Reflecting on 2018

This post was actually supposed to go online last week. But I kind of neglected this blog while I was in the Netherlands with my parents. So here it is – me reflecting and looking back on my goals for 2018 and the whole year in general.

How was 2018?

If you have been following this blog, you might have read my monthly updates. I’m definitely going to continue those in 2019. They keep me accountable.

So, how was 2018? It was a crazy year that went by incredibly fast. I got my first piercing, my first tattoo. Then two more piercings and another tattoo. Went out on dates with different boys I met on Tinder (none of them stuck around). Made friends. Lost a friend. Overall, I had a pretty good year. Of course there were moments that I was stressed and in a bad mood but in general, I’ve been very happy with my life.

Personal growth

2018 was definitely a year in which I grew a lot as a person. I’m more confident than ever before and have finally learned how to let go of things that I have no control over (though it’s still a struggle sometimes). A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about 18 things that 2018 taught me. In that post, you can read more about what I learned in the past year and how I have changed.


I travelled a lot in the past year (and I think 2019 is going to be filled with even more travel). During my travels, I stayed in the UK (except for my last trip of the year). Let me just list all the places that I’ve been this year:

  • Harry Potter Studios in London
  • Winchester
  • Stonehenge
  • Dover
  • Canterbury
  • Cambridge
  • Bristol
  • Nottingham
  • Bath
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Sherwood Forest
  • Penzance
  • Land’s End
  • Lake District (more specifically, Hawkshead, Windermere and Ambleside)
  • Wales
  • York
  • Eyam (Hope Valley, Peak District)
  • Tenerife

My goals in 2018

Let’s just list the goals I made last year and comment on them, shall we?

  1. Graduate
    This was my biggest goal for 2018 and I’m really disappointed that I didn’t get to finish school. But I did do everything I could to reach this goal so at least I tried!
  2. Finish writing a book
    I did finish writing a short story that I published on Amazon called Long Overdue. Not quite a book – but I’m still counting this as a win. I also started writing three new books.
  3. Read 75 books
    I set this same goal every year and every year I reach this goal somewhere around the summer. This year was no different. I read a total of 173 (!) books. If you want to know what kind of books I read, you can look at my year in books on Goodreads!
  4. Business plan
    Haven’t really done this. Maybe a good idea to get this sorted in 2019?
  5. Get finances in order
    I only started this a few weeks ago, but I now have several savings accounts for different purposes, a credit card and am working on improving my credit score.
  6. Create something
    I did not create anything that I can think of – not taking the published short story into consideration. I wanted to make something I wouldn’t usually do – like knitting a scarf. And I still like the idea of this but my priorities clearly lie elsewhere.
  7. Do something cultural every month
    YES, I did do at least one cultural thing every month. Whether it was travelling to a new place, going to see a movie at the cinema or the theatre. You can look back on exactly what I did in my monthly updates.
  8. New blog post every week
    I actually forgot I wrote this down as a goal. I have been so consistent with creating new content for my blog. The beginning of the year, it was just one post a week but around June I started posting twice a week and have been doing that consistently ever since!

If you want to read what my goals for 2019 are, that post went live on Tuesday! How was your year?


  1. Lisa Rios
    17 January 2019 / 6:06 am

    2018 looks hectic on your end! I love how you keep living your dreams. I support you!

  2. 12 January 2019 / 4:27 pm

    2018 was definitely a big year for you. It sounds liek you grew alot individucally and saw some pretty amazing things along your travels. All the best in 2019.

  3. 12 January 2019 / 1:40 pm

    This is a great post, I love all of your resolutions! I also had a resolution to try and post more on my blog 🙂 Hopefully we can both stick to that! I am happy you managed to find more confidence last year too.

  4. 8 January 2019 / 8:40 am

    Good luck moving towards the graduation.I hope that works out for 2019!

  5. ashleynicolerice
    7 January 2019 / 5:29 pm

    That’s so awesome that you read that many books!! I’m aiming for 25 this year but am hoping I’ll shoot past that! haha! Love your goals! I have to finish setting mine for 2019.

  6. alwaysusebutter
    7 January 2019 / 9:37 am

    Oh wow 173 books!! I was so proud of exceeding my goal of 50 books in 2018 (and all my friends think I’m CRAZY for being able to finish even that amount). For 2019 my goal is 100. Keep up the good work!

  7. Bindu Thomas
    7 January 2019 / 6:01 am

    It looks like you had a great 2018. Wish you have a sweet memorable 2019 also. Your goals are inspiring.

  8. Gervin Khan
    7 January 2019 / 3:21 am

    Wow! It’s very good to have a list of things to do or reflect as the year is changing. From the list you’ve given, you’re accomplishment for me is very outstanding considering it’s very tedious task with all of that. Keep up this very good work.

  9. 7 January 2019 / 1:04 am

    It sounds like you had an awesome year! I experienced alot of personal growth this year as well. Hope 2019 is as amazing!

  10. Melanie Frost
    7 January 2019 / 12:33 am

    You sure have a lot on your plate! Your goals are inspiring. I wish you much luck in the upcoming year.

  11. Jay Joy
    6 January 2019 / 6:54 pm

    Finish writing a book and write a blog post every week! I am so saving your post. It was as if a few of your goals mirrored mine. Awesomeness and thanks for the encouragement.

  12. 6 January 2019 / 5:07 pm

    It seems like last year was filled with many memories. Where are you going to find which books to read? 75 seems like a great goal!

    • maartjevansandwijk
      6 January 2019 / 6:04 pm

      I always use Goodreads to keep track of what I want to read and what I have read 🙂

  13. 6 January 2019 / 4:45 pm

    wow.. Looks like 2018 was really busy..I bet 2019 will be fully booked. Keep traveling. Keep sharing those moments and inspire people.

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