I was recently asked to share my most popular blog post from 2018 with a Natural Health Bloggers group in which I am a member. Fortunately, the leader of our group explained step by step how to go into Google Analytics and generate a report with all the data that would give me the information I needed. I am embarrassed to say that I am intimated by Google Analytics so I rarely go there to find data like this. Even though I was pretty sure my beet post was the most popular post I wrote last year just by the virality of the repins of that post and everything associated with it, I found it so interesting to see what were the other most popular posts on my blog during 2018.
I decided it would be a fun tradition to start every year with a post like this which highlights my top ten most popular posts every year.
So whether you are a new visitor to my blog or you are a regular reader, I hope this post will help you find content that you may have missed and/or posts which may be of interest to you at this time.
Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts from 2018
There is a funny story behind this post. The week prior to writing this post, I wrote a post that was a bit more controversial, one I wanted to write for over a year prior but was a bit too afraid to tackle so I kept putting it off. When I finally wrote it I did get some pushback and defensive reactions from a few people so I decided to write something light and airy the next week to give myself a break from the heat. Yep, you guessed it, I chose to write all about beets. I was on a personal beet kick myself so it gave me the inspiration to write this post. Little did I know that beets were so popular and therefore this post became the first post I have written that just took off and got reshared and repinned more than any other post to date.
I do love this post though and I share some of my favorite beet recipes and how I became beet obsessed. Includes a printable “Seasonal Fresh Produce Chart” (available in my Resource Library)
This post surprisingly took off as well. A fun little-known fact is that Himalayan Pink Salt is technically the first natural supplement we added into our diet on our natural health journey. I learned about it from the book that got our whole journey started. The author of this book is a self-proclaimed “Pink Salt Fanatic.” I talk about her and her book in this post if you are curious to learn more click on over and read the post.
This post is packed with practical information and tips on how to use Himalayan Pink Salt to improve your health and wellbeing. Includes printable recipes (available in my Resource Library)
This post was technically published in the fall of 2017 but it ranked #3 out of all my posts in 2018. I include so much tried and true information that has helped our family over the years to avoid illness and recover quickly if we start fighting something. The things shared in this post have been total game changers for our entire family. I created a printable “I Can’t Get Sick Right Now! EMERGENCY Action Plan” (Available in my Resource Library) to go with this post. This year, I added an additional post with all this information that is also doing very well this year titled Emergency Action Plan to Support Your Immune System and Recover Quickly.
If you are struggling with constantly getting sick, or you feel like you are fighting something and you absolutely can’t get sick right now for whatever reason, you need to read these posts.
I originally wrote this post for Mothers Day gift ideas but it has been a popular post all year long because these ideas are good for birthday gifts, Christmas gifts or just simple gifts of love to our precious moms and grandmoms who deserve extra love and appreciation for all that they do for our families.
It has always been hard for me to find the perfect gift for my mom because if she wants something, she just buys it. It was fun doing this post because I enlisted my mom’s help with it so many of the ideas come directly from her. Therefore the suggestions in this post are mom approved. Includes print and frame print and Mothers Day card (available in my Resource Library)
So, remember the controversial post I was telling you about in the introduction of my beet post? Well, this is the post I was referring to. It is such an important post and foundational information I am passionate about sharing to help anyone going through the terrible nightmare we went through with psychiatric medication side effects, health consequences, and withdrawal. The problem is trying to share this information with those who are desperate to find it without offending those who aren’t looking for it or aren’t ready for this information. This is my constant quandary.
I am pleased to know that it has become a popular post and it has been shared and repinned many times on Pinterest verifying to me that there is a need for this information and it does resonate with some. It is my hope and prayer that those who are scouring the internet looking for answers and help will find it. I remember being in that place many years ago myself.
If I could just share one thing with you that could help you transform your health it would be this post. It is so important that we take charge of our own health and advocate for ourselves and in some cases for our family members. It all starts with learning how to tune in and listen to your body to guide you. It is important to address root issues, not merely to address symptoms and mask them with prescriptions and/or over the counter medications.
This post contains practical tips and tools to help you get started in taking charge of your health, including a printable “Daily Tracker” (available in my Resource Library)
I share all my favorite Essential Oils storage solutions for both at home and for when I am traveling in this post. Everything I share in this post is affordable and available on Amazon.
I give these items as gifts over and over again so if you are looking for gift ideas for the essential oils lovers in your life this post will give you plenty of ideas.
#8: DIY Lavender Eye Pillow for Headaches, Stress, Anxiety, and Sleep
This is a fun little post with step by step instructions on how to make your own lavender eye pillow. It is a great DIY project to do with young girls and it can be a very economical and thoughtful gift you can make for family and friends.
You can make this project with or without a sewing machine.
This post is very special to me and I am delighted that it has become one of my more popular posts. It is an inspirational post to encourage you to look up and take notice of all the beauty of God’s creation all around you. So often we are distracted by our stresses, our heartaches, and our pain to take notice of all the beauty that surrounds us. Don’t miss out, friend! Wake up and take notice!
Includes a practical mindfulness activity to help you change your perspective. (Available in my Resource Library)
I can remember a time (about 10 years ago) where I felt so hopeless and I would just stare at my computer screen and try to find some answers… and some hope. In fact, I remember typing in the google search bar many times the word “hope.” I remember feeling like I was hanging onto a little tree branch dangling over the edge of a cliff holding on for dear life and I would lay in bed at night trying to pray but the only words I could muster was a weak and feeble… “help!” Well, I obviously made it through that hard time by the grace of God but many other seasons like this have come and gone in my life. This post is a compilation of encouragement, quotes, scripture, and music that offers hope to those who are struggling right now. It is what I wish I found on google when I was searching for hope many years ago.
Includes a printable of “Words of Hope” to hold onto (available in my Resource Library)
Over the year I have written 60 new blog posts for Natural Healing Hope. If you have any experience writing, blogging or creating anything then you know it can feel like a little piece of you…like you little babies. Each and every blog post is special to me in some way or I wouldn’t have written it, however, some of my blog posts are more special to me than others. Many of them are in my top ten for 2018 but a few of them are not but I want to share them with you anyway.
5 Personal Favorites from 2018
If I wasn’t a Health and Wellness Blogger, I would want to be a Travel Blogger. I love to research and plan trips and find unique off the beaten path places while traveling this amazing beautiful world we live in. With over 15 years of a career with Creative Memories and scrapbooking, I also love taking pictures and journaling stories and details to share and preserve these memories. I have found that blogging has many similarities to scrapbooking. It is just sharing pictures and stories digitally on the world wide web instead of in photo albums.
This post combines a bit of travel blogging, and digital scrapbooking with my passion for writing about all the natural gifts God has given us for our health and wellbeing, in this case, lavender.
Well, you can see from my website and many of my posts that I love Lavender!
This post was a fun one for me because I was able to photograph and document a very special tea party I did for my mom to celebrate Mother’s Day at a time when she wasn’t feeling well enough to go out. I did this tea party at her home, in the dining room that preserves all our family heirlooms and memories of my mom’s mother and her grandmother (my grandma and nana). I loved taking and editing all these pictures and I hope they will inspire you to consider creating a similar experience for someone you love with your family heirlooms.
Includes printable recipes (available in my Resource Library) and links to other posts that can help you create a memorable and meaningful experience for a mother, grandmother or daughter.
This post was a happy little rabbit trail of learning that was a result of the virality of my beet post which led me to create an opt-in (otherwise known as a content upgrade to inspire people to subscribe to my blog). The opt-in was a Seasonal Fresh Produce Chart which also went crazy on Pinterest. With the proven interest in eating seasonally, I started researching more and it led to many exciting discoveries which we took full advantage of this year. One was joining a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) which ended up being one of the highlights of our summer. The pictures in this post are also some of my favorite pictures taken on a trip to Oregon a couple years ago where I experienced the most beautiful farmers market I have ever seen.
The “Seasonal Fresh Produce Chart” I mentioned is available in my Resource Library.
This post is a very important life lesson that is too important to miss for even one more day of your life if you struggle with contentment and finding peace and happiness in your life. This post is rich with some inspiring videos that will stick with you and inspire you to embrace the life you have NOW!
Includes practical tips and a printable “Finding Contentment Journaling Prompts” (available in my Resource Library)
This post includes a very personal story of a life lesson where I learned how and why I need to face my fears before they get the better of me. My word for the year last year was Brave (from the Dayspring quiz) so it was something I put a lot of thought into over the year and as it turns out I needed to exercise “My Brave” to tackle some terrifying fears that were to come later in my year. This year my word for the year is Courage so it is a theme I need to continually think about and be prepared to exercise in my life.
This post includes printable “Finding Your Brave- Journaling Prompts” and a printable to frame and post as a reminder (available in my Resource Library)
I hope you found some posts that are of interest to you and that can help you on your natural health journey in the coming year.
I’d love any suggestions for future content you would like to see posted on this blog in 2019. I’m always looking for new blog post ideas. Share your thoughts in the comments.
Wishing you Joy in your journey,
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