Rather than publish a list of our most popular posts of the year, I thought instead that I would run through my favourites to read and write in 2015.
Itâ€™s fair to say that we all find it challenging writing personal posts, but we definitely tried this year to push a few more of our inner thoughts out onto the blog, and they became some of my favourite posts of the year. My heart swelled when Rachel – generally a woman of few written words – took courage and wrote about how she feels about her body after having her second child this year (shout out to cutie patootie Thomas!), and I thought Nicky was brave to admit she really hadnâ€™t found it all that hard to return to her pre-pregnancy weight after having Oscar.
We waded into more sensitive territory when Rachel explained why sheâ€™s not married, Nicky broached the thorny topic of how couples handle their joint finances, and I attempted to explain why I think learning to love our bodies is probably both impossible and undesirable. And, as we approached the end of the year, Nicky even went on to explain why, if youâ€™re childless, youâ€™ve probably unwittingly been a bad friend to your new-mother pal (not to worry though, you can make up for it once you know better by paying it forward to someone else). Meanwhile, I did my best impression of sharing wisdom when I turned 31. Â
The rest of my favourite posts for the year were:
- Rachelâ€™s tale of going from couch to 5k – she even inspired me to do a couple of (very slow) runs with her during the year;
- Nickyâ€™s run-down of the six best-value restaurants in London which is so much more up my street than than a simple â€˜best ofâ€™ or â€˜cheap eatsâ€™ ranking;
- My ode to this budget foundation certainly stands the test of time – I still wear this frequently and recommend it to anyone who gives me the slightest opportunity;
- My reflections when the Gilmore Girls cast was reunited – obvs skip this one if youâ€™re not a fan (but if youâ€™re not, maybe ask yourself, ‘Why not?’);
- When Nicky tried out all the high-street dry shampoos so you donâ€™t have to; and finally (drum roll please…)
- This dish, which Rachel shared in April, and which went on to become a staple for me (switching the chorizo for the Quorn kind, natch).
What were your favourite posts on the blog this year? Weâ€™d love you to let us know by leaving a comment below.