The Bobsleddies, Part 2

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Photo Credit: [rotten apple] via Compfight cc

Yesterday I started my mini-Best Of series with a list of my top 5 most-read articles from 2013.  Today I’m highlighting some of my favorites from the year, even if they didn’t get read the most.

My post about Christmas morning at my grandparents’ farm when I was a kid.  Somehow my (surprisingly tech-savvy) grandma found this post and asked me to read it to everyone in my extended family before we started opening presents this year.

My goal setting posts.  Here’s a good one reviewing my August goals — I had a baby in late July, so my August goals were things like “take a nap everyday.”  I love reviewing my goals monthly and coming up with goals/projects that make a concrete impact on my happiness in a relatively short time span.

Sisters in Spirit: Forgiveness was all about the struggles of forgiving myself when I feel like I’ve royally screwed up as a parent — yelled, spanked, and utterly missed the mark when trying to design a punishment that fits the “crime” of a squirrelly three-year-old.

My posts on running/weight lifting/etc. were pretty slim this year, but this one I wrote at 33 1/2 weeks pregnant makes me smile.  I am so proud of myself for continuing to stay active throughout my pregnancy.  I do actually enjoy exercising, so that helped, but since this is my second kid, I knew it would be a lot easier to exercise before the baby came than after!  (5 months post-partum, I can attest to the truth of this statement.)

I loved writing about reading this year!  I know it pushed me to read more than I would have normally, even after my extra reading time during maternity leave came to an end.  I talked about some of my favorite books of the year (Bread & Wine and The Art Forger) in my October Twitterature post.

I got back into scrapbooking this year, using the Project Life system.  (For the uninitiated, it’s basically an album + photo pocket pages + a “core kit” of color-coordinated cards for filling in dates, writing down memories, etc.)  My favorite part was the little Project Life baby book that I created, since I knew there was no way I was going to keep up with a traditional baby book for my second child.

What was your favorite thing you wrote (or read) on a blog this year?

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14 thoughts on “The Bobsleddies, Part 2

  1. Isn’t it amazing how much more realistic your post-baby expectations are the second time around?!

    I think I might borrow your grading system for monthly goal updates this year. I’m planning to do monthly updates in addition to setting weekly goals so that I can tie everything together. I did a very poor job of that in 2013. No connection at all between my annual goals and my weekly goals, for the most part.
    Shana Norris recently posted…Twitterature :: December 2013My Profile

    • I don’t think I can claim much credit for the grading system, so “borrow” away! I want to be better about tying my short-term and long-term goals together this year, too. Since working that out in my mind… even though I’ve got a post on it scheduled for 6am tomorrow! Time for a rewrite…again…

    • Yep — i write about a little bit of everything in my life so there’s bound to be ones that mean more to me than other people. Luckily I have awesome readers who stick with me through all of it! Thanks for commenting.

  2. Wow! Sounds like you did awesome. Since I am still new to the blogging thing, I have read a TON of blogs and have written more than I ever have this year. I am loving it all. Just high on life, new friends, dreams, faith and infinite possibility. Have a Happy New Year.
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    • Yes, I love all the connections that blogging has brought me! You are doing great for being so new at this — I would have never guessed! Keep it up and I’ll “see you around”! Happy new year to you, too.

  3. haha..the goal of “take a nap every day.” I love it. I agree that goals change with circumstances.
    My favorite post was one I wrote this summer after visiting the hospital that had sent Des to a NICU. It was his first birthday and we brought cupcakes to the nurses and obviously, showed off our healthy kid.
    I wrote a post about what it was like to visit there and the NICU. A year later.

  4. Wow, what a great year!
    This year in blogging was a tough one. Life sort of caught up with me and I struggled to be as consistent. But I always find posts where I am experimenting in the kitchen to be some of my favorites.
    Happy New Year!

  5. I am thrilled that you stayed active during pregnancy as well. All too often people take pregnancy as an excuse to be lazy and eat copious amounts of garbage- but do you really want to feel your child that? Exactly! More people should look to you as their role model 🙂
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    • Wow, thank you! I do try to eat healthy to give my babies a good start in life, and now with my 3 yr old I am doing my best to model healthy eating habits for him and expose him to a wide range of foods. (Last night he ate his weight in edamame… Who would have guessed?)

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