Looking Back On The Joys And Sorrows Of 2018

Looking back on 2018 fills my heart with great joys and sorrows.  I have always believed life should be lived in the moment and I try hard to do that every day and every minute.  But looking back helps to reflect on lessons learned and knowledge gained. One of my favorite quotes comes from Oprah someone who knows that struggles can lead to great wisdom and happiness.

I consider the world, this Earth, to be like a school, and our life the classrooms. Oprah Winfrey

That quote is very true. We live and learn with everything that life can throw at us and life will throw curveballs at you left and right. You can either swing and strike out or duck and miss making a home run, Either way, you have to stand at the plate.

Looking Back On The Joys And Sorrows Of 2018

Looking Back on 2018:

I don’t claim to know everything. In fact, I am a person who is a student of life. I watch, listen, ask questions and learn. I never assume I know everything. I am grateful for everything I have and everything I have learned. Life has been my greatest teacher and this year was no exception.

Life Lessons

This year has brought me some very valuable life lessons. I learned that not everyone is who they appear to be on the outside. That sometime for your own well being you have to let go and walk away no matter how much your heart breaks. I learned you have to know when to say no and to know that saying no is okay. Life also taught me that it is going to rain somedays and that you can either sit inside and miss out or you can pull on your rainboots and dance in the rain.

Looking Back On The Joys And Sorrows Of 2018


The year began with one of the most magical trips ever as I returned
 to Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. this trip took me not only to Disney World and to Castaway Cay but to Nassau a place I had never been before. I also took a trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina along with an East Coast road trip. I even got my first weekend stay at a luxury condo and I am now very spoiled. Each new destination brought memories and new experiences.

Looking Back On The Joys And Sorrows Of 2018


2018 also brought with it some new flavors. As a self-proclaimed foodie, I always try to each as the locals do whenever I travel. So this year was no different. I not only tried my first ever bite of Gumbo bit I also venture out of my comfort zone and tried caviar.

Looking Back On The Joys And Sorrows Of 2018

Life Changing Moments

Looking back on 2018 there were many life altering moments. I saw my son graduate high school which was a very proud moment for me. It was such a joy to see him entering into a new phase of life and watch him bloom into young adulthood. As my son began a new journey in his life I to began a new journey. I took my love of Disney and turned it into a career by becoming an affiliate with Academy Travel. I now make magic happen for others.

Looking Back On The Joys And Sorrows Of 2018

Looking Back

As I sit here at my desk tonight typing this post and looking back I realized something life is a journey. It is to be enjoyed, lived, learned from and explored. When 2018 started my word was Focus and I am happy to realize I was more focused this year. I was Focused on family, friends and my career and because of it, great things came from it. I made memories that will last a lifetime.

Looking Back On The Joys And Sorrows Of 2018

Word For 2019

When thinking of my word for this year upcoming year I really wanted a word to reflect what I was feeling and how I saw my life. In 2017 I chose to be fearless facing many fears and getting stronger. In 2018 I was focused on family, friends, career and my inner self. So in 2019 I wanted to reflect back on how far I’ve come and all the good that is in my life so I chose the word gratitude. I am so grateful for how my life is. I am grateful for my family, friends, and work. So this year I want to be more gracious to live each day with a grateful heartful heart and to share my blessings with others. This year it is all about Gratitude.

Let’s Talk:

How was your 2018? What is your word going into 2019?

Looking Back On The Joys And Sorrows Of 2018

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Rebecca is a boy mom, traveler, Disney addict, chocolate lover, and tea drinker. She lives in Florida and enjoys good food, good music, and a great book. Her goal in life is to live in the moment and to always be open to new things.


  1. Good stuff! I’m looking forward to 2019. Last year was my no year and this is the year I say YES!! Can’t wait to see how it pans out!

    • Go for you. I need to learn balance between saying yes and saying no.

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