Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.
This is a day for some serious reflection, with the new year right around the corner there is no better time to gaze back at the year and appreciate all the fun and amazing things it was brought.
Today marks A Sparkle Of Grace’s third birthday!
I can’t believe it’s been three years! It seems like I started just yesterday that I started fresh, and rebranded myself as A Sparkle Of Grace. I have loved every minute of it, even the frustrating ones, after six years of blogging I’m still learning something new every day.
While I didn’t do nearly as much writing this year as I didn’t last year, 27 posts compared to last year’s 73, it has been a huge year of growth for both the blog and myself.
At the beginning of January my family I headed to Quebec for a week-long snowy adventure. Quebec City is truly magical in the winter I think it snowed somewhere around four feet while we were there. We visited the fabulous Hotel De Glace and the breathtaking Montmorency Falls, but we spent most of our time just soaking up the festive scenery of the city.
I neglected to write up a travel journal for Quebec city,
In late 2018 I decided to start a Maine blogger group and on February 16 we had our very first Meet up. Since then we have had three other events, and I’ve met some of the sweetest, lovely people. March brought my collaboration with Jord Watches. I had been an admirer of Jord for a while, so having them reach out to me was a dream!
April and May were the months for recipes, I shared my Not Your Basic Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe, my Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Butter Cream Frosting and The Perfect Iced Cut-out Sugar Cookies. There were also a few mini skincare reviews sprinkled in.
June and July were brought a bunch of additions to my Wandering Maine series, I spent the summer enjoying Maine, with many day trips around the coast, and a wonderful family vacation. I got to see one of my favorite bands( Gaelic Storm) in concert for the second time. They are so much fun and super nice people.
I also attended my first BloggersliveBoston event at the Rustic Arrow in Freeport, which as a blast!
August had a shocking lack of blog content but I had the awesome opportunity to so an Instagram collab with Loft Outlet, which as incredible fun as Loft is one of my favorite stores.
The whole month of September my mom, dad, brother and I spent in the U.K, so there was very little written content that month except for my review of the Pusheen Cafe. There was however some much material that I’m still working at writing up all of it.
October brought my travel journal for London, one for Dover and Brighton, and a history-based post about Oxford and Oxford Univerity. This trip as one that I have been wanting for as long as I can remember, and it was a dream come true and I’m so incredibly blessed. I also turned twenty-two.
November was another quiet month on the blog. With just one post, 3 Favorite Cleansers: My Cleanser Routine.
Which brings us to December!
This is the first and last post for December because this month has been crazy busy. A couple highlights were the Windham Chambers Singers Christmas concert, which is always amazing and getting to meet Norm Lewis again was really nice.
And who can forget about Christmas! As I’m writing this it’s the day after, and I feel tired but very happy. It was wonderful to see all the family again, I haven’t seen everyone in a while. This was my nephew’s second Christmas, but the first one that he was really able to enjoy, getting to experience that with him was the sweetest thing.
Top Five Post of 2019
This year’s top five surprised me a little, I guess you can’t go wrong with a good old fashioned review.
While this year has been pretty quiet on the blog front, I have been putting more effort on Instagram, most of my activity, growth, and brand collabs have been there. There are a couple of reasons for this, one is that it’s easier and doesn’t take as much time as sitting down, writing and researching a blog post. It has also been simpler to follow my brand’s growth and to see what kinds of content my followers like and dislike. Plus, I have been loving the supportive, encouraging community.
I had pertussis (whooping cough) this year which was quite the adventure. Since I had been vaccinated the infection took its unique direction. I came down with it in the middle of August, and it continued through our U.K trip when it developed into severe asthma and I ended up going to a doctor in Dublin to get an inhaler.
While I was still able to enjoy the trip, it slowed me down considerably, I had pretty much constant discomfort in my lungs, and I couldn’t walk of stairs, hills, or even laugh without having a coughing fit.
I think I’m finally better now! I do still have occasional asthma attacks but other than that I’m back to the way I was before.
This has been an interesting year on the health front.
I have talked a little bit about my adventures with chronic pain in the past, but it’s been a long time since I gave an update. If you would like a more in-depth chat about my fibromyalgia, and chronic migraines let me know I might do a post about that soon.
For the most part, this has been a good year there has been ups and downs like always, but the number of good days increased and the number of bad days has decreased( not counting the ones caused by whooping cough)
This year has been amazing!
I can’t wait to see what 2020 brings, it’s already promising to be a wonderful year.
I hope you all have a marvelous New Year.