We’re currently at 416 followers, and I couldn’t be more thankful for all of you!
  • Continue posting about books.βœ…Β I’m not sure what else I thought I would post about? But it’s a completed goal, so I won’t complain.
  • Participate in tags occasionally.βœ… I did participate in a number of tags, and while I try not to do too many, I hope to keep participating in a few in the year to come.
  • Keeping reading and commenting on other blogs.βœ…Yes, while I did have a couple of months where I just couldn’t keep up, for the most part, I did stay active in the community and discovered SO many blogs, as well as kept reading ones I had previously discovered.

I’m so happy I was able to achieve *most* of my blogging goals, and I want to make even more for the upcoming year.

  • For the most part, continue with my blogging schedule
  • Reach 700 followersΒ Ambitious, but I’m shooting for the stars here. πŸ˜‰
  • Reach 100 comments on a post twice
  • Get 450 views on a post
  • Take hiatuses if I need to (but try to announce it first?)
  • Continue to interact & discover new blogs
  • Be proud of all my posts
  • Reply to all comments in a timely manner


Here’s to another (hopefully) year of blogging, and enjoying myself while I’m doing it! Thank you again for all of your support on Purely Olivia this year, it means the entire world to me. ✨

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Thanks to the book blogging community, I had the best reading year I’ve had a long time. I couldn’t have ever discovered so many amazing books without all the recommendations and reviews from everyone, so thank you very much for that!

I already talked about books a lot in my top ten books of 2018 post last week, as well as throughout the year in my multiple mini (and occasionally full) review posts, but I still wanted to record some goals and milestones for this year. You all know me, I couldn’t go a post without mentioning books. πŸ˜‰


My most exciting bookish news of this year is,Β I completed my Goodreads reading challenge! It came down to me reading an entire book on New Year’s EveΒ which wasn’t a hardship, but I managed to reach my goal of reading 85 books in 2018.

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What I’m most excited about is that, besides a Harry Potter and a Percy Jackson reread, as well as besides a couple of read-and-reread-both-in-2018 books, the vast majority of books I read were all books I was reading for the first time.

Since I’ve always been an avid rereader, it just makes me happy that I was able to discover enough new books to enjoy and love this year. *cries because books are so good and I love them dearly*


Back at the end of 2017, I made quite a few reading goals, so let’s see how I did on them!

  • Read 75 books.βœ…Β I ended up changing my Goodreads challenge to 85 after I reached this goal, so I was able to up it by 10!
  • Keep track on Goodreads.βœ…Β I did that for the first time this year- I loved it, and I’m hoping to do it a lot more in the future.
  • Review 5 books.βœ…Β I mean, if we’re counting mini reviews (which definitely count, right?) then yes! I was able to meet this goal.
  • ARCS! ❌ While I did read a couple of ARCs, I did not get into Netgalley or Edelweiss like I thought I was going to. Right now I’m not sure if ARCs are something that I’m interested in pursuing this year, but maybe they will be, I’ll just see where this year takes me!

I feel as if my goals were slightly vague, but I was able to accomplish the majority of them. Now for a few more specific (and still a little vague) 2019 reading goals.

  • Read 75 books
  • Keep track on Goodreads
  • Utilize Goodreads for rating and reviewing books
  • Continue to grow my bookstagram
  • Read more fantasy
  • Read outside of my comfort zone more
  • Decide if I want to look into ARCs

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I don’t know if I’ll necessarily remember 2018 as being life-changing, particularly amazing, or wonderful- but it did have so many moments that I loved, and I’m so thankful for so much of what happened this year.πŸ’“

I’ve talked about the best parts of each month in my monthly recaps over the year, but here’s a brief conglomeration of all my most favorite 2018 memories!

  • Dance. 2018 brought more dancing than I’ve ever had before, and I’m so grateful for every second of it. Through the recital, winter concert, and countless hours of rehearsals, it’s been so amazing. I love it.
  • SummerΒ memories. I went to the beach with one of my best friends this summer, and we made so many memories that I won’t forget!
  • Seeing my favorite singers. I was lucky enough to see Taylor Swift and my favorite boy band in concert this year, which was a huge blessing.
  • StrengtheningΒ friendships.Β I’ve become a lot closer to a lot of people in my life this year, and I’m beyond thankful for that. I have close friends that I can rely on with anything, and that’s the best feeling in the world.
  • Becoming obsessed with Hamilton. Okay, so this one is less serious, but this was the first year I listened to Hamilton, and I’m 100% obsessed. It always makes me happy to listen to, and I just love it so much.


I made a lot of goals for 2018, but looking back at them…I’m a little ashamed of myself for how little I actually ended up accomplishing.

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But, you know, it’s okay. I’ll take a look at all my failures anyway?

  • Keep up with my bullet journal.❌ I did bullet journal in the summer, as well as on a few odd months, but I would definitely not say I was consistent with it. I think it’s too much for me at the moment, maybe I’ll pick it back up again in the summer.
  • Read a devotional consistently.❌ I started out the year doing this, but quickly stopped. Which is really sad.
  • Journal at least once a week.❌Ha, I think I journaled twice. I journaled for most of 2017, so I thought I would continue, but it doesn’t appeal to me as much at this time in my life- though I hope it will become appealing again someday.
  • Improve my fouettes.βœ… I actually did this? My fouettes are still not too great, but I have made a great improvement from what they were a year ago.
  • Eat healthier.βŒβœ… Generally, I eat more salad this year, but I also haven’t cut back on my sweet tooth cravings, so I don’t know if this is a win or a lose.

As I always do at the beginning of a new year, I have a lot of plans for what I’m going to do in January. Here’s to hoping I actually stick with my new goals?

  • Do a devotional every day
  • Regain my relationship with God
  • Continue to push myself in dance (with fouettes, seconds, confidence, reverse leaps, etc.)
  • Let people in my life know how much I appreciate them
  • Spend less time on social media
  • Do one second everyday all year
  • Read my Bible daily


There we have it, my entire year wrapped up in just a couple thousand words! Thank you all again for all your support, encouragement, and for being the best friends and followers anyone could ask for.

I hope you all have an amazing 2019, where you work towards your goals (even if they don’t get accomplished, there’s more to it than just success) and remember to enjoy every step of the way- after all, this year will only happen once so we better make the best of it.

Here’s to a happy new year!πŸ₯‚

What are your goals for the new year? How was 2018 for you? I’d love to chat with you all in the comments.

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39 thoughts on “Recap of 2018 + Goals for 2019 // HELLO NEW YEAR!

  1. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments this year, Olivia and I am so happy and proud to see how your blog is growing, you’re such a wonderful blogger and I aways have the BEST time chatting with you in the comments, I hope this continues on and on and on ❀ Happy new year, Olivia, I hope this will be an amazng one for you and best of luck for all of your goals!! ❀

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    • Thank you times a million, Marie!❀️Oh my goodness, you continue to be the kindest person ever, thank you so much. I adore chatting with you and reading your posts and I’m so thankful for our friendship! I hope 2019 is beyond amazing for you, and thank you again for all your support this year. πŸ™‚

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  2. Happy New Year, Olivia!! β˜ΊοΈπŸŽ‰ I’m glad that 2018 was such a wonderful year for you, both reading and life wise. Congrats on reaching your Goodreads goal of 85 books!! And congrats on 416 followers as well, Olivia!! This is very well-deserved; I love your blog so much – your posts always leave a smile on my face because you’re such a lovely person. 😊 I hope 2019 will be just as great for you!! Good luck on your goals for this year. (And side note: I think this is my first comment of 2019, hehe. πŸ˜‰)

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    • Happy new year to you too, Dezzy!πŸ€—Thank you so so much, you’re always so kind to me and I always look forward to chatting with you and reading your posts. Thank YOU for always putting a smile on my face, because trust me your comments always do just that. πŸ’“I hope 2019 treats you wonderfully! (Hehe, that’s so exciting, I’m very honored to be your first comment. XD)

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  3. Aahh I got all excited to read your dance goals!! It’s like a language only dancers know haha. I think my fouette turns definitely improved this year as well (though maybe not so much on the left πŸ˜…), as well as my leaps and turns in general! And I’m so excited to see your bookstagram grow, it looks so pretty already ❀ Hope you achieve all your goals, Olivia, and have a great 2019!!

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    • Aww, thank you, May!πŸ’“Haha, so true, I love dancer language. Which I guess is mostly French. XD Yay, I’m so glad yours are improving! (And I feel you about the left side- I’m left handed and my left leg is more flexible, but somehow my turns on the left are always worse.) Thank you so much again, and thank you for all of your support of my blog and bookstagram this year! Happy new year, wishing you the best 2019.πŸ€—

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  4. I have so enjoyed getting to know you in 2018 and reading all your wonderful blog posts, Olivia. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait for more blogs from you in 2019, and I have no doubt that you can reach that 700 followers goal!

    I’m so happy that you had an amazing reading year. YOU GOT THROUGH SO MANY BOOKS. *Bows down in awe.* πŸ˜€

    One of my goals this year is to grow my bookstagram as well. It’s a tough challenge, BUT WE CAN DO IT.

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    • Aww, thank you so much! ❀ I've also loved getting to know you and your blog, and I'm so excited to continue doing so. Thank you for all your support, and for being so kind to me!


      YES, I believe in us. πŸ˜‰ Your bookstagram is gorgeous, and I know it will see so much growth this year. Happy 2019, I hope it's marvelous!


  5. Happy new year! I’m so happy to hear 2018 was a good year for you Olivia! I hope 2019 will be just as good, if not better πŸ™‚ Also yes aim for the stars girl GET THOSE 700 FOLLOWERS. I don’t see why that can’t happen. Your blog is amazing and you’re the sweetest ❀️

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  6. CONGRATS ON ALL YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS OLIVIA!!! seriously, it looks like you’ve had an amazing year!! achieving your goodreads goal and blogging goals, thats just so awesome, im so happy for you

    good luck with 2019 πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  7. Looks like you accomplished a lot of your goals! Bravo! That’s awesome that you read a whole book on New Year’s eve to reach your goal. Love that Mission Impossible sort of last-minute success πŸ™‚
    Ooh fouettes! I never got that far in ballet, but whenever I see someone else doing them I get really excited. They’re just so cool to watch! Congratulations on improving at them!
    Hope you have an awesome 2019!

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    • Thank you so much! ❀
      Haha, yes, it was a very Mission Impossible kind of mindset for a while. I was determined to not fail on the very last day. XD
      They are so cool to watch! Let's just say mine aren't exactly fun to watch yet…but there's still plenty of time to improve.
      Thank you again, I hope you do as well! πŸ™‚

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  8. Thank YOU for blogging. :)) Our comment conversations are one of the best things about this whole internet writing debacle. You definitely can reach those blogging goals, I know it. Oh, one second a day! Is that the app where you take a second a day and it makes a video? If so, several people at my school use it. I hope you accomplish all your goals. :))

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    • Aww, I agree, our conversations are amazing. ❀ Thank you, Annie! Yes, one second a day is that app you're talking about it. I really like it, I've done it about five times (during separate months) and this time I want to do it every day so I can make one giant 2019 one. Thank you again, I hope you accomplish all your goals, too!

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      • That’s so fun! One person on my volleyball last year started one for her senior year. I haven’t tried it before, but it does sound cool. Maybe I’ll do it in the summer? You’re welcome, and thank you!

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