As 2015 draws to a close, I’m sitting at my laptop, typing and drinking a green smoothie. I’ve resolved to drink one of these each morning. It has 1/2 banana, some frozen pineapple and mango, kale, coconut milk, dried mint, and green tea in it. I freeze all the fruits and veggies in individual Ziploc servings so that they’re ready to go in the morning, and then I pour the hot green tea over them to thaw them out a little before they go in the blender (green tea has antioxidants that are great for your body and skin). Tastes pretty good!
Anyway, reflecting back on 2015, I wanted to share my favorite posts and then tell you about the changes that are coming for my blog in 2016.
My Favorite Five from 2015 (with links)
- Try a Relationship Goal Like This (Take a Hike!)
- My Selfie in Words
- Kelly Clarkson Concert Style (also my most viewed post for 2015)
- Fashion Inspired By Melissa McCarthy in Spy
- My First Art Show
My 2014 Favorites Too
- Let’s All Be Brave
- Finding Beauty in Scars
- A Beautiful Walk
- Pursuing the Intentional Life
- What Surprised Me Most About Motherhood
Looking Back at Blogging in 2015
I had readers from 65 countries this year!
In 2015, I focused on posts about plus size fashion for the everyday woman. I had a great time dressing up and writing about plus size fashion as a way to show my support for women of all sizes in an image obsessed culture. Even though I am curvy, I feel like I don’t have much in common with the plus size models who wear a lot of make-up and have perfect hair. That image is just not attainable (nor desired) at this stage of my life; the image most plus size models portray, while beautiful and admirable, still isn’t one I can relate to. I cheer on plus size models, but I realize even they are portraying something that’s not realistic for everyone (they still have to be a certain height and typically an hourglass shape, and they are Photoshopped too). I wanted to show what I was wearing because I felt like it was realistic and attainable. This was a great year to write about plus size fashion because Ashley Nell Tipton won Project Runway with her plus size collection! In 2014, I wrote mostly about motherhood and faith. Those posts were more reflective and serious, so I think 2015’s fashion posts were a way to just have some fun. I wore designs from great companies such as Boots by Pamela, Haiku Bags, e-Shakti, IGIGI, and Qurvii.
I’m wearing a custom made red jacket from eShakti, a classy scarf, black boots, a black top, skinny jeans from Deb’s, and a Betsey Johnson watch.
What’s Coming in 2016
Life is about to get crazy busy as I prepare to go back into the career world after three glorious years of full time motherhood. So, I needed to find something to blog about that would be pretty simple for 2016. Also, I wanted to share something that is like a gift to my readers, something that will hopefully enhance their day and give them a break from the negativity in the world. Epiphany: Bible journaling! I am going to share my Bible journaling in short posts. I hope you will enjoy the doodles and sentiments, and I hope the verses will inspire you. I’m going to be taking a free Bible journaling e-course that will hopefully provide some inspiration. If your interest is piqued, sign up for the e-course too — and let me know if you do.
My first Bible journaling post will be on the blog New Years Day!
Happy New Year, dear reader.