12 months. 365 days. Each an opportunity to make moments into lifelong memories. Today I’m sharing 12 in 12. 12 amazing moments from the 12 months that made up 2016. I also have a bit of a surprise (*Hint: It’s a Giveaway) for you at the end to help you make an amazing memory for yourself in 2017!
Stats. We all check them, hover over them, obsess about them. They help us make our Blogs successful. Still sometimes the stats don’t favor the posts we love the most. So I’ve decided to share my favorite posts of 2016 here with you. Maybe you missed it or just want to take another look. Either way these are the ones I want to give a special highlight from a year that brought me blessings and opportunities I will never forget.
This was my One Word for last year. Believe. It is something I have not yet mastered but have definitely made progress with. Believing is the only way to make progress. If you want to present yourself as successful you must believe you can be that. I know that having this as my focus helped me achieve the goals I set for that year.
Okay. I know I’ll always be my kids mom. I do. Yet there are moments when you wonder. When they grow beyond needing you – what role should you play now? I remember the moment I wrote this I was so torn as to how to let me then Teenage son be the man he needs to be. He has since turned 20 and guess what… I’m still struggling. He wants to make decisions, choices and moves that I feel aren’t right. I’m his mom BUT he’s also his own person. Writing this post helped me to release some of the anxiety around the changes in our relationship as mother and son. I’m sure there will be a
few many more to come as he still matures and I try to watch and not always control the process so – stay tuned!
March was apparently a truly emotional month for me. Not in a bad way. I dealt with finding my balance, healing hurt and confronting fear all through my writing. I remember each time I took to my keyboard knowing that I was not only helping myself move forward through each emotion but potentially helping someone else in the same place. That’s the greatest reward in sharing the good and the bad. You never know who you may be reaching on the other side of the screen.
In April I was able to attend my very first Women’s Empowerment!! I had been trying to get to this event for at least 3 years so I was just a teeny bit excited. Hearing Viola Davis speak on where she came from and why she is where she is was not only inspiring but motivating. I can say this even truly changed my outlook in so many ways – as a woman, mother and entrepreneur.
5 Ways “tweet this” Increases Your Blog’s Exposure was a post I had so much fun putting together. I love finding new ways to reach audiences on Social Media. I also love sharing when I find a way that has been successful for me. Tweet This is one of those. It’s amazing how much impact you can have when someone who likes your content shares it with their own audience.
Last year Father’s Day seemed to hit me a bit harder than normal. I shared my why and a bit of my journey as a child to a Father who may not have been ideal but was still all I had in this post.
My faith has always been my foundation. Without it I know I could not make it through life and the ups and downs it can bring. If you know me, you know my favorite scripture is Romans 8:28 “…ALL things work together for good to them that Love the Lord” This passage has given me strength, hope and encouragement because it let’s me know no matter what things may look like up front God is always working Behind The Seen.
Now this is the month I’d been waiting for all year! It was time for #BlogHer16 and boy was this a big one for me. Not only would it be my second time attending but it was in Los Angeles – on my Birthday weekend AND I was being honored with a VOTY Award! Whew! Even now, it all still feels so UnReal.
This post is one of my faves just because it was fun to write. I’ve been a Stay At Home Mom for nearly 10 years and there are a few things I indulge in When The Kiddies Are Away!
This month brought a first for me. It was my first time Hosting a Twitter Party. I have held a CoHost position several times but let me tell you being the Host is a totally different experience – one I loved and learned from. So I decided to share a bit of both in this post.
I had a few more fun posts this month thanks to this year’s BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo Challenge. I didn’t make it the full month but I had a lot of fun trying as these posts show. From admitting sometimes I need a Time Out, learning to breath and sharing what happens when I decide to be completely honest the daily prompts let me writer side have a bit of fun for sure! I even launched a Brand New monthly series – MrsTee’s Must See Movies – where I share my Must See flicks of the month. I’m already working on this month so keep an eye out!
December is one of my favorite months ever – I mean: Christmas! Still most times that means I write less and live more. So my favorite pick for this month is my reflection on TheTeenager becoming MisterEJ. That’s right folks – he turned 20! We had a blast celebrating including getting his first tattoo BUT if you know me you know there was a bit of anxiety mixed in there. I mean this is my first-born and he’s an adult. I’m dealing but for me that means writing about it – here.
Well That’s it! My 12 favorite posts from the 12 months of 2016. I hope you guys enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed sharing them …
PS – I also did the whole stat thing (like I said numbers matter) here are the posts that Officially earned Top Views of 2016! I designed this really great Magazine Style Wrap Up where all the post/video links are Clickable…Tap the image below and see what posts made the cut!
Wait. I promised you a Giveaway didn’t I? Haha! Did you think I forgot? Never! So I’m not sure if you heard but I will be attending #BlogHer17 this year in Orlando, Florida as a part of the BlogHer Community Advisory Board.
Can you say stoked!?!? Well as part of CAB in addition to helping make sure #BlogHer17 is epic (not that we expect anything less) I also get to giveaway a Full Blogger/Influencer Pass to the Conference to one of my lucky followers!! I think a Win like this would be the perfect way to start a New Year…don’t you?