It is always interesting to look back at old blog posts and see what resonated with readers and what didn’t. Sometimes I hit “publish” and think, “Yes! That was brilliant! Everyone is going to love this post!” And then…crickets. Other times I throw a bunch of emotional words at the screen and they take off like wildfire.
Here are the top 10 posts that you shared this year:
10. 5 things you can do RIGHT NOW to fix Diastasis Recti – Diastasis expert Wendy Powell shares five exercises that engage your core correctly and help whittle your middle as you heal the gap in your abdominal muscles.
9. Why I stopped telling my kids NO all the time – …I have watched my kids become braver, more creative, and more curious. I have seen more of a mess in my kitchen, more dirt on their hands, and more sparkle in their eyes.
8. How to get the most out of your library card – 6 ways to get the most out of your library card. If you don’t have one, go get one. You too, could be a nerd like me.
7. Why I love being out of the baby stage – There are moments when Jeff and I look at each other, sigh, and say, “Our babies aren’t babies anymore.” But if I’m being completely honest, after the gut-wrenching moments have passed, I find myself kind of loving being out of the baby stage. (Am I allowed to say that?)
6. The blessings of a small home – Oftentimes I lament the fact that we live in a small home. I just want to be able to spread out. To decorate. To paint (we rent). Then I pull out the vacuum and remember how much I loathe cleaning. In an instant, I’m thankful we don’t live in a mansion. And suddenly I’m counting the blessings that come with living in a small home.
5. WAGS in Real Life – …This reinforced what I have seen lately “behind the scenes” as women of all ages, income levels, and experience in the sports world help each other out with tangible and spiritual needs. No drama. No hierarchy. Just women helping women. I guess real life is too tame for reality TV.
4. How to find your style and create a capsule wardrobe (without spending a ton of money) – The biggest benefit of having a capsule wardrobe is this: I can now get dressed quickly in something that fits and feels good on me. All the hard work has already been done. If all of this sounds overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to get you started.
3. Making a to DON’T do list – One of my favorite lines came from an older woman who said, “If I had my time to do over again, I wouldn’t create a to-do list, I would create a to-don’t-do list.” So I’m taking her advice, and creating my own to DON’T do list. *Don’t compare myself to others. *Don’t measure my worth with “likes” and “hearts” and “followers.” *Don’t…
2. What I want you to know about Celiac Disease – I want you to know that nothing about this is easy. I thought being a dietitian would make the transition smoother. It hasn’t. I want all health care providers to hear this: Stop telling your newly diagnosed celiac patients that treating the disease is easy. IT’S NOT. And stop calling celiac disease “trendy”. It’s like a slap in the face.
1. Thankful for this mess – I walked into the kids’ bathroom today and as the light streamed in, the mirror looked like this. I saw globs of toothpaste in the sink, trash on the floor, and the rug crumpled against the bathtub. My first reaction was to sigh in annoyance. So I was surprised when I caught myself sighing in gratitude.
Thank you for reading along. Thank you for sharing, tweeting, and pinning my words. My hope is always that they help someone out there feel less alone.