2018 Year in Review

Well 2019 is already here, but 2018 was a really fun year for me! If I could sum up this year in one word, it would probably be busy. I had quite a few weekends away, and was usually doing something in Charlotte when I was in town. I made some big progress in my fitness and health from changing up my routine to making some dietary changes. And of course I also continued to grow this little blog!

I think I traveled more this year than I ever have before. I took 20 trips to 15 cities in 2018! A lot of them were quick weekends, but they were all a fun time.
Most of the trips were within or around the Carolinas:
A ski trip with friends to Boone, NC area in February
Mother's Day in Greenville, SC
A mountain weekend in Asheville and Tennessee for Memorial Day
A beach trip with friends to Carolina Beach, NC in June
A family beach trip to Pawley's Island, SC in July
A blogger trip to Roanoke, VA in August
A football game in Raleigh, NC in September
My cousin's wedding in Charleston and two football games in Clemson, SC in October
A trip to Atlanta for the Drake concert in November
And a few trips to my parent's house in Greensboro, NC

I also took 3 trips a little further from home:
Austin, TX in August for my best friend's bachelorette weekend
NYC in October for a long weekend while my boyfriend was there for a work trip
Vail Valley of Colorado just before Christmas for my best friend's wedding!

When I wasn't traveling this year, I enjoyed a lot of Charlotte. I went to quite a few restaurants, bars, and breweries, and even went on the largest St. Patrick's Day bar crawl in uptown Charlotte.
I also went to the Mint Museum a few times, the Girl Tribe shopping pop-up, the Southern Christmas Show, a Charlotte Ballet performance, a few Knights baseball games, a Panthers football game, the Wells Fargo golf tournament, visited the National Whitewater Center, saw 2 different NASCAR races, and the ACC championship football game. This was my second full year living in the Queen City, and I am so glad to call it home! There is always something to do, and I felt like I missed out on so much every weekend I spent away this year.

I made some big progress in fitness and creating healthy habits this year. In February,
I joined SweatNET Charlotte and got more involved in the fitness community. I tried so many new workouts from strength training to chakti yoga, and made some new friends along the way! I went to classes at 20 studios and I think I have gained a lot of strength. But I also took a good look at my diet this year and started to make some healthier changes. My friends in college always joked that I had the diet of a child, I usually had either cheese or bread in almost every meal. But early this year, I made a little progress in cooking some healthier recipes. Although it wasn't until I figured out that eating dairy was causing my acne, I really created the habit. I have been eating foods I have never even wanted to try before, and enjoying cooking more often. I'm not one to really stick to New Years resolutions...but knowing that I was able to significantly cut back on diary, I am next going to try to limit my sugar intake. Not for weight loss reasons, but I never say no to anything sweet and I know it is something I need to fix for my overall health. I will be keeping some updates on that in my Fitness Friday posts!

I'll be totally honest, 2018 wasn't the best year for the blog. But, I still had just as much fun with it! I started consistently posting fitness content in January and launched my Fitness Friday post series in February.  They may not be my more popular posts, but I find a lot more meaning in putting together fitness content. I will always enjoy styling outfits, finding some great pieces for great prices to buy, and sharing it all here. But I enjoy the change of pace, and can express myself more when writing about fitness classes or creating healthy habits in my life. But going back to the fashion side, I had a lot of fun putting together my Winter and Summer workwear capsule wardrobe series! I have been trying to think of another fun series for the new year. Please let me know if there is anything you would like to see on Caralina Style in 2019!

Thanks for reading!

1 comment:

  1. Such a fun and exciting year! I hope 2019 brings you all of the good vibes and exciting projects! 💕

    Kendal / Life With Kendal