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Looking Back on 2016 in Words

Photo by Tammy Strobel

Happy New Year!

Last week, I shared my favorite photographs from 2016 with you. This week, I’m sharing favorite essays from 2016.

Reader favorites on RowdyKittens included:

1. Our Tiny House—Once again, our tiny house page and accompanying links received a lot of traffic.

2. Photography—I’m happy my photography portfolio was one of the top hits for reader views.

3. Living with 72 Things—In October 2009, I wrote a post titled Living with 72 Things. This short essay received a lot of traction in 2016. Honestly, it surprised me because the essay is old, and I no longer count my belongings.

4. Letting Go of Sentimental Items—Back in 2011, Joshua Millburn of The Minimalists wrote a guest post about letting go of sentimental items for you. For the last few years, it’s been one of the most popular essays on RowdyKittens. And speaking of The Minimalists, be sure to watch their film—Minimalism—on Netflix

5. How I Use My Journals—I wrote this piece a few years ago. Most of the content is accurate; the only thing that’s changed is the type of journals I write in daily. In 2017, I’ll be using a Hobonichi Techo Planner, Cait’s Mindful Budgeting Planner, and a composition notebook from the Dollar Store.

Outside analytics, here’s a list of my favorite essays from 2016:

1. Why I’m Grateful for Good Health—I wrote a lot of essays in 2016, and this piece is my absolute favorite. Being able to swim, attend CrossFit classes, and walk without pain is a gift.

2. Why I’m Scaling Back on Social Media—Not spending so much time on social media is one of the best habit changes I made in 2016. In 2017, I’ll share more essays about my new social media routines.

3. On Catching a Ride to San Francisco—Visiting San Francisco was one of the highlights of my year. San Francisco is a walker’s dream. It was easy to navigate the city by foot, and I felt safe.

4. On Public Speaking, Real Life Connections & Traveling Lightly—In addition to my San Francisco adventure, speaking at York College in Pennsylvania was a huge 2016 achievement and highlight. Sharing my story in front of a large group was scary and totally worth it.

5. Swimming in the Weeds—I swim with the Rogue Valley Masters team in Ashland, OR. I’m taking a break from early morning swim practices because of winter road conditions. Once the weather warms up, I’ll be back in the pool. Until then, I’ll be dreaming about swimming while I’m CrossFitting.

6. Real Talk Radio—I was going to share a year-end review with you. However, I realized that my conversation with Nicole Antoinette on Real Talk Radio is a great summary of my year—the highs, lows, and everything in-between. Tune-in here.

This year was difficult, but I’m grateful for all the lessons I’ve learned. Thank you for the encouraging words, the likes, comments, and all the love. Cheers to producing creative work in the New Year. I can’t wait to share my 2017 project plans with you.

With gratitude,

Before you go …

1. This piece was inspired by Paul Jarvis’ top posts of 2016.

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3. A Simple Year 2017 is open for registration. The course is the brainchild of my friend Courtney Carver—founder of bemorewithless.com and Project 333—and I’m thrilled to be part of A Simple Year 2017. I hope you’ll join the class!

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  • Mopsa January 4, 2017, 3:02 pm

    Hi Tammy. I’ve been reading your blog for so many years now… Thanks for one more year of sharing and inspiration 🙂 Happy New year!

    • Tammy Strobel January 5, 2017, 9:44 am

      Thank you for reading! I’m grateful. Happy New Year! xoxo.

  • Diane January 5, 2017, 2:41 pm

    I am giving a one last tentative try at keeping a journal. I have in the past bought lovely journals and planners, and never used them. There was too much pressure to write amazing things, be so creative and make them pretty.

    This year I’m using my smartphone to keep track of appointments, and I bought a Moleskine Weekly Planner (https://www.amazon.com/Moleskine-Weekly-Notebook-Large-Black/dp/B015NG44JS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483655839&sr=8-1&keywords=moleskine+weekly+2017).

    It has the days of the week on the left, and a lined sheet of paper on the right side. Every night I write a brief few sentences about what I did on the left in the box for the day. If I want to write more, express some gratitude, or plan out anything, I use the lined paper on the right.

    I’m also keeping some large post its on the inside back cover, that I can use for to do lists, and for grocery lists. So far, so good.

    • Tammy Strobel January 6, 2017, 8:58 am

      That’s awesome Diane! It sounds like you discovered a sweet system that works for you. I’m working on an updated post about my journaling habits. Hopefully, the essay will be ready to share next week. Happy New Year!

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