Things I Loved In 2017 + What I’m Excited About In 2018

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Y’all don’t even know how good it felt taking these last two weeks off! Seriously, I feel refreshed, re-inspired, and ready to tackle the world! While I didn’t “unplug” I did let go of a rigid schedule. I focused these last two weeks on doing what I felt like doing rather than sticking with the same old schedule that was feeling a little too routine and confining. What did that look like?

Lots of random mid-day dance parties, wayyyy too much Broad City while eating Trader Joe’s chicken nuggets, and lotssss of time with my feet in the sand at the beach. Oh and meditating every. single. day. again! Which is something I haven’t done since I started working for myself in 2014! Oh and crystals! Lots and lots of crystals (more on all the fun woo-woo stuff to come, don’t worry!). It’s been inspiring to say the least and I can’t wait to share it all with you in the coming weeks! In the meantime, stay tuned to the bottom of this post where I make three BIG announcements for this year!!


But now, here are things I loved from 2017 as told by top TCM posts from 2017!

Doing Nothing

I loved slowing down last year and giving myself space when I needed it – and I guess you guys did too because it’s one of my top 10 posts from 2017! While the post kind of started out as a joke, it’s all too true. and the last tidbit of advice in that post is exactly how I tried to live the final weeks of 2017 and let me tell you, it paid off! I wrote 7 posts one afternoon (over 6,000 words!) in under five hours! Sometimes doing nothing is exactly what we need to do! —> Read here: 12 Things To Do When You Don’t Want To Do Anything

Manifestinggggg

Another super popular post from last year was my 7 steps to manifest anything you desire! Which I’m THRILLED to be bringing you even more of in the coming year! Manifesting is a skill I’ve been practicing for as long as I can remember and recently, I’ve been working on letting go of some really big blocks that have been holding me back. I’ve noticed my vibe rising and my life changing just from these subtle shifts and I’m excited to take you all on this journey of what I’m learning and how you can apply it to your life too!

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Getting Real About Women’s Issues

2017 was the year of the woman they say! With the growing concern about female contraception being covered, the pay gap, and of course the #metoo movement, I was really excited to partner with my friends at Hancock Regional Hospital on their women empowerment site and bring you guys some content I had really been wanting to write: my fears about pregnancy, my fears about having kids, and what happened to my body when I went off birth control! I’m excited to keep sharing more in the coming months.

Feeling Defeated & Depleted

#Truth: 2017 was a hard AF year in a lot of ways. I spent most of it extremely angry, resistant, and feeling defeated and depleted by life. The news broke my heart, but I couldn’t turn it off. I struggled with a heavy existential crisis where I felt like having this platform of TCM I needed to help bring awareness to issues like (in no particular order) #NetNeutrality, gun violence, saving the elephants, natural disasters, my alma mater being forced to host a Neo-Nazi (check out the inspiring video my friend shared while there – you can fast forward to the four minute mark to start), and so much more.

Honestly, I felt paralyzed by what to do most days and it felt silly to write about some topics in the midst of such pain. So why is this feeling on my “things I loved” list? Because it gave me the opportunity to re-ground in gratitude. To take action and find my own inspiration. To fight back and become stronger!

That was a heavy last one, so here’s a puppy picture to cheer you up 😂

Adulting for a decade

I turned 28 last year! And probably one of my favorite posts of all time to write was the advice I’d give my 18 year-old self. I cried while I wrote that post and it’ll probably always be a favorite. I’ve learned so much these last few years from how to clean to letting go of harmful communication tactics. With a decade of adulting under my belt, I can’t help but feel nostalgic… and also like I’m in for round 2 of a quarter life crisis haha! There’s so much I accomplished that I’m proud of, and so much that didn’t turn out like I expected. It’s all beautiful in it’s own way though and I’m excited to see what the next decade holds.

First year of marriage!!

E and I celebrated our first year of marriage in 2017! Honestly, it didn’t feel like it though. Ever since we spent time together for the first time, it’s always felt like we’ve been together for years. So the first year of marriage honestly felt like all the other years we’ve been together. We did finally take our honeymoon to Kauai and Maui which were beautiful islands and we got our little Tucker which has been an amazing journey.

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Movies, TV, Books, OH MY!

If you know me – like really know me – you know that I LOVE tv and movies! I actually wanted to be a director or an actress when I was a kid! Depending what’s going on in my life, I’ll watch TV at least 7 hours a day, but sometimes as many as 12! There are very few things I haven’t seen which is why I loved rounding up some of my favorite movies to get us all through the quarter life crisis. Movies and tv aside, I also love to read and enjoyed sharing some of my favorite memoirs by women with you all! Some of my other favorites from this year include:

Just a few TV Shows I LOVED watching in 2017:

Netflix: The OA (shout out Katherine from Slightly Savvy [PR maven, check her site out here] for turning me onto it – another one of her suggestions I loved was The Mist ), Santa Clarita Diet (Stop everything you’re doing because this show is AMAZING – just get past the opening scene!), Rivderdale, Fuller House honestly seems like it gets better season after season, The Good Place, Atypical, 13 Reasons Why, Glow, disjointed, Arrested Development, Master of None, Jane the Virgin, Vandal, Mindhunter, and Grace & Frankie… and Netflix, I love you!

HBO: My beloved Girls ended this year and I’m still recovering from it… but I am loving Insecure and Big Little Lies! Other favorites from years past holding strong in 2017: Silicon Valley, Ballers, Game of Thrones, ohhh basically just HBO I Love you.

HULU: Prison Break coming back (Fox), Blackish (ABC), The Good Place, Younger (Hulu), This Is Us (NBC), You’re The Worst (FXX — stop everything you’re doing and go watch this show if you haven’t!!!), Broad City (Comedy Central), The Handmaid’s Tale, The Good Wife, 30 Rock

We moved!

After living on the beach for four years and loving every second of it, followed by a new apartment that left me feeling miserable. I couldn’t help but wonder if I’d ever find a place I loved as much as our beach apartment. BUT NOW… now we are a half a mile from the beach, with tons of natural light, and three times the space for our little family to grow! It was also the first time in all of my adult years getting to decorate a home (all our places were previously furnished)! I was thrilled to share our home tour series with you all last year and hope you picked up some inspo for your own home!

Connecting With Brands For Sponsored Posts

Honestly, while I had a couple of hiccups with brands last year (definitely could’ve used Slightly Savvy’s post on “What To Do When A Brand Wants To MicroManage Your Partnership” last year)!

But even through those learning experiences,  I have to say overall I worked with some of the most amazing brands and absolutely loved connecting with brands for sponsored posts! They truly gave me creative freedom to share the stories I wanted to share that I knew you guys would love! Like this post on How To Start Repairing Your Credit Score, or sharing about the amazing non-profit, Forte Foundation in these posts to help empower women to step into leadership roles! I had so much fun and met some amazing people through these opportunities!

Celebrating my first year blogging!

Honestly, launching TCM has been one of the most wonderful, unexpected, gifts of my life. From the lightbulb moment to launching it, a total of 48 hours transpired! I had no idea what I was doing or what I envisioned it’s future would be, but it has truly taken over my business in the most beautiful way. The blog has shifted my focus from general business coaching to blog consulting.

It’s allowed me to meet amazing people, open my mind up, and inspire me. Through it, I’ve also reconnected and begun accepting a creative side of myself I had rejected for 20 years! So for all of that, I have to say a major thank you to each and every one of you reading right now. You’ve allowed me to now only turn a dream into a fulfilling career, but also helped me begin to accept and love myself.  I feel so blessed and have the deepest gratitude for each and every one of you.

Read about the Lessons I Learned From My First Year Blogging

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So, what am I excited about for 2018?

AHH so many things! Connecting even MORE with you guys is definitely number one! Which is why I’m excited to announce a few things I have in the works:

1) My Pinterest E-Course is currently ON PRE-SALE!

So many of you have asked for ecourses in my reader survey and not all of you are ready to invest in my blog consulting packages, which is why I’m excited to start rolling out a series of blogging courses in the coming year(s). It won’t have everything that my blog coaching programs offer, but it’ll help you tackle niche specific things that might be holding you back!

Grab The Confused Millennial’s Guide To Pinterest NOW!  I am thrilled for you guys to see just how I exploded my Pinterest traffic from around 2,000-4,000 pageviews per month to over 16k!!

And my students are seeing the same results! Just check out what Katherine had to say:

“Your Pinterest stats are major #goals, and I was going to email you this, but I want to comment so everyone knows. I’ve been loosely following your Pinterest course (I’m still getting in the groove of everything, getting organized, re-doing some pins, re-watching your videos, etc.) and I’ve nearly TRIPLED my blog traffic from last week. Major win for me! So excited to continue this growth. :)”

>>> Sign Up For TCM’s Guide To Pinterest NOW! <<<

2) Launching The Confused Millennial’s PODCAST!

That’s right you guys!! I’m THRILLED to be sharing this with you all! It’s officially coming to you in February, so just one more month! In the mean time, start sending me your questions!! A lot of your already submit questions for the “Ask Rachel” portion of the blog, and not all of them work as a blog post, so this is going to be a fun way to answer allllll your questions about alllllll the topics! I have some exciting surprises for you in the podcast too, but more on that when it officially launches!

3) I’m going to Shaman School!!!

I’ve been pretty hush hush about this – but a big part of my time off last month was reconnecting with my body, soul, and nature which led to a beautiful series of events and the decision to attend shaman school. Huge shout out to Jordan from The Balanced Blonde for always inspiring me and helping me see my path from a far.

I’ll be sharing more about the path, but for those of you who don’t know, some background on my connection to Jordan and what an impact she’s had on my career: It was probably 2014 when I reconnected with an old friend from college, the Mrs. of Mr. & Mrs. Adventure (check out their episode on The Inspiring Millennials Series here), and we were talking about our lives, fears, and what we hoped for our futures. She told me I had to check out The Balanced Blonde who had recently transitioned away from being The Blonde Vegan which led to some pretty horrible attacks and backlash towards her.

Watching Jordan continue to move forward despite the amount of hatred she faced was a BIG reason I found the courage to launch TCM. I don’t always follow her blog regularly or super closely, but whenever I feel called to it things just start clicking for me. In December, an episode of her podcast from AUGUST randomly auto-played with Shaman Colleen of Style RitualsA lot had happened that week leading up that moment, which I’ll be sharing more about in the future, but it felt like such a lightbulb going off! I spent a lot of last month meditating on whether or not shaman school was my next move, and I’m thrilled to announce it seems to be! I’m not sure how or if I’ll bring any of this into TCM so stay tuned.

I will be integrating more spiritual and woo-woo posts though in the coming weeks since so many of you asked for more wellness and mental health content and for me, spiritual practices – not rooted in religion – are a big part of my mental health journey.


AND THANK YOU!

And last, but certainly not least, I just need to thank each and every one of you! Thank you for reading, sharing, liking, commenting, and supporting me on this journey! I’ve grown so much through this journey, and that’s all because YOU have given me the space to do so! So thank you, thank you, thank you!

I can’t wait to share all the new things with this year! Don’t forget to drop me your questions/topic suggestions for the podcast or any random thoughts in the comments!

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  • OMG. I’m SO excited for your podcast!
    Congrats on all of your accomplishments in 2017 and cheers to 2018!!

  • Sepideh

    YOU’RE STARTING A PODCAST?!!!!! THAT’S SO EXCITING!!!!!!!! That’s something I’d like to do this year for my blog too!!! So hopefully you can share some tips with us 🙂

    Looks like you had an amazing year <3 I can relate to 2017 being a really hard but also being an incredible year, so to an easier and more amazing 2018 for us !!

  • Wow you have so many awesome experiences to look forward to this year! Super excited to listen to your podcast once its launched, provided that I can tear myself away from my current favorite activity – binge-watching Jane the Virgin, lol!

    • Thanks girl! I’m SO excited! Let me know if there are any questions/topics/themes you’d like to see covered on the podcast! Anddd I can’t get enough Jane the Virgin lol!

  • Sounds like 2017 was a busy year, but one full of growth for you. Hope you have an even better 2018!

  • You make me laugh when you refer to your more spiritual practices as “woohoo”. Obviously, they aren’t for me, but I like that you own/make a joke of the fact that many people see them as woohoo practices.
    Good luck with your goals. I love that you are doing a podcast. That’s something I’d like to do in the future-though it’s not part of my immediate goals.

  • Aaaah you have achieved so much – it’s hard to believe you’ve only been blogger for a year – you’re such a pro. I can’t wait to listen to your podcast.

    • Thank you Megan! It’s closer to two years now! and I had a digital business before so I felt like I had a bit of a jump start when it came to launching the blog! Let me know if there are any questions/topics/themes you’d like to see covered on the podcast!

  • What a year! Loved all your posts. And happy that you’re back with more inspiration! I hope you have a great 2018!

  • Wow! What an exciting year you had and 2018 seems like it will be even better! I’m so excited about your podcast 🙂

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    Girl, I am so excited for you!!! 2018 is going to be an exciting year for you. I can’t wait to hear your podcast. And an e-course…you are killing it! I can’t wait to see you grow in 2018!!!

  • 2017 was quite a year for me too – I’m honestly glad we made it out of there haha!
    I had no idea you had a podcast – I’m subscribing to it now! :]

  • It sounds like 2017 was a great year for you minus some outside world hiccups! That’s so exciting that you’re starting a podcast; can’t wait to check it out.

    • Thanks Nicole! Yeah I definitely needed to learn how to balance those! but it’s all in good reason, it really pushed me to grow in a bunch of different ways! Anddd let me know if there are any questions/topics/themes you’d like to see covered on the podcast!

  • What an amazing year, Rachel! I absolutely love Master of None, it’s so unique and I just think Aziz Ansari is a comedic and artistic genius. I think I’m going to convince Gabby that we need to buy your Pinterest course, because Pinterest just hasn’t been working for us lately and it’s really frustrating! I’m also SO excited for your podcast, because I’m trying to listen to more podcasts this year when I’m getting ready for school. Cheers to 2018!

    Hannah | the swirl

    • Thank you! YES It’s one of my favorites (Master of None) – especially this last season!

      And dooo it!! Seriously, if you’re feeling frustrated and over it (and especially since you guys work as a team) it’ll be PERFECT for you two! Let me know if you have any questions about it at all!

      Anddd let me know if there are any questions/topics/themes you’d like to see covered on the podcast!

  • That Pinterest course looks so good! I’ve been wanting to learn more about how to get more viewership from my Pinterest account to my blog. Congrats on starting a podcast! My husband and I both love listening to podcasts and even go on long rides with the intent of listening to them. I am looking forward to hearing yours! <3

    • Thanks girl!! Let me know if you have any questions about it!! The first round of beta testers are finishing it this week so I’ll have testimonials next week too! Anddd let me know if there are any questions/topics/themes you’d like to see covered on the podcast!

  • It sounds like you’ve had such a great and full year! Excited for your podcast!

  • I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU’RE GOING TO SHAMAN SCHOOL! So excited for you! And so excited for your podcast!

    • YASSS!! Thank you!! I was honestly wondering if people would think I would be crazy or into it haha!! So thank you for sharing your excitement too!! haha

  • Beth

    Congratulations on your decision to attend Shaman School! That is awesome!! You’ve had a great 2017!! I wish you the best 2018!

  • Kristen Jones

    2017 was such a busy year for you and I loved reading your blog all throughout it! I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings for you. I just know that it will be a fun adventure. Congrats on your podcast and ebook!!

  • I know how crazy this year has been for you, but it’s been inspiring and motivating to watch you hustle your blog and grow it like crazy! So excited for what’s to come for you!

  • I love love love Big Little Lies and Insecure! Who were your favorite characters?

    • For Insecure it’s Issa 100% – and with BLL, it’s SO tough, I don’t particularly love any of the main older women (except Zoe Kravitz’s character because shes legit amazingggg) so I would say her and Reese’s daughter who loves all the classic rock music lol! What about you?!?

      • La Shell Reid Hoilett

        I love Issa and Molly for sure. In BLL, like you I’m not too sure.nivole Kidman did a great job though.

  • Allison Ellzey

    A podcast! HOW EXCITING! I can’t wait to check it out!

  • Congratulations! Here’s to an exciting 2018!

  • Wow! So much happened for your in 2017. Congrats on sharings so many wonderful posts—many of which I remember readings and feelings so inspired by! Congrats on also hitting a year of blogging and your marriage! I cannot wait to learn more about your podcast and that your launching an e-course! You have so much to look forward to this year as well. Happy to hear all these wonderful things manifesting in your world, girl!

    • Awe thank you Kiara! It feels like such an exciting time! Let me know if there are any questions/topics/themes you’d like to hear covered in the podcast!

  • Anna Hubbard

    It looks like a lot of great things happened for you last year, and the things you have coming up look just as awesome! Shaman school sounds cool!

  • I seriously need to spend more time doing nothing. My to-do list is always a mile long. Just tonight I came home and knew there were a million things I needed to do, but I spent half an hour just sitting by the fire coloring in my adult coloring book, and it felt so good. And congrats on starting a podcast!! I love podcasts and would really like to start my own Disney one someday.

    • Yes! it really makes such a difference! I started coloring my intention sheets that I do and it’s been so fun to tap into that creative side again! I hope you do start your own podcast some day!

  • Though I felt like 2017 was a good year for me personally, it was a tough year for me to process the world. Like you so many issues disheartened me and I had to remind myself not to let my anxiety paralyze me but instead fuel me. Oh my gosh SHAMAN school and a new podcast, CONGRATS! Please share all about shaman school and what it entails, I am so interested to read about what you learn <3

    • Yes! that’s exactly how I felt about 2017! It really pushed me to learn better protective strategies which I’m excited to share more about. And yesss! It’s an exciting time! I’ll definitely be sharing more in time! It takes like 20 years to become a full blown shaman, since so much of it is a lifestyle, so this particular year will be focused on learning about the medicine wheel and how to use it!

  • It looks like you have some exciting things ahead to look forward to in 2018! I agree about 2017… it was a tough year and I’m so ready to put it behind me and move forward into the new year. It sounds like a lot of people feel the same way! Also, The OA!!! I absolutely love that show and don’t know of anyone else who has watched it! So glad to find another person!!

  • Trisha

    I can’t wait to listen to your podcast!! You’ve got so many big things happening this year – that’s awesome!! Good luck with everything! 🙂

  • What a truly amazing year for you this was! Even the bleak moments had an upside. I’m SOOOO pumped for your podcast and more mental health content from you. I feel smack in the middle of a quarter life crisis and could definitely use a little “woo-woo” in my life, ha!

    • Thank you!! I’m REALLY excited to share it and connect with everyone in a new way! Let me know if you have any specific questions you’d like answered on the podcast!

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  • You looked so pretty on your wedding day! Congrats on a year of blog – I’ve loved your blog from the beginning! You’ve helped inspire me to take the 2nd year of blogging a little bit more serious and see where my blog can go. Also, you listed a lot of great shows, like Blackish & This is US – I love that show!

    • Aweee Felicia! What a beautiful comment to start my day off! Thank you so much! You have such a great and unique blog, I know so many people are craving minimalist lifestyles today so I’m excited to see where you continue to go!

  • YOOOOO you’re launching a course again?!?! What happened to not wanting to?!?!? GIRL. WE NEED TO CATCH UP. And a podcast? And SHAMAN SCHOOL?!?!
    CALL ME ASAP, much to discuss lol

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    What an amazing first year of blogging for you!! Congrats on a year of marriage and the big move. I’m excited to see what 2018 has to bring for you!

  • Taylor Smith

    Great post R. I had no idea you were doing an Instagram course. Neat!!

  • I just launched my podcast, too! Can’t wait to hear yours. I have loved following along on your journey this year. <3 Cheers to a wonderful 2018.

  • Karoline J.

    Wow, always happy to read a new post of you Rachel! Your recap sounds amazing, cant wait to read what 2018 brings you!

    Xo Karoline

  • Ash Neverson

    Congrats on a great 2017! Hope you kill it in shaman school too. Cheers to a happy 2018 💕💕

  • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

    WOW! What a year you’ve had and SO MANY exciting things for 2018! Go Girl!

  • Dia

    Happy New Year! So much I want to tackle in this post. First, I loved the Santa Clarita Diet. I cannot wait for season 2. About 95% of your tv list I watch. I was disappointed with the way Girls ended. I know it was a realistic ending but I really felt like there was so much more we didn’t get answers to. Can Aziz stop playing with my emotions and write the 3rd season of Master of None already?!?!? You have to make sure to email me and let me know any way I can share your podcast when it launches. Hope 2018 is awesome.

    • YESSS!! I feel like Santa Clarita Diet is like a lesser known treasure and SO many people won’t go past the opening scene and I’m lie: “but it’s AMAZING!!” honestly probably my favorite netflix show ever… — and it’s funny you say that about Girls! I almost wrote a post about it because I had such strong feelings lolol, I think it ended perfectly though! It was SO realistic and honestly, i didn’t feel like there were any open questions – they just keep repeating their mistakes like most of society and living the same cycle over and over again, just in the next decade… so poetic lol – AND YESSS! And I’m SO happy he won a golden globe last night!!! And of course!! thanks for the support!!! <3 <3 <3

  • Thena Reading-Franssen

    Loved hearing about your year, so much fun! Cheers to a happy 2018!

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