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Shay Mitchell shared some huge highlights from 2018. The actress and model recapped stunning photos of lavish trips, national ad campaigns, new projects, and so much more. Needless to say, seeing someone's spectacularly glamorous life can be a bit alienating. Fortunately, Mitchell took the time to get honest. Yes, all these amazing things happened for her. 

However, that doesn't mean there weren't a lot of dark days and moments. 

Shay Mitchell of the beloved Pretty Little Liars and now the viral You shared some pretty big highlights from 2018. But the star's final few images left fans and followers a wreck.  

After sharing career highlights and coveted Instagram-worthy travel photos, Mitchell shared more personal news. 

She shared photos of her family and friends. 

photo: Instagram / Shay Mitchell

... And of herself flying a helicopter (OK, maybe not).

photo: Instagram / Shay Mitchell

But Mitchell also got real about some of the hardships that came in 2018. 

photo: Instagram / Shay Mitchell

The 31-year-old revealed she suffered a miscarriage last year.

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photo: Instagram / Shay Mitchell

The message was a bit jarring, especially after so many polished, "perfect" photos from a glamorous life most of us won't ever get to live. 

photo: Instagram / Shay Mitchelll

"We all have to deal with various struggles and challenges in life," Mitchell wrote. "And sometimes it's easier to only showcase the good times on social media, which is what leads many people to criticize it for its lack of authenticity." 

“The support and affection that so many of you show me lifts me up during even my darkest days, one of which happened last year after I miscarried and lost the child of my hopes and dreams,” she wrote.

“In the spirit of the new year, I think that we need to remember that we are all on this journey together — in good times and bad — and to remind ourselves that we seldom really know or understand the struggles and hardships that other people are going through.”

Fans were supportive of the star, but also mindful of how easy it is for social media to distort reality. 

After it all, Mitchell tweeted she was ready for the new year.