2018. It’s been a year, right? I could talk about the good, bad and ugly of the last 12 months, but I’d rather let a few other people I admire close out the year with what they loved, watched, heard and discovered (sometimes about themselves) in 2018. Without further ado, here are some of the positive things that happened this year from people who experienced them.

Pizza With Nakia

Photo: Marisa Catt

Nakia, Musician, Pizza Connoisseur: @nakia

Some of the best things I got to do this year was travel to some new places, release a new album, and start scoring music for the body positive web series, Skeleton Crew. I learned a lot in 2018. Lessons that weren’t always easy to learn, but will hopefully guide me to an even an even bigger 2019.

Reggie Wade

Reggie Wade, Producer / Editor, Yahoo Finance: @ReggieWadeNYC

“The cowards never started and the weaklings died on the way.” It’s a quote from Robert A. Heinlein. I read a book called Shoedog, by Phil Knight – the founder of Nike. The quote has meaning to me because I have started journeys in many areas of my life that have paid off but some of the biggest are coming up and I need to remind myself not to be afraid any longer.

Abbie Rudolph

Abbie Rudolph, Photographer, Jetsetter: @AbbieTakesPictures_Abbie

One of the best things I did for myself in 2018 was posting a photo of myself in a 2-piece swimsuit on my social media account. As a business owner with followers from coast to coast, it felt amazing to be brave with my body positivity and receive so much support.

Lawrence Hunt Big & Tall Sweat Proof Dress Shirt

Bennett Eller

Bennett Eller, Founder of Buck and Under Media: @BennettEller

As far as music, I really got into jazzy instrumental hip hop, specifically Anomalie. It was a year of self-discovery for me. I left the 9 to 5 day job for a life of entrepreneurship. I got to travel for a job and do cool shit. I set these goals to be able to [do things like that], and I was able to do it. That was a huge thing for me.

Tyler Jacobs, Founder of Heft Tees, Designer, Animator: @TJ_Wiggles

[One of my favorite things this year] is Amy Sedaris’ crafting show, At Home with Amy Sedaris. It’s like a cross between Martha Stewart and Pee Wee’s Playhouse, but super tweaked. It’s like a show I wish I had made.

Spencer Pablo

Spencer Pablo, Photographer, Adventurer | @SpencerPabloPhotography

Bye, 2018. You were tumultuous, scary, and uncomfortable. But you still showed beauty and as much as it pulled people apart, it also brought many of us together.

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