YEAR IN REVIEW #1! One Year of The Pink Shoelaces!

Can you believe it? I sure can’t! Let’s be real, when I started this blog, how many of you thought, “There’s another thing she won’t stick to!” But HOLY COW! Here we are a YEAR LATER and I’m still writing and you’re still reading!

In honor of my 1 year blog-a-versary, today’s and tomorrow’s and the next few days of blog posts will include my favorite/most popular post from each month so that totals 12 featured blog posts over the past year. These blog posts were either my favorites, reader’s favorites, the most comments/shares, etc.

Without further ado, I’ll start today with my favorite blog posts from October 2019 – December 2019. Maybe they were your favorite too 🙂

October 2019: The Ball and the Box

This was a huge blog post for me. It was my first *popular* blog post. So many people have reached out to me (even though it isn’t my theory) and said how helpful this analogy was to describe the grief they are going through.

Honorable mention: How Do You Do It All?

November 2019: Remember This

I love creative writing pieces, this one is *almost* a poem. I do reference this quite a bit at work – especially now that I work in critical care, good outcomes are few and far between.

Honorable mention: Let’s Talk About Lady Parts

December 2019: Living with Body Dysmorphic Disorder

This post is near and dear to my heart – like a page from my diary. I don’t think I need to say any more than that.

Honorable mention: CONSENT

This blog post is one of four blog posts. Each blog post over the next few days will review 3 months of “best of” content. Today we covered October – December 2019. Another blog post will cover January – March 2019 and so on and so forth.

After reviewing the blog posts, leave a comment of your favorite blog post highlighted in the post either on social media or below in the comment section. All comments from all four posts will be entered into a drawing for a prize: A Northeast Iowa local business bundle shipped to where ever you are to thank you for being a loyal reader of mine!

So, are you ready for it? Get set. GO!



  1. Ellie
    September 27, 2020 / 1:20 pm

    Thanks for reminding us of many of your thoughtful posts! One of the things I found most interesting to me is that I clearly remembered reading most of these posts. I may not have commented but that doesn’t mean I have thought seriously about what you’ve written. You are very articulate and not afraid to tackle difficult and painful subjects. Thank you. I look forward to reading what you write.

  2. Sally
    September 27, 2020 / 4:41 pm

    I concur with what Ellie said! What a great milestone! Admittedly, what I hoped to learn today was how Gannon is doing. Is he feeling any better? What about the fever? I have been worried about him, like I am his grandmother! (I am so thankful you are a nurse!!)

  3. Elle
    September 27, 2020 / 6:03 pm

    I love your “real life” posts. Photos w/kids are fun. Biking with Craig-fun. Trips to the farm-fun. The introspection you share that might help others who are struggling. You bravely share the downs alongside the ups. Authenticity-you live it!

    Hugs on this happy Sunday of baptisms and family time 🙂

  4. Susan the Farm Quilter
    September 27, 2020 / 8:46 pm

    Your three “memory” posts highlighted today are some of my favorites, ones that I remember. The Grief Ball in a Box still rings true. Your “poem”, with a few changes, could reflect on my experience being a teacher. Body Dysmorphia…made me think “Is anyone’s body perfect without airbrushing, artful makeup, camera angles, surgery?” Why do we pour out such negative feelings upon ourselves? I look in the mirror and see a plump person when others tell me I’m not (5’6″, 127 lbs)? I know I’m not fat/plumb/over-weight, but that’s what I see in the mirror. How do I adjust my brain to make it see reality? If I am healthy and my weight is healthy (according to my doctor), then that’s all that really matters. God made us and He doesn’t make mistakes!

  5. Li da
    September 28, 2020 / 2:11 pm

    Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary. I got a lot out of the Ball and the Box. What a great way to explain your sorrows without really talking to your loved ones who are experiencing the same thing.

  6. Amy
    September 29, 2020 / 10:37 am

    Yay! Congrats! I think the post that resonates with me the most is the ball and the box. I lost my dad in Aug of 2018. He had multiple health issues and was in the nursing home when he passed. I was there at least once a week and he called me a few times everyday. Still have moments that I am lost. Didn’t know what to do with myself for a very long time. Starting to find enjoyment in quilting again. It’s hard to move on when you have no one to take care of anymore. Trying to be better to myself. Thank you for letting us into your lives.

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