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2014 Wrap-up & Thank You!

It was a productive year here at Let Why Lead! I did a re-design, wrote 9 articles for other sites, finally started a newsletter, made some wonderful new friends and connections, hosted round two of the Marriage Diaries, got quoted in the WSJ, and published 122 posts. Phew! (All for barely any money / just because I love doing it! haha)

I wanted to share some of my best posts today. If nothing else, it helps me see the forest for the trees—what I’m really writing about week after week. And if you missed any, now’s your chance to catch them!

Top 5 Posts of 2014 

42 Ways to Make Your Kids Feel Absolutely Loved – For sure my favorite post of the year!

12 Must-See TED Talks for Purposeful Women – Pinned like crazysauce. 🙂

The One-Dimensional Mom – A warm fuzzy about how our kids see us.

One Word to Erase from Your Vocabulary – I admit the response to this one kind of surprised me!

What We’ve Lost and What We’ve Gained – since becoming parents.

My More Unassuming Favorites

Wholehearted Living: That Time I Played

Wholehearted Living: Sometimes People Will Hurt You – When that guy wanted to have me fired.

“Do You Have Any More Stories?” What Children Gain When You Open Up

A Surprising Top-Searched Post

Wholehearted Living: Knowing Your Shame Triggers

One that Struck a Chord 

The Difference Between Being a Single Parent and Parenting Solo

Best of Let Why Lead 2014

I couldn’t end the year without a monstrous thank you to all of you who visit here regularly! Sometimes I think that thoughtful writing has a hard time finding a home on the internet. But we’re carving out something special here, and I’m so grateful for all of you like-minded, big-picture women who read and discuss and share and just generally keep coming back. Thank you so much!

I’m off for the rest of the year (moving!), but keep in touch on Facebook, and I’ll see you in 2015!

Linked up with The List.

  • Lorie
    December 18, 2014 at 7:05 am

    I love your blog and love that I know you personally. I’m blessed to have rubbed shoulders with pretty awesome people I’ve decided. Good luck with the move! I’m very excited for you…have low expectations on how smooth it will go with 3 little ones. LOL. Merry Christmas!

  • Angelica
    December 18, 2014 at 7:15 am

    I read every one of these. OF COURSE! It’s the smart thing to do. 😉

  • Sierra Burton
    December 18, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Congratulations on a great year! I’m so glad I found you this year. You’ve been a mentor and inspiration to me through out a crazy/rough year. Thank you for all you do!

  • Rachel T.
    December 22, 2014 at 7:00 am

    What a great year! So many amazing posts. I love your blog and think you are a wonderful writer. Cheers to 2015!

  • You Baby Me Mummy
    December 22, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    What a great year and so many fabulous posts. Have a wonderful Christmas and thanks for linking up to #TheList x

  • Kathryn
    January 3, 2015 at 11:20 am

    I’ve loved reading and following along with you this year. It’s awesome to see how much you’ve grown!!

    • Erica Layne
      January 3, 2015 at 1:48 pm

      Thanks so much, Kathryn! I’m honored to have you here, and I appreciate your help! Happy new year!

  • Martha Kate
    January 6, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    What a beautiful blog you have and I have only begun to look around. Absolutely love it and the truth you radiate.
    Xoxo Martha Kate

    • Erica Layne
      January 7, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks so much, Martha Kate! I’m so happy to have you here.

  • Liz
    January 10, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Sooooooooo happy to have found your blog! Can’t wait to keep following the journeys and plans that God has in store for you! xoxo

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