2014 was a good year for me. I started to feel comfortable as a mom, had a very busy but productive year at work, and went on a lot of fun day trips with Chris and Sprout. It wasn’t without its frustrations and challenges, especially feeling inadequate as an adult and the discouraging state of current events. But New Year’s Eve makes it a great time to look back at my entries and posts from this year that chronicled both the ups and the downs.
WordPress gives you a “Year in Review” that shows your top entries for the year, all of which I thought were strong as well. They run the gamut from how a Doctor Who episode helped me with my fears about motherhood to how an emergency root canal exposed our economic privilege. So if you’re just showing up, here are the entries that got read the most this year:
1. Wonderful, Awesome, Amazing, but Not Perfect
2. Fear Makes Companions of Us All
3. The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh – Won’t You Be my Visitor?
4. Why I Will Never Buy Elf on the Shelf
5. You Never Know What You’ve Got Until it Could be Gone
Then there were a number of posts that weren’t the most popular, but I personally liked. They ranged from angry ranting about societal issues to a celebration of a local park. Some I thought were particularly well-written while others I was proud of the fact that I could be that open and honest (ahem, Breastfeeding Week).
- An Open Letter to Parenting Philosophers
- In Sickness and in Health (trigger warning for potential severe illness in an infant)
- A Year of Love
- Breastfeeding Week: 9 Things I Wish I Had Known About Breastfeeding; On Feeding, Formula and Failure; Open Letter to Advocates Against Covers
- Songs to Grow Up On: A Manifesto about Puff the Magic Dragon
- That Perfect Girl is Gone
- Art in the Ordinary Moments
- Old-School Childhood
- Parenting: The Ultimate RPG
- The Myth of the Real Adult
- Ethically-Made Toys Christmas Gift Guide
I also had the opportunity to guest post at some really great blogs, so here were a few in case you missed them:
- Domestic Enemies of the Working Wife of the Stay-at-Home Dad at Rants from Mommyland
- What I Want to Teach my Kid About Nature at the Children and Nature Network
- Why I’m More Pro-Choice after Having a Baby at The Slacktiverse
Then there’s the Twitter. Compared to many, I don’t tweet that much and most of them are links. But I did have a few short, funny observations throughout the year about my everyday life that I’ve gathered into a Storify post.
With that look back, I’m hopeful looking forward into 2015. I hope you join me for the ride!