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2018 in review

Hello everyone,

The last day of 2018 has finally arrived and I couldn’t be happier! This means that I bring the annual review post and it feels like forever ago when I wrote my 2017 post. But, I can’t believe that this is the 4th post so without wasting anymore time, I’ll let you know how I got on.


-Work hard and Pass my GCSE’s
-Be consistent in my A sentence A day book

-Learn something new (not sure on what yet)
-Go out on adventures and make memories

As you can see, I did ok this year because I completed half of my goals. I worked as hard as I could for my GCSE’s and to be honest, it wasn’t the greatest experience for me. I was so drained, tired and ill but I somehow passed all my GCSE’s (considering the fact that I gave up at the end). If you want to know how I did, click here. I’d say I was consistent with my sentence a day because I did it for 10 months without fail but stopped during the time I wasn’t feeling very well. I’m actually going to read through my sentences for this year and it would be very interesting to see what I wrote.

The reason why I didn’t learn something new is that I couldn’t think of what I wanted to do so that resolution was a bust from the start. One thing I do regret about this year is that I didn’t do much and I should be a lot more sociable. Compared to last year, this year was pretty boring.


Overall, this year hasn’t been the best year for me because so much has happened at school and home that resulted in me constantly sleeping, losing motivation and I’ve gone from having a positive outlook to a negative outlook on things. 2018 has taught me so much about myself as a person that I want to change my view on everything and hopefully get back into being motivated. I guess hitting rock bottom isn’t a bad thing because now I aspire for 2019 to be different. This year has felt neverending for me because so many drastic changes have happened: I finished Secondary school, I did work experience, Summer holidays, Started 6th form (and so much has happened during each segment).


My blog has gone through up’s and down’s this year and that result was purely due to how I was feeling this year. I didn’t post as much as I wanted to and my stats fell by 10,000 compared to last year. But, I don’t mind that because I took the breaks I really needed and I didn’t want to produce content that I barely gave effort in. The efforts I put into my posts did shine through this year which is a positive because my writing style has changed. It attracted companies (click here to see who I’ve worked with) and 2018 was the year I’ve worked with the most brands which are insane to think that they’d even want to work with me. I was also noticed on Instagram and was featured on the Top of the Pops magazine around June time.

The biggest change of all was the fact that I went self-hosted! (For in-depth info on this, click here). I decided to do this because I’ve wanted to have control over my blog since the day I created it and amidst the craziness this year, I went for it. I couldn’t be happier because it was a personal accomplishment as I transferred everything myself.

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has read, liked and commented on my blog this year because all your love and support means so much to me and it never goes unnoticed. It makes writing on my blog so much more enjoyable and I’ve even made such great blogger friends and it’s so fun speaking to a lot of you guys on Instagram. I want to give a special thank you to the amazing people shown above for always commenting and showing love to my posts xx


Here I am sharing the top posts, in order, of which you guys enjoyed. This definitely gives me a good insight on what kind of content you would like me to produce in 2019.

  1. Cocoa Lock hair shake review
  2. 5 mistakes I made in my first year blogging
  3. What I got for my 16th birthday
  4. Spring blog post ideas 2018
  5. Motivation quotes for exam season
  6. 20 autumn blog post ideas
  7. What I got for my GCSEs 2018
  8. Study with me | Weekend edition
  9. January favourites 2018
  10. Life as Najida has gone self-hosted
  11. Winter photography | Snow edition
  12. Mario Badescu first impressions
  13. Declutter and improve your blog
  14. Summer bucket-list 2018
  15. Ways to drive traffic through Instagram


I’ve definitely improved a lot with social media because instead of posting so much on Instagram, I focused on improving the quality of my pictures. I’ve also become a lot more active on Twitter which I never did in the past. I just want to say a huge thank you for 3.6k on my Instagram and 780 followers on Twitter. This was also the year I found my love for Pinterest! Also, thank you for 110 followers on there too.




Don’t forget to give me a follow if you haven’t already!


  • Work out often
  • Do a sentence a day for the whole of 2019
  • Work on yourself and become more motivated
  • Go out more and have fun
  • Post more consistently on the blog

These are my 2019 resolutions which I hope to keep up with. I want this year to be full of growth and happiness and these resolutions should hopefully help.

So this is it! The last blogpost of 2018! I want to wish everyone a


and I hope 2019 is a good one for you all! <3 Lot’s of love xx

I n s t a g r a m | T w i t t e r | P i n t e r e s t | B l o g l o v i n ‘

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  • pinkserenityx

    Loved this blogpost! Such a fun read and I love the layout! You should be so proud of yourself you have achieved so much babe well done!! Thank you for sharing x x

    January 7, 2019 at 9:48 pm Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      Aw, you’re too kind💗💗💗

      January 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm Reply
  • Bexa

    Congrats on passing your GCSE’s and being featured in a magazine, that is so awesome! Well done! Wishing you all the best for 2019 and I hope you achieve everything you want to. Happy new year lovely! <3 xx

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    January 4, 2019 at 5:18 pm Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      Thank you so much Bexa! I hope you have an amazing 2019 too, happy new year xx

      January 4, 2019 at 5:24 pm Reply
  • Elin

    I’m so sorry to hear that 2018 wasn’t the best for you Najida, you should be so proud of what you’ve achieved though, your GCSE’s, your blog and so much more! I’ve loved reading every post and I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for you. Happy New Year my lovely, I hope 2019 is full of happiness and success for you 💗xx

    January 2, 2019 at 9:28 pm Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      Thank you so much Elin! That means a lot to me! Sending lots of love and happiness for 2019 for you too💖

      January 3, 2019 at 1:11 pm Reply
  • Dorota

    Hi! Congratulations on being featured! That’s so great. Also, don’t get discouraged your blog wasn’t as successful as the previous year, it’s going to get much more views in 2019! I’ve browsed through posts you listed and I got really interested with all the blog post ideas as well as winter photography.

    January 2, 2019 at 8:41 pm Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      Ah, thank you lovely! That means the world to me xx

      January 2, 2019 at 11:01 pm Reply
  • Zoë

    Ahh you’ve had an amazing year Najida!! Im so happy I met you this year! I hope you have a wonderful new year!! xx

    January 2, 2019 at 1:50 pm Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      Likewise! I hope you have an amazing new year too Zoe xx

      January 2, 2019 at 2:00 pm Reply
  • Alex

    HAPPY NEW YEAR! I love these sorts of posts, seeing how other people found 2018. Don’t worry about not achieving all of your resolutions – at least you passed your GCSEs with flying colours! I didn’t even know you’d been featured in Top of the Pops – that is such a huge achievement, well done! I used to read that magazine when I was younger and I dreamed of featuring in there haha! Good luck for 2019 xx

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    January 1, 2019 at 6:27 pm Reply
    • lifeasnajida

      Aw, thank you so much Alex! I hope you have a Happy New Year too💖

      January 2, 2019 at 12:10 pm Reply

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