Best Posts and Projects of 2016

Please forgive me for the super cliche New Year post- the end of the year never seems to pass without me blogging or writing in my journal about it. Do people still even have journals? I don't write in mine nearly as often as I should, but I still like to keep one. I guess for personal reasons. 

It seems to me that people have mixed feelings about 2016- which is understandable. But me? I'm always sort of sad to see a year end, no matter how good or bad it was. It means my kids, my family members, are another year older, and I'm always left dumbfounded that a new year came and went so quickly. This one especially. The older I get the faster they go. 

2016 was especially good for my family- and my "professional life" I mean, if you want to call it that lol cause we all know the last thing I am is professional! No but seriously- when I started focusing on my blog in September, I had no idea I would have so many readers, people who actually enjoyed what I had to say. I had no idea I would inspire so many people, or that so many people would come to me with personal stories of their own, I had no idea that people would feel open enough with me to discuss their struggles and their successes. It truly has been such a beautiful thing, I am SO EXTREMELY THANKFUL and I can't thank you all enough for opening up your hearts to me. I get emotional talking about it every single time. When people ask me what I do for a living, I'm always scared to tell them I have a blog (although my hubby or Nick Jr. always does it for me before I can get the words out!) I don't think people understand how much goes into it, or just how much friendships you'll make and how if you let it, it will change your life. Mostly for the better. 

I was able to travel the world with my family- visit exotic places for the first time, and really learn a lot about who I am. It's been such a great year for me spiritually as well. I found God in such a profound way and am extremely thankful for all of the wonderful GOD FEARING women who have been brought into my life. Thank you for building me up. Especially on Instagram, and on days when I'm struggling. 

WOW, this post got super emotional fast- and all I was going to do was show you some of the best loved posts and projects from the year! Ha, sorry about know once I start rambling I can never shut up (uh, do you WATCH my Instagram videos?) LOL. 

So without further ADO (is that how you spell that word?) I bring you..
You all LOVED these DIY Industrial Shelves-
..that Nick and I built one Sunday afternoon, and trust me- so do I! I'll be sharing the full powder room bathroom reveal shortly! I can't believe I've never shared it ya'll. Time is seriously slipping away from me. 

I answered a question I get asked a ton in this post about hanging stuff without damage
and it became one of my most viewed posts ever. It's always funny when a post you don't think people will really care about becomes one of the best. That's why I blog every single little thing. I'm always surprised to hear what people want to know more about. 

I blogged about my absolute favorite neutral paint color in this post here.
I shared my thoughts on owning the Ikea Ektorp Sofa and what I thought everyone else needed to know before buying it here in this post. 
I talked about the often most overlooked thing when it comes to refreshing or rehabbing a space in this post, here.
and got a little more personal in my post talking about how I deal with comparison and try not to get caught up too much in it-in this post here and this post ended up being my all time highest viewed post, LIKE, EVER. After that I was encouraged to share more then just my home with you- and was inspired to open up my heart as well. 

2017 is looking to be even better then 2016 as far as house projects and this little blog goes, but you can bet, I won't get caught up in Sponsored posts- or change my way of sharing things with all of you. I really want to keep my blog small, and quaint and personal, so I don't lose sight of what's important, and that's all of you. It's my readers and my friends that keep me blogging. Even on days when I want to delete all my social media and hide in my house forever. It's the sweet comments I get saying I inspired someone to tackle a house project on their own, or that I encouraged them to love their home again. Those are the things that mean the most to me, and while I'm not going to lie to you- it's certaintly nice to be able to make money if I'm able- that is not and will never be the prime goal here on, I won't conform to "fitting in" with other bloggers- I won't ever share anything I don't 100% love with you and I won't ever forget that it was YOU who started all of this and gave me a small little place to come and be myself. While 2017 is looking big and bright- I hope that it still remains small in the sense that my blog continues to display my heart with you. 

Happy New Year my friends! I sure hope it's great! 

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1 comment

  1. The happiest of New Years to you my friend! What a great year you've had! And yes I am always a sad nostalgic mess when the year ends.... the passing of time is no fun!!