Saving Said Simply 10 Most Influential Posts of 2014
2014. It’s been…a year. We’ve laughed, We’ve cried. We went viral. As we close up 2014, I’m bringing back what I feel are the 10 Most Influential Posts of 2014. Looking back on my posts for the year, there’s definitely a few thoughts of mine that stand out. Ones that I feel made a difference if not in the world in just one small, minuscule bit, then at least in my own self. And ironically, those were the ones that were the rawest, most vulnerable, and peeled back the deepest layers of me. I’ve never felt so exposed before on my blog, so real and honest. It’s humbling to see that people can weed through the superficial and stop, notice and read my heartfelt moments. Tears, reflection and yes, even smiles are here.
This was absolutely the hardest post I wrote for 2014. I never felt so scared, so stripped, and feeling like such a failure. To watch this post be shared, reshared and go viral, it was the forgiveness I needed for myself to heal.
Family Focus Fridays have been a staple of this blog for 2014. I’ve shared a lot of laughter, family adventures and silly kid moments. But this Family Focus Friday had a different effect. It’s not a year without something happening to the other child. Another min-viral post, I talk about the scariest 45 minutes of my life as my son stepped onto a school bus for the first time.
9/11. As young and as innocent as my kids are, I still want to be able to talk with them about that day. But it’s certainly not an easy topic. So this year, I sat down and told them 5 things about 9/11 that I thought were important for their little ears to hear.
Losing a loved one is easily one of the hardest things anyone has to go through in life. Dealing with grief for the first time in my adulthood has brought on new emotions and raw writing.
I took my first ever vacation without a single connection to WiFi, my blog or social media. And it was wonderful. I learned 10 things on my unplugged vacation, and definitely gained a new perspective on life.
Finally dealing with my son’s preschool experience, the words flowed as I came to grips on a year of learning gone bad. I wrote this letter to all Preschool Teachers, reminding them just how important their role is in life.
Talking about my adoption experience on this blog has been really pivotal in finding my sense of self. I’ve done a series of posts this year, but this letter to my birth parents was definitely the most moving of the bunch.
I never thought I’d be so sad to leave it behind. Breastfeeding has been such a wonderful part of my life and it was tough letting it go. So I said goodbye to a part of me.
OK became a horrible part of my everyday life. In efforts to strike it from my vocabulary this year, I worked through and realized why it’s NEVER really ok.
Mommyhood has been full of adventures and laughs. I certainly enjoyed this post this year about what I’ve learned about moms and me.
What have these posts taught me this year? I’ve learned that I AM a writer. That my words do matter. That my blog is more than a place where I talk about what someone else is trying to say. My thoughts are just as important too. If you haven’t taken the moment to stop and read these post all in entirety, I encourage you to do so. Maybe share with someone who might be grieving, or in need of hope.
Don’t forget to check out the 20 Best Recipes of 2014 and what YOU thought was the most delicious this year!
So glad I got to get crafty with you in 2014 with the 10 Best Kids Crafts! Picked up by BuzzFeed, going viral and more!
I would love to hear what posts of mine made a difference for you this year. Was there one that really stands out? One that changed your thinking? One that left a lasting impression?
Please know that my thoughts would be nothing and mean nothing without you. So for reading, understanding and sharing my moments from 2014, thank you.