The Hit List - Goodbye, 2018

As 2018 begins to grind to a halt, I am gearing up for a proper send-off to the year that was.

I could probably follow that “was” with many adjectives: aggravating, magical, full, golden, nail-biting, stressful, exhilarating, exciting, loving, infuriating…all of that and more. Perhaps it was the non-stop retrograde action that made this year so extra. Or maybe it was…just life. Whatever the case, I am looking forward to closing this year down and getting on with 2019.

Oh, I know it’s all arbitrary. A new calendar year doesn’t guarantee a magical new beginning. But still there is something about the turn of the year that makes me believe that the past year can’t creep up and cause any more trouble.

One that I can say: 2018 was not boring.

In the last year I have managed to:

:: Travel five times.

:: Teach in Los Angeles, Detroit, Picton, and Portland.

:: I wrote two books (one was co-authored with my friend Shaheen Miro).

:: I lost one of my manuscripts when I was 60,000 words deep due to a glitch in Word and had to start all over from scratch.

:: Because of my heavy writing schedule, I worked ten hour days most days of the week.

:: Maintained a busy blogging and podcasting schedule.

:: Rescued a baby squirrel.

:: Lose 15 pounds. Gain some of it back.

:: Get my face painted like Bowie.

:: Start top secret projects (which are still top secret).

:: Deal with a sick elderly kitty.

:: Discovered Orange is the New Black and The Handmaid’s Tale – and binge watched both because I’m dying for Game of Thrones to return.

:: Finished my change of life with nary a symptom except for insomnia. 

And so much more.

I guess I’m a bit spent from all of this. It’s been a lot. But no doubt about it: 2019 will be intense too. Because: I’ve got two books coming out and a full travel schedule starting to come together. 

So let me ring out 2018 with a “see ya” as I tally up the goals and to-dos for next year. As I look ahead at the mountain before me, I must remember the one I just crossed. This life is a series of journeys, each year marking a different valley or peak. 2018 had a lot of highs and lows. I’m hoping for smooth pavement but I have a feeling that the road may just twist and turn, with surprises around every corner. 

What about you? How was your 2018? Did it live up to your expectations? Did you accomplish what you set out to do? Or are you looking to 2019 as “your year?”

Where Did You Go? by Christina Rasmussen

Do you wonder how your dearly departed are doing on the other side? Wish you could connect to them? My friend Christina Rasmussen wrote Where Did You Go – an incredible book that will help you to communicate with the ones you’ve lost. It’s powerful.

Other stuff:

Love this from Saveur: Mason Hereford of Turkey and the Wolf heads home to pay homage to his biggest culinary influences.

Planning on it: 6 Toxic People You Should Kick To The Curb In 2019.

Science, bitches: Interactive Periodic Table of Elements Shows How the Elements Actually Get Used in Making Everyday Things.

Heartbreaking: How domestic violence leads to murder.

From Annabel Gat: The Emotional Baggage You Need to Leave in 2018, According to Your Sign.

Cyntoia Brown’s Conviction Shows Just How Broken The US Justice System Is.

People are turning to astrology memes to cope with the stress of day-to-day life — and it’s taking over Instagram.

There’s still time to enter The Starman Tarot Instagram Giveaway! Plus see my Bowie face!

Running out of ideas for holiday gifts? Susan Hyatt has your Fierce * Feminist * Badass * Holiday Gift Guide.

I’m a Survivor of Sandy Hook. This Is What The Past Six Years Have Been Like.

From Refinery29: If You’re Into Horoscopes, Should You Care About Meteor Showers?

I love old pics of New York: These vintage photos of New York show the heyday of the ‘Mean Streets’ look.

Books are a lifeline for people in prison. Here’s how the State, Prisons, and Guards Keep Books from Incarcerated People.

These Photographers Organize Magical Christmas Photoshoots For Children In Hospitals, As For Some It Might Be Their Last.

From Brit+Co: 3 Self-Care Benefits Everyone Can Get from a Daily Tarot Pull.

Astrology Bytes – The Big Three. These are the first things I look at when interpreting an astrology chart.

What’s in the Stars for Nick and Priyanka? How Astrology Can Play a Significant Role in Hindu Weddings.

The Creative Director Who Turned Her Wedding Rings Into Gold Teeth. She also starred in a Rihanna music video.

Germany Introduces a Third Gender Category on Official Documents.

In the latest Tarot Bytes, I chatted with Jessica Dore about using tarot in a therapeutic setting.

What It’s Like To Celebrate The Holidays When You’re 9,000 Miles Away From Your Family.

I’m a fanatic about dental care. Just got this new Waterpik in slick black!

Looks interesting: Power up Your Self-Talk: 6 Simple Habits to Stop Beating Yourself Up and Reclaim Your Life.

From Rob Reich: Just Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better.

Can’t wait for this new goodie from Denise Duffield-Thomas: Chillpreneur: The New Rules for Creating Success, Freedom, and Abundance on Your Terms. <-I love her work so much!

Ooooh: Practice You Daily Awakening Deck from Elena Brower.

On my wishlist: The Martha Manual: How to Do (Almost) Everything by Martha Stewart.

Need a fun gift for that tarot lover on your list? The Tarot Coloring Book is the perfect Christmas gift!


What I’m Grateful For:

Another day to get it right


The joy in my husband’s eyes

Souvenirs from Jamaica and Key West

A new water flosser

The promise of a new year


Soundtrack for 12/15/18:

Happy Birthday by Altered Images <-Today would have been my mother’s 83rd birthday if she was still with me. Happy birthday, Mom.


© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2018

images from stock photography and personal collection 

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