Here we are again… the end of a year. This year has been quite the whirlwind for me, but it’s been absolutely amazing. This year has had its ups and downs, and many, many transitions, but overall, it’s been a great year of growth for me.
I have so many thoughts running through my mind about the dreams and goals I had, but I’m going to save those reflections for the new year when I share my goals for 2018.
For now, let’s recap some of Coffee With Summer’s best posts from 2017! These posts are a mix of some of my most read and most commented on from the year. I decided to round up 5 posts from each main category on CWS.
THE BEST OF COFFEE WITH SUMMER – 2017:
5 Key Reasons To STOP Follow/Unfollow // Coming in at my most read and most commented on blog post is my post that was all about why the whole follow/unfollow “growth method” is inauthentic and why it doesn’t actually help you grow. Some fellow bloggers teamed up on me with this post to amplify this issue further. The follow/unfollow method is fake and sleazy. Point blank.
7 Investments Worth Making For Your Blog // Blogging is a huge investment if you go about it the right way, which is the only way if you want to blog seriously. In this post, I touched on 7 main investments that are extremely worth it to make if you want to blog seriously and eventually monetize your site.
How To Fill Up Your Content Calendar In An Hour // Content calendars, content calendars… bloggers, you’ve got to have one! They help to keep you on track and always have the bigger picture in focus. How do you exactly fill up your content calendar? That’s what I fill you in on in this post!
Why You CAN’T Start A Blog In JUST Minutes // Contrary to what some other bloggers and articles on Pinterest say, you really can’t start a blog in 10 minutes or less. Starting a blog is a TON of work and takes tons of planning, preparation, and setup to even get started. In this post, I break down what you need to do before starting a blog.
How To Beat (And Avoid) Blogger Envy // The comparison trap is very real in life and yes, in blogging. Every blogger has dealt with some kind of comparison trap or envy before… if they say they haven’t, they’re lying. 😉 In this post, I share 10 steps to help you overcome any blogger envy you’re going through. The best part? These steps prevent it altogether!
10 Self-Care Habits For The New Year // “New year, new me!” is something we all heard a lot, and perhaps, we say it ourselves. I think it’s more important to focus of developing new and healthy habits for the new year. This post is so fitting now, as 2018 will be here in just a few days!
How To Practice Positive Self-Talk // Often times we are naturally down on ourselves and our own worst critics, am I right? The way you talk to yourself creates your reality. This is why it’s important to choose to talk positively to yourself! Build yourself up, don’t tear yourself down.
What To Do When You’re Stuck In A Negative Rut // Have you ever been stuck in a negative rut? One that you wanted so badly to break out of, but you just couldn’t figure out how to? I have been there many times before. I’m sure you’ve been there, too. In this post, I share 9 tips and steps to take when you’re feeling stuck in a negative rut.
Why You Need To Prioritize “Me Time” // If you haven’t had some “me time” recently, why haven’t you allowed yourself to? If you haven’t had any “me time” for one main reason – you haven’t made it a priority. In this post, I give you 4 main reasons why you need to have some “me time” in your life on a regular basis, as well as 25 refreshing activities you can do on your own.
How To Practice Self-Care When You’re Busy // Even in the busy seasons of life, self-care shouldn’t be optional. Self-care should always be a priority. In this post, I share 7 ways that you can practice self-care even when you’re at your busiest. Hint: It doesn’t have to take up a whole day! It can take just a few minutes each day.
Floral Keyhole Dress // Summer dresses and sundresses are my favorite kind of dresses ever. This Floral Keyhole dress that I got from American Eagle over the summer was by far the cutest and comfiest dress ever.
Free People Top – Transition From Summer To Fall // The photo above is from this post. This Free People top is the definition of a dream. It’s comfortable, cute, and super flowy. I love the oversized fit of it! Great for a beach cover-up or to transition into fall or spring.
Oversized Denim Jacket Outfit // This was by far one of my personal favorite items that I shot for the blog this year. It’s the best denim jacket I’ve ever seen or worn. Evy’s Tree really hit it out of the park with this one! Pictured above. 🙂
Fall Athleisure // I’m not going to lie here… I live in athleisure, especially with working from home. It’s comfortable and cute! Athleisure is also very in right now.
Holiday Glam Outfit // The dancer in me loves all things sparkly and fun. This blazer jacket from Evy’s Tree is too fun for the Holidays and New Years! The reversible sequins is the best!
INTENTIONAL LIVING & HOME:
Intentional Practices To Do On A Sunday For An Easier Week // Sundays are the perfect days to prep for your week ahead. Here are 7 intentional practices you should consider doing on Sundays, so that your week ahead will be easier for you.
Tips For Better Work-Life Balance // Work-life balance is something that not many people have a good practice of and that needs to change. In this post, I share 8 tips that can help you work well at work, so you don’t have to compromise your life balance.
How To Create A Gallery Wall // Wall art is a great way to express yourself and your personality, and what’s a better way to do that than to organize your pieces into a gallery wall? In this post, I share tips and tricks on how to DIY a gallery wall of your own!
Mid-Century Modern Beach Bar Cart // I’m a sucker for all things mid-century modern. In this post, I shared my summertime bar cart decor, as well as what decorations to put around it, too.
How To Whitewash A Stone Fireplace // This one has been a favorite of everyone’s already and it’s only been up a couple weeks! When we moved into our house, I knew right away that I was going to whitewash our stone fireplace, and I did! This post shares the entire process of what worked for me.
We’re Moving! // Over Christmas break last year, we visited a new church for an interview and Michael was offered the job. We moved from the Philadelphia area to The Poconos!
24th Birthday Q&A // Question and answer posts are some of my favorite to write, so I did one for my 24th birthday. It was a blast!
Why I Blog (My Focus, Heart, & Mission) // Giving an in-depth look of my heart on why I blog and why I love it as a full-time job. I also shed light on how I make money through partnering with brands that I love, use, and believe in.
8 Ways Blogging Has Made Me A Better Person // Blogging has grown me in soooo many ways, and in this post, I share just 8 of those ways with you all.
We Are Homeowners! // Just 7 months after moving to The Poconos, we looked at the first house we were interested in and put an offer in on it the next day. Now, we’re homeowners! Sharing all about our quick home-buying process in this post!
Well, that’s a wrap on some of 2017’s best posts! I really feel like this was a great year for my blog. I’m proud of what I have accomplished! What were your favorites? I’d love to know!
And as always, I am extremely grateful and appreciative of YOU!