To 2018

I know, I know, this post is extremely late. BUT it’s here and that’s what matters.

It’s late because as you can see, Gin & Biscuits looks different. I’ve finally made the move to going self-hosted and to using a beautiful blog template by pipdig (like every other blogger you know, but they are all so gorgeous!) and I’ve been working on a ton of new stuff that I can’t wait to share with you.

girl close up in the snow

Before I do, I wanted to have a quick look back at 2018, so we can wrap it up and move on.

While it wasn’t what I was hoping it would be, the past year taught me a lot, gave me a ton of lovely memories and made me who I am today.

Girl with a cup of tea in the mountains

What I loved in 2018

I loved getting more into blogging and upping my Instagram game. It’s still not what I want it to be, but it’s hopefully getting there and I am excited.

I loved spending time with Simon and discovering more of England and the world with him.

Selfie girl and boy in Cambridge


Kristina and Simon selfieI loved graduating from my Masters in Arts & Lifestyle Journalism.

Two girls throwing graduation caps London Southbank

I loved making my parents proud.

I loved making happy memories with my friends.

I loved celebrating my cat’s 19th birthday.

I loved swimming (read paddling, because I don’t actually *swim* much) in the Atlantic Ocean during the Great British Summer.

girl walking down the beach in Bournemouth in bikini

I loved learning more about beauty, about products and ingredients.

I loved turning 24 and celebrating with my friends.

But 2018 was also hard in some ways, as years tend to be. And while at times I was sad and may have cried a little (read a lot), I had the best people around me to help me get through the hard times. So here’s to you.

Kristina laughing in the snow

I hope 2019 brings less tears (I’ll allow happy ones!) and setbacks more smiles and wins for all of us.

What I didn’t like as much in 2018

I didn’t like that it snowed in March. March is supposed to bring spring, not snow.

Girl in mountains walking down snowy slope wearing pink jumper and pink hat

I didn’t like that I was stressed out about work.

I didn’t like that my 19-year-old kitty cat got sick.

I didn’t like being uncertain about the future.

I didn’t like realising I have to finally learn how to adult.

Girl with a cup of tea in the mountains

Dear 2018, thank you for what you gave me. And I’ll risk being extra cringy, I’ll say thank you, next. I’m here for the new beginning, and while the whole new year, new me isn’t something I do not want to pressure myself with, I do want to try being a better me. For me, that is.

Girl in mountains wearing pink jumper and pink hat

What did you love in 2018?

Kristina ❤



    • imkayya
      January 30, 2019 / 9:50 am

      thank you so much Alisha!

    • imkayya
      March 6, 2019 / 11:43 am

      Thank you lovely ❀

  1. Britt | Alternatively Speaking
    January 21, 2019 / 6:30 pm

    Throughout 2018 I was reminded about just what I am capable of, and started to really discover what I want to do for a living (I know, a little late, but better late than never) so I can’t wait to explore that further in 2019!
    Britt |

    • imkayya
      March 6, 2019 / 11:42 am

      So glad to hear this! It’s never too late! ❀

  2. January 21, 2019 / 6:41 pm

    This is a really lovely post Kristina, 2018 sounded like a mixed year, but I’m glad the good times out weighed the bad. Congratulations on your graduation! Wishing you all the best for 2019 and hope you have a wonderful year! PS. Your pink jumper is so gorgeous, it is such a pretty colour! <3 xx

    Bexa |

    • imkayya
      March 6, 2019 / 11:41 am

      Thank you lovely! ❀

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