It's already over one week into 2018, but I'm still going to say "Happy New Year"!
I hope you had a great holiday and kicking off the new year with joy! I love the smell of possibility, enthusiasm and excitement a new year brings and totally hoping this year 2018 is our best one yet, and all our hopes and dreams come to pass!
So how was 2017? Out of 52 weeks in the year, I was pregnant for 40! So only 12 weeks of not being pregnant. Obviously having our little boy was the best part of the year and we're so thankful for that.
In 2017, we moved into our first home and I qualified as a Solicitor in the UK. Those were definitely the highlights of the year. More leisure related, was the travel experience to 2 new countries - South Africa (which I loved!) and the USA. And well, a tiny goal - but it was listed in my 2017 goals, so it's worth saying that I visited the dentist!
What didn't happen in 2017?
A fair bit, but the major ones being some career related plans and goals that didn't quite kick off.
I'm definitely excited for 2018. I can't say I have all my goals and plans all mapped out, but hopefully that will come in due time. For now all unaccomplished 2017 plans get moved to this new year.
On the blog, February 2017 marked one year of blogging and it's fair to say we recorded a good bit of progress - before finally slowing down towards the tail end of the year, thanks to motherhood! So yes, there'd be a new blog category relating to motherhood and family life, while I hope to maintain and expand existing categories and columns.
I also hope to be a bit more proactive with the blog this year, pitching for writing opportunities to grow it and collaborate with brands where possible. I collaborated with a few brands such as SewEasy, IrresistibleMe Hair, JORD Watches, and TravelStart. These opportunities pretty much fell in my inbox. This year, perhaps I can reach out more.
One mantra, I'm therefore trying to embrace is "Confidence". I'm often surprisingly shy about blog (especially in person), but if I'm going to keep putting this much effort into it, then I guess I better be willing to shout it on the rooftops - or at least tell people more about it - in person!
Another broad goal for the year is to actually sit back and truly learn more from those who know more - in all spheres of my life. The need for confidence and learning means that I hope to read more inspirational books, listen to more successful stories, and connect with inspiring persons.
As a bit of a recap, 111 posts were shared on the blog in 2017 and here are 11 popular most posts of the year in no particular order. I find that they seem to cut across most categories of the blog.
- 38 weeks, a Pregnancy Tag + Bump Photo Shoot
- A Day in the Work Life of Adaku Ufere - International Oil & Gas Lawyer
- Nigerian Inter-Ethnic Love Stories || Aisha & Olamide Craig
- My Cambridge University Story - Getting a Full Commonwealth Masters (LL.M) Scholarship
- 9 People 1 Question || Female Travellers on Why They (Solo) Travel, Favourite Destinations and Dream Passports
- 3 Years Married and a Fun Husband Tag
- 5 Really Quick Ways to Improve Your Blog (in less than one Minute)
- We Interview Bola Onada- Sokunbi (Clever Girl Finance) - Money & Finance Expert
- Comfort Zones and Familiarity in Relationships - How Far is Too Far?
- One Month of Motherhood and Life with a New Born
- Our Hilarious Travel Mishaps (+ tips to avoid these)
What were your favourite blog posts / categories in 2017?
Finally, I'm thankful to you the reader and this amazing community for sticking with me in 2017! Please follow me on Instagram @kacheetee, Twitter @Kacheetee. Like our Facebook page, subscribe to the blog kacheetee.com/subscribe and tell a friend, two or ten about the blog in 2018!
If you've got any feedback, blog ideas or suggestions - I'd love to hear too!
Have you got firm goals for 2018? What are your plans and hopes?
Again, I hope the year totally and positively surpasses your expectations and dreams.