The Roundup: 2017

And…. at last, 2017 has come to an end.

As you guys probably know, I’m pretty excited to say goodbye to 2017. It’s been a rough year for me. BUT, that is not what I want to focus on, right now.

I want to thank you. I want to thank every single one of you who reached out to me during those difficult moments, everyone who continued to visit, read my blog and leave comments, even when my regular posting schedule changed drastically. You probably have no idea just how much you mean to me. Every single time I hear from you guys, whether it’s an email, a tweet, a comment, it always puts a huge smile on my face. Today, I feel incredibly grateful for YOU.

In today’s posts, I’m doing a huge roundup, not a monthly, but a yearly one. Here are some of my most loved, most popular posts of 2017.

BLOGGING + PHOTOGRAPHY

In 2018, you can expect to see a lot more Blog Tips and Photography posts and I am very excited about both as they’re my favorite things to write about. This past year, we talked about Getting Most Out of Your DSLR, My Favorite Tools for Quick Edits in Photoshop, Tips for Better Instagram Photos and I also gave away 10 Styled Stock Photos (you can expect to see more of these, too!).

In my Blog Tips posts, I shared my Pinterest Strategy for Getting Millions of Monthly Views, Increasing Traffic by Updating Old Blog Posts, and I also talked about why Your Blog Needs Evergreen Content, and how to create more of it.

Other Blog Tips posts were:

Things About Blogging I No Longer Stress + Worry About
My Favorite Tools for Blogging
20 Quick + Easy Tips Blogging Tips
Best Photography Tools + Equipment for Blogging
How to Write Better Blog Posts
The Ultimate List of Resources and Tools for Bloggers
226 Ideas for a Blog Post + Printable List
Blogging: Tips for Beginners
Things to do for Your Blog When You Don’t Feel Like Writing
7 Ways to Step Up Your Pinterest Game
How to Start a Lifestyle Blog
Things No One Tells You About Growing Your Blog
How to Increase Your Blog Traffic With Pinterest
7 Things to do When You Feel Stuck With Your Blog

BEAUTY

One of the biggest Beauty posts in 2017 were the ones in which I talked about my life-long struggle with severe acne and my Accutane journey. In the first post, I shared my mid-treatment thoughts, my feelings about the side effects and skincare routine. Post-treatment, I talked about my results, current skincare routine and the entire treatment in detail.

Other most loved beauty posts were these:

My Makeup Storage and Organization
Life-Changing Beauty Products
My Favorite Lip Balms for Winter
– 3 Reasons to Obsess Over Dry-Brushing
– 5 Ways to Pamper Yourself in the Morning (in 10 minutes or less)
Skincare: The Good, The Bad and The Fab
The Beauty Diet: How to Stop Buying So Much Makeup
Spring Cleaning Your Beauty Stash
Skincare Mistakes to Learn From
– New Skincare to Crush On
– My Favorite “Everyday” Beauty Tools
– Ex Over-Pluckers Guide to Growing Out Your Brows
– 8 Light Bases for Warm Weather
– 9 Facial Mists to Love
– Effortless Beauty
– Beauty Diet: The Update
Gimme All The Glow: Highlighting Products to Love
Everyday Beauty
Skincare: Brighter, Softer + Gentle
– 7 Products + No Tools: My 5-Minute Face
– Thirst Quenchers: 4 Hydrating Face Masks to Love
– 8 Amazing Products for Short Hair
– Pamper for Cold, Gloomy Days (and nights)
– How to Switch Up Your Beauty Routine for Cold Weather
– 3 Tips for Surviving Cold Weather with Dry Skin
The Lazy Girl Skin Pamper

HOW TO FIND MORE CALM IN LIFE

SELF-GROWTH + LIFESTYLE

Most of you have probably noticed that in 2017, self-growth was one of my favorite things to write about. Mainly because I personally went through a lot of personal and emotional growth this past year. These posts also seem to be always very well received and I’ve learned that opening up once in a while, can be a great way to start new conversations, explore different points of view and… learn.

These were some of the most popular posts in the Self-Growth/Lifestyle categories:

How to Bring More Mindfulness Into Your Life
Morning Affirmations to Start Your Day
10 Quotes to Get You Through a Bad Day
How to Stop Procrastinating, Right Now
3 Things to do Slower
How to De-Stress and Unwind After a Tough Day
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
How to Overcome Digital Distractions
5 Things to Focus On When You’ve Lost Your Motivation
13 Ways to Simplify Your Life
How to Make New Habits Stick
7 Habits to Quit to Be More Successful
Creating Nourishing Self-Care Routine 
Be Present: How to Practice Mindfulness Every Day
6 Steps to Changing Your Negative Mindset
Daily Habits for Success + Accomplishing Your Goals
How to Deal With Feeling Overwhelmed 
11 Ways to Boost Your Productivity 
When Life Gives You Lemons: How to Deal With Stressful Situations
15 Small Ways to Rejuvenate your Body + Mind + Soul
Nighttime Anxiety: What to do When Your Anxious Mind Won’t Let You Sleep
12 Affirmations to Boost Confidence + Self-Esteem
Self-Care Kit: What is it + Why You Need One
4 Mental Habits that Steal Your Happiness
Overcoming Perfectionism
7 Morning Rituals for Busy People
10 Ways to Reduce Stress In Your Life
How to Find Peace of Mind + Serenity When Feeling Overwhelmed
20 Things to Start Doing for Yourself
How to Stay Mindful at Work
6 Ways to Enjoy Spending Time Alone 
Powerful Practices for Stressed and Those Going Through Bad Times
Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Try Today
When Thoughts and Prayers Just Aren’t Enough
Sunday Habits for a Better Week Ahead
3 Mantras to Live By (for more happiness + peace)
How to Become a Morning Person (in 10 steps)
Better Bedtime Habits
How to Deal With Feeling Stuck
How to Protect Your Energy
Things You Have to Stop Telling Yourself
How to Quiet Your Mind and Regain Balance
How Self-Love Can Transform Your Life + 50 Ways to Practice More Self-Love
15 Simple Ways to Practice Self-Care for Your Body + Mind + Soul
5 Signs That it’s Time to Slow Down
Things to do Before the End of Year + Lessons Learned From Failure
How to Create a Self-Care Kit for Someone You Love
10 Things You Need to Stop Wasting Time On
How to Find More Calm in Life
5 Affirmations for the New Year

acts of self-love

GIRL-TALK

One of the posts which I was very nervous to publish, was the one in which I shared my feelings about having children. It was a post I meant to write for years. Once I finally hit *publish* I was overwhelmed with the amount of love and support I received from other women. Not only that, but so many of you were brave enough to share your own stories, many of which literally brought tears to my eyes. My Uterus, My Business, was hands-down THE most popular post this year, in the Girl-Talk category and I am so happy that I finally opened up about that particular topic.

These were others:

On How Blogging Restored my Faith in Female Friendship
Imperfections, Meet Kindness- My Feelings After Going Makeup-Free for a Month
4 Ways to Ned Negative Self-Talk
25 Things to Do By Yourself + Printable List


My plan for 2018 is to go back to my regular posting schedule and try to get my life back. Nothing has been the same since my accident, since losing my Gran, and there are days when I feel like I’ve aged 10 years, days when I don’t when I don’t feel like myself anymore. There are also days when I feel incredibly strong, inspired and blessed.

Remember, that no matter how bad things seem at times, you are meant to have an amazing life. Your struggles make you stronger. I hope that this new year brings you a ton of joy, happiness, love, acceptance and health. I can never thank you enough for being a part of my life. 

Love you. Mean it.

  • Christine C.

    Cheers to 2018! I am so excited to see what next year brings for you!

  • That is some serious amount of contect you have produced! Well done.

  • t.Thuy

    happy new year! I can’t wait to read all those promised posts. I could learn more how to improve my skills in editing photos.

    xo. tthuy | RubyliXious

  • Erin Russell

    This is so so helpful! I am currently looking through all your pinterest guides, they are so helpful!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  • It’s great that you added in so many links so that we can go through them. Happy New Year! :)

    https://thedianaedition.co

  • This was a bloody beautiful and inspiring post Paula! I am truly inspired by your pure passion and I cannot wait to read all your beautiful and passionate posts of 2018! :D

    P.S I’ve been following you for a little while now but after a not so fab year myself I lost my blogging mojo and barely read any blog posts. However I aspire to read, and more importantly enjoy, as many blog posts as I can this year and I’m thrilled to be reading your posts! :D Xx

  • “My Uterus, My Business” was one of my favourite blogs to read of 2017 as well. It was so honest and bold – I loved everything from the title to the content. I’m glad that 2017 has gone and that you’re looking forward to 2018…wishing you all the happiness and health in the world!

    Deanna
    http://www.luxandvitae.com

    • Thank you so much Deanna, I loved that particular post, too! Right back you! Wishing you a fabulous 2018!! xx

  • Thank you for being there, Paula, thank you for bringing amazing content even though it was a tough year for you in many ways. You are an inspiration and a role model in more ways you are probably aware of.

    Love you and your blog. Mean it.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

    • This means so much to me Ann, especially coming from you! Thank you for always being so kind and supportive!! Sending all my love your way!!

  • Nipa Fashion

    Of all of the blogs that I read, yours is one of the most beautiful, and most practical. I really appreciate that you show your raw shots (pre-photoshop, and when you first started blogging) and that you share your tips so openly. I have just discovered your blog and am looking forward to reading as many posts as I can! Thank you from a brand new blogger, who arrived very late to the game ;) Warmly, Nipa.

    • That is such a compliment, thank you SO much, Nipa! You have no idea how happy it makes me to know that you’re enjoy reading my blog! Welcome and thank you for being a part of TT! :) x

  • I loved this post!
    It was a great way to read a lot of your 2017 posts at once, I’m new to your blog and have so many of these on my TBR list now

  • Happy New Year Paula! Let’s face 2018 and slay!

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