We’ve been slacking when it comes to sharing my monthly favourites since our hiatus this past fall. So much so, in fact, that I struggled a bit when I first sat down to write this post! Still, I knew I wanted to write out some of my 2018 favourites, along with a year-end update for you all.
Catch up on our past months’ favourites here, then read on for my 2018 favourites!
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I purchased a huge men’s flannel shirt while I was back in England and it’s remained a staple item from in my closet. I highly doubt it’s a flattering look, but it’s comfy as anything and reminds me of “home.”
My Dobby shirt from June’s monthly favourites is still one of my favourites!
Especially working from home, I’ve pretty much lived in black leggings as much as possible. They’re cosy, versatile, and they’re easy to dress up if I suddenly need to leave the house.
Thanks to my heel issues earlier in the year, I’ve got a comfy pair of slippers on hand and I’ve stocked up on fuzzy socks!
Most surprising to me, I actually got relatively decent when it comes to doing my makeup this year! I attribute this largely to watching far too much YouTube (more on that below). I’ve built up a lovely little collection along the way too, as I work to purge my beauty supplies to all cruelty-free.
Along the lines of the oils I’ve diffused, I’ve also come to love the Thieves cleaner* from Young Living!
I started using the TV Time app a few months ago and it’s absolutely revolutionised the time I spend watching television. Even with tracking my favourite shows in my bullet journal, it got unorganised from time to time–this makes it even easier to keep track.
I’ve used YouTube casually for years now, but I only recently began utilising it to a fuller extent. From recipes to makeup tutorials, I’ve used it for anything and everything!
Of course, my bullet journal is an ultimate must-have. I’ve used a few new tools with it this year, but I think my Paper Mate Flair pens* and Tombow adhesive* are my top picks for 2018. I also got an HP sprocket* for Christmas which I’m loving so far, though I’m not sure I can really count it for a favourite of the year after just a few weeks!
I got my Fitbit* towards the end of last year to try to manage some of my symptoms (#spoonielife) and it’s helped me quite a bit in terms of tracking!
I started to list some of my top songs for the year here, but I suddenly realised I could do even better . . . check out my 2018 Favourites playlist!
One of my most-eaten meals this year was a tomato white-bean pasta bake that I adapted from a recipe my grandmother passed on to me. I’ll be sharing the recipe in the new year!
I’ve also eaten far more salt & vinegar chips (or crisps!) then any rational human probably should.
Black beans & rice were a staple in my final months of college and they’ve remained a favourite ever since.
And, while it’s been a while, the chick’n salad, soy ravioli, and vegan BLT from my alma mater’s dining hall is still a favourite! I’m slightly ashamed to admit just how frequently I daydream of it. Servo, if you see this, I would cry infinite tears of joy if you would forward those recipes.
I can guarantee none of these will be a surprise!
Coffee & tea are consistent favourites–I go through a variety of brands, flavours and varieties! Dunkin’ iced tea is a long-time favourite, too.
I might not be McDonald’s’ biggest fan, but their $1 sodas are a godsend when out and about. For some reason, they actually help my migraines more than a standard glass of coca cola!
Despite increasing it a few months back, I managed to exceed my Goodreads Reading Challenge!
Some of my favourites from the year:
- Robert Graves, Fairies and Fusiliers *(I read this one twice, as well as his Country Sentiment*!)
- Elizabeth Letts, Finding Dorothy* (an ARC, but great read–it’s available for pre-order!)
- Shekinah Vera-Cruz (ed.), The Anatomy of Desire: An Anthology of Distance (I was lucky enough to read this one in advance and give a blurb!)
- Melissa Lozada-Oliva, peluda*
- Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale*
- Jean Webster, Daddy Long-Legs* (also a stellar musical)
- Sabrina Benaim, Depression & Other Magic Tricks*
Thanks to TV Time, I actually know what my favourite TV shows were this year!
Some old favourites, revisted:
- The Office
- Adventure Time
And some new (both to the world and some new-to-me) discoveries:
- The Haunting of Hill House
- A Million Little Things
- New Amsterdam
- This Is Us
Some favourite films:
- Liberal Arts* (Josh Radnor is essentially my favourite human of all time)
- Midnight in Paris*
- The Greatest Showman* (Hugh Jackman would be favourite human #2)
If you’ve read our previous monthly favourites this one should be easy to guess: my favourite oils were lavender, Trauma Life, Stress Away, and peppermint!
While my “day job” isn’t a great fit for my health issues, it’s helped me get by financially this year! The transition from undergrad to student loan bills was a bit painful (literally), so every little bit helps. I’ve moved up to the highest rank of transcriptionist, which is pretty cool even if it’s not necessarily a long-term possibility.
As you probably know, when I’m not working or blogging, I’m probably writing! After months of limited progress, I’m thrilled to share that I have twelve poems published or pending from 2018!
- Cauldron Anthology
- “And Wherefore?” (forthcoming, originally published in Mistakes Were Made*)
- Royal Rose Mag
- “Dream Dissonance”
- “Boleyn” (forthcoming)
- Marias at Sampaguitas
- “Reading Between the Lines”
- “Screaming and then silence”
- “Pastels and Neons” (forthcoming)
- “Recording the Stars” (forthcoming)
- “Atonement” (forthcoming)
- “Dreamsong” (forthcoming)
- “Engulfed” (forthcoming)
- Reclaim: An Anthology of Women’s Poetry
- “Broken Bodies, Broken Hearts”
- Paper Trains Literary Journal
I also launched my own literary magazine! Nightingale & Sparrow is currently accepting submissions for its inaugural issue, flight, which is due to be published in mid-February!
Here on the blog, we’ve grown so much, despite our technical difficulties! There’s still a ways to go as we further define our niche, but I’m confident we’ll keep getting better!
This year, we’ve gotten extremely close to reach out 2018 blogging goals (stay tuned for our full final update soon!). We’ve done sponsored posts with Pure Journi and Opportuniteas and we’ve been able to do a bit of social media work, too. We’ve featured four amazing guest posts and I was lucky enough to guest post for the lovely Scarlett and Liu Miao.
While we didn’t launch our vegan lifestyle course as originally planned, we did quite a bit of prep work for that and our upcoming book, Swap It!.
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WHAT WERE YOUR 2018 FAVOURITES?