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2018: A Year in Review

In 2018, I intended to embark on a new path of optimism, confidence, growth, advancement, and reinvention. I vowed to let the good times and good vibes reign free throughout the year.

In many ways, those sentiments rang true as I navigated through 2018 and began writing out this new chapter of my life story.  From the start, I knew this year was going to be a significant one, as it marked the last year of my twenties. With that brought up expectations to check off a multitude of accomplishments and milestones, from “go on a road trip with friends” (check!) to “start writing a book” (check!). To me, there was no time to waste, and thus, 2018 really lit a fire within me to do all of the things.

When things didn’t go according to plans or hopes, I would later find that things always ended up working out for the best. The trials, with its subsequent triumphs and errors, of embarking on new experiences led me closer to discovering more about who I am and what I want, which I think is the key to unlocking my sense of happiness. With each hard lesson learnt, I was determined to rise back up every time, which I did with varying ease and difficulty, and prevailed in becoming stronger and better than who I was yesterday.

What have I learned in 2018 that I will carry on to 2019? I’ve learned to have confidence in my self worth, to be bold in standing up for what I deserve, and to have patience with timing, with opportunities, and with people. Because whatever will be, will be (que sera sera). All I need now is some faith and some trust (and a little pixie dust). With that in mind, I’m more ready than ever to go forth and reign my thirties.

As we get ready to say “thank u next” to 2018, I’d like to share some of the moments that made this year a transformative one…

Throughout the year, I’ve been compiling a page of memories from 2018 — including notable experiences I had, concerts I attended, music I listened to, movies I watched, television shows I  followed, and books I read — and now the time capsule is complete! Check it out here at Scrapbook 2018.

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Must-See Movies for Christmas 2018

During the holidays, we all look forward to a break from our everyday lives. As appealing as staying indoors for Netflix marathons all chilly weather season long may be, there’s something unique and special about venturing out to the movie theatre to catch a newly released motion picture. In those two hours, you are connected to a community of fellow movie lovers in the shared human experience of seeing action unfold, justice served, heroes triumph, magic drawn, families reunited, and people falling in love.

Here are eight new feature films arriving in theaters throughout the week of Christmas 2018 that were made to be seen in cinema.

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The Best New Christmas Albums of 2018

Year after year, the tradition of Christmas music releases continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. This crop of artists make the tried and true seasonal standards remain relevant and fresh with their unique interpretations while also creating new holiday classics of their own with original songs.

Here’s a preview of 10 newly-released Christmas albums from the 2018 holiday season to add to your Spotify playlists this yuletide.

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The Most Anticipated Book Releases of Fall 2018

Now that we’ve comfortably settled into the fall season, it’s time to get cozy and settle into a good book! From gripping mysteries to heartwarming essay collections, this autumn’s latest reads from popular authors and newly published writers alike aim to offer everything and anything your bookish heart desires. Here’s a roundup of the new and upcoming book releases that you’ll be rushing to add to your ‘to be read’ list.

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Interview: Macy Krew Brings Sparkle and Sass to Country Music

Macy Krew learned how to sing before she could talk. It’s this early aptitude that clued her into her life’s calling as a musician. Over the years, Krew has continued to foster her passion for performing, singing on stages since the age of 13, performing originals and covers for her YouTube fanbase, and chasing her goal of becoming a country singer with her own music on the radio.

Tomorrow, the now 21-year old Krew debuts her first single, “Wherever You Are.” Before the big release on August 17th, we chatted with the up-and-coming country artist about her new song, her inspirations, and her hopes and dreams for her music career.

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