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2018 Favorite Moments

pictured: Fruit platter for the Saturday Brunch at Andiron

Happy Friday!! What are your plans for today? It’s the first Friday of 2019 so I’m taking it easy today. This whole week has been really amazing for me. So far, I have been crushing my goals consistently. Everything hasn’t been perfect, but things have been prosperous. I’m so thankful for that! Last year was eventual to say the least, so I wanted to talk about my 2018 favorite moments. 

 

2018 was eventful for a lot of people. How was it for you? I have my favorite moments of 2018 on the blog now!

Reflecting back on the events, be it good or bad, is a great way of growing. This month makes one year since my grandmother passed away and I think I’m doing my best to stay busy this entire month. Of course, I have accepted that she isn’t here with me physically anymore but I’ll admit I still miss her dearly. I’ve already told myself that if I cry, I cry. I will let it happen and I will let it pass. There will be no fighting my feelings this month and I’m doing my best to not fight my feelings this entire year. 

Mentioning my grandmother was to build up the point of this post: even though I had the worst experience in my life so far in 2018, I also had really good moments.

Here are my 2018 favorite moments

Partnerships with Jord and Ann Taylor.

Frankie 35 Series Dark Sandalwood & Mint watch from JORD. Included in my 2018 favorite moments
Frankie 35 Series. Dark Sandalwood & Mint
Ann Taylor sunglasses and gift bag. Included in my 2018 favorite moments
View my gift Guide for last years top picks for the best gifts from Ann Taylor

I still remember the day I got the email from Jord wanting to work with me. This day was full of questioning my self-worth and my choice in blogging. I had many talks with God about my direction in life and whether I’m on the right track. Then the email pops up “JORD would love to work with you!” The rest of that day I was grinning from ear to ear. I couldn’t believe it! 

With Ann Taylor, it was a big deal for me because this was my first PAID partnership! The payment was beyond what I thought my content was currently worth and that really opened my eyes to help me realize, I’m selling myself way too short! This payment was 3-figures. That may not be much for other bloggers but I was recently charging only 2-figures for a full blog post and social media share campaign! 

Working with a magazine for a publication spread

Now, I can’t tell you who I worked with as it’s not published yet but as soon as the issue is released, I’ll tell you! This was such a huge experience and jump out of my comfort zone. I had NEVER been photographed for anything other than outfit posts and in group photos where I wasn’t the main subject. This scared the hell out of me. I like being behind the camera rather than in front but I have to admit, I had so much fun with this photoshoot. We even had a little interview before we went to explore downtown Vegas and get the photos! 

Trying out Dirt Dog with the Foodies 

Dirt Dog spread for the Las Vegas Foodies. Included in my 2018 Favorite Moments
I’m getting hungry just looking at this photo again lol

I actually wrote a blog post all about this day. It was one of the more memorable and fun experiences I had last year because the group of foodies I was with were so laid back and welcoming, it felt like we had been doing this for years. For those that don’t know, I’m an introvert so it’s hard for me to feel comfortable and be open with people that I’m not familiar with. Other than the other patrons in the eatery staring at us while we took hundreds of photos of our food, I had so much fun and felt so comfortable! I hope to meet with them again! 

Sharing my Mission 

When I shared my mission and purpose behind blogging on Instagram, I had an overwhelming response of people relating to me and supporting me. It was one of those moments where I didn’t think people would really care because my story isn’t anything special or dramatic. However, I was so wrong and I honestly can admit I cried from the love and support I received from that day lol

My birthday

Turning 27 was simple yet eventful. The day before my birthday I went out to a Korean BBQ Barstaurant, Soyo Korean Barstaurant for those curious, with my blogger friend, Anne Wright owner of Aw My Posh, and the day of my birthday I spent at home, with my family. It was a very simple celebration with cake and ice cream but it was meaningful. So many people lost their loved ones last year and I was blessed to see another birthday. That was the best gift I could receive. 

 

Thank you so much for reading this post about my 2018 favorite moments! Do you have any moments from 2018 that you want to share? 

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28 comments

  1. Those Dirt Dogs look AMAZING!

    1. lol they were amazing! Thanks for reading, Jenny!

  2. Congrats on your first paid partnership! I have no idea where to begin as my tech skills are not where they should be and I don’t feel confident!

    1. Thank you! I completely understand what you mean, Victoria! The important part is to just go for it. I had to learn that with success comes failure! The first few times I reached out to brands for paid partnerships, they denied me. Even brands who contacted ME first denied me once they saw that I would charge them for work. It was pretty depressing considering my charge was so low! Please don’t give up and keep fighting!

  3. Gosh that food looks amazing! I’d love to try that place out.

    1. I hope you can try it one day! It’s really good!

  4. Thank for sharing these. It gives me a chance to go back and check up on what I might have missed!

  5. Some special moments right here. It sounded like a year with a mixed group of feelings for you – I hope 2019 is a very happy year for you ๐Ÿ™‚ All the best!

  6. Yes! I love those memories you share with us! Actually, when I am reading this, I remind what happened to me in 2018. Thanks for your wonderful post!!

    1. Thanks for reading, Gladys!

  7. I’m sorry for your lose in 2018. All of us has good and bad experience throughout last year. Important is we take all the lessons and look for the brighter side of life. I wish you a fab 2019 and I wish you success in your business!
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    1. thank you so much, Chantell! You words give me encouragement to keep moving forward and do my best! I agree that we must find the good in all things that happen in our lives! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!

  8. Congrats on an exciting 2018 and a gorgeously captured 2018 as well, love these pictures!

    1. Aww thank you so much for the pictures compliment, Jackline!

  9. Everyone has their special moments of their own and you have yours, thank you for sharing it with us.

    1. thanks for reading, Monidipa!

  10. Sounds like 2018 was an eventful one for you! I hope 2019 brings you many happy experiences, as well!

  11. Aw working with a big company is always a fun adventure! Great job.

    1. Thank you, Claire!

  12. That’s so cool everything you were able to do here. I can see why they would be among your favorite moments. I am salivating at the food. And the partnerships are really cool I must admit.
    David Elliott recently posted…Inspired By Others: Poetry From, For, And About Dads To Inspire GreatnessMy Profile

    1. The food was amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for reading, David!

  13. Sounds like 2018 was an interesting one for you. How exciting that you got a magazine spread, that must have been so amazing!
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  14. What a wonderful 2018! I hope 2019 is prosperous and amazing for you, as well.
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  15. Congratulations on a fabulous year, you must have been so proud to feature in a magazine

  16. Sounds like you had a great 2018. Can’t wait to see what 2019 holds for you.

  17. i like these picks. I have a similar jord watch myself!
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  18. It sounds like you had a pretty great 2018! Cheers for many more awesome moments in 2019!!
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  19. Thanks for sharing your best moments of last year – looked like some great food experiences! How lovely that you are thankful for reaching another birthday.

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