Looking Back at 2018

IMG_5491Another year is coming to an end.  At the beginning of 2018 I set my goals for the year. Let’s take a look back to see what I was able to do.

I was hoping to finish editing my novel at the end of this year.   Sadly, I didn’t achieve this goal. I’m still in the process of editing and revising and need more time.  Finishing the novel may take one or two more years.

All the learning I was hoping to do this year didn’t happen.  I started to volunteer with a mental health agency in early 2018 so didn’t have time for it.  I didn’t complete the web design module on Lynda.com, the HTML/CSS course on edX, or the Javascript text by Duckett that I wanted to this year.  Perhaps I was being too ambitious with this goal.

My last goal for 2018 was to create content for HubPages and Shutterstock.  For the most part, I was able to achieve this goal.  I published 21 articles on HubPages, just four shy of my goal of 25.  I posted 48 photos on Shutterstock; my goal was 25 to 50 photos.  I didn’t earn very much from Shutterstock, but I did earn a small income from writing on HubPages.  So I’m happy that I was able to achieve this content-creating goal.

Taken together, 2018 was a better year for me. I didn’t have as many gagging/vomiting anxiety attacks.  I also managed to lose some weight.  This help with my cholesterol numbers.  I also met a new friend volunteering at the mental health agency.  So although some of my goals were not achieved, I did produce a lot of content and my health and social life improved.  Overall, 2018 was a good year!  Here’s to 2019!


Nose So Bright


Saw Rudolph with his nose so bright in Kingston last night.  Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Chow Time


Caught this immature American Goldfinch as it was eating.  This photo was taken on November 29, 2018 near my place.  I like how cute this little bird looks!

Sticking Out


This bright red compound leaf stands out from the background.  It was captured on October 12, 2018 near my place.  I love the complementary colours in this photo.



This trio of House Sparrows is captivated by something on the right.  They were photographed on November 29, 2018 near my place.  I love the monochromatic brown hue of this photo!