Top Ten Encouraging Posts of 2015

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Blogger Marty Walden takes a look back at the top ten encouraging posts of 2015 through her DIY projects, recipes and personal journey of faith.

Every year I try and close out the end of the calendar year by sharing my favorite blog posts. These might be posts that received a ton of page views or ones where I transparently wrote about our family story, struggles and triumphs.

This year had a great deal of both, plus the obligatory chocolate recipe!

Last year when I wrote about my 2014 top 10 favorites I told my readers that “my goal is still to inspire, encourage and empower you to make the most of your life exactly where you are. My husband and I are going through circumstances beyond our control that are certainly not ideal, but we know next year at this time God will have written us a better story than we could imagine!”

I had absolutely no idea what an emotional, heartbreaking roller coaster 2015 would be.

Yet through it all God tenderly loved and sustained our family, and I’m filled with gratitude for His blessings and strength.

My deepest desire is still to encourage you, my readers, in both your home and life, so without further ado, here are my Top Ten Encouraging Posts of 2015!

My DIY hubby and I together share 7 Chalk Painting Tips for Beginners, one of my most viewed posts of the year.

These 7 easy chalk painting tips for beginners will liberate you from perfectionism and get you hooked on the latest and most fun way to paint furniture and home decor accessories!

Still one of my favorite master bedroom projects, our DIY Headboard from a Closet Door is a great repurposing tutorial.

Wait until you see this DIY headboard from Marty's Musings transformed from an old louvered closet door into a chalk painted and distressed shabby chic beauty!

One of my favorite projects, my DIY Framed Jewelry and Earring Organizer is a simple project yet one that adds style and organized space to the bedroom.

This DIY framed jewelry and earring organizer from Marty's Musings is created inexpensively from a yardsale frame and chicken wire. Perfect for hanging necklaces or earrings.

My painting contractor husband shares Everything You Need to Know on How to Paint a Room. This post contains all his expertise in one spot and you’ll want to read it AND pin it for later!

A professional painter shares everything you need to know on how to paint a room with great tips for the beginner wanting to save time and money.

In my post on Budget Decorating Ideas for the Deck I share how I looked around at all the curbside, thrown away junk or yard sale treasures I had collected and gave them new life for our outdoor enjoyment.

These budget decorating ideas for decks and other outdoor spaces will inspire you to shop yard sales, thrift stores and even curbside for inexpensive treasures to repurpose and update for a beautiful space you will love.

I received a lot of positive feedback as I ventured into a new arena this year with Fabulous Frugal Fashions for Women Over 50 and The Little Black Dress.

Is it possible to dress well AND look beautiful without spending a lot of money? These tips with frugal fashions for women over 50 will show you how!

On a more personal nature I shared with transparency my journey to Let It Go: The Song God Keeps Teaching Me, and the many life crisis our family has experienced this year.

Marty Walden shares her faith and how God helped her release her anxiety and pain when her husband faced surgeries, unemployment, a teenaged son runaway and a family death, all within a six month period.

At the beginning of 2015 I confided how I picked my word for the year in the post Unafraid: Why I went to See a Therapist. I also gave encouragement that it takes strength to ask for help when you are facing deep pain in your personal and family life.

Not sure when or how to ask for professional help with a personal situation? Blogger Marty's Musings shares a personal story of encouragement.

This year my oldest daughter Rachel also joined me in writing for the blog by sharing her new journey through motherhood. I particularly loved when she shared The Day I Fell in Love with my Pregnancy Stretch Marks.

Struggling with body image after giving birth, a first time mom encourages women to embrace the beauty and gift in those pregnancy stretch marks.

Last but not least, the must have chocolate recipe begins with a make ahead cookie mix you can store to use to make different types of cookies. I used the basic recipe to make both Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Cookies and the totally addictive Molasses Cookies.

By using an easy make ahead basic cookie mix you can make several different kinds of cookies, including these amazing Reese's peanut butter cups cookies.

These ten posts are a good summary of my life this year. I wasn’t able to post as much as I wanted to and many of my goals went by the wayside. I have completed projects that I was never able to photograph and write about but they will get on the blog eventually!

With my husband having two rotator cuff surgeries and missing work for much of the year there was more pressure on me for this blog to perform better as a source of income. I was blessed to be chosen to represent Big Lots and Behr Paint as a brand ambassador this year, as well as working with other agencies and brands.

If you’ve read this far THANK YOU SO MUCH! You’re my favorite reader ever! Come back tomorrow and I have a Christmas post coming! Better later than never, right?

Do you have a favorite post from the blog this year? I would be honored if you’d share!

You can see my top 10 most viewed posts for 2013; my top 10 personal favorites of 2013; and my top 10 posts of 2012.

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  1. Thank you for sharing from your heart. God is using you to encourage others. (including me)

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