I recently celebrated 1 year of blogging here at Aduke Schulist, and while I sort of let the year slip by without doing as much as I wanted, I still marvel at the progress I made here. I am always so humbled that even 1 person finds interest in my writing, let alone all of you who faithfully read and comment – us bloggers live for comments – on Aduke Schulist.
In celebration of the past 12 months, I wanted to first share with you my 12 favorite blog posts from the past year.
1. Get Down Downtown 2016 – Outdoor Festival
One of my first posts on this new blog covered a yearly event called Get Down Downtown. Coincidentally that same event is coming up soon, so be on the lookout for this years coverage.
2. Day Out at the Outlets of Little Rock
I enjoyed a girls day out with fellow blogging friend Tiffany while we shopped and learned about some of the great deals being offered by stores in the Outlets of Little Rock Shopping Mall (I still want those shoes! Why have I not bought them yet?!)
We had good food, good fun, and good memories. I can’t tell you how many times I have been back, but even the kids enjoy it.
3. We are… ADOPTING! – Single Mom Adoption
We announced we are adopting. Since then, so much has changed, but not the desire to adopt. I have been putting off updating regarding the process, because there isn’t a whole lot to update at this time, but know that we are STILL planning on adopting! The time line has just been pushed back a bit while I hammer out some details.
4. Stand Still. Stay Strong. Have a VOICE.
It’s hard for me to stand up for myself and to speak my mind, but for 2017 I chose VOICE as my word of the year. With every decision I make, I am reminded of this word and what it means to me to have a say in my life.
I have noticed that I am a much stronger person because of this. I am not as easily intimidated. It has taken a lot of work, and is still a work in progress, but the progress is what’s important.
5. Fertility Awareness Method Explained and Tracking for Health
I gotta admit, I cringed myself when writing this post about the Fertility Awareness Method. Not because I don’t believe in it, but I was nervous of the reactions I would get. It still baffles me that some women are so ignorant about their own bodies. I was once one of them! Learning about my body and it’s functions has empowered me.
6. Mommy Med Spa Day – A Day Of Pampering and Pedicures
I joined Tiffany again for a day of pampering provided by the Rejuvenation Clinic Day Spa, Arkansas’s first med spa. That is a day I would love to re-live. Everything about the Spa was so relaxing, and my pedicure lasted for weeks!
7. 5 Reasons I Have Body Hair
Things got a little hairy when I shared 5 Reasons I Have Body Hair.
I was surprised at how supportive some of the comments were. I was really expecting to be bombarded with how gross it is.
8. Boy Scout Camp & Disabilities
Both of my boys are in Boy Scouts, and this Summer, they both attended their first week long Boy Scout camp. Because of Losh’s disabilities and his need for assistance, I had to attend with him.
We had so much fun. I had hesitations with going, but looking back, it was a blast. I even learned how to tie a few knots myself.
9. 2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge
My love of reading was shared when I posted about the 2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge. Because of it, I found a few new favorite authors. This year, I did not participate in a reading challenge.
10. Why Being A Single Parent Is Awesome
My kids mean everything to me, and while parenting them alone is a challenge, there is so much to love. I shared some of my favorite things in Why Being A Single Parent Is Awesome.
11. Before You Get 4-H Chickens
My desire to raise chickens for eggs was somewhat fulfilled last year when we raised our first flock of baby chicks.
Spoiler: most of them died, and we ultimately didn’t get a single egg, but learned a lot and are patiently awaiting an egg from our second flock of chickens.
12. Hashimoto’s and Dietary Changes
Sharing my health journey began when I learned that I had Hashimoto’s and started taking medication to treat it. I posted about how I am making dietary changes to help keep this in check…
It’s hard y’all! I’m still struggling with removing gluten from my diet, but have drastically reduced my intake. I don’t notice any difference yet.
So, there you have it.. my 12 favorite posts from the last 12 months. I hope you took the time to view a few of these as you were making your way down the list. Tell me below in the comments…
Which one of these was your favorite?