2018: A YEAR IN REVIEW
One of the things I envisioned with this site is to start curating a “year in review” list. This list may include beauty, wellness, foods, clothes, or just general subjects I found myself gravitating toward throughout the year. As we continually review more and more products and topics from a science perspective, I wanted to share some of the things that gave me joy throughout 2018. Of course, as with everything I do, I’ve either done my science-based research or was my own form of vegan guinea pig.
Full Disclosure: All of the products mentioned in this post worked best for my lifestyle in 2018.
These may be something you might want to try in the new year or keep in mind. Either way, I wanted to share all of that with you, my loyal readers.
I will admit, this post is a bit outside the usual review box. So I hope you don’t mind the momentary interruption to the usual science-based reviews to have a personal peek into my world.
2018 was a year that started in two foreign countries, Taiwan and Japan. We spent much of the end of 2017 traveling around Taipei and Kaohsiung City (the southern part) of Taiwan; exploring the best of Taiwanese culture, food, and hospitality. We rang in 2018 in Kaohsiung City as the rest of the world (and many of our loved ones and friends) celebrated in their respective cities.
Two days later, we traveled to Tokyo just after the 1st of January and explored all the amazing aspects of Japanese history, delectables, and (of course) beauty. This wasn’t my first foray to Japan, however, but it was special nonetheless.
After Japan, I was intent on accomplishing two goals. These weren’t your typical resolutions of “lose weight” or “read more”. But rather, these were resolutions that I was intent on tackling and making good on my promise to myself to complete:
- Complete my Master’s thesis to target graduation for March 2018 at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA). So that I may participate in the grand ol’ tradition (of historical alums before me) of the Commencement ceremony on May 2018.
- Create more content throughout the year for The Satori Chemist. At least one post a month.
Both intended goals were completed.
Check and check!
This year was the year that I strived to pay more attention to both my mind, body and food consumption. Now don’t worry. I didn’t go to the extreme of participating in rogue diets or actively prohibiting random foods. If anyone knows me, I’m a lover of all foods, and the act of intentional restriction can be hard on the body.
Another one of my concerns for this year was to be more proactive in taking more personal time for me. I was intent on continuing the practice of hot yoga; to not only clear my cluttered mind but clean the toxins that often wreak havoc on our bodies.
Purge, purge, purge.
This was the year that I tried to purchase with intention. I said no to fast fashion, and looked toward curating a wardrobe that was less cluttered and more functional in each individual piece. That was certainly a hard one. I decluttered and sold a host of items within my closet, cabinets, and drawers.
I’m sure many of you are curious as to how I go about testing products or trying out the newest product launches. That answer is simple. I do extensive science-based research and I decide on whether a product is worth investigating. If it is, I always try to get my grubby hands on travel size options. Otherwise, my curation of products is minimal. And I liked having simplicity in 2018. A habit I hope to continue in 2019.
THE YEAR: 2018
If you are of the 100% natural and “clean” beauty camp, some of these brands or products may not be ideal in terms of ingredients. But these worked for me, so take everything with a grain of salt. Mentionable items are listed in no particular order.
One thing to note is that I looked at what I consistently used in terms of skincare, and wasn’t shocked to find that I did have my “creature of habit” moments throughout 2018. However, this was a year to listen to what my skin “needed” as opposed to just slathering on the usual routine product.
THE GOOD & THE BAD
2018 flew by in a blink of an eye. It seems like just yesterday, I was traveling about Taiwan and Japan with fresh new 2018 eyes. And although time seems to be quickening its pace little by little, I’m glad I was able to accomplish certain milestones and make good on personal promises to myself.
I’m overjoyed to say that I ticked two of my critical goal boxes this year: Harvard and elevating The Satori Chemist. This year, I have some ideas up my sleeve for my readers and I’m hoping you’ll be happy to continue the journey with me.