A Year In Review

This year has been pretty much amazing for me.  In no small part because of this blog.  Let me explain before I sound totally full of myself.  You see, keeping this blog has provided me with opportunities to connect with people that I might not have had the chance to otherwise.  It’s at times forced me to get off the couch and go explore my city.  It’s made me think more creatively about my schedule.  It’s caused me to slow down at literally smell the roses.  It’s also provided an outlet to process some important and at times difficult things I’ve encountered over the year.  It’s also helped me make new friends!

I mean really, how awesome is that?

I thought today it would be fun to share a few of my favorite posts and series from the past year.

In thinking about favorites, I’d have to start off with the #StyleLove series.  I mean how incredible are these women? Not only have they allowed me to invade their space and highlight their amazing style but they’ve taken the time to share their heart and the lessons on life they’ve learned along the way. I love this bit of advice that Beth shared in her #StyleLove interview, “Be yourself! You have been beautifully, wonderfully, and uniquely made….so be proud of it! Just think, if everyone were the same, what fun would the world be?!”  Isn’t that just what it’s all about?

This blog has also given me the opportunity to journal my travels and I’ve been to some pretty cool places over the past year including; Denmark, Puerto Rico, London and Bosnia just to name a few.  Looking back over these posts gets me excited to pack my bags again!

Probably one of the only reasons I’ve been able to keep my promise of posting 5x a week is because of the amazing people who have guest posted on the blog over the past year.  Here’s just a few of my favorites: “When Your Clothes Become Your Armor“, “Second Chances” and basically every “Girl Talk” post.  I guess, if I’m forced to admit it, I also enjoyed when the guy’s took over the blog.  Although there was a shocking lack of sparkle that week.

Speaking of sparkle, I love that blogging has provided me the opportunity to work with other creatives on what we’ve termed #YouSparkle projects.  Women like Lauren Modny, Mary-Jane of LeRoy French Flowers, Tanya of Birch+Honey and Ella of Start Close In Styling are just a few of the incredibly inspiration people I’ve had the opportunity to work on these projects with.

In fact, Ella has pretty much revolutionized my style over the past year.  She helped me survive my “No Shopping Challenge” by helping me “Shop My Closet” and find new favorites in the midst of old castoffs.  On top of that she’s helped me tackle the ginormous task of cleaning out my closet and FINALLY defining what my personal style is.

Lastly and I think in my mind, most importantly, this space has allowed me to share my heart with you.  It’s allowed me to share the battles I’m fighting, the lessons I’m learning and the hard won truths I’m holding onto in my own life.  Here are just a few posts that I feel like I’ve poured my heart into over the past year… “Masterpiece“, “Valleys“, “The Comparison Trap“, “Your Story“, “The Unknown” , “Hope is Dangerous“, “Anchor“, “Letting Go“, “The Power of One“… ok, maybe that’s more than a few… I pour my heart into a lot of what I write around here.

I’ve said it before and I will continue to say it… Thank you!

Thank you for coming along on this adventure with me.  I’d love to hear from you.  Do you have a favorite moment or post from this past year on Love Always Hannah?

 

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