Howwwdy! I’ve been doing a lot of reflection the last couple weeks about 2013 and all that happened, how I’ve grown, and how much is still the same. One huge thing in my life has been this blog and my website and all the incredible opportunities it has placed before me over the course of this year. I thought I’d share with you the most popular posts, my favorite outfits of the year, news of what’s gone on, and the blogs that have encouraged me the most personally.
| Top 5 Most Popular Posts of 2013 |
These are the top 5 most visited pages, based on views. I have a sneaking suspicion that the pants and swimsuit posts ranked on this list because of their controversial nature, whereas the t-shirt and cami review posts were popular because of the actual helpfulness of the posts. 🙂 And why the last one got so many views I have no idea. It did have a very-requested video in the post, so maybe that’s why. 😉
| My Favorite Outfits of 2013 |
It was hard to choose only 5 favorite outfits! I didn’t deliberate too much, but these are the ones that stood out to me, in no particular order. The 1st one I love the colors and textures of. And that headband. The 2nd is just fun for me. The tiny rose print of the cardigan mixed with the printed socks and heels just make me happy. 🙂 3rd, I was really comfortable and happy with my birthday outfit. It was exactly what the day called for and I love it when that happens. 4th, pink and denim is one of the best combinations. Plus, I really like my hair in that picture. 😉 5th, this skirt and shirt are so easy and perfect together, plus the watch/bracelet is fab.
What were your favorite outfits of mine this year? I was so surprised that so many of y’all commented saying you liked that polkadotted dress with yellow
! I love it, but not that
| Fresh Modesty News 2013 |
There were so many new things in regards to my business and blog! This time last year, I launched my new eBook and website
. That was a huge adventure and the success of it has been phenomenal, selling over 170 copies so far! I hope to update the Show and Tell page
soon with many of the beautiful skirts ladies have made! I also branched out and advertised on the between-session slides at the Family Economics & Discipleship Conference
in St. Louis back in May. That was really, really weird to see my stuff playing before a room of so many people.
The following week, really last-minute, I was given an opportunity to have a booth at the Teach Them Diligently Conference in Nashville
! That was a growing experience to engage complete strangers in conversation and try to sell them something! What made it easier and more enjoyable was getting to spend so much time with my booth neighbors, Blimey Cow
! We’re still pals.
Here are a couple places this blog was featured that I may have neglected to share with y’all!
| The Blogs I Read in 2013 |
I used to be a huge blog-reader. I would spend an hour or two every day pouring over my favorite Biblical Womanhood blogs and websites and forums. But, that kind of time is no more for me, so I have only kept up reading a very few this year. These blogs have really encouraged personal growth for me this year:
- Wool and Wanderlust. This is the blog of a good friend’s sister-in-law who is living in Scotland with her 3 babies, husband, and incredible healthy, purposeful style. She’s only 10 months older than me but I am so inspired by her intentionality and joy as she lives the life of a wife and mother. If a mom of three littles can do things naturally and organically in a “strange” land, so can I. 😉
- Little House In The Hills. Tricia’s little girls were featured in a FOFM post earlier this year. This is another “mommy” blog that has inspired me in my singleness. Tricia’s enthusiasm and incredible self-control and thoughtfulness as she budgets and makes lists has rubbed off on me and I’m super excited to stick to a strict budget this coming year. As soon as I see a new post is up, I stop and read it. Her posts are usually easy, quick, fun reads that encourage me to keep going during a hard day.
- Gingham at Five-Thirty. This is a new blog run by my good true-blue southern friend Claire. I went through and read all of her back-posts (there weren’t too many) and was very encouraged. I have them coming to my email inbox (usually about every other day) and they’re a great reminder to be thinking hospitably, even if just for my family.
- And of course, my fav fellow modest fashion bloggers: Bramblewood Fashion, Natasha Atkerson, and Creations By Callie.
So, there ya go, some brief reflection on what 2013 has held. I have a funny feeling 2014 is going to be even better. I would love to hear your thoughts on all this! What have been your favorite posts this year? What blogs are on the top of your list?
Thank you all SO MUCH for reading and for all the comments you leave! I am seriously so blessed by y’all! Huge hug to each of you. 🙂