Best of 2018

2018 was a great year for these Smiths. Some highlights: moving into our new home, my brother’s engagement to my best babe, and our trip to Rome. Not sure how 2019 can top it, but I’m ready to see it try!

In the grand tradition of yearly “best lists,” both Austin Kleon and Barack Obama put out their year-end lists (they both have excellent taste). List-making and -keeping is something I really enjoy, and I’d like to continue the habit into the future. I made my own best-of list for some great books I read in 2018, but I also wanted to track the movies, t.v. shows, and albums I enjoyed this year.

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My Year in Books / 2018

2018 was a great reading year. I had a goal of reading 60 books and used Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2018 Reading Challenge as a base to plan which books I’d read. 

Success! As of this week, I’ve surpassed my goal of 60 books by 5.

Failure! Although I hit my number, I stuck to only half of the books I intended to read. 

Lesson learned! I definitely over-planned. Who knew? I’ll have to keep my 2019 goals a little looser and allow for those “impulse reads” I enjoy so much.

I read a lot of good books this year but here are 15 of my favorites, in no particular order.

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Looking Back on 10 Years of Marriage

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from our wedding // photo by Jared Rey

Chris and I just celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary this summer. Pretty crazy! The years go by so fast. Looking back through photos of our wedding day and our past decade together brings back so many memories, but mostly I’m just thankful for Christopher and the life we share.

As I was reminiscing, I jotted down some notes on marriage and lessons I’ve found to be helpful.

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