2018: A Year in Review

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2018 has been quite a year. Scroll down to continue reading about my year in review and use the following template to do your own!

2018: A Year in Review. Read to learn about my year in review. What I did, what I didn't do and ideas for how you can journal about your own year in review.


  • Seeing Avengers: Infinity War with my dad and sister 
  • Going on vacation to New York City with my dad after my break-up in January
  • Adopting my cat Chloe
  • Going on a Carnival Cruise (to Key West and Cozumel) with one of my best friends and co-workers
  • Crisis Text Line staff retreat with the best co-workers anyone could ask for 
  • Launching this blog <3 
  • Going on vacation to Washington D.C. with my dad and sister in August
  • Meeting my partner Chris <3 
  • Moving into a single family house 
  • Going on my solo trip to Washington D.C.  in April


  • Not taking better advantage of therapy when I was in it
  • Not seeing an old friend when he came to visit after moving away a year ago
  • Purchasing a $200 purse that I’ve only used once -_-
  • Not getting a head position at my job
  • Waiting until August to take a break to figure out my life (don’t wait like I did!)
  • Not taking more social media breaks. They’re so good for the soul.
  • Ending a friendship with a person that I had a great connection with
  • Not researching more when seeking treatments for my chronic pain (which led to a lot of money and time wasted)
  • Not standing up for myself more, especially in my personal relationships
  • Not reading more books

Game Changers

  • Starting a group coaching program in August
  • Starting this blog
  • Taking break from school to figure out what I wanted out of my life

3 Things I Focused On

  • Myself. I learned more about me and want I want and need.
  • My health. I made some headway in figuring out the cause and how to manage my chronic pain.
  • Feeding my travel bug. I went on a bunch of trips this year and I hope 2019 is the same.

3 Things I Forgot

  • My finances. I spent much more money this year (especially on food!) than I intended.
  • My friends. I spent a lot of the year focused on myself and often let friendships fall to the wayside.
  • My social work career. Continuing to progress is on my list next year.


2018 was truly a transformative year for me. I started the year off dealing with a devastating break-up and questioning whether or not I was actually good at my job. I’m now in a loving relationship and feel not only secure in my full-time job, but excited for the future of this blog and my coaching career. I’m jumping with both feet into these new adventures.

I challenge all of you to reflect on 2018 and the changes that you’ve seen in yourself and in your life, and how you’d like to move forward in the future. Even though it is “traditional” to wait until the beginning of the new year to make changes, you don’t need a new year, you just need a new moment.

Briana Hollis is a licensed social worker and self-care coach. She earned her Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 2014 and her Master of Education from Tiffin University in 2019. She has spent the last 5 years working in crisis intervention.  Her passion for serving others is the heart of this site. She started Learning To Be Free to assist others in bringing freedom to their lives.

Briana is also the author of The Self-Care Journal for Young Adults.

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