As this year comes to a close, I’m naturally being quite reflective. Not only am I setting goals for 2014, I’m also thinking back on the writing I’ve done this year and I thought it might be fun to share the posts that were my personal favorites.
On the topics of beauty, body image and wellness, I shared about returning to the gym, learning to love my body as it is, my commitment to never wear pants that hurt, and the need for balance in the way we talk about beauty.
Within the realm of style, career and relationships, I shared one of my favorite hairstyles, The Carrie Bradshaw Bun (and also the Rope Braid!), my quick one-minute solution for a bold red lip, tips for how to fill in your eyebrows, thoughts on avoiding burnout as a blogger, why lateness is not okay (despite the fact that I’m chronically 5-10 minutes late!), the need for prioritizing the important over urgent, and my feelings on long mornings and new measures of success.
Also, I put together a few things this year for other websites that I’m really proud of—namely a sweater photo shoot with Glitter Guide and Old Navy, 8 Secrets of a Joyful Life for Clementine Daily, thoughts on gathering with friends for Annapolis & Company, an interview on “fat talk” for Potentia Therapy, and the need for making room for inspiring relationships for Darling Magazine.
And of course, I also read some really great stuff by other people who I respect immensely. You’d be silly not to read these posts: Change the Story by Shauna Niequist, Twenty-Five Year Old Self by Elizabeth Fuller, Recovery: My Journey with an Eating Disorder by Anne Taylor, The Screen in Front of You and Me by Lauren Tien, Thriving in Your Twenties by Nicole Zasowski, The List That Changed by Mary Beth Johnson, and It Is Well by Madison Mayberry Hofmeyer.
Overall, it’s been a wonderful year and I’m excited for all that’s to come in 2014 (most notably, Nellie Magazine!). Thank you for being part of this community here—I value you as readers and web friends, and am so grateful to be able to share bits of my life with you every day.
What bit of work are you proud of this year? What accomplishments (or moments) will you always remember from 2013?
Lifeguard stand photo by Stone Crandall Photography for Glitter Guide.