Reflecting On The Hopes Of 2019

a flatlay of the opened title page of a bullet journal for the year, surrounded by fairy lights on a soft white blanket. 2019 is written out in words in black with a purple shadow with a planet drawn in the top right corner.

At the beginning of this year instead of writing a list of goals or resolutions, I wrote a list of hopes. In the hopes, it would bring less pressure to have actually completed them by the end of the year. But with 2019 closing it's doors pretty soon I think it's about time I look back on those hopes to see which I've achieved and which are still hopes for myself to tick off whenever they seem to fit into my life.


REFLECTING ON THE HOPES OF 2019


My skin and I still don’t really know each other, so I guess I haven’t really been able to improve my skin any further than it’s condition back at the beginning of the year. It’s always a rollercoaster when it comes to my oily acne-prone skin but one thing for sure cutting down the days I wear foundation has really help, especially when I had to change my cushion foundation since I could not find anywhere that stocked the Chica’Y’Chico Matte Cushion. But anyway maybe going to South Korea next year while leading me to some skincare that compliments my skin the most. Though with the amount of stress I predict 2020 to bring I’m not so sure.

However, I have been able to tick off shopping more sustainable and ethical. Though it is still not all the time, I am far more conscious of the clothes I buy now than I was at the beginning of the year; with quite a few of my purchases over the last month clothing-wise being from charity shops. I wrote a post about those pieces if you haven’t seen it yet.

And I guess I’ve also been more adventurous. Maybe not to the extent I wanted but nonetheless I’ve more forward. This year I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone plenty of times. Like when I went to Swansea by myself to go to a physics conference where I knew no one else going, or even wearing a dress outside of the comfort of my room for the first time in roughly five years [for someone who’s fashion posts are mainly in dresses it’s a shocker for me too]. I’ve learnt to be more myself this year for sure. And though there are still things that just don’t feel ‘me’ yet that gives me something to work on next year.

My next lot of hopes were for blogging, and though I’ve definitely not been the most consistent student blogger this year, I’ve done pretty well.

From writing my first sponsored blog post to starting a new series about important topics, I’ve cared less about numbers and more about what I want to write that is for sure. Though growing my numbers would be nice, I’m proud of lots of my content from the last year; which is far more important!

Some of my favourites include:

PLASTIC PARTICLES FALLING OUT THE SKY | MID-WEEK RAMBLE #2
THE ULTIMATE LIST OF ECO-FRIENDLY PERIOD PRODUCTS
HOW TO INCREASE YOUR PAGE VIEWS USING PINTEREST
5 WAYS TO BE MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS AS A STUDENT

So 2019 hasn’t been too bad after all. I’ve grown in some places and less in others but at the end of the day, I’m proud of the person I am today.

What’s the number one thing you are most proud that you achieved this year?

- Sophie

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