The Highs Of 2018 (The Ordinary Moments)

The Highs Of 2018 (The Ordinary Moments)

I had meant to write this post a couple of weeks ago during Blogmas but I decided to pull the plug on everything for a while and just kick back and chill once Christmas Eve hit.

It’s been a crazy ride this last year and there were so many highlights, so I wanted to share my top moments with you. These are in no particular order.

Of course, starting A Rosie World was a big high. I’ve talked a lot about it in my previous post Hello 2019!, so please go and check that out if you haven’t done so already.Summer Season - Quiz Stripes JumpsuitWe had an amazing holiday in the Dominican Republic last October. I’d always wanted to visit the Caribbean and I loved spending eleven days with Sukh and the kids in the glorious sunshine.

As a family, we love our active and adventurous holidays but it was good to just relax for once – with nothing but sun, sea, sand, lots of swimming and amazing food. We had had a busy year so we deserved to just spoil ourselves.Me And Mine - Family photo on Catalina IslandWe did venture out a couple of times to visit Saona Island and Catalina Island, which gave us the chance to experience the thrill of a catamaran and explore somewhere new. I’ll write about our holiday in more depth soon.

Shalini became a teenager last year. I went through mixed emotions leading up to the big day. I still can’t believe I have a thirteen-year-old! She is a beautiful, mature and sweet girl. She’s my best friend and as she gets older, we grow closer.Coming Out Of The Tube StationI went on a work trip to Mumbai in January and enjoyed every minute of it (well maybe not the moments when I fell ill). The highlight for me though was tagging on two days on to the end of the trip just for myself.

I had a wonderful time shopping, eating at my favourite places in the city and spoiled myself with a few spa treatments. Work had been hectic, so it was great to have some time alone before I returned home. I had also just started my blog so it gave me great content to write about too.We had a couple of huge family weddings last year. Two of Sukh’s first cousins tied the knot and my nephew got married too. It was a crazy few months because if you don’t know already, Indian weddings last days with several ceremonies.

But I love a good wedding with all the singing, dancing and dressing up. You can read about what I wore at all three weddings here, here and here.What I Wore - Blue & Champagne Lehnga on the ReceptionMy blog allowed me to work with some big brands last year like River Island, Boohoo and Boots. Never had I thought I would achieve so much as a newbie. I’m looking forward to bigger and better this year.Out In The Wild - With Nude HeelsI also started my YouTube channel. This was a massive deal for me because it’s one thing putting your writing out there. Putting your face and voice out there is a whole new ball game. Again, Sukh was the catalyst in making this happen.

At the moment, we’ve only put up our vlogs about our holiday in Orlando in the summer of 2017 but go and check them out, if you haven’t already. I’m sure you’ll find them fun and helpful too if you’re planning a holiday to Florida.

Sukh is the man behind the channel. He’s filmed and edited all of the videos – I’m just the face and voice. He’s worked tirelessly on them and it took ages to get them out there because he’s a perfectionist. He spent ages choosing the right music, editing them so that they tell a story, rather than just random clips thrown together.

It’s something Sukh has really focused on but I’ve been busy working on growing the blog in its first year. I hope to do the same with the channel this year and really push out the quality content Sukh has crafted, so watch this space.The Highs of 2018 - Magic KingdomI had a really rough summer last year with ongoing back issues, which I’ve had since my early twenties. Basically, I’ve lost the gel-like substance around my two lower discs. This causes pain in my lower back and puts pressure on my left-hand side, which results in joint and leg pain.

I will suddenly feel a sharp pain in my side, and my back and legs will just give way. I’m in pain nearly every day and I’ve been in and out of appointments, seeking treatment.Summer Season - Yellow Crop Top & Khaki CulottesIf I were doing highs and lows, this would definitely be the biggest low. The reason I include it here is because what I realised during this awful time was just how much support I have. Friends, family and colleagues have been extremely helpful and sympathetic.

I was off work for the entire summer and I had an outpouring of messages from so many people. It made me realise just how many amazing friends, and how wonderful a support system, I have.

If anything, friends were telling me I’m not relying on them enough! I love and value each of you who have helped me through this time.An Autumn Wardrobe With River Island - Cream Cable JumperIt’s something I am still in the process of dealing with and it affects me both mentally and physically.

But sometimes it’s not what happens to you, it’s how you deal with it. I will try to focus on the positive and hope for a healthier and better 2019.

 

21 Comments

  1. January 10, 2019 / 7:14 pm

    Wow, you achieved a lot last year! Fabulous, wel done. Here’s to a even more fabulous year!

    • Rosie
      Author
      January 10, 2019 / 7:22 pm

      Thank you so much, Nancy and Happy New Year x

  2. January 12, 2019 / 7:38 pm

    2018 looks like it was a great year for you. I hope 2019 is just as good, if not better for you all. Thanks for joining in with #ThatFridayLinky

    • Rosie
      Author
      January 13, 2019 / 2:20 pm

      Thank you so much xxx

  3. diynige
    January 12, 2019 / 9:42 pm

    Hope your 2019 is fab looks a fantastic holiday Thanks for linking to #Thatfridaylinky hope to see you next week

    • Rosie
      Author
      January 13, 2019 / 2:18 pm

      Thank you x

  4. January 14, 2019 / 12:03 am

    You have a beautiful blog too and I am super impressed. It was years before I went named or put photos on my blog so I salute you

    • Rosie
      Author
      January 14, 2019 / 11:47 am

      Thanks so much Kate. Appreciate the feedback and support x

  5. January 14, 2019 / 12:45 pm

    Lots of fun things and family time – the perfect blend for the year. Sorry to hear about your back issues – it can really get you down when you have a chronic condition. I hope you find something that works for you this year to make is less painful and debilitating. Also congrats on working with those brands – something really special for a fairly new blogger!

    • Rosie
      Author
      January 14, 2019 / 4:54 pm

      Thank you so much, Leanne. Yes, if I can sort my back out in some way then that would be amazing this year x

  6. January 14, 2019 / 7:44 pm

    Looks like you had a good year. Hoping your back gets better. #MixItUp

    • Rosie
      Author
      January 15, 2019 / 7:46 pm

      Thanks so much Patrick.

  7. January 15, 2019 / 8:45 pm

    Sounds like you had an awesome 2018! Hope you have an amazing 2019! <3

    • Rosie
      Author
      January 16, 2019 / 1:54 pm

      Thank you. You too x

  8. January 17, 2019 / 12:01 pm

    Oh wow. What a year you have had. It’s been a pleasure finding out more about you over the last few months and I’m looking forward to seeing your family’s adventures through 2019 too x

    • Rosie
      Author
      January 17, 2019 / 2:56 pm

      Thanks Donna. I’ve loved linking up with you over the last few months. Looking forward to more in 2019 x

  9. January 21, 2019 / 6:04 pm

    Sorry to hear that you have been having problems with your back and that it had such an impact on your year. It sounds like you were pretty occupied the rest of the time though. Thanks for sharing with #TriumphantTales.

  10. January 21, 2019 / 8:24 pm

    It has been lovely reading your posts this past year and I look forward to many more on the #DreamTeam.

    • Rosie
      Author
      January 22, 2019 / 9:13 pm

      Thanks Kirsty x

  11. January 23, 2019 / 10:53 pm

    Sorry to hear about your back pain but you are so right to focus on the positives. Thanks for linking up with #stayclassymama

    • Rosie
      Author
      January 24, 2019 / 11:18 am

      Yes, we should always be as positive as we can x

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