Year in review: 2018

Another year is in the books. It’s hard to sum up a year, but as always, I’ll try. Like last year, I created this little infographic.

2018 was a mixed bag. Some things didn’t go as planned, some things were frustrating as hell (especially politics), but we also had some wins this year. 

I got to see two good friends get married, I got to turn a URL friend to IRL friend, J and I celebrated 12 years of marriage, and I ran my fastest half marathon yet.

We sold our house but found a great new place to live, and while this year ended with me being furloughed (again), we also ended this year on a good note!


In January, I chose a new word for the year. I shared my top 10 favorite books of 2017. I talked about the things I wanted to do in 2018 (spoiler alert: not all of them happened). I shared our 2017 spending report and ranted about the 1st (of multiple) government shutdown scenarios.


In February,  I talked about why I started a bullet journal for 2018. I shared the recipe for cherry crumble cake (one of my favorites) and the 6 things I love most about running. February was also a time I reminisced about the visit at Horseshoe Bend, AZ with my cousin and his girlfriend.


In March, I celebrated another birthday.  I shared my thoughts on treadmill running. I wrote about my bullet journal essentials (contrary to popular belief, you really don’t have to invest in all the things!) and let you in on my favorite marble cake recipe. I also reviewed the Milestone Pod and shared the sad news that some unforeseen circumstances kept me from a trip back home to see my family.


In April, I shared 12 tips to reduce trash. I recapped the visit at Lower Antelope Canyon with my cousin and his girlfriend.  I also told you why I am still using YNAB, the budgeting software I’ve been raving about for the last 4 years.  I also ran my first half marathon of the year and earned my first PR.


I started the month of May with a work field trip to Sonoma County.  I shared our first quarter spending report and went to my first ever Women’s Wellness retreat with my friend Susi. I also shared some information about getting your blog GDPR-compliant.




In September, I shared some random thoughts, one of which was about my 17th California-versary. I blogged about what is currently going on with me and more random thoughts.


In October, I shared some thoughts on my fieldwork. I bought some things at Trader Joe’s. The Red Sox won the World Series and I shared what was currently going on in my life.



November was NaBloPoMo and I participated for the last decade, so I wasn’t going to break the streak now. I shared 5 things you might not know about me. I posted a recipe delicious sweet potato gnocchi and told you why it’s so important to vote. I set a new PR in the half marathon at the Urban Cow.

I shared my nighttime routine and things to never do before I die. I blogged about the devastating California fires and stupid healthcare woes. I baked some very tasty zucchini-cheddar-scones and made a veggie-stuffed frittata.

My blog got hacked and I recapped the TMAC20 fitness challenge. I shared more German idioms and gave you a little life update.


In December, I shared my Christmas Wish List, which is always fun to put together. I blogged about some race bling from last year and who I am at the moment.

Share some highlights of 2018 with me in the comments! And thanks for always reading and commenting here. Your support means the world to me.


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  1. I love your infographic!

  2. That infographic is so cool! What a fun way to show what all you did/loved in 2018! Congrats on reading 52 books – that must have been a big increase from the previous year, right? I want to say 2018 was the year that you wanted to try to read more.

    2018 was a really great year for us. It was definitely challenging to say the least as having a baby is such a huge, all-encompassing life change! But the good definitely outweighs the not-so-good. I’m looking forward to 2019 and hope that I start to feel a little bit more like myself. A lot of 2018 felt like “survival” mode as I adjusted to caring for a baby, working full time, and pumping! I’m done pumping now that is going to give me a big chunk of time back.

    1. Ha, 2017 (!) was the year where I made reading a priority… I read 59 books in 2017, so my goal for 2018 was 60, which didn’t happen… but I am pretty with an average of one book per week :) Big increase from previous years!

      I know 2018 was a great year of many changes for you guys, but good changes with having little baby Paul <3 I've enjoyed learning about your new life as a family!

  3. Such a cool post.
    Can I ask you to maybe express your opinion on (street)races vs virtual races. I would really appreciate your opinion on that. :)
    Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you for the blog post idea… I’d be happy to share my thoughts on street races vs. virtual races :)

  4. What an eventful year! When reading theough it I could hardly believe it’s all been in 2018 as I remembered all those posts.
    Looking forward following along in 2019. Happy New Year

    1. The years fly by so fast … :P

  5. I love that infographic! Such a fun way to recap the year.

    I’ve enjoyed following along with you in 2018, and I pray that 2019 is a wonderful year for both of us!

    1. Thank you, friend, I am so glad to be part of your life through your blog as well :)

  6. I love your infographic! Such a great way to visualize your year on your blog!

    It was soooooooooooooooooooo awesome finally meeting you in person and, as I’ve mentioned to you, wish we lived a lot closer instead of on opposite coasts. At least there’s the interwebs and SMS!

    Wishing you a healthy, happy, and let’s hope end to this wretched shutdown new year!

    1. Like I said, meeting you was definitely one of the highlights of 2018 :) I wish the two coasts were closer!!!

  7. Love your infographic! I really hope we can get this crappy furlough situation resolved. It’s insane that it’s still going on this long.

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