For the past ten years or so, no matter how the year has been, the 31st of December, for me, is almost always a good day because it’s my husband’s birthday. But also, and more seriously, there’s that gratitude for seeing another year end, and an intense burst of energy that comes with the new year. Yes, some sceptics preach that there’s nothing particularly life-changing about the 1st of January and it’s just like another new day, but why be a killjoy?
2018 had its highs and lows. But I spent the first half on maternity leave so I can barely remember much of it (hello, mummy brain!).
The second half of the year I recall more clearly with some key moments. We had family holidays, I went back to work, had a career move from private practice to in-house, our son turned one, and I turned 30! In between all of these, there were great moments with family and friends. Although we had a few hitches, it was still a good year of learning and growing.
On the blog front, it didn’t grow as I had hoped; the pace was slower than usual this year. But I’ve learnt that there’s a season for everything and in 2018 I had my hands pretty full. At the very least though, we remained consistent and had some insightful features and reads. The team expansion also didn’t go as smoothly as I had hoped, but it’s all been a learning curve. On the bright side, I had the opportunity to work with some brands I love, feature in a top UK publication for bloggers, and best of all, actually bring this amazing community to life through #thekacheeeteecircle, hosting three events in two months.
Last year, I had set goals to learn more about the blog industry, pitch directly for collaborations and be more confident about the blog, and I definitely grew a lot in those areas.
Still, there’s always room for improvement.
So, in 2019, the dreams remain big — but it’s easy to dream and right now I want to not just dream but remain disciplined and committed to doing the work. Trust me people, that is the extremely important, but majorly difficult part.
Despite the propaganda of blogging being “dead,” I have all this content and features ideas in my head that need to be done and I wonder how on earth blogging could be dying. So yes, we will continue to write about these things that inspire and educate, and make kacheetee.com one of our fave spots on the internet. I want to write more personal essays (which I often leave unfinished on my notes app), more relationship, food, travel, and general lifestyle content. What areas would you like us to explore more?
Growing this community remains a focus and this year, I’ll be exploring Instagram more as a means to grow and connect with you all.
Finally, here are a few posts from 2018 that we loved and you may have missed. Please click on the links to catch up!
What first time mums wish they knew about pregnancy and labour, breastfeeding and their post-baby body
A diary of my last day of maternity and tips for the return to work
Advice from someone who quit banking to become a natural hair stylist
A day in the work life of a: Senior audit manager, cabin crew officer, editor, client account manager, and health policy researcher
13 questions for someone who quit her job to travel the world
What happened on vacation with my big fat Igbo extended family
The simple things you should do to travel more frequently and stress-free
My experience of living with my mother-in-law and what I learned
The wittiest answers to the “when are you getting married” question.
Thanks for sticking around for another year, and cheers to all the amazing things we’ll do in 2019. It’s hard to believe we turn three in February! Time does fly, but it’s been so worth it.
I hope you have a truly wonderful 2019! Do you have any plans or resolutions you’re working towards?
pS: If you’re searching for some new year inspirational posts there are a couple from past years: Helpful ways to make the most of the new year and nine areas of your life to detox and refresh in this new year.
AtinukeJanuary 2, 2019 at 10:23
Happy New Year, Kachee!To me, 2018 Was The bomb for you, it showed you had greater things set for the subsequent years. I mean, the Kacheetee circle events in London & Lagos, being featured in a top magazine, working with brands are probably the top goals a blogger would want to achieve! I’m super proud of you. Having to combine mummy duties, lawyer duties with blogging and still thrive amazingly is definitely it for me! I started blogging in 2017 and honestly right now, I’m still trying to get my foot, really hoping the game will change for the better this year! God help meI am patiently waiting and watching out for the super amazing feats you’d achieve this year! Well done Kachee!www.TinukeAwe.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJanuary 6, 2019 at 11:59
Thak you SO much Tinuke. Really appreciate your kind words. It can definitely take a while to discover your feet in blogging but I’m very hopeful for you!
Dee OlateruJanuary 2, 2019 at 12:42
Congratulations on your year. I love that you branched out, reached out for collaborations, and started working with brands. That’s amazing growth. Three events in two months with a one year old and a career! You don’t give yourself enough credit, we’re watching and learning.Here’s to great content, growth and collecting more coins in 2019! Congratulations
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJanuary 6, 2019 at 11:58
Thank you SO much Dee. Really appreciate all of your constant support.
'DaraJanuary 2, 2019 at 16:03
Happy new year! I enjoyed all sections of the blog but would definitely be happy to see more career posts this year. Well done on all the work you do for the blog and congratulations in advance on turning 3!
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJanuary 6, 2019 at 11:57
Thank you so much Dara!Ok noted, will definitely work on more Career posts!
Berry DakaraJanuary 2, 2019 at 18:19
Happy New Year! You have done very well! Sometimes I wonder if you sleep at all, because it seems like you’re always working on content and pushing on social media. I think it’s tough to sustain a blog as a full-time working mother, so give yourself a pat on the back.Congratulations on the events, sponsorships, collaborations, and the feature! That’s magnificent!www.berrydakara.com
Kachee || KacheeTee.comJanuary 6, 2019 at 12:00
Thank you Berry! Really appreciate. It can be tough combining both and I felt it last year as the paced slowed down a lot more. But hopefully we can all find the right balance to do all we want to do.
Desire UbaJanuary 8, 2019 at 23:05
Happy New Year Kachee!2018 was a blurry year for me, but it was the year of so many beginnings.I can’t believe Jidenna is 1 already, seems like I just read the reveal post yesterday.No matter what, I still believe in blogs and blogging, they tell the story Instagram and Twitter cannot tell. Also, it was the year I finally met (great moment!)Cheers to greater things coming in 2019!www.desireuba.wordpress.com
Tuke MorganJanuary 10, 2019 at 13:39
Happy New Year Kachee, been binge reading posts on your blog, so many helpful and useful ones. I feel like you had an Amazing year, your events went Great, you worked with Awesome Brands and were able to balance Motherhood with Work and Blogging, Well Done jare! Looking forward to what this year holds.I didn’t blog much last year, but I feel this year is going to be different, already have so many posts in my drafts that I can’t wait to share. I really want to grow my youtube channel, Blog and Instagram Audience this year, God help me!