Reflections: Celebrating 200 Posts!

Hi Friends,

Today I celebrate 200 posts here at HTT&T, and I’ve decided to focus today’s post on revisiting my 2018 goals as the year quickly draws to a close.

  1. I finished writing my memoirs, so this first goal was achieved (after a long and difficult process!)
  2. I worked on my new online business: Positive Psychology Lifestyle Coaching.
  3. I continued working out from home with PiYO and other fitness programs.
  4. I started running again, and attended one group run per week plus some solo runs.
  5. I applied for a place in The Great North Run Half Marathon and was lucky enough to get one! I ran the event on September 10 of this year.
  6. I attended meditation classes, but not always as frequently as I had planned (1-2 time/s per week was the goal).
  7. I continued to work on my blogs and websites, creating new material such as articles and videos (for both Hot Tea Travel & Thyme and Bridget Hales. Com). However, my main focus was to complete my memoirs, so I spent the majority of my time on this.
  8. I had a goal to read some fiction books this year, as usually I would only ever read (and write) nonfiction: IT by Stephen King was my big challenge for this year, but I haven’t had time to read it (no surprise really!)
  9. One of my other goals was to continue the decluttering process: My mantra for 2018 was “Simplicity”, and I have been finding great joy in minimizing my belongings by either throwing or giving things away that are no longer useful in our home. I successfully gave away many more items, particularly as we were relocating back to the USA after living in the UK for 20 months.
  10. My final goal on the list (last but definitely not least) was to prioritize time for one-on-one connections with others. Things often get so busy, but the important things in life are relationships and communication with friends and loved ones. I’ve made sure to send parcels and packages, emails, cards, postcards, and text messages to friends and family as much as possible.

And, as I love learning new things continually, I have made a list of podcasts, books, and audiobooks that I have read and listened to this year, as well as some that are on my “to-read” list…

Books I have read this year:

Unsubscribe: Opt Out Of Delusion, Tune In To Truth by Josh Korda (Currently reading)

Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions by Russell Brand

Braving The Wilderness: The Quest For True Belonging And The Courage To Stand Alone by Brene Brown

Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (I’ve read this more than once!)

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

The Liars’ Club: A Memoir by Mary Karr

You had Better Make Some Noise: Words To Change The World (Quotes)

Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half The Story by Jewel (Currently reading)

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (Currently reading)

(There may be a few more I have forgotten to list here).

Books I still have not read this year:

IT by Stephen King was on my Goals List for 2018. Why? Because I thought it would be great to “get out of my comfort zone” by reading fiction (when I almost always read non-fiction). Almost every book on my bookshelf is non-fiction; it is either a memoir or a textbook or some kind of reference/factual book. Unfortunately I just haven’t been able to prioritize reading fiction this year, as I feel there has been a lot going on in other areas of my life. I will hold onto my copy of IT (“it” has remained on my bedside table for now)… and hopefully there will come a day where I get the time to enjoy some fiction.

Books I have ordered and hope to read soon: 

Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris & Jeff Warren

Cherry: A Memoir by Mary Karr

Lit: A Memoir by Mary Karr

The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream by Paulo Coelho

Care Of The Soul by Thomas Moore

Dark Nights Of The Soul by Thomas Moore

Awake At The Bedside: Contemplative Teachings On Palliative & End-Of-Life Care by Koshin Paley Ellison & Matt Weingast

Awakening From The Daydream: Reimagining The Buddha’s Wheel Of Life by David Nichtern

Audiobooks I have listened to this year:

Braving The Wilderness: The Quest For True Belonging And The Courage To Stand Alone by Brene Brown

Rising Strong by Brene Brown

Rising Strong As A Spiritual Practice by Brene Brown

The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, & Confidence With Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins

Kick @$$ With Mel Robbins

You Are A [email protected]$$: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness & Start Living An Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Unf*ck Yourself: Get Out Of Your Head & Into Your Life by Gary John Bishop

Buddhism Without Beliefs by Stephen Batchelor

Books I have used as reference books this year:

(meaning I haven’t read them cover-to-cover yet, but I gain immense value from them all the same)

The New Mind-Body Science of Depression by Vladimir Maletic and Charles Raison

The New Meditation Handbook by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Modern Buddhism: The Path Of Compassion & Wisdom by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

How To Transform Your Life: A Blissful Journey by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

The New Eight Steps To Happiness: The Buddhist Way Of Loving Kindness by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Podcasts I have listened to this year:

10% Happier With Dan Harris

The Minimalists Podcast (Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus)

Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations (OWN)

Oprah’s Master Class: The Podcast

The Chalene Show (Chalene Johnson)

Build Your Tribe (Chalene Johnson)

Hope In Struggle (Mindy Lawhorne)

That’s all for now,

Bridget @ Hot Tea Travel & Thyme x 


  1. Congrats on 200 posts! And all you have acheived ❤️

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