My Blog Post Highlights of 2015

Last January, I did a round-up of my favourite blog posts from 2014 (which you can find here). Not only is great fun to go back over my old posts and pick out my favourites, but it also serves to remind me of the type of posts that I enjoy writing the most.

As a blogger, it can be easy to get bogged down with what you think you should be writing instead of what it is you want to be writing. I’m sure it’s no coincidence that most of the posts I’ve selected here were written earlier in the year. Because as the year went on, I definitely felt like I’d lost my way a bit when it comes to this here blog of mine. Going forward, in 2016, I am vowing to write for me again. It may mean that I blog less often but hopefully each post will be something that I can be proud of.

Without further ado, here are my 10 favourite blog posts from 2015:

The elephant in the room (that’s Actually a Bear):

What do you do when your child is given a 3ft tall teddy bear for Christmas? I mean, other than look utterly horrified because you have no room for it in your house?  Here’s my advice: Don’t, whatever you do, give it a name.

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I’m sure, as I helped Jasmine unwrap it, I was unable to mask the look of sheer horror on my face. The look that said “What the hell am I supposed to do with this?!”

Dancing with strangers:

Finding that elusive ‘me time’ is hard when you’re a stay-at-home mum. So much so, that in order to get some, I went out by myself to go dancing with strangers.

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I took a deep breath, swung open the double doors and walked inside – the music already pounding. I took off my coat and put it to one side. In my head I was trying to work out how to go about making the change from looking like a rabbit-in-headlights to throwing disco shapes in the most inconspicuous way possible.

Why I’m OK with being ‘just a Mummy Blogger’:

After experiencing some negative vibes towards the ‘mummy blogger’ community at a blogger event I attended, I wrote this post explaining why I am more than OK to be ‘just a mummy blogger’. It seemed resonate with so many of you.

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I don’t want people to lust after some made up ‘lifestyle’ I’m selling. I want people to nod along as they read my writing, to recognise themselves in my words and to feel like they can relate to the things I’m going through. That, to me, makes me a ‘successful blogger’ in my own right.

Peter Pan Syndrome:

Shortly after my 28th birthday I wrote this post about how I feel about ‘growing up’ (it turns out I don’t much like it). Do you suffer with Peter Pan syndrome? Great! Let’s build a den!

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I accept that I’m an adult. I accept that I have responsibilities (my mini human, being the most important of them all). I have bills to pay. A mouth to feed. A home to take care of. A husband to love and cherish.

But please, don’t ever tell me I’m a ‘grown up’. That is the WORST.

Should I keep my maiden name?:

On the 9th June I married my partner, Stephen. During the run up to our wedding I wrote this post – it was basically me ‘thinking out loud’ about the pros and cons of keeping my maiden name. It got a lot of really interesting and thought-provoking comments. FYI – I have kept my maiden name… for now!

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Sometimes life presents you with opportunities to wipe the slate clean and start again. Opportunities such as starting a new job or moving to a new area. You can reinvent yourself a little. I feel the same way about a name change.

It takes a village… {Jasmine starts nursery}:

In September, we made the big decision to send Jasmine to nursery for two mornings a week. As a stay-at-home mum, I felt incredibly guilty about this decision. Ultimately, I was sure that it was the right thing for us to do, as a family. If you’re weighing up the pros and cons of sending your little one to nursery, this post is for you…

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That’s what us mums do, isn’t it? We make decisions for our children, in the hope that they are in their best interests, and then proceed to feel guilty about them. Regardless of the outcome.

When it happens again… {Miscarriage}:

This may seem an odd post to include in my ‘highlights’ and I suppose it is, in a way. It’s a post that was both incredibly difficult to write and to read back but here’s the thing: we need to talk about miscarriage. The more we can be open about the subject, the less taboo it becomes and the less isolated and lonely, those of us going through it, will feel. I don’t want sympathy – I want a baby. Still, we need to talk about miscarriage.

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All I’ve ever wanted to do is grow babies, give birth to them and nurture them. And I can’t. It’s not working. I’m not working. Or at least, that’s what it feels like. My body is broken. My heart is broken.

The day that Bunny went missing:

It’s a moment that every parent dreads, their child losing a favourite toy. This is a story about the day my daughter’s beloved Jellycat Bunny went missing. (Have tissues on stand by!)

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“Well, this does not look good.” I said to Stephen, feeling extremely downbeat. “The first 24 hours are the most critical, if we’re ever going to find him.”

3 Life Lessons I’ve learned from my baby:

I wrote this post when Jasmine was 9 months old. In those 9 short months she had managed to teach me so much about life. Find out how she taught me to love myself, be determined and have a jolly good cry every now and again!

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My daughter is constantly showing me what life is all about. She doesn’t understand the concept of inhibitions, let alone have any. Her mind is unaffected by society – it’s pressure to look, act and be a certain way.

Is there a blog post that you wrote in 2015 that you’re particularly proud of? Tell me about it. :) 

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  1. Avatar January 1, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    All of these are why I love you and love your blog. That bear is just brilliant, defo my favourite post of the year xxx

    • Jenna January 1, 2016 / 9:00 pm

      That blummin’ bear has taken up 3ft of our house for over a year now. Looks like he’s here to stay!

      Thanks so much, Kate. xx

  2. Avatar January 2, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    I love this! Funnily enough I’ve just looked at my most popular posts and they are the ones that I’ve loved writing and have a little piece of me in xx

    • Jenna January 2, 2016 / 7:44 pm

      I think it really shows when you’ve put your heart and soul into a post. :)

      I definitely want to get back to doing more of those kind of posts in 2016. xx

  3. Avatar January 3, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    Aaah I blooming LOVED the dancing with strangers post – I remember it so clearly. Stepping out of your comfort zone every once in while is good for the soul. Always uncomfortable at first but generally something that will make you feel proud and happy you did it, after the event.

    Wishing you a very, very happy new year darling – may it be everything you wish for. Lots of love xx

    • Jenna January 4, 2016 / 3:16 pm

      Do you know what? I STILL can’t believe I did it. :) You’re right though, doing things like that is good for the soul.

      Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family, Caro. xx

  4. Avatar January 14, 2016 / 10:47 am

    What an amazing selection of posts. It is so important to talk about miscarriage so I am glad you have included that. The 3 foot teddy bear made me laugh out loud – we have all been there!

    • Jenna January 14, 2016 / 2:37 pm

      Thank you, Kate.

      My daughter is rather fond on Jeffery now so there’s zero chance of getting rid of him! xx

  5. Avatar January 14, 2016 / 11:14 am

    What a busy year you have had! There are some great posts. I wrote about my own miscarriage A few months ago and found the response I got so comforting. People definitely need to talk about it more as it is so so common, and not a nice thing to go through alone. I hope by sharing our experiences we can help others dealing with miscarriage xx

    • Jenna January 14, 2016 / 2:38 pm

      Thanks, Sarah – I know it definitely helped for me to write down my thoughts and I really hope that, that post will help others in the same situation too. It’s a tough and isolating experience at the best of times and it helps to know that you’re not the only going through it. xx

  6. Avatar January 14, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    I love all these posts, what a great round up for anyone that’s not come across your blog before. x

    • Jenna January 14, 2016 / 2:38 pm

      Thank you! x

  7. Avatar January 14, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    What a great round up – sounds like a fab year – obviously not the miscarriage. I too am very happy to be’just a mummy blogger’ and have had a great two years being one! Kaz x

    • Jenna January 14, 2016 / 2:39 pm

      I’m glad you enjoy life as a mummy blogger – that’s the way it should be. Each to their own. :) xx

  8. Avatar January 14, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    I’m so intrigued by Dancing with Strangers that I’ve already opened it up in a new tab to read! Here’s to another fabulous year x

    • Jenna January 14, 2016 / 3:36 pm

      Hope you enjoy reading it, Zoe! :) xx

  9. Avatar January 14, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    What a great round up. I love the bear post. I’m.new to your blog but I’ll be pinning this post do I can have a good read later.

    • Jenna January 14, 2016 / 3:40 pm

      Thanks Tori – I’m glad you found me – I hope you enjoy my posts. xx

  10. Avatar January 14, 2016 / 3:52 pm

    All of these are great posts and it’s great looking back. Your blog is amazing. x

    • Jenna January 15, 2016 / 2:34 pm

      Thank you so much, I really enjoyed reflected on last year’s blog posts. xx

  11. Avatar January 14, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    It looks like you’ve got some great posts there, off to read a few. Some of my most personal posts are my highlights too as they can be cathartic as well as drawing attention to important issues.

    • Jenna January 15, 2016 / 2:37 pm

      Thanks Emma, I hope you enjoy them.

      xx

  12. Avatar January 15, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    I definitely have Peter Pan Syndrome! I sit looking at my husband and my 2 children and wonder when all that happened as I am not a grown up yet! :) x

    • Jenna January 15, 2016 / 2:38 pm

      Always good to hear that a fellow mama has Peter Pan Syndrome too. I often have the exact same thought. Scary, isn’t it?! xx

  13. Avatar January 15, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    Ahhh you’ve had some amazing posts and I love your one about being a Mummy Blogger – you’re refreshingly honest and a lovely writer, and that, in my opinion, is what makes a great blogger.

    • Jenna January 15, 2016 / 2:39 pm

      Thank you, Amanda – that’s such a lovely thing to say. :) xx

  14. Avatar January 15, 2016 / 2:51 pm

    Aw this is a lovely round up Jenna, your top posts look great. Good for you for keeping your maiden name if that was something you felt strongly about. (I changed mine although did question it before hand) I have never come across your blog before, you have a lovely writing style. My little boy has just started nursery a few weeks ago! It is always hard even though it is my second time around. Lovely to find your blog x

    • Jenna January 17, 2016 / 1:51 pm

      Thank so much for your kind words Tanita.

      Yeah, I am very happy to stick with my maiden name for now and I’m in no rush to change it. :)

      I’m glad you found my blog. xx

  15. Avatar January 17, 2016 / 8:16 am

    This is a fab selection of posts. I haven’t read all of them so you’ve given me my Sunday night bath time blog list! x

    • Jenna January 17, 2016 / 1:49 pm

      Thanks Alex – I hope you enjoy them! :) xx

  16. Avatar January 18, 2016 / 12:43 am

    Minxy had a giant Minnie Mouse a few years ago, it really did take up so much space. Finally I got rid of it and then she requested a huge Miffy… Santa couldn’t fit it in his sack ;)

    • Jenna January 18, 2016 / 1:56 pm

      Aw, do you know what? I cannot stand Minnie Mouse, I’m not sure why!

      I do like the giant miffy toys… too bad Santa couldn’t carry one. ;) x

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