It has become my tradition at the end of December to post highlights from the past year. I enjoy taking some time to reflect, treasure the memories and contemplate how far I’ve come. This year has been one of ups and downs, that’s for sure and certain. Wanna take a walk with me down memory lane??
2014 Year in Review
I don’t really do resolutions, but I did push the reset button and set some goals last January. I don’t know that I achieved them, but it’s always good to have goals . . . RIGHT!??
There were a lot of requests for more “real food” posts in my reader survey at the end of 2013. I started out with a recap post, Real Food: Where I Am Now, and I did continue to post on real food topics for a while, but they didn’t get a ton of engagement. Ultimately, I guess I feel like I’ve said all I have to say on this topic, but I do enjoy posting healthy recipes and meal plans, and I hope you find those useful.
Also in January, I announced that I was writing a book. I learned a lot during that process, but perhaps the most important was that I really like blogging. I like putting out short bursts of content and getting instant gratification. I’m glad I did the cookbook, but I’m not dying to do another book project anytime soon.
AND I was on the Dr. Oz Show!!! Not only that, but I WON my own recipe column on DoctorOz.com for a year, which was kind of a joke, but whatever. It was fun.
And I got that awful cortisone shot that I THOUGHT was going to cure . . . or at least help improve my plantar fasciitis symptoms. Little did I know how much WORSE the whole situation was going to get. And I’m still in the thick of it and feeling so much more hopeless than ever. The jaded and bitter me is having a good laugh right now at my Pollyanna self when I wrote that post almost a year ago.
In February, I cracked my nose on my sleigh bed. It was probably my all-time low point of 2014, although the stress fracture and torn tendon are definitely in contention. I know I had to be in a bad place, because my husband sent me these:
I think we all had Spring Fever because my most popular post in March was How To Style My Favorite Spring Fashion Trend. I chose pastels.
I also got an updated mobile-friendly blog design. I really loved that design, but when I rebranded, I went a different route.
And I ran my first, last and only 5K of 2014. It was a short-lived moment of glory. Le sigh . . .
In April, this post on how to wear white jeans was my most popular.
We traveled to Roanoke for Easter.
On the way home, we experienced the Virginia Safari Park. That was a hoot and a half!
In May, I became a Stella & Dot stylist. I still love this gig. I don’t do home shows, but I do enjoy getting a discount and having more variety for my fashion posts.
And my post on Tank Tops for the Well Endowed was the most popular.
Colleen’s Bloody Mary recipe was the second most popular post in May, although it has had way more staying power than the tank tops post. It is still going strong here in December.
8 Makeup Mistakes You’re Making Right Now was popular in June.
I saw Evita at the Academy of Music in Philly with a few of my good blogger friends.
And I got my bike.
Also in June, my cookbook was finally available for preorder.
In July, I turned 42, but there is no photographic evidence.
The next day we left for Maine by way of Fenway Park and Portsmouth, NH.
We stopped over at my sister-in-law’s picturesque New England town on the way home.
And How To Wear Neon was my most popular post.
My Zucchini Recipes roundup was my most popular post.
With my Signature Style post a close second.
And I embarked on my 21-Day Sugar Detox. While I’m close to being back where I started, I don’t regret doing it. It definitely made me more aware of the amount of sugar I ingest on a regular basis, and I know what I need to do if I want to look and feel my absolute best. I expect the 21 Day Detox or some iteration thereof will be making a reoccurrence in 2015. I felt so good when I was done, I would love to do it again and see if I can stick with the maintenance program more easily when I’m not traveling so much.
In September, How To Wear White Jeans After Labor Day was popular.
As was Must Have Boots for Fall.
I visited Costa Rica, which is unparalleled, the most AMAZING trip I have EVER taken in my LIFE.
On the way home, I decided to rebrand my blog under my own name. It was a bit of a rush job on the logo because I wanted to have everything squared away before my speaking engagement in October. I’ve actually got a new look in the works for 2015. Stay tuned . . .
In October, How To Wear Ankle Boots was by far and away my post popular post.
Things were getting rough with the whole foot-injury/lack-of-exercise thing, and I poured out my heart in a rare vulnerable blog post. I wish I could say it’s gotten better, but . . . yeah. Well, anyway.
On a more positive note, I visited Turks & Caicos with my husband where I was a speaker at a blogging conference. It was an amazing trip, and I’m so thankful we got to experience it together.
We got home in time to decorate for Halloween.
And Tonya Staab joined the blog as a home/DIY/craft contributor. Her first post was this stunning Halloween Centerpiece.
And I also started publishing my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Series in November. Yes, November was the start to a very busy two month for the blog!
What to Wear for Thanksgiving Day was my most popular post.
We celebrated the iconic holiday with my inlaws. Black Friday came and went, and my foot flaked on me again, rendering me an invalid for another 4-6 weeks. Oh the joys!
December was a whirlwind. I took my girls to New York City where we saw the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, ate dinner at American Girl Place, and took in a Broadway show!
And despite my injuries and my busyness with work, I managed to set up two Christmas trees.
My most popular post was What To Wear on Christmas Eve.
But I am unfortunately closing out the year with a case of the flu. We have already canceled our plans to go to Virginia for New Year’s, and I’m super bummed about that. In all honesty, I’m not too sad to say good-bye to 2014. I had some awesome experiences, but I’m hoping that 2015 holds just as much adventure without quite so many trials. Hey, a girl can hope, right!???