I have wanted to start a blog for over a decade; I’ve had an unrelenting urge to carve out my own little space on the internet, sit down at my computer, and process life in my own bubble.
In 2021 I made that dream (sounds a bit grandiose, but it really was!) a reality. The biggest push was participating in Laura Vanderkam’s Tranquility by Tuesday test audience, and having my listener question answered by the dynamic duo of Laura (again!) and Sarah Hart-Unger on their Best of Both Worlds podcast.
I took the leap, made it easy, and haven’t looked back.
This has to be favourite blog posts from 2021…because it’s the first year this corner of the internet has been functional!
- She Can Still Be a Doctor – Sage Advice I Return to Often: My experiences with breastfeeding and underlying truths that continue to impact my parenting. (Thanks, Joy). She really can still be a doctor.
- You’re An Adult. You Can Give Yourself Permission. I need to revisit this post. Regularly. I can eat ice cream for supper. I can have dessert before a meal. I can mix a load of light and dark laundry. I can say yes to that late-night conversation with a friend (even though it’s past my bedtime); I can skip my morning run even if I’ve got a 30-day exercise streak going…
- Don’t Quote Me: A Sense of Loss in the Midst of Joy. It almost makes me cry re-reading this because it’s so true. It’s so hard to stay in the moment, but I’m trying to, especially in time spent with my aging parents.
- On Values and Why I Made A List of Things I Enjoy. This has to be the post I link to most frequently; after reading The Happiness Trap I finally buckled down and completed my own list of values and it really has felt transformative. Do I continue to misalign activities with values? Absolutely. But I do think that I’m a lot more conscious of where I want to get to? Yes, which leads me to…
- Don’t Quote Me: Where Do You Want to Get To? I love, love, love quotes (in fact I printed off a whole book of quotes this year, after collecting them for over two decades), and this one continues to resonate with me.
- Parenting Hack: Read Books With Accompanying Movies. This was the first post where I felt like I legitmiately could say I had my own little community of blog readers (outside of local friends and family). I got lots of comments on this one and it gave me warm fuzzies since this is the one area of parenting where I feel the most confident…which isn’t always the case because…
- If I Make Parenting Look Hard…It’s Because It Is. Man is it ever.
- My Food Habits Through the Years: What’s Changed & What I Eat Now. This whole week of blogging about food got me my first pingback (from SHU).
- How Do You Get Your Kids to Walk So Much? Q&A. I like re-reading this post because I feel like we’ve been walking so much less this fall, and it’s really inspiring me to commit to more hiking next summer.
- Destination Nova Scotia: Peggy’s Cove. I didn’t especially enjoy writing up these Destination Nova Scotia posts (re-sizing photos and pulling them out of archives – since these adventures happened before I started blogging – is a bit of a nuisance), but I LOVE that I have this little ode to Nova Scotia on my blog. We truly love this province, and I hope someone visiting for the first time might find some great inspiration from the various adventures I describe.
- Destination Nova Scotia: Cape Sable is another incredible location!!
- Mood Reset: Why Sometimes I Just Need to Look at My Sleeping Kids. This one just melts my heart. I should do this routine every night, because it really does feel like balm for the soul.
- A Minimalist Hack: Use the Same Toothpaste: Not sure why I liked this post so much, but a local friend commented on it (one of my first comments ever!) and it just feels so simple, but yet definitely makes one tiny element of family life – dental hygiene – more streamlined. On the topic of minimalism…
- Some Thoughts On Clutter and “Minimalism”: I really enjoyed the whole week of posts where I discussed minimalism and home organization. I find the whole topic very relaxing, oddly enough. Keep the flowers and pull the weeds.
- Peek Into Our Christmas: A Christmas Eve Ornament Tradition: And one last post that is just near and dear to my heart because it’s one of my favourite aspects of our family Christmas celebration. Only a few days until we unwrap our new ornaments for 2021!
If you’re a blogger, what was your favourite blog post to write/publish this year? I’d love you to link to it in your comment! And, if you’re not a blogger, what was your favourite memory from 2021 OR what big or little step did you take in 2021 that feels most rewarding?