2018 is (very nearly) a wrap, we’re mere hours away from 2019 (in the UK, that is), and while I no longer set resolutions for myself, there’s no time quite like the end of the year to do some reflecting and forward-planning. So, here are my highlights from the past year, and my vision for the next 12 months!
2018 has been a wild ride. A new job (yes, again) brought new hours and a new structure to our lives – that took some adjusting, but was also an amazing step forward. For Moving Scouse, though, it meant that I had a lot less time to create in-depth content. I naturally went through a bit of a transition, starting to focus more on Instagram. The wider audience and smaller post size on the platform meant I could experiment more, testing out some new material and finding, in blog-speak, my ‘niche’. For the last six months, I’ve been posting more about eco-friendly living, the ethics of fashion, green beauty, and books. It’s a pretty big transition from the fitness posts I’ve shared on Insta in the past, but I’m having so much fun with it!
My focus on square pictures arranged in a grid means that I’ve been blogging on this site a lot less, but I’ve still managed to publish some things I’m really proud of. I got to sample and share a new cheese alternative, along with my top tips for creating a vegan cheeseboard. In the Autumn, I got an unexpected message for a collaboration with one of my favourite brands ever, Green People, and I’m excited about another one coming in late January. I had an opportunity to put my photography skills to the test at the LUSH Halloween event, and took part (and kind of failed) in my fourth Vegan MoFo. I opened up about my fear of flying, found the most amazing vegan, all-natural deodorant, and talked about the importance of a good night’s sleep. Finally, I launched my #secondhandstaples series, which I’m particularly proud of!
Meanwhile, offline, I’ve been working on living more ethically beyond veganism. Trying to reduce waste and leaving the fast fashion treadmill have been more challenging than expected, but also really eye-opening. I still have so far to go, but I’ve learnt so much this year that I feel like I have endless motivation to keep working at it. I’ve also re-discovered my love for reading, and have introduced weekly library trips into our lives, which have been so enriching. I even started a book club here on the blog, although it kind of fizzled out as life got busier and busier.
At the moment, I’m not sure where Moving Scouse will go in 2019. As blogs become more and more professional, the days of sharing our beauty hauls and weekend activities are well and truly over – and to be honest, I don’t really miss them. I feel like so much of the blogging world has become more useful, more meaningful, more profound, and I want that to be the direction of this site, too. Simultaneously, I also have to admit to myself that I have a really busy life, with a 9-5 and a family, so spending hours producing high-quality content several times a week just isn’t realistic anymore. So for now, I’m going to keep doing what I’ve been enjoying so much over the last few months: producing regular content on Instagram, and using this blog to share longer, more in-depth and thoughtful pieces when I feel like I have something interesting to say. We’ll see how that’s gone in a year’s time.
Thank you for reading Moving Scouse, for following along on Social Media, and for all your engagement over the last 365 days. It really means the world to me. Happy new year, and may 2019 bring you joy!