2018: My Year

Hi guys! So we’re coming to the end of 2018, and this is the time where we all reflect over the past year and think about resolutions for the new one. So here are my highlights, what I learned and my resolutions for 2019!

January & February

I started the new year dancing on a table in Sheffield’s Bungalows and Bears with my housemates and their friends, drinking overpriced G&T’s and generally having a great time.

From the 2nd I was in the library, mostly 8am-5pm every day. I had to walk down the hill to there every day in the ice and fell many times, and I spent a lot of time in the library cafe getting £1 coffee.

January exams finished on the 25th January, and lectures restarted on the 5th Feb, so I went out and celebrated a lot in between.

I started going back to lectures and concentrating… until the snow and UCU strikes started and it all got called off.


On my birthday (14th) I went to Birdhouse, then for cocktails. On the 15th I got a whole group of my best friends together for a pub quiz, then to revolution for shot sticks and danced in West street live.

At Birdhouse Tea Company

On the 19th I went to a friend’s house party and managed to give myself an awful knee bump/ bruise playing the cardboard box game. We walked home in the snow. It took weeks to heal – oops!

I went home the weekend after for part of the Easter holidays.


I spent most of April doing coursework; creating a huge maths poster and a computer programming project involving ships. Yeah.

I also booked my trip and flight to Berlin on the 13th.

It finally got warm and I spent days convincing myself I could study in the park. I really did nothing but get burnt.

On the 28th I had the maths ball. It was nice to have a night off revision before exams started.


I spent a lot of time procrastinating and sat in the library. This was not a fun time of the year: I felt fed up and very ready to finish.

I went to a gin festival. I think this is when I decided it was my favourite and now pretty much all I drink.

On the 12th Arctic Moneys had a pop up for their new album. I think I bought it all! My favourite album of 2018.


On the 7th June I finished Uni forever. We sat, drank cider and enjoyed the sunshine. I’ll miss almost everything except the actual exams – I had 12 in 3rd year.

The days after this were spent shopping, having nights out, seeing friends and generally saying goodbye to Sheffield (didn’t realise I’d be back!) and my uni friends. I moved home on the 17th.

On the 30th I went to barista school.


On the 10th I flew to Lisbon with a friend for NOS Alive festival. My highlight was watching Arctic Monekys headline. We then spent a few days in the city itself. Read more about that here.

On the 18th I graduated! It was so lovely to see everyone, and we went to the Botanist for food after. The cap and gown were fun to walk around in.

That weekend was Tramlines festival. There was a lot of chanting ‘Yorkshire’ and I bumped into loads of people I knew.

On the 25-28th we went to Padstow and camped with a gorgeous view.

My sister also got Bam-Bam the Maltipoo puppy.

August – September

On the 2nd I flew to Berlin for my Internship. I’ve done loads of posts about my time there. I met 28 amazing people and a few friends for life. I flew home 28th September.

My office in Berlin

October – December

I went on an anti-Brexit march on the 20th Oct.

27th Oct -3rd November I went to St Ives for a week. We’ve been here almost every year since I was small.

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives

On 20th October I applied for a job. After 3 interviews, I accepted it on the 29th November. On 11th December I went to their Christmas party.

I went to Sheffield quite a few times to see friends and signed for a house.

And of course I spent time with my family and dogs! This is probably the longest I’ve been at home in 4 years, so it’s been nice to spend time in Nottingham again.

Winter Wonderland Nottingham

And of course I watched a lot of TV and drank a lot of hot chocolate over Christmas!

What I learned this year

  • Your best friends aren’t necessarily the ones you see everyday. Just because you don’t see someone for a while doesn’t mean you’re not still close. Also, don’t be afraid to be the person to reach out – some people are just really busy and just haven’t got round to texting you, it’s not that they don’t want to be friends anymore.
  • Do what makes you happy and don’t be afraid to change your mind! I went to Berlin expecting to stay for a long time, but I ended up coming home after 2 months. Much as I loved it, I wanted to come home and there’s nothing wrong with that.
  • Everything turns out okay in the end; if I hadn’t come home when I did, I wouldn’t have got this job! Then I wouldn’t have signed for a house with some lovely girls.

Looking forward to next year – my resolutions

  1. I move back to Sheffield on the 6th January to start my new job on the 7th. The company seems really cool and I’m excited to start! My resolution for this is to throw myself in, do the best I can and enjoy the present without overthinking my future!
  2. I also found a cool ‘urban yoga’ studio near my new house so one of my resolutions is to try that! I’m fed up of the gym at the moment and feel I need a new focus.
  3. I also want to restart and complete Couch to 5K!
  4. I want to budget properly for the first time in my life and pay off my overdraft! Or at least a sizeable chunk of it.
  5. I plan to blog at least once a week and connect with more similar people.
  6. And finally I want to make more time for reading! These past few months I’ve really got into reading again and using it to relax.

So this was my year and resolutions! Have you made any? Do you plan to? Let me know!

Hazel x


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  1. December 30, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    This is a great round-up post, very original! I’m just taking a few practical resolutions for this new year like doing more sports and going vegan but that’s about it!

    Btw, love your hair girl!! x

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
      December 31, 2018 / 9:23 pm

      Thank you! Amazing that you’re going vegan- I did veganuary and never looked back. Happy New Year x

  2. December 30, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    What a great way to reflect on the year! Congrats on graduating! I was in my first year this year and finishing seems so far away! I love your point about your best friends not necessarily being the ones you see everyday. I completely agree with that! Good luck with all you resolutions next year!!

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
      December 31, 2018 / 9:23 pm

      Thank you! It’s such a hard but rewarding process. I wish I was a student again but am also really glad I’m not haha- never happy are we. Happy New Year x

  3. December 30, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    It sounds like you’ve had a great year with lots of fun Hazel – congratulations on graduating and good luck with starting your new job in the New Year!

    Kayla x

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
      December 31, 2018 / 9:21 pm

      I have, thank you! Happy New Year x

  4. Mashibaby
    December 30, 2018 / 8:58 pm

    You have had a busy and exciting year!! Hope you will have an even better 2019!

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
      December 31, 2018 / 9:21 pm

      Thank you! Happy New Year x

  5. December 31, 2018 / 12:28 am

    Oh man, I remember those school days when I had to hang out in the library to get work done. Love that you got so much done over the year – especially with traveling! Congratulations on graduating! These lessons that you’ve learned are important. I have best friends who I see once in a while and that’s fine. Hope your 2019 will be great!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
      December 31, 2018 / 9:20 pm

      Yeah I really don’t miss them! All worth it in the end though! Happy New Year x

  6. December 31, 2018 / 2:28 pm

    Great post! It seems you had quite the exciting year. I also graduated this year…and jumped right back into school to get a graduate degree.

    I really connected with your words on your best friends not always being the people you see every day. It’s changed my perspective and now I need to give a few people a call 🙂

    I hope 2019 is a great one for you!

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
      December 31, 2018 / 9:19 pm

      Congratulations on graduating! 💖
      Yeah I’ve learnt a lot about friendships this year as an adult, when they’re harder to maintain! Happy new year x

  7. January 1, 2019 / 5:31 pm

    I loved this post, you’ve had such an exciting year. Congratulations on graduating. I’m in my third year now, and funnily enough studying in Nottingham!

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
      January 1, 2019 / 5:53 pm

      Thank you! It’s been a bit of a whirlwind. Ah that’s exciting – good luck with third year, it was one of my best and worst years of uni, so stressful but so fun at the same time. Happy New Year beautiful xx

  8. Bryony
    January 1, 2019 / 5:34 pm

    sounds like you’ve had a really productive year x

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
      January 1, 2019 / 5:51 pm

      It’s certainly been busy! Happy New Year xx

  9. January 1, 2019 / 5:38 pm

    Looks like such an amazing year especially after you finished uni!! So many exciting things and I hope you love your new job. Arctic Monkeys must have been so good, I hope they played some of their old stuff. I’m not a massive fan of their new album. And as to connecting with more similar people, hit me up, girly! Loving your blog!xx

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
      January 1, 2019 / 5:51 pm

      Thank you! I do like their new stuff but I definitely like the old stuff more, luckily they played all the old classics. Happy New Year beautiful xx

  10. January 1, 2019 / 8:53 pm

    What a wonderful and full year you had – sounds like you made the most of your time and I really admire that! Best wishes with your new job!
    I plan to borrow some of your 2019 resolutions! 🙂

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
      January 2, 2019 / 1:23 pm

      Thank you! It was a bit of a whirlwind but a good year overall. I got a lot of inspiration from other people’s haha – at least once they’re online you have to keep yourself accountable.
      Best wishes for the new year! x

  11. gmsmith1980
    January 2, 2019 / 8:23 pm

    Lovely post! Looks like you had a busy, eventful and successful year. Congrats on graduating and good luck with your new job! I hope all goes well for you this year too.
    Livin’ The Smith Life

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
      January 2, 2019 / 10:40 pm

      Thank you! Yes, it was very busy but good.
      Hazel x

  12. January 2, 2019 / 9:21 pm

    This is such a lovely way to reflect and remember the year you’ve had, which sounds pretty fantastic! I hope 2019 is as amazing for you – gorgeous photos too! x

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
      January 2, 2019 / 10:39 pm

      Thank you! It’s certainly been a busy year.
      Hazel x

  13. kattieh
    January 3, 2019 / 2:01 am

    It sounds like you had a really wonderful 2018 – and you achieved so much too! Congratulations on graduating from Uni! That’s amazing that you went on an internship in Berlin – that would have been such a great experience.

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
      January 10, 2019 / 6:20 pm

      Thank you! It’s certainly been a busy year but I wouldn’t have changed a thing! It’s made me fall in love with Berlin totally.
      Hazel x

  14. January 3, 2019 / 8:47 am

    Congrats on the graduation! Wish you all the best with your new job. You have lovely locks.

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
      January 10, 2019 / 6:18 pm

      Thank you so much! I used to hate them but I’ve fully embraced the curls now.
      Hazel x

  15. January 3, 2019 / 2:15 pm

    What an amazing, busy year you have had! Good luck with your new job! Your pictures are amazing xxx

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
      January 10, 2019 / 6:17 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m trying to work on my pictures so that’s such a lovely thing to hear!
      Hazel x

  16. January 4, 2019 / 5:13 pm

    Wow, these are amazing! You’re a talented writer!

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
      January 10, 2019 / 6:16 pm

      Thank you so much lovely!
      Hazel x

  17. January 7, 2019 / 12:27 am

    So wonderful that you documented your entire year! I love the idea that you can look back and have these memories. And that you learned a lot to bring to 2019! Excellent!

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
      January 10, 2019 / 6:15 pm

      I love the idea of using my blog as a diary! It’ll be so nice to look back next year too and see how they compare.
      Hazel x

  18. January 7, 2019 / 11:15 pm

    This is a fantastic blog post I loved reading this. I’m definitely following your blog can’t wait to read more

    Jack Deyes

    • hazellillianmckenna@gmail.com
      January 10, 2019 / 6:15 pm

      Thank you! Such a nice thing to hear.
      Hazel x