An Ode To 2018

As this year comes to a close, I want to extend my sincere gratitude to the people and the lessons that were shared this year. I want to take the time to be thankful for the people that I gained on my journey and cheers to the ones left behind. 2018 saw me grab the reigns on my mental health and peace of mind.

I was put to the test this year more than I had been in the past, but 2018 let me know that I can withstand all trials and tribulations thrown at me and then some. Even though my spirit and mental health took a hit, I still was able to take that and build it into some life lessons that I want to share.

  1. Selfishness does not always have a negative connotation. 

I spent a lot of time in 2018 not working on myself and leaving myself behind when things were getting overwhelming. We have to realize that being selfish and worrying over yourself is beneficial. Take the time to be selfish and be honest when you are in over your head. It will help you more in the long run…and to be honest your mind, body and soul will thank you immensely.

  1. The only constant is change.

Nothing is permanent. You must learn to adapt and not get upset when things ultimately change. Learn how to take circumstances and apply them in a way that does not stray from your personal missions and values.


It really goes a long way. Notice the little things and acknowledge them. Those random acts of kindness and love? It’s a small pebble that makes a chain reaction. “Be a lover. Give love, choose love. Love everyone. Always.”-Harry Styles 

  1. Rejection doesn’t mean failure.

Too often we are met with denial in the quest to better ourselves and accomplish our goals. Even if you have been told “no” time and time again, it’s important to keep going until someone tells you yes. And even if it doesn’t come or your path changes, don’t be so hard on yourself.  It doesn’t mean you’re not good enough. Your self-worth is not measured by your successes.

  1. FOCUS on the positive!

Like the saying, “you are what you eat,” I think what you focus on is what you receive! If you focus on complaining and everything wrong in your life, you’re constantly going to be finding more and more ways to complain about how unhappy you are. You want to lose that weight? Focus on being healthier, and getting out and exercising. You want a better job? Research and look for opportunities available and go after them. As someone who has trouble focusing, I know we are only human and can’t focus on everything but going through life focus on nothing will get you nothing. 

  1. Stop trying to please everyone.

This one was the most difficult to learn, and we all could use reminding. It’s not worth it, and you will never be living your life for yourself. You will be navigating your life through someone else’s standards, which will ultimately deplete your feelings of happiness. DO YOU.

  1. Your surroundings matter.

Surround yourself with encouraging surroundings and you’re more likely to be affected by it. Surrounding yourself with greater people, more diversity, better ideals, and better food will impact your lifestyle more positively. You can be a healthier, happier person when you are surrounded with the tools to be one.

Every year when we get a chance to reflect and remember, we should also be rearranging to apply those lessons for the new year.

What are some lessons you learned and hope to see improvement on in 2019?




Author: Tea Campbell
Email: tearcampbell@gmail.com
Author Bio: Tea Campbell is an aspiring writer from Columbus, Ohio. She bides her time as a corporate representative on weekdays. She is driven by her love of words and the sharing of her favorites with like-minded women. She’s inspired by love, spiritual connections and the journey to a better well-being. While she’s still figuring out how she fits in the cogs of the social media machine, you can catch her reading, writing on pieces of paper found in her purse, or proclaiming her shameless love for all things ’70s, specifically Stevie Nicks.
Link to social media or website: Instagram @tea_campbell

by Tea Campbell

Tea is a writer from Columbus, Ohio. She is driven by her love of words and the sharing of her favorites works with like-minded women. In her Facebook web series, Tea Talks Live, she shares her inspiration and knowledge of love, life, and the journey to a better well-being as a bridge for adolescence and senescence. As an introvert she’s still figuring out how she fits in the cogs of the social media machine, but she can always be found reading, writing or proclaiming her love for all things 70's in an unironic manner.

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25 responses to “An Ode To 2018

  1. This was a great article, I couldn’t agree more. Especially as women we forget about ourselves in a lot of situations. GOODBYE 2018 and hello to a new beginnings and self care and self love. I love you and wishing you the best in 2019*

    1. Yes, we do Teonna! Not to be cliche but I can really see 2019 taking a turn for the better! Thank you! xx

  2. I feel like we should all read this when we wake up every morning!! Any reader at any age can find warmth, strength & motivation from this article.

    1. I actually keep a little notebook bedside, so in the morning I can have little reminders on how I can create a positive day. thank you so much for your read and comment xx

    1. Gayle, I’m so glad to hear that! That’s why I love writing! Because I hope that I will be able to reach a broad audience…

  3. I love your article and you should defiantly keep writing because you have a wonderful talent and some of the stuff you said in this article really made me stop and think. You could really help people with the talent you have and please always believe in yourself because you have such a beautiful talent! I tend to always forget about myself because I always put everyone else before myself so your quote really helped me and made me stop and think!

    1. Learning to take care of myself was the biggest lesson I learn. As women we are incredibly strong individuals and because of that a lot of time we are doing so much for others that we forget to check in with ourselves! So glad this was able to help you reflect and remind you of how important your self care is!

  4. What an amazing article! From someone who has had the roughest year yet…. I found this so inspiring, made me realize how important it is to let go of the self doubt I had in 2018, and learn to LOVE myself better in 2019. Keep up the amazing writing, Tea. YOU are amazing, and you deserve to have such a wonderful year! <3

    1. I hate that 2018 was a rough year for you! but I’m glad my words were able to reach a part of you that makes you want to rearrange and work on your self love. I am confident that you will find the strength to love yourself and conquer that self doubt. <3 I wish you all the love and support and hope I can continue to inspire women like you!

  5. I LOVE READING ANYTHING BY TEA! She is such an inspiration both in person and through her articles. I look forward to the changes 2019 has to throw at me

    1. I have no idea where 2019 will take me but I know that the care and love you put into your life and happy family have deeply inspired me as an individual and I’m so happy to know you. thank you for commenting,Sablle! xx


    1. Christy, thank YOU for your kind words. I write for this specific reason. to touch lives and share my thought with like minded women. xx best of luck in 2019

  7. this was a very sweet and uplifting article. thank you for sharing because it almost lines up with what my life in 2018 was like. many blessings to you as you move forward in appositive light for 2019.

  8. This so beautifully written. I am going through this same kind of journey as well, Learning to love Myself. It is such a struggle, words like you wrote are so helpful. Thank you so much. I am so glad to call you my friend, you are beautiful inside and out! What I have learned is I am worth it! Please continue to write these inspiring article’s
    for everyone to enjoy!!

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