Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a safe and exciting holiday. I wrote a post similar to this one at this time last year. I’m gonna keep this post a bit shorter than last year’s, given that the blog has been up and running for the entirety of the year. It’s been a long year, full of excitement and a healthy amount of life lessons. So, here we go with a (mostly) chronological recap of the year.
My spring semester of school meant my first Mardi Gras, meeting one of my favorite authors, spring break, and a quick trip home to surprise my little sisters. I found a voice for myself regarding mental health issues, and I’ve been doing my best to open these conversations. I’ve also done my best to critique others who exploit mental illness and trauma in the name of “awareness” *cough* 13 Reasons Why *cough*. I also got my first tattoo!
This summer brought an array of wonderful things. I went to 4 different weddings in 4 different states, helped my older sister get engaged, and got published. I worked an awesome job at Hobby Lobby, and learned a ton while working in retail.
In August, I moved back to New Orleans and started one of the hardest semesters of my life. I saw more artists live than I can really count. I got another tattoo, this time done in my dorm room. My blog turned one. I got my story published for a second time. I went through a dark spot with my mental health.
At the end of the semester-from-hell, I came back to Minnesota to enjoy the holidays with my family, and now, here I am, nine days into 2019, wondering what I did with the other 8 days of this year (aside from dying my hair pink… surprise!)
2018 was, overall, a good one. Creatively, it was great. I’ve posted several short stories this year, and I tried my hand at a little bit of poetry, which has gotten a great response (thanks everyone!).
I tried to link all of the major events of the year with their blog posts, in case you’re looking to hear a little more about them. I hope your 2018 was great, and I hope your 2019 is even better. There’s so much to look forward to this year! (More to come on that soon…)
Stay tuned for more updates,
xoxo, second sister suzie