a final 10 things for 2017

My motto for 2018 is: it doesn’t have to be perfect, to be great.

(I am mostly talking about dinner parties but we can toss family, friends, work and life in there too)

Before we binge on Netflix and polish off the last of our holiday booze this New Year’s Eve, let’s take a look at my top 10 posts for 2017:

1o: Taking stock: March: My brief attempt at posting monthly “life-lately” and “taking stock” recaps had a boom in March… but then life got busy and the first to be sacrificed were these guys.

9: holy **** I finished whole30November! Talking about the Whole30 was a hit, too bad I won’t be doing that craziness again.

8: Ten-year *itch: A somewhat gloomy mid-summer slump.

7: Week 1. Done: A recap of my first week on the Whole30.

* honourable mention, the 2015 let’s taco bout a party post is still getting a bunch of visits, it came in at the 6th most read post in 2017. People really do love talking about tacos.

6: Okay, maybe I can…: After talking about things I hate, my “10 things I was not loving… but now I am”  post seemed to help mend friendships.

5: Wineglass marathon recap: Who doesn’t love reading long posts about other people’s long runs?

4: 30 whole days: The beginning of the Whole30, when things felt exciting and optimistic.

3: SUMMER starts nowish: The annual “100 days of Summer Bucket List” is always a favourite to write and attempt.

2: Forty before forty: As this is my second most-read-post, the pressure is on to execute and perform. I have 1.5 years to finish!

and the most read post of 2017…

1: I just can’t: I love that my snarky list of “10 things I can’t get behind” was my most popular post. What does that say about me? What does that say about you? What does that say about minivans?

Thanks to everyone who read, commented, pretended to read, bought a calendar and even those who accidentally landed here and couldn’t leave… It’s been fun! Shall we say a goodbye 2017 – Catch you on the flip side (The Atlantic)

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when i’m out walking…

I strut my stuff and I’m often wearing earpods – most likely listening to a podcast. They’re so good. Nothing is more enjoyable than talking to others about a recent episode however, nothing is more embarrassing than catching yourself laughing or smiling at something you heard from the voices inside your head / ears and a passerby gives you the awkward glance. Cray-cray. 

Here are my top 10: 

DEATH, SEX & MONEY: Probably my favourite. I have a huge crush on Anna’s voice. She’s so great and engaging and I love all of her interviews. Here is a good episode.

THIS AMERICAN LIFE: I am pretty sure anyone who listens to podcasts, listens to This American Life but for good reason – I laugh and cry often over the stories!  This was the first episode I listened to and was hooked!

REPLY ALL: Kind of geekey – a show about the internet but often very good. Like their most recent episode.

RADIOLAB: Listen to The Living Room. It will draw you in and rip you apart.

CRIMINAL: My mom and I like to swap Criminal stories. It’s not just about criminals but law and law enforcement. This story about a K9 police officer and his dogs got to me.

LAINEY GOSSIP SASHA ANSWERS: I’m +10 year faithful Lainey girl so when a podcast came out I subscribed right away. (I have always hoped her daily blog could be available in audio hint hint).  Sasha Answers often makes me blush, feel uncomfortable and laugh but then, there are episodes like this that make me go whoa! Shit just got real.

MYSTERY SHOW: There are only 6 episodes but they are all really good! So fun! I always wanted to know how tall Jake is and what Britney was reading and why? Is this cancelled? Please come back.

WOMEN OF THE HOUR: Lena! she is so great as a podcast host – I hope she comes back for more episodes. Listen the the episode Body about about our relationships to our bodies.

SERIAL: Who didn’t listen to Season 1? It’s the podcast that made podcasts popular. Season 2 was not as good but I will still jump on the season 3 train if it happens.

YOUNG HOUSE LOVE HAD A PODCAST: They’re probably better and DIY and blogging than podcasting but I still listen and enjoy. Especially when they interview design celebrities like Grace Bonney! Although a podcast doesn’t have photos (obviously) – they are really great at providing links to everything they talk about online.

I also have also enjoyed and often check in with:

SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING: This was a great Canadian listen however in the end (spoiler), I don’t think the title of the podcast makes sense… just me?

MODERN LOVE: I love the stories. Sometimes I wish the episodes were just that rather than the followup interviews but sometimes it’s worth listening to the end.

CASEFILE TRUE CRIME: I have listened to a few and they’re good but I find him hard to hear so I often get distracted and miss key points.

2 DOPE QUEENS: These ladies are hilarious… perfect medicine for gloomy days.

Please let me know if there are any I should add to the library! 

let’s stalk

Hello Sunshines, 2015 is wrapping up so I thought it’d be fun to share the top ten posts from the year. Spoiler: I am not the only nosey neighbour… If you missed any of these and were feeling left out from water-cooler conversations, enjoy the catch-up. After all, as we all know, holidays are for binging.

10. Just Because It’s Christmas : The time I made a East Coast Christmas CD.IMG_4044

9. Pottery, Willow and Leather : Our ninth anniversary.Details_MG_5253

8. Thirty Six : My 36 thing to do before I turned 36 list.IMG_2060

7. 10 Under 10 Stocking Stuffers : Conclusion, my readers are cheap. Ha.IMG_3998

6. Team Work : The Cabot Trail Relay.QE2Quest_2015

5. Save the Holiday Letter : My attempt at bringing back the holiday letter. It has been sent and well received but I am still waiting for one in return.Newsletter_1

4. Want To Go For a Walk? : The eco-challenge, winter edition, Good news for those who are interested and wishing they joined us… it’s happening again!DSC00093

3. Mission: Halloween : I made an astronaut costume for halloween and David was not totally impressed.4

2. A Whole New World : David’s bedroom update with new red bunkbeds made by Mike and a big ol’ map of the world.DSC_0250And the most read post!!!

1. Neighbourhood Stalk : My walking and driving tour of some of my favourite houses in Halifax.IMG_3205Thanks all!

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just curious

Hello friends,

We’re friends right? And friends help friends so I am asking for some help. Hello Sunshine has been around for a few years and I am so grateful for all of the reads, shares and comments; it truly means a lot. However, I have been wondering, what do I want from this and more importantly, what do my readers want from this? If you look at stats, which I rarely do, the most read post ever was this one (a big thank you to Aimee, Caylum and everyone else for sharing it!).

Does that mean I should write about more wedding stuff? Wedding ideas, trends, things I’ve seen, things I’ve done, Wedding planning (which I’d like to do more of)? Give me a gig, and I am happy to write about it!

But my next most read post was this one. Perhaps everyone loves a great debate. Should I write more about design? Or more about local stuff? Or more local designy stuff?

The third most read was this one. Which probably means I should talk about Oprah more… Or things I want.

Rounding up the top 10, there’s a post about hosting Aimee’s wedding shower, the sneak peak of Halifax’s new library, old photos, the up and away halloween costume, my lonely boy post, the DIY fakeo fauxdenza post, and boobielicious.

Topic-wise, it is all over the place, which means both me and you are all over the place too. I do think it sums up my ‘career’… I mean really, what is my job?

I have a few upcoming posts in mind and will be welcoming guest posts too. I was also thinking trying to go a bit more local. Places to eat, things to do, etc.

Embarrassing disclosure: I have not visited the Art Gallery in twenty years! I am such a bad BFA girl. 

So while I think about the future, the friendly favour I am asking from you is to answer this quick poll I created below. Maybe I can get a better feel for what I should be talking about. As always, feel free to offer some ideas in the comment section. Love you all!

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