Before the midnight strikes and we enter new (and hopefully prosperous) year, I'll like to take a moment and reflect on year 2018. This was definitely one of the most hardest years of my life, but curiously enough, this didn't reflect on blogging at all. If anything, my blog was an eventful and happy place this year, filled with all kinds of content. It was a great blogging year. So, at least something, right? Now it's time for a little recap of 2018. I've decided to select some of my favourite posts from last year and group them posts into categories. That way you can browse those you find most interesting. The posts will be divided into following categories: fashion illustrations & art, Inspired by, DIY projects, travel, book reviews and writing.
FASHION ILLUSTRATIONS & ART
I posted many many fashion illustrations this year. Some were drawn without a reference, some were inspired by runaways looks and some were a part of my Inspired by feature. I opened the last year with a fashion illustration. Maybe I should do the same this year? My next post was about how I learned to enjoy drawing. During the year I posted many many fashion illustrations on this blog. I obviously can't include them all in this summary, but I'll pick a few favourite ones.
|Fashion Illustration Friday|
|How To Improve Your Fashion Illustration Skills?|
|Inspired by Natalia|
|Inspired by Fashion Abejita|
|Inspired by Jessica|
I didn't do much travelling this year, but I visited some cute locations, so if you'd like to read about them, you know what you have to do- click the links underneath the photographs.
|Bosnia and Herzegovina's Hidden Gem: Hutovo Blato|
|Medieval Fair in Stolac|
|Places To See in Split City|
|Split City, Croatia|
|island Hvar, Zastrašiće (Vela Stiniva)|
My book recommendations and reviews were pretty numerous as well. Bellow you can see a few of my favourite ones. I do love reading! I'm working on new reading recommendations as we speak.
|Book recommendations: Henry James|
|Reading Lolita in Tehran|
|30 reading recommendations|
There were quite a few interesting DIY projects this year. I decided to mention three of them in this annual recap, but if you want to see more, you're welcome to browse my blog.
|How To Repaint A Vase?|
|How To Make a Barbie Dress?|
I talked a bit about chronic/immune illnesses in this post. Talking about chronic and/ or invisible illness can be really hard. I’ve agonized over this theme a lot. Believe it or not, mostly it is not about how it will make me feel. I think that I often end up avoiding this subject not so much for myself, but because I worry how it will make others feel. If you really think about it, the whole subject of chronic (incurable) illness can be quite frightening. It can create a constant dilemma (to talk about it or not?) in a life of person suffering from chronic illness. At times I even felt that talking about it does no good and tends to just generates stress. Certainly, conversations about chronic illnesses sometimes turn unpleasant for everyone involved. On the other hand, I do recognize that sometimes people genuinely want to know more. What is more, sometimes (for practical and/ or emotional reasons) you really do need to explain your conditions.
How to transform yourself into a person who reads more? That was another of subjects I covered on my blog this last year. I shared ten tips that will help you to read more, so if that is something you're interested in, check out this post.
|How to transform yourself into a reader?|
Among posts that involved more writing, I'd like to stress this one. Here I spoke of false happiness or the pressure to be happy. You know much has been said about the value of positive thinking. While I do agree that the ability to think in a positive way is and can be a skill of utmost importance, especially in this day and time, as with most things there is a danger of taking it too far. I’m not in favour of forced positive thinking. Not at all. I feel that these days there is this massive pressure to be happy all the time. We are told we should be able to rise over everything. It’s not only unrealistic but also more than a bit insane. This obsession with happiness in my view only makes people unhappy. There is such a thing as trying too hard. We should never let our emotions lose their spontaneity.
|Let's Talk About Fake Happiness!|
Another post that involved a lot of writing was my summer alphabet post. I spoke about a great deal of things that matter to me there, so I decided to include that one as well. That would be all!
|My Summer Alphabet|
What are your plans for New Year Eve? We will be entertaining in our home. I'm not in the best of spirits, I have to admit. I received some extremely bad news this morning. I always loved NY celebration, so I hope that will cheer me up a little. Whatever is you mode of celebrating, I wish you all the best in year 2019. May you be blessed in every area of your life!