2018 – The Year Of The Ship

2018. Where do I even start?

I’ve honestly been staring at this screen for over six minutes and I still have no idea. So much has happened this year and it’s all going through my head right now and I can’t even….it’s just….a whole year is such a long time and I’ve changed so much and experienced so much and I don’t know how to begin explaining that.

I’ve called this post The Year Of The Ship because that’s what it is in my mind. Sailing ships and friendships ☺️ here goes….

Life’s weird. I wasn’t expecting to go on a sailing voyage and come back like ‘Bam, I know what I’m gonna do with my life now’ but hey, that’s what happened! That first trip sparked my love for sailing and the ocean and the whole seafaring way of life and I realised that I could use this to make a difference. 

I’ve been on three voyages since and, in total, have spent a whole month at sea this year! I’ve met some of my best best best friends and have completely and irreversably fallen in love with sailing and sail training.

This year has been really hard and full of challenges.  I feel as though major changes are constantly being thrown at me. Teenage life isn’t easy as I’m sure many of you well know and trying to juggle relationships, my future, feelings, new responsibilities and changing the world is pretty demanding, ya know? 😉 

I honestly think 2019 has made me a completely different person and that I’ve changed so much, in a positive way, for sure 🙂 

I think I’ve finally found a world I belong in and at the same time, a way to make a difference. I feel both lost and found, if that makes sense. As if I’ve found a place and people to belong to and yet I’m still searching and still trying to make the world a better place. 

I also just want to mention all the amazing people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with this  year – blogging friends, real life friends, the crew of Pegasus voyage 1 & 2, the crew of Alba Explorer and all my Small Ships Race mates. 

2018 hasn’t been an easy year for anyone and I’m so so so proud of everyone for getting through it and being the incredible people that I know. Love ya all. Stay strong. 

I think that pretty much sums up my unsum-up-able year lol. To listen to my soundtrack for 2018 click here for a playlist I made for a few friends. It’s full of all the songs that mean the most to me and I’d love for you to give it a listen 💕 

How has your 2018 been? What’s been the most important thing to you this year? Would you say that you’ve changed a lot? Did you listen to the playlist? 

 

 

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63 thoughts on “2018 – The Year Of The Ship

  1. I think it’s so cool that you get to go sailing like that!! It sounds amazing, and like a really cool experience. I love your pictures, you’re adorably pretty. I hope you have a wonderful 2019 and reach every single one of your dreams! ❤️ xx

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    • Thank you so much, Gayle ❤ it really is amazing and I would 100% recommend that you try it if you’re interested. It’s such an incredible thing to be a part of 🙂 Awww, you’re so sweet. That means a lot xxx I wish the same to you ❤

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  2. I’m still changing, growing and experiencing new things, even at my age! The last couple of years have been challenging for many reasons, but every challenge brings a new lesson and renewed growth. Keep exploring, growing, changing and above all – being Gracie! Lots of love to all xxxx

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  3. Hi Gracie what a great idea to write about your experiences over the last year. You have accomplished so much which has given you a lot to think aabout.I am sure 2019 will be full of new horizons and lots of new adventures. xxxxx

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  4. You have certainly had an amazing year, Gracie.
    I hope to make a new life for myself this coming year.
    I always knew you needed the sea, the very fact that you have salt water running through your veins is a dead giveaway.
    I did some amazing cycling this year. I cycled to see you which was amazing, I loved spending a few days with you and your wild family and friends.
    Is was also my longest fully loaded ride.
    And I cycled across Yorkshire, from coast to coast.

    I would love to see you again some time.

    So what are your future aspirations?

    Also, wonderful title, mine usually fall flat.
    What do you think of my title?

    Take care, Gracie.
    Tom.

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    • I have indeed, Tom! It sounds like you’ve had a good year too. I hope you have a great 2019. Sure you will 🙂

      Haha, we are definitely wild.

      My aspirations for the near future are hopefully to get more involved in the sail training world, to do some training, raise money and perhaps start volunteering soon.

      I don’t think your titles are too bad 😉

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  5. Great post, Gracie 💛 I had quite a rough year, which is why I didn’t end up writing a recap post on it. 2018 was a year full of trials, for sure, but I know that I’m learning from them. I’m stoked about 2019 because I can already tell that it’s going to be beautiful!

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  6. I definitely agree; 2018 has been quite the year. So much, and yet so little has changed, you know? I’m still me and I’m still doing school and I still have my friends… but at the same time, I became better friends with some of them, learned so much about my passion (writing) and have changed. It’s kind of weird.

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