Life Lately | January Round Up

Between a successful January here at The Magical Thinker and a stressful month with unexpected events, life always surprises me with its twists and turns. Here's my January life lately.

Seriously? Where does the time go? I realized last week that I had this post on my calendar, and I hadn’t even thought about it. I’m surprised how crazy January became. It was probably the longest month in recorded history. Hopefully, you understand what I mean. I know a lot of people agree with me. I felt like it was never-ending, like the number of expenses that crept out of nowhere. I was starting to feel like the year as starting on the wrong foot. But I wasn’t about to let a few unexpected events get me down.

Life always surprises me with all its twists and turns. January proved life will never cease to amaze me. Last year was such a whirlwind. I’m determined to make this year better in every way. Without any further delay, here is my life lately.

The January Relaunch of The Magical Thinker

After an unsuccessful year in 2017, I completely whipped the slate clean for 2018. I redid my layout and deleted all but a handful of posts. Only keeping the posts I was proud to call my own, I started almost fresh. I started off the year with Hello, New Years. It was a simple way of saying hello to the new beginning and welcoming a new start. Since then I’ve posted a few blog posts, all of which I’m so proud of. I wish I’d posted more, but I’m glad I started at all.

Of course, that’s not even the best news. The most astounding thing in January was all that I accomplished. I achieved over twenty-two hundred views in one month, which was more views than all of 2017 combined. And as of writing this, I’ve had more views this year than any other year. I’ve never been more proud of myself.

If you missed any of them, here is a list of my posts from January:

A Year in Review & Blog Update | Life Lately

Productivity Apps You Shouldn’t Live Without

Top 5 Favorite Lip Products

Ways to Calm Anxiety

10 Beauty Hacks, Tips, and Tricks for Beginners

5 Tips for Beautiful Blog Photography

Out of the seven posts last month, 10 Beauty Hacks was by far my most popular and successful. Along with my success with page views, I was approved for Amazon and Target’s affiliate programs. This blog has been a dream of mine for a long time. While I still haven’t made a sale through my affiliate programs, I’m excited to be apart of the blogging community once again.

Between a successful January here at The Magical Thinker and a stressful month with unexpected events, life always surprises me with its twists and turns. Here's my January life lately.

My Little Kitty

I’ve had my cat, Emmie, for over twelve years now. She and I have been through a lot. I don’t know what my life would be like without this furry little monster. For a cat turning thirteen in April, she’s had little to no medical issues. Well, until recently. In December, I found this dime-sized lump on her hip. It wasn’t hurting her or affecting her attitude. It was just there. A small mass.
Every six months I take her to the vet for her semi-annual check-up. It’s smart for a pet owner, especially when your animal can’t verbally tell you how they’re doing. Now, when I tell you this cat is a nasty little monster to the vet, I mean it. She’s scratches, bites, and hisses. She’s evil. Of course, I would be too if someone was poking me with needles and I had no clue why.
Anyway, when I told the vet about the mass, they wanted to biopsy it. For the sanity of my poor little monster, they suggested sedating her. That way they could get a good sample of the mass and do her annual blood work. I stayed in the room while she gently fell asleep, and they took her away. When I picked her up a few hours later, she was none the wiser and still drugged. It took hours for the effects of the anesthesia to wear off. It was hilarious.


The Results of Her Test

I got the results later that next week. It’s NOT cancer or bacteria. They suggested anti-biotics when it started to grow back, but all in all, she’s doing well. There is a beautiful bald spot on her backside where they shaved her. The only difference is she’s been more affectionate than usual, which makes me love her more.

I’m all this little creature will ever know. If this experience taught me anything, it’s that she won’t be around forever. It’s my job to give her all the love and admiration I can.

While a lot more craziness happened in the whirlwind that was January, those were the highlights. I’ll end it there. How as your January? Let me know in the comments! Till next time!


Between a successful January here at The Magical Thinker and a stressful month with unexpected events, life always surprises me with its twists and turns. Here's my January life lately.

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  1. Sorry to hear about your cat but Im glad she’s not positive for cancer or anything. I know how worried you can be coz I’ve had those moments too lately. I just brought my dog here in the US last December and we noticed his side of the neck swollen. Vet said he needs operation but we are trying to give him antibiotics first. (Bruce doesnt have insurance so the cost can be tremendous too. Maybe you can suggest a good pet insurance if you know one)

    Anyhow, Im hoping that this month will be good to you:) congrats on the success of your blog relaunching and im glad I found you.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment! I’m always so happy to hear people are enjoying my blog!

      I’m currently using Banfield’s Wellness Plan. It’s about $20 a month. Every six months, I take her in for an comprehensive exam and almost everything is covered. And while I did have to pay for the biopsy and the sedative, I noticed it was at a discounted rate because I have that Wellness Plan.
      Banfield has always been good to my cats. They’re extremely patient and kind to my kitty, and they’re super professional. Every kitty I’ve owned has gone there. Most (if not all) locations are inside Petsmarts. Which is makes my pet care one stop shop.

      Hopefully you’ll get some good news about your puppy soon. Maybe the antibiotics will do him real good. I know how much love we can have for our fur babies. ❤️❤️ I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

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