As promised, here's the next edition of the posts I'm reflecting on from last year. Take a look back and see what you remember. Or read something you may have missed. Either way, I hope you enjoy!
1. Gen Xers - "Just Say No," Remember?
Easier said than done. But here's some advice. (P.S. - it's not about drugs.)
2. Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful…
Being distracted with your looks can keep you away from better thoughts.
3. Top Ten Rules to Follow on Social Media
Still relevant a year later!
4. A Story of Two Skaters
Character lessons in all types of sports.
5. God's Purpose for Death
A rough one to struggle through.
6. My Son Gave Me a Lollipop
I love my son. He will always be my little boy.
7. Seeing Color
A long one, but here's my trouble understanding racism.
8. Is it Okay to Like My Work?
A question we probably all struggle with somewhere deep inside.
9. Azaleas and Motherhood
A trip down memory lane with my kids and my house.
10. Why I Do What I Do
Inside the mind of a writer. You know you want to know.
Stayed tuned for next January (2016) to see what will have been noteworthy this year. Until then, I'm off to get inspired with blog posts, while awaiting the soon-to come release of Book 3, Caedmon of the Angelmen!
Am I too lazy to come up with a new post? Maybe, but really I don't want some of these posts to get buried away. I enjoyed a good laugh from a few of these, and from others I remembered a difficult season of life. So, here is what made me laugh and cry last year (in chronological order). Click on the title to visit that post yourself.
1. Why I Do What I Do
This is a post that explains why I continue to pursue a career as an author even though I make virtually nothing in terms of a wage from it.
2. Why Daddies Make Better Coaches than Mommies
This past spring, I was the assistant coach on my daughter's softball team. (The head coach was a daddy.) This post goes through some of the trouble I dealt with in balancing all my duties this past spring after adding coaching to the list.
3. The Cross Didn't Save You
I look at focusing more intently on Jesus Himself, and not necessarily Christian symbols.
4. Top Ten Foods I Know Are Doing Me In
A somewhat humorous look at food I love to eat, even though I know it is so bad for me. I had many responses to this - mostly looking for where the foods could be found!
5. What Percent of a Person is Good?
I was inspired to write this one by a controversy on another site. I really needed to make my convictions known about the reason we really need to be saved… from ourselves!
6. Top Ten Courtesies I Hope to Pass on to My Children
We're struggling to get by in a selfish world full of people who only think of themselves. (I'm guilty of it too, so often.) But if we can train our next generation to look beyond themselves, hopefully it will become natural for people to look out for one another.
7. Position Primmer for Newbies
I know so many people who do not enjoy watching sports, and it's because they just don't understand the sport enough! Some are in committed relationships with someone who does love the sport. What a great way to show someone you love them - taking an interest in what they enjoy. In this series of articles, I give you the basics of baseball and American football.
(This link will take you to the rest of the Primmers.)
8. We Thought It Was a Virus
My most-visited post to date. Here, I detail my journey with my daughter to the diagnosis of her Type 1 Diabetes and her brush with death. Reading this, you will find signs and symptoms to look for in this disease and see just how bad it can get if left undetected.
9. I Painted My Nails (and Didn't Feel Too Guilty About It.)
The first step to removing myself from my daughter's care and thinking about going on with life as planned.
10. Why I Like Pretty Dress Day So Much
Being me. This was a tough one to write, because I actually reveal that I have selfish thoughts.
Next week, I will go further back in the year. If you have a favorite post you would like me to share, be sure to let me know! New posts will resume soon.
Because I love even numbers and lists!