The end of 2013 marks two and a half years of blogging at SMART Living 365. From a statistical perspective it is an excellent reminder that perseverance is one of the best qualities a writer can bring to her craft. At the end of 2011 I had barely 50 email subscribers and a handful of feed subscribers. Now two years later I want to thank the thousands of readers who have stopped by and made SMART Living a part of their lives.
With that in mind I went through and looked at my top posts during the previous 30 months. With so many new followers I’m assuming many of you may have missed some of them. As usual they reflect some angle of what I consider a SMART Life. And always my goal is to share ideas that will help us all live a more happy, peaceful and meaningful life. Here they are:
- Is there REALLY Proof of Heaven or Life After Death? My top read post of all time is this article I wrote after attending an IONS Conference in July and hearing author Eben Alexander speak about his life-after-death experience. Barely six months old, this article shows what a tremendous interest there is in this subject.
- Comparison—A Speed Bump on the Road To Happiness & Simple Living. This post was written in early 2013 and has proved consistently popular. I believe a big part of it’s reach comes from having been shared on an amazing simple living blog written by Joshua Becker called, Becoming Minimlist.com It is a great blog and deserves a look.
- Seeking Uncertainty –The Path of Miracles & Unlimited Possibilities. I wrote this blog post early in 2013 after publishing my first novel Finding Grace—A Transformational Journey as an ebook. Not only do I relay some of my personal experiences, I put it all in context to quantum physics. What do they have in common? You’ll have to read it to find out.
- Is Your Over-thinking An Addiction? —Here Are Eights Steps to Recovery. I wrote this post in 2012 for myself. Yes, I’ve been accused of over-thinking on more than one occasion and not only do I explain what that looks like—I offer some valuable tips that can help any of us suffering from this common addiction.
- Are you Really A Minimalist? —And Five Questions To Find Out. I wrote this post in 2012 when it occurred to me that there were lots of simple living and minimalist blogs who were very popular—but many of them never explained what minimalism is or does. While I can’t claim that answer for every blog, I thought it was important from a SMART perspective.
- Midlife Minimalism—How Your Focus Changes & The Rewards Increase. This post comes from early summer 2013. While I had already defined what I consider to be minimalism or simple living, I found that so many of the other blogs with the same topic were coming from the Gen X or Y perspective. So many of those bloggers are single and unattached, or young married couples. This post shows what I believe are some valuable perspectives from a midlife point of view.
- Variation on a Bucket List—The F*^K It List! This post is another that has been around for only several months but shot to it’s high ranking mostly from its being shared on the new website Midlife Boulevard in early November. Thanks to Midlife Boulevard, this tongue-in-cheek post shares that we must often let go of things that hold us back, before we are able to live our best life possible.
So those are the top-read articles on SMART Living 365 as of the end of 2013. It is gratifying to know that thousands of people around the world have taken the time to read some of them. A special thanks to all the readers who make SMART Living part of their lives by subscribing to my posts by email. And an exceptional thanks to those of you who take the time to comment and offer your perspectives on what I write. Even those of you who didn’t agree with my ideas helped because your interest showed that you had thought about the subject and were willing to share your feelings on the topic in a different way. I never expect people to agree with me—I only hope that I offer food for thought as you make your own life journey toward greater happiness and wellbeing.
So let’s see where we go and what is revealed in 2014. May your new year be as Sustainable, Meaningful, Aware, Responsible and Thankful as possible. In other words, stay SMART 365!