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One of the things I love about blogging, when it comes to the end of the year, is looking back on the posts from that year to see which ones were the most popular. Sometimes I’m really surprised by which posts make the list! Mostly, though, I’m just flattered that people take the time to read my blog. (And the comments – well, they make blogging worth it! So keep them coming!)
I am also surprised to see that some of my posts from previous years are still topping my list of most visited posts. I write whatever is “in my head” that day, what’s on my heart, or what is currently going on around here. If that writing means something to someone else, then that’s just an extra benefit! So, THANKS to each person who has stopped by Heidi’s Head in 2015. Know that you are appreciated!
It’s New Years Eve – the day for countdowns – so let’s count down my Top 10 Posts of 2015 . . .
I actually posted this list of some of my favorite movies on a whim, but it actually became the start of a series which later included 9 MORE Favorite Movies and generated a spin-off over on my daughter Ashley’s blog as well.
We love movies around here and it’s something that we enjoy spending time together doing as a family, so I’m pretty sure you might find more posts in this series coming to my blog sometime in 2016. Feel free to use the button to the right and create your own Favorite Movies post. Be sure to leave a comment for me with the link, so I can check out your list!
Back in February, our family of Disney lovers spent a full week in Florida (within sniffing distance of the Walt Disney World Resort) and, with the exception of a short visit to Disney Springs for dinner at the Rainforest Cafe, we didn’t set foot on Disney property. Looking back, that seems a bit surreal. But, we did have a lot of fun checking out “the other Orlando.”
I have to admit that I’m surprised that this post – of all the posts from that trip – generated the most visits. Then again, it was my least favorite Orlando-area theme park. Hopefully Legoland themselves read my post because there is lots of room for improvement there. They have the makings of a great park, but need to take some queues from Disney (that’s all I’m saying!)
I never, ever thought that I’d get into Bible Journaling, at least of the artistic variety. But, thanks to an opportunity from FlyBy Promotions, I stepped out of my comfort zone and gave it a try and I’m so glad that I did.
For someone with perfectionistic tendencies (especially when it comes to writing and paperwork), this was a real lesson for me. But, I was reminded that God doesn’t expect perfection from us. He just wants us in his word. And Bible journaling is a great way to be in God’s word. Writing things helps to add it to our memory bank, so sitting and artistically writing a special verse from the Bible will help cement it for a long time.
I have to confess that I haven’t spent much time journaling since that post (I’ve done a verse or two), but I intend to make more time for it in 2016.
One thing my readers should know about me is that I’m not big on confrontation and I hate criticism (I don’t even like it when it’s of the constructive variety. Because what does that really mean? It’s just an excuse to criticize and try to pull it off as being nice!) But, when someone says something about (or against) me or my friends – something that is absolutely none of their business anyway – well, that gets my hackles up. My “mother hen” tendencies come out.
This post was a “face my wrath” type post – but also a way of sharing that it’s ok to be who you are and not worry about what others might say about you. So, if you, too, are over 40 and still wearing graphic tees, GO FOR IT! Maybe we can even start a Graphic Tee Wearing Club.
And, for the record, in 2016, I’ll be 46 (heading down the backside of 40!) One of the things I hope to change in the new year is worrying about what others might think of me and just being myself. How about you?
Over the years, I’ve posted a LOT about our Disney trips and the shirts we choose to wear (and design). Back in 2009, when planning a trip with good friends, we decided to try some of the designs they offered over on the DISboards along with a DIY one as well.
Since that trip, our matching shirts have evolved quite a bit. We have gone from making 1-2 matching shirts each trip to making enough to wear new shirts each day for 8 days! (Let me tell you, that requires some time, research, and creativity!)
I share in the post why we do it, how we do it, and where we get our inspiration.
Moving into 2016, Brian and I are just a few weeks away from our 24th Anniversary cruise aboard the Disney Dream. I haven’t even thought about making us shirts (though I do have at least 2 sets of shirts we already own picked out in my head for us to wear). I’m thinking I might need to come up with at least one set of shirts to make for us.
And then, in September, I’m going back to WDW with my friend Suzanne. Do we need matching shirts as well? We shall see!
Thanks to some not-so-pleasant circumstances leading up to Ashley’s 21st birthday trip to Disney, we actually ended up with a much better room option that we were planning – we got to stay at a Deluxe resort for the very first time. We loved our time at Animal Kingdom Lodge and our Standard View Room was just perfect.
We loved everything about our visit there (even check in, which took forever, was made pleasant and fun by the great Cast Members). Our room was great, the resort was beautiful, the animals were entertaining and relaxing to watch, and the Cast Members were top-notch. I’m not sure we’ll ever have opportunity to stay here again; but, if we do, I’d definitely jump at the chance.
And even though that trip took place in November of 2014, I didn’t post about our room ’til January of 2015 – hence it’s spot on this year’s countdown!
This was probably one of the most fun posts that I had the opportunity to write this year. I’m surprised at myself for saying that, because this post made me eat my own words. I had to admit that I had been wrong about something, that I had misjudged people, etc. That’s not an easy thing to do.
But, I read the entire 7-book Harry Potter series and, despite my former misgivings of the books (and movies), I LOVED THEM!
Several weeks after this post was published, we had the opportunity to visit Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, where we spent 95% of our day in “Harry Potter World” (as we like to call it). I LOVED IT! The parks were so true to the books – it was like being IN the books and movies, in real life. And Butterbeer . . . there really are no words to describe my love of this beverage.
The moral of this story is this: Don’t judge a book by it’s cover!
Secondary moral: Don’t believe everything you hear! Do your own research and investigation. Don’t jump on bandwagons!
After writing that post, Ian also started (and finished) the entire Harry Potter series and loved them. In 2016, we are looking forward to the first in a new Harry-Potter based movie series – “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” I think I may try to read the books again as well.
I’m cheating a little bit with this post. It was actually written prior to 2015. But, I recently resurrected it for a loop with the Magical Blogorail, which put this post up near the top of my most-visited posts. And, because I think this subject is so important, it’s making the list. (Because this is MY blog and I can do what I want with it, right?)
If you’ve ever been to a Disney park, then surely you’ve experienced some Disney magic. And, most likely, you have a Disney Cast Member to thank for sharing that magic with you and your family. But, HOW do you thank them? We like to create our own “thank you” cards to hand out to Cast Members who go above and beyond the call of duty to make our visit pleasant or ones who maybe have thankless jobs (like bus drivers, cleaning crew, etc.)
They’re easy to make, and always generate big smiles. So, I’d encourage you to read this post and make some for your next trip. (I’m happy to help too!) Now, I need to go get some made for our cruise!
I mentioned at the beginning of this post that sometimes I’m surprised by the posts that make the Top 10. This is a post that surprised me when I saw all the visitors who have come by this year to read it. Whoa! I’m humbled. Because, seriously, I did some research and put this post together as part of a Blogorail loop. But, honestly, it didn’t seem all that special to me. I hope that those of you who took the time to stop by and read it found it interesting and learned something new! (I know I learned some things about this awesome and beautiful structure in my research!)
This post is the perfect example of showing that we really have no control of which posts on our blog will generate the most visits or responses or shares on Pinterest. What might seem really important to me might go almost unnoticed by my readers. Yet a post (like this one) that I see as insignificant, makes a bit impact. So, the moral here is JUST WRITE! You just never know!
One thing that I’m pretty passionate about when it comes to our Disney trips is shoes. You have to have comfortable shoes because you are going to be doing a TON of walking. Even a relaxing, low-key trip to the World requires a great deal of time on your feet. Over the years, I’ve discovered some of the best shoes for me at Disney, and I shared them in this post.
Considering all the many, many page views that this post received, I’m hoping that it helped someone to select the right shoes for their trip. If you go read it, be sure to click through to the other posts in the loop, as there were a lot of great shoes recommended by my friends as well – some of which I want to try!
So, there you have it. My Top 10 Post for 2015.
Thanks again for reading!
Watch for some changes coming to Heidi’s Head in 2016. (Because you have to make some changes in the new year, right?)