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 I always think of New Year's Eve as “amateur” night. It's the night when those who rarely party suddenly decide that this is the last night to chug champagne and wear sparkles. Trust me, I believe you should wear sparkles whenever you please. Even if it isn't the last day of the year.

This New Year's Eve our plan was very low key. We went to a friend's house for potluck dinner and avoided the craziness — 150,000 people crammed onto Broadway Street in Nashville to see Kings of Leon and fireworks.

I always love watching the TV roundups that showcase the year's “Best Of” lists. So of course, I had to have one of my own. I'm breaking it down into categories to show you some of my favorites from the past year.

Most Popular Posts

My posts about my “big move” were probably the biggest posts of the year in terms of hits. The biggest post was “The Big Leap” where I announced I was moving. You can read all about the move here.

My posts about blogging went WAY up this year. I started focusing on growing your blog and people seemed to respond. Here were some of the biggest posts:
My Favorite Free Blogging Resources

14 Photo Ideas For Instagram

Is Blogging Dead?

8 Places to Find Free Photos For Your Blog

How To Find a Job Working from Home (not necessarily a blogging post but still kind of in that realm)

How to Be Famous on Instagram 

I had some posts with Pinterest that really took off, those are:

45 Fun, Cheap Date Ideas

Quit Your Job to Blog

How to Fit Everything in Your Carry On

Facebook famous was “How to Save to Buy a Home in 6 Months

One of the favorite posts I wrote? How to Save Money In Your 20s

With a whopping 70,000+ hits, my biggest post of the year is….
How Much Does it Cost to Go to Tomorrowland.”

This
post was intended to be a comprehensive resource for a music festival
in Belgium. It's been featured in a lot of places (and comes up in a LOT
of searches because I SEO'ed the crap out of it!) and was really proud
of this post.

Favorite Pictures

How this isn't a picture on a calendar I don't know. The #sulakids are the coolest. FACT.

Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis. May 2015

Seaside Florida, May 2015

Wilson County Fair, Tennessee, August 2015

10 Year High School Reunion, Dallas, November 2015

Chiang Mai Lantern Festival, Thailand, November 2015

Hiking the Grand Canyon, Arizona, June 2015

Dogs dressed up for Mardi Gras in Dallas, February 2015

Most Liked Instagram Photos

https://www.instagram.com/heleneinbetween/

Apparently, you guys like red cups. I'm a little embarrassed that there's two red cups in a row there. #Basic. Also that pumpkin pic went semi viral. It was regrammed on Instagram at least two dozen times. One thing's for sure, I like hand pics.

Biggest Wins for 2015

Hands down: blogging full time. I think this is the happiest I've ever been in life (save from when I was 6 years old and my little sisters weren't born yet and life was just awesome.) I worked my butt off but it's work that I love.

Second place: launching online courses. The first course I launched was: Instagram for Success. I've had over 200 students take this course and seen tremendous results. It's so incredible to take something you love and see it grow.

Moving to Nashville. I've never moved outside of Dallas, Texas so this was huge for me. I proved to myself that I could get out of my comfort zone and it would be well worth it. 

Favorite Songs

I already recounted the worst songs of 2015, so here are some of the best.

Where are U Now – Jack U with Justin Bieber

Rumors by Pep and Rash (Deniz Koyu Remix)

679 By Fetty Wap

Say My Name (remix) by ODESZA, Cedric Gervais

The Only Way is Up by Tiesto and Martin Garrix

Here by Alessia Cara

Stranger By Chris Lake

Roses by The Chainsmokers

Febreze by Jack U with 2 Chainz

Touch Me by Avicii

Peanut Butter Jelly by Galantis (if you haven't watched this video, stop everything.)

How Deep is Your Love by Calvin Harris

Can you tell what my favorite genre of music is!?

Favorite Reads

When I say read, I also mean listen. I brought up (and debated) that listening is the same as reading the book.  But nevertheless, here were my faves:

Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple


The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

To see everything I read this year, check me out my reviews here.

Things I'd Like to Finally Admit to in 2015:

– I like Ariana Grande. Despite her name sounding like a font and looking like a tiny elf, her voice is awesome.

– I take lots of pictures of my hands on white backgrounds. Go figure.

– I like country music. I've said I didn't, but it's not true (just that pop country-Luke-Bryan stuff).

– Sometimes I just look up pictures of Kendall Jenner. Sorry, but she's really beautiful. Okay and Gigi Hadid. Sue me.

– Some days I only talk to the dogs. And I love it.

So that's a wrap on 2015! Hope yours was awesome and that 2016 is the best yet!

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