It’s hard to believe we are closing the door for 2018. Lots of people have different perspectives on how this year went and personally, there were quite a few ups and downs, but I always like to reflect on the year as a whole and try not to focus too singularly on any specific peaks or valleys. Breaking down the year in numbers is a fun way to do this and I did it for the first time in 2016 (2016 In Review) and then again last year (2017 In Review) and I loved being able to reflect back on the year as a whole and remember all the amazing moments in one special place. So – I’m back again this year with our 2018 by the numbers!
1 – Number of false missile scares. AND THAT IS PLENTY! We kicked off the year with a terrifying false missile alert here in Hawaii. Definitely an eye-opening way to start 2018.
29 – Number of flights we’ve boarded for our various trips. 2018 was definitely the year of traveling for us and we were able to see, explore and enjoy Maui, Tahiti, Italy, Alaska, Canada, Iceland and Kenya. Of course we also enjoyed various day trips in Baltimore, PA, Washington, D.C., and right here in our own backyard in Hawaii.
1- Number of cars we sold and now currently own. Yep, we are back down to a one-car family! For us, it makes sense since I work primarily from home and it saves us a good bit of money between gas, insurance, etc 🙂
253 – Number of blog posts published here this year. GOOD GRACIOUS! Some of the most popular posts this year include:
1- Number of student loans finally paid off – WOOHOO!
8 – Number of essential oil bottles I’ve gone through this year since I really started digging deep in their usage beyond migraine pain and being diffused in mid-2017. A little goes a long way with oils, but I still feel like I use peppermint far and above any other oil! Essential Oils I Love + How To Use Them
Things I can’t quite get an accurate count on include: number of water color sunsets enjoyed, pounds of sand in our car thanks to beach trips with Judy + Bill, hours devoted to scouring the internet for cheap airfare, minutes spent trying to catch and kill centipedes in my house (BLEH!), time spent laughing til I cried alongside Dane, data usage spent finding lounges in airports thanks to dodgy international wifi, happy tears I cried on our first game drive in Kenya, happy hour trips to some of our favorite haunts or joy I get from coming here each day and sharing a small piece of my life with all of you.
I hope that through the peaks and valleys of your own year, you have been able to find joy in the small things, big things and many moments in between. Here’s to 2019!