I’ve spent the past week recapping the most popular projects and posts of last year…and there were a lot of them. But what made 2015 so unbelievably special was you…and the experiences and opportunities that came from your support, readership, comments, and genuine enthusiasm and encouragement.
While I tend to always be pushing forward, it’s key for me to slow down in order to acknowledge all the blessings I’ve been given…both big and small…so I can truly express my gratitude. In a world of endless To Do Lists, it’s easy for me to lose sight of what I’ve accomplished, so I hope you’ll indulge me one last recap post of 2015, sharing my personal highlights.
I struggle to write these type of posts because they feel a little narcissistic. But I often have to remind myself that this blog is my happy place…my own personal scrapbook and life’s chronicle…of not only what we do to our home, but what happens to the people in our home.
There’s no question being photographed for the cover of Redbook was one of the highlights of my life, let alone 2015! That was a once-in-a-lifetime experience I’ll never forget, and my mind is still boggled that I was chosen…in large part of because of you guys and your persistent votes!!
Not only have amazing opportunities and experiences come from this blog, but so many treasured friendships. Many of my closest friends are now people I’ve met online…some of whom, I’ve still yet to actually meet in person (I’m talking to you, Freckles Chick!). That concept really baffles my mom, but I’m so grateful for the relationships born from this special place.
Anna Maria Island with Jen’s Family
We had some really big personal moments and changes last year…starting with unexpectedly selling our house, buying a new one, and moving!! There were a few hiccups and growing pains, but in the end, it was a positive step for our family. Not to mention, all new spaces to decorate!
My sister also married the best guy ever, and after celebrating her bachelorette in New York City, my entire family was part of her gorgeous Montana wedding.
Some posts take on a life of their own, and I really have no idea why one project resonates more than another…but these posts (along with the most commented ones) received more views than any others in 2015.
It’s fun for me to see who you are, and where you’re coming from, according to Google Analytics:
More than half of you are referred here from other sites…so thank you to these amazing bloggers who so generously share my projects and include me in their blogrolls. Without them and Pinterest, I’d likely be writing to just my mom and aunt each day.
That said, the majority of the amazing opportunities that come my way, are because of you, darling readers…I know without your support, enthusiasm, kindness, and interactions, none of this would be possible. I can’t thank you enough for popping in every day, week, month, or leap year…whenever it is, I’m thrilled you stopped by! Even the lurkers…I know you’re there!
I know this post was a lot of toot-tooting my own horn, so thank you for indulging me. God has blessed me more than I could have ever imagined, and I’m beyond humbled by your friendship, support and kind words. With all my heart, thank you. #grouphug
Your encouragement makes me excited to share each project, and continue doing what I love so much. Starting this blog was the best whim I’ve ever acted on, and I can’t wait to see what’s next. This year has already started with a bang, and I’m excited to share all the ideas and projects with you. I pray 2016 is your best yet, lovebugs!