2017 wasn’t the easiest year I’ve ever had, but a lot of good came from it as well. I took a several-month-long break from blogging and I got let go from my full-time job, but I also rediscovered who I am/who I’m meant to be. It was a challenging, amazing, difficult, lovely year, and honestly I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Since I was so on-again, off-again with blogging, I wanted to look back on the past year and see what posts had the most views that resonated with people. I also personally wanted to reflect on my favorite posts I’ve written, so I decided to talk about them both here.
Top Posts According to Google Analytics:
This is scary for me to share, but I’ve been honest and open about my past, so why not be the same with my present?
Even though I’ve made great strides in my life and self-love journey, I’m realizing I still have a long way to go. And instead of feeling overwhelmed, I’m really excited about it.
I’m not an expert on anything. Frankly some days I don’t know what I’m doing with my life, especially these days. And that’s okay.
About two months ago, I was part of a big group layoff at my job. It’s been rough, and something I never thought I’d have to face. Yes, I’m still young and have my whole life ahead of me or whatever. Yes, my situation could be a lot worse than it is. But it still sucks.
I love the space I’ve created here, the friendships that have blossomed, the connections that have been made. But I don’t love the pressure, either from other people or from myself, honestly.
I wanted to wait to post on here until I was 100% happy with everything, and right about now I’m thinking that’ll never be the case. And that’s okay.
From working in retail to just generally living my life, I encounter toxic people nearly every day. Chances are that you’re around toxic people every day as well, whether they’re from work, in the same restaurant as you or maybe even family members or acquaintances. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the negativity that person is projecting, and we all do that from time to time.
But wouldn’t it be nice if you were able to remain calm, cool and collected when dealing with toxic people, especially if you deal with them on a regular basis? Here’s how to not let their negativity get to you:
My Favorite Posts:
This was one of my favorite posts to write because I felt like I was getting so much off my chest that I’d been hiding from others and even myself without knowing it. This is me. I’m weird, vulnerable and honest. Nice to meet you!
I also really enjoyed writing this one because I’m just getting so sick of seeing and hearing the word “flattering” everywhere as if it’s a positive thing we should all aspire to be at all times. I’m so over it. Live your life, and don’t let anybody or even clothing stores try to tell you what looks or feels good on you.
Since writing the post about embracing my weirdness, I’ve decided to try to be as vulnerable as possible in my posts and in my life. Sharing information about yourself can be scary, but it can also be freeing. How do you know which one it will be until you try?
I liked writing this one because it was an idea I’d had in my head for a long time but didn’t know exactly how I wanted to phrase/frame it all. Representation and body positivity are both so important, and I think more people are finally starting to realize that.
I’m so glad that so many of my vulnerable, honest posts were popular with both me and readers. I hope to do many, many more of those as I grow both this space and in my life. Things will probably get pretty weird, but hey, at least that’ll make things interesting, right?
Which post was your favorite this year? What topics would you like to see me tackle next year?