2013. What a year! I’ll admit that this past year has been FULL. Lots of good things, plenty of stressful things, and overall just busy, busy, busy. I’m really looking forward to 2014. I love the New Year. I love making goals. I love clean beginnings. And I really believe that 2014 is going to be awesome! But before I dive into a new year I wanted to look back at the big events of Thank Your Body during 2013.
Despite an uncomfortable pregnancy, a stressful move (at 37 weeks preggo), and trying to find balance in the stressful day-to-day of working at home and being a mom and wife, there were a lot of great things about 2013. The two that really stick out are:
1. The birth of Baby D!
Obviously this is the best thing about this year. We welcomed Baby D through a beautiful home birth. He’s a smiley, wonderful boy who has completed our little family. We are so lucky and blessed to have him in our lives.
2. The birth of a new business!
Early this year we officially launched Thank Your Body as a LLC. It still blows my mind that I have been lucky enough to turn my passion and hobby into a living. The best part was that my husband was able to quit his job that he hated to by my technical genius. We’re not millionaires and it’s definitely more work than I ever imagined, but overall I feel tremendously humbled that we are open for business. In the past year we’ve had over 2.5 million unique visitors spend some time with us through the site. Thank you! Words cannot describe how grateful I am for each of you.
Top 10 TYB Posts of 2013
It’s also fun to look through my analytics and see what the top ten posts were. It’s often surprising what really resonates with people, or gets passed on through the big ole’ web of social media. So for those of you are wondering what people are looking at most, here you go:
This is probably my all time favorite diy beauty product to date. It’s seriously such an amazing homemade lotion. Click here to get this whipped body butter recipe.
This post is like a roller coaster that keeps coming up every few months. For me, staying away from vegetable oils has been HUGE for my health. They are everywhere and just no good. Read the ugly truth about vegetable oils here.
My all time favorite way to wash my face. If you haven’t heard of the oil cleansing method or tried it yet, do it now!
Surprisingly there are a lot of people wondering if they are drinking too much water as this is a top searched for post. And while I want to reiterate the fact that water is essential to good health, drinking too much for the sake of following silly made-up rules is a bad idea. Read here to see if you are drinking too much water.
This simple diy is one of the easiest… and you probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen. Get my homemade foundation recipe here.
I love lemons, but never realized how much you could do with the peel! I will never throw a lemon peel away now. See all 31 uses for lemon peels here.
My first attempt at diy makeup. I really like this homemade mascara recipe, but I’ll let you in on a secret: I’m doing a “part 2″ that’s going to be even better! See the homemade mascara recipe here.
Ladies, nobody likes cramps. Period. (Ha! See what I did there?) My natural remedies for menstrual cramps provide ideas on things you can do to stop the cramps now as well as info on how to address the issues of cramps for good.
And the number one post is:
My most popular post where I find out that being one of “those” moms isn’t a bad thing… and there are A LOT of us who want truly healthy snack options for our kids. Get my homemade healthy fruit snack recipe here.
Goals for 2014
I have lots of fun ideas swimming in my mind for the new year. I’ll be presenting in the New Year, New You summit that’s happening in a week. I’m also working on some cool products to help people find an even healthier and happier way of being. (I know, so cryptic.)
Mostly I want 2014 to be a year where I can give back to my readers. I want YOU to know how great you are and to have as many options as possible to make your life better.
So tell me, what would YOU like to see on Thank Your Body in 2014? I’m all ears!