Happy New Year! | Looking Back

Happy New Year! It's New Year's here so sorry if I'm a bit late or early in your timezone. Anyways, it's a new year and there so much to reflect on and even more to look forward to. I want to look at some old blog designs and at some of the accomplishments I achieved this year. Link any New Year's post down below! 


In 2014, I was a baby blogger. I had a simple concept of what I wanted to do with my blog but never imagined I'd make it far and meet as many friends as I have. I gave my design idea to Livia @ Butterfly-o-meter Designs, and she completely blew my mind with this first design. It was freaking adorable and a perfect fit for me but we all need a little change sometimes, which leads me into the next design phase. 


What I Accomplished

  • Started a Youtube channel with 279 subscribers!* 
  • Changed my blog design (4x over lmfao)
  • Reached 187 on GFC and 184 on Bloglovin
  • Reached 400 Twitter Followers
  • Reached 2,256 on Instagram
  • Read 85 books and liked a lot of them
  • Finished and analyzed The Odyssey!
  • Went to the Strand Bookstore in Manhattan 
  • Got a job :D
* Starting my Youtube channel was one of the most bittersweet and amazing experiences of this year. I will never forget putting this into action and being brave enough to just shut down my self consciousness for once and sit in front of a camera. I will never forget all the people I've met through Youtube and how happy making videos make me feel! 

What I Hope to Accomplish

  • Host blogger collabs (already one in the making and if you'd like to participate, shoot me an email :D)
  • Read 120 books
  • Get the Canon EOS Rebel t5i
  • Get new bookshelves
  • Meet even more friends, authors, bloggers, Youtubers, people on twitter, book-lovers in general!
  • Read more contemporary and historical fiction
  • Post on my channel 2x a week and on my blog 
This year wouldn't have been possible without you book-lovers. There isn't enough time in the world for me to thank you and just sit down and talk to some of you about how you've always made my day. 2016 is going to be a great year! I can already feel it inside my bones and for any of you that are hesitant about entering the new year just remember, YOUR FUTURE IS UNLIMITED (bonus points for anyone who knows where that line is from)! I love you all and thanks for joining me in 2014 and '15. I will also give a great big hug to any newcomers who join in 2016! Goodbye for now and can't wait to start of the New Year with my bookish awards of 2015. Stay tuned!


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  1. Alex, I am seriously in awe every time I visit your blog . . . your new blog design is just so dang perfect! Congrats on starting up a Youtube channel, the amazing stats, getting a job -- everything! It sounds like 2015 was an awesome year for you. Best of luck with your 2016 goals! <3

    Julia Anne
    Peach Print

    1. Thanks so much girl! Lmfao I just hope that 2016 matches all my expectations and is also a great year for all of us.

  2. I was so excited when you announced that you were joining YouTube. Your channel is so amazing and I cannot believe that it is just your first year making videos. They see like the work of veterans. I loved seeing you change your blog designs. I have honestly loved all of them!
    I hope you accomplish all of your goals and even more in 2016!

    1. TESSAA This is incredibly sweet and it just makes me want to cry. Thank you so much and I also can't imagine surviving the year without all of you wonderful friends! Happy 2016!

  3. Happy New Year, Alex! :D I remember your early design in 2014 when I first visited your blog. I can't believe how much time has come! I really adore your blog so much, and I'm looking forward to keeping in touch with you throughout 2016. Also, I am really proud of you for having started a BookTube account! I can't ever have the courage to show my face in a camera because I am #1 most self-conscious human being in the planet HAHAHA. Let's hope that changes soon!

    Looking forward to what 2016 would bring to our blogging jouney. Happy New Year again! :D

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

    1. Yes like the green trees and such! HAHA WE WERE SO YOUNG >_<
      I am so glad we got closer this year and hope 2016 is a year of good fortune and collaborations between us bloggers.

  4. Your design looks incredible now, Alex! You should be proud of how far you've come and all the best for the year to come. I can feel that 2016 is going to be amazing already!

    1. Aww Rachel thank you so much! I'm just hoping blogger will be more fluent for me instead of random and I will get to talk to more bloggers :D

  5. You are going to love that camera! And I know I have said it before, but I love your new design
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings Enter my 2nd Annual Blogoversary Giveaway

  6. I love your design and the oldie one two!! Yay to all your accomplishments in 2015 & I hope you reach all of your 2016 goals (quite fab btw *& high fives for the 120 books*) and so much MORE. ♥

    1. Thanks girl!! OMG YAS *high fives back* You're so awesome and thank you so much for the vote of confidence bec I'm going to need it :D

  7. Congratulations and Happy New year! :D

    -Kathie K
    A Sea Change

  8. Congratulations, Alex!! Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you so much! It's going to be a great year :D


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