Last Year From Our Contributors

The Year Was…

The world and his wife (where did that phrase come from) are now showcasing their Best of Last Year. Why should we not join in?

last yearEvery Friday last year, a roundup of the most visited post of the week was shared. However, we are doing things a bit different and will use the first Monday of 2016 to toot our own horn!

This blog relocated to WordPress less than a year ago and we did our best to make up time by posting every day of the week, initially. We were also posting twice a day in the beginning. Then the crazy-making schedule and pace got to us and we reduced to one post a day Monday to Friday. This has worked well for us and while there will be new developments throughout the year, this is the format we will keep for a bit longer.

So, the Best of Last Year. What did you our readers visit the most in 2015? Which of our posts struck a note with you? And, our Contributors, what did they bring to the table that you truly liked, shared and re-read?

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Let us start with the people without who I could not do this every day, most certainly not with the frequency and expanse of topics we have covered. What were the best posts from our Contributors last year? I invite you to check out the ones you have missed and share those that you think a friend or family member might need to read or simply find informative.

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Alexis Ali, our short story writer and go to woman on just about any topic having to do with life, love, changes – her Best of The Year post, Adele’s Pattern: Journey To Redemption shone a very bright light on parental abuse, perpetuated by mothers. Alexis’ took us on a brief stroll along the rocky path of single parenting, poor stress management, domestic violence against children and healing. This is a must read short story, one that you will never forget and based on the responses, we knew helped at least one.

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Clara Brown, accomplished career woman, wife but mother before all else shared her understanding of child-rearing and the importance of imparting wisdom over material to our youth. In her best post last year, “Children: 4 Wisdom Tips for Success, Clara pointed to tried, tested and proven strategies that she and her spouse use to raise a future leader. Check out this post and share with any parent you might know who is wondering how to teach their children what success truly is.

last yearKatelyn Roth shared several aspects of her life with us throughout last year but it was her post on a ‘business’ that so few of us want to talk about that caught your attention. “Sex Trafficking: Today’s Slavery,” was one of the most visited posts of 2015 and so it makes our Best of the Year list. Katelyn opened the door to the fate of children caught up in this heinous trade. This is a view that we will most certainly continue the conversation about during 2016 and we would be very interested to hear your perspective on the sex trade and how it is affecting people in your community.


Michael Ballard is our resource person on the topic of resiliency, sharing posts with our readers from time to time throughout 2015. His most visited post was “Top Bounce Back Tips for Daily Living,” and gives great insight and an example how to pick yourself up and brush yourself off after a debilitating event in your life. So check it out and stay connected without us through 2016 for more resiliency tips.

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ContributorFrom the distant shores of Pakistan, Contributor Neelma Tashfeen brought variety to this blog with her posts on several aspects of life in her country. Her Best of The Year post was “A Peek Into The Daily Lives of 3 Pakistani Woman,” was an introduction to the lifestyle, views and way of life in her homeland. We look forward to sharing more from her in 2016.

Contributor, Claudette P. EsterineRobert Turner was the second man among us and while his journey with us has come to an end, he did share some good insight with our readers. His Best of the year was “Top 2 Reasons Why Men Fear Becoming Dads,” and readers continue to read and comment on this article here and through my other social media profiles (Facebook and Twitter).

Coming Up…

Join us tomorrow when I share those posts of mine that caught your attention and helped some take steps to change “stuff” in their lives in 2015. We look forward to continuing this journey of 366-days with you. Hope the first four have been good to you and you can dive deeply and thrive this year with us by joining our community and getting insider tips and resources. Sign-up and receive my FREE monthly newsletter and affirmation poster, along with access to any E-Book that I publish throughout 2016. There are many other benefits of being a Subscriber, so sign-up today!

Have a great Monday!

Claudette P. Esterine



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49 thoughts on “Last Year From Our Contributors

  1. oh wow! i love this article! its really different and cool can wait to read 2016

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Miranda and we look forward to your visits! πŸ™‚

  2. I really enjoy reading about the success of bloggers. You have a wide variety of topics that are well written. I am looking forward forward to reading more and sharing in your future success.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Oh, thank you so much Mama! πŸ™‚ Your visits now and in the future are greatly appreciated.

  3. It’s great to look back and see how far we came.. I need to do this. Thanks for reminding me.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome! And thanks for your visit Urvi! πŸ™‚

  4. Some interesting posts here that I have missed. I will make the time to go back and read them.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Well thank you for that and I hope you find the other posts interesting as well! Namaste πŸ™‚

  5. the fun of looking back to see how far we come and remind us of the trials we had and came through it was fun for me at least and reminded me how strong I really am when I need to be

    1. Ms Claudette

      It is indeed fun to look back, even at the moments when we might not have been so comfortable. Thanks for the visits Angie! πŸ™‚

  6. CourtneyLynne

    Awwww so glad you had a great 2015!!!! So much success with the blog!!! Cheers to an even better 2016!!!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Courtney and the very same and more to you! πŸ™‚

  7. You seem to have a really good year Claudette! Always providing us a good read.. Thanks for that!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you for continuing to visit Tisha! πŸ™‚

  8. Looks like you had an amazing year. I look forward to reading your posts this year.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, it was a great year! We look forward to seeing you throughout 2016. Namaste πŸ™‚

  9. It looks like you had a very successful year Claudette! I’m really looking forward to reading more on your blog and I’m glad I was introduced to it this year πŸ™‚

  10. wow, good to know! Thanks for sharing and wishing you the best of 2016!

  11. You gave us great articles last year. Good luck on 2016. I’m looking forward to reading more.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you! πŸ™‚

  12. […] I shared the top posts from the Contributors and while some of them were not presented as means to get to your true self, […]

  13. It’s so nice to know each other story, that’s why I love blogging communities. Happy New Year Ms. Claudette.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you and the same to you Nicole! πŸ™‚

  14. Wow what a brilliant idea. I really love what you did here. I should make my own blog like this every year. Have more prosperous writings this 2016. πŸ™‚

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you! Remember, we all have our own style and ought to stay true to it. All the best for the new year! πŸ™‚

  15. It’s fun to take a look back, but it’s even more fun to look ahead and get excited about new possibilities!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Precisely! Thanks for your visits Liz! A Happy New Year to you! πŸ™‚

  16. I cannot wait to read everything from you this year πŸ™‚

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you! We look forward to sharing! Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

  17. I totally love this post, it’s so nice to share with people who has did a great things last year.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Lexie and a Happy New Year to you! πŸ™‚

  18. you are very blessed with a lot of great contributors. i look forward to more posts from you all

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Michelle! Happy New Year to you! πŸ™‚

  19. Elizabeth O.

    I love the articles this year and I definitely enjoyed reading them. I learned and realized a lot of things too. I am looking forward to reading more awesome posts this year! Hoping for a great year ahead of us.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Elizabeth and a Happy New Year to you! πŸ™‚

  20. I have tried to post daily but it is a lot of work Congrats on all of the hard work.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, it takes a lot of time, etc. We try as best as we can though. Happy New Year to you! πŸ™‚

  21. Cant wait to see what you write next, I liked the human trafficking story.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Ana! πŸ™‚

  22. A roundup is always a very good idea…looking forward

    1. Ms Claudette

      It is but I think I am going to change it up a bit this year. πŸ™‚

      1. Change is good….so let’s see how it works. I have not gotten around to doing roundups and doubt I ever will.

        1. Ms Claudette

          And that’s okay. We all can’t do the same thing, the same way. If it is not your thing, it is not your thing – and I most certainly don’t think you are a copycat just doing something because someone else does. Be blessed immensely today! πŸ™‚

          1. Oh you know me so well….LOL….

  23. I love it that Blogging crosses borders and cultures and brings our experiences and stories together on one page> well done you in 2015, now bring on 2016 πŸ™‚ Happy Blogging!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Happy Blogging to you as well Julie! All the best for 2016! πŸ™‚

  24. Cool line up of people who made a difference. I just love how blogging brings people together.

  25. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I am looking forward to hearing what you have in store for 2016! I am excited for this year.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I share your excitement, Robin! πŸ™‚

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