2018 has been a whirlwind, although, I’m pretty sure I say that about every year. There have been so many curveballs and unforgettable moments. It’s mind blowing that this year will be over in a matter of days.
As much as I want to say that I’ve hated 2018, too much good has come from these last 12 months. After all, 2018 is the year that I started Housewife Hustle. Believe me, there have been moments where I’ve wanted to stop blogging or completely change everything about the blog. I’ve even had late nights where I’ve wanted to change the name and just do a complete makeover. 2018 has been filled with times where I second guessed myself and that is going to be the base for my biggest resolution. I need to remember that no matter how difficult life can be, pushing through and trying to stay positive is the best solution. I just really want to be confident in my decisions and in myself overall.
The hard parts of this past year stem mainly from health issues with not just myself but my family. My grandmother on my mother’s side found out that she has bone cancer, and my grandfather on my father’s side had a very bad fall and now lives in a nursing home. My mother had a lot of issues with her prosthetic eye and needed to have some emergency procedures. For me, my reproductive health has been a long time struggle, so I had to undergo a hysterectomy. This year has been filled with a lot of drama and doctors, but there have been some pretty wonderful parts that saved the year from being a complete mess.
Keep on Blogging
Starting this blog was a big deal for me. I’ve never stuck with writing on a long term basis, because I would get defeated and quit. The fact that my blog has come this far and gained this much readership and traffic has surprised me in the best way possible. There are actually people who care what I have to say, and that is so incredible. I write for me, but when someone engages and makes your blog feel more purposeful, then this magnificent feeling happens. It’s a feeling that I don’t think I can put into words other than saying I am in awe of this experience.
Looking back, there have been quite a few posts that have done significantly better than others in terms of views. I want to mention the top three that aren’t the award tag posts that I participated in, because those posts did have a lot of views too. There’s a handful that stick out and got more than my average number of views, and the ones I’m going to talk about are also a few of my favorites.
Best Posts from 2018
This post was obviously inspired by Ariana Grande’s new song. My approach to the post was similar to her meaning for the song. I wanted to give a shoutout and show my appreciation for all of the friends that made a significant impact on my life. Whether these people are still an active part of my life or not, they helped shape me and form some of the best memories of my life. I just wanted to thank them and show myself that I have grown. It’s so easy to hold onto the past, but the best thing is to move forward and live in the present. Thank you, next!
This is another special post to me. I’m surprised it did so well, and I still get anxious and want to delete it. This entire year has been about finding a healthier way of eating and being active. I struggled with an eating disorder in the past, so I can get obsessive easily. I’ve managed to work out at a healthy pace, and I couldn’t be prouder of myself. This post details all of the changes that I’ve made, and it shows the difference in my body from after my hysterectomy to a few weeks later. Actually showing my body is a big step. I haven’t worn a swimsuit in 3 years. This post will always be one of my favorites even if showing my body makes me nervous.
This post mentions some of the blogs that I had in the past. It talks about my journey with writing and always giving up. There are millions of mom blogs, but that didn’t stop me this time. I love being a mom and writing about it. I also love writing about life and my experiences. No matter how common your niche is, that shouldn’t stop you from doing what you love. My mom blog might not make six figures or be super popular, but it’s mine. I work at it everyday. It’s special to me, and that’s what matters.
These posts seem to get a lot of views even still, and they mean a lot to me too. It’s very humbling, and blogging has been a wonderful passion to have. It’s really gotten me out of some of my worst depression and anxiety filled days.
This year has been a big one for me in terms of growth, physically and mentally. I have so many things that I accomplished that weren’t even goals.
I’m always afraid to set goals or resolutions, because I don’t want to let myself down. In 2018, I decided to take one day at a time. It was so difficult, because I’m a very routine person who loves to plan every step of the way. I would make small goals but not think too far ahead. I took baby steps the entire year, but I think I’ve had more growth than I’ve had in a very long time.
Working Out- At the start of 2018, I started looking into at home workouts. Week by week, I was exercising at a good pace and finding my routine. It’s the end of the year, and working out has become one of my favorite things to do. I’ve been able to maintain a healthy attitude without obsessing or going overboard.
Better Eats- I’ve tried every diet, every fad, and every pill to lose weight. I decided to just make smarter choices and have better proportions. It’s going so well that I also got my husband to change some of his unhealthy eating habits too. This year wasn’t about chasing some weird diet craze, and I’m proud of myself for that.
Gaining Confidence- I might not love myself all day, everyday, but I am getting there. I’ve been embracing myself a lot more than in the past. I even have days where I genuinely love the way I look.
Internal Health- I’ve had a tumor removed from an ovary, countless minor procedures to remove scar tissue, and I’ve tried different medications. Every attempt to improve my reproductive health wasn’t changing the pain and other issues. Finally, we were told I needed a hysterectomy. I still have moments where I get sad, because I wanted more kids. I also try to realize that I was very fortunate to have the two children I do have while having reproductive issues. Taking care of my body was a big improvement on my part. I usually brush things off and skip seeing a doctor, but I really made the right choices for my health this year.
Bring on The New Year
I don’t want to just make a list of resolutions this year. I want to focus on small goals that I can work at day by day. I don’t want to set specific limits like lose a certain amount of weight or make a certain dollar amount from my blog. I want my goal settings to be more open ended.
I want to grow my blog traffic and grow it on all platforms. I want to step up my workouts without comprising too much time from the kids. I want to do a few home projects. There are just a bunch of things I want to do this year. I can’t just set a resolution with strict guidelines like “I will get to 500 WordPress followers.” Then, that number will consume me, and I will obsess. If I don’t get that number, I might want to quit. I won’t do that this time. I want to set goals like “I will find new ways to improve my Pinterest traffic and increase my WordPress followers.”
I want to be realistic but still push myself. I think the best option for me is to set small achievable goals all year long. This will help my confidence and keep me on the right track. I just want to find as much positivity as I can, because you can’t control the situations thrown at you. Setting goals and living day to day with a positive mindset is the the best way to be.
I hope everyone has a wonderful New Years! Feel free to share your best moments from 2018!