Happy New Year! I hope you all had the perfect Eve, followed by the best Day you could have had in the 15 degree weather Philadelphia provided us with. My plans of an Eagles tailgate and spending the entire day at the Mummers Parade were quickly shattered, but I still was v lucky to spend my days surrounded by my best buddies and so many carbohydrates.
As we embrace 2018 and I continue into my 6th year blogging about my little Philadelphia life, I thought I’d share five posts that I, truthfully, am really proud of. There are posts that just poured out onto the page, and others I spent a whole lot of time on. Posts that have sentiments that mean a lot to me, and others that are about pizza. Whether you’re new to Her Philly or have been reading all along, check out why these five posts mean so much to me, and let me know which speaks to you the most.
The 5 Posts I’m Most Proud Of
1. Taking Trapeze Lessons on Broad Street (April 2013)
This post was an important “leap” for me, in both my blogging and my personal journeys. As a new blogger, being invited to take a trapeze class in the middle of the city was one of the first times I realized the opportunities that could come with sharing my experiences with other young women in Philly. Personally, this post came about a month after I had broken up with my first serious boyfriend, whom I had dated my entire time in Philly thus far, and was essentially just learning to live “on my own” in the city. Being able to step outside of my comfort zone and conquer this really rare and unique opportunity made me feel brave and so optimistic for things to come. READ THE POST >
2. Sharing My Journey to Loving my Body (August 2013)
When I re-read this post, I still can feel the joy I felt when I had that epiphany. At a size 10-14, I was always the largest in my friend groups – both in high school and college. I remember wondering if I’d ever feel as good as my friends’ did in a bathing suit, or ever meet someone who actually liked a body like mine. I can honestly and confidently say that the world of blogging, and specifically plus size fashion blogging, significantly altered the way I viewed the world. I won’t repeat the sentiment too much, but I’m proud of the honesty approach I was able to take in this post, hopefully playing a small part in another young woman’s journey to self-love. READ THE POST >
3. Embracing My “Adult Life” (September 2014)
Similarly to the above post, when I look back with the clarity that I have now, I can see how my true, true happiness came with the responsibility, and opportunity, that comes from being an adult. And while it wasn’t as quick of an epiphany, once I started recognizing what happiness felt like, I basked in it. Having the freedom to experience things and make my own life whatever I want it to be has fulfilled me in a way I can’t fully express, but I tried to in this post. READ THE POST >
4. Giving 11 Philly Ladies the Chance to Share Why they Love their Hoods (October 2015)
I started this blog because I had moved to Philly myself and was looking for resources. During my first few years of blogging, I got private questions all the time from women thinking about moving to the city, who could of course find the generic neighborhood info online, but wanted someone they could relate to to ask their questions. My first love had always been Rittenhouse, and as I was over three years into that life, I knew I had to share the opinions of other women who loved all the other Philly neighborhoods with my followers, too. This is one of my most visited posts to this day, and I’m really, really happy with the resource I was able to create. READ THE POST >
5. Very Thoroughly Documenting My Birthday Philadelphia Pizza Crawl (March 2017)
As you all know, pizza is pretty much a part of my ~brand.~ I had a dream to put together a pizza crawl for my 27th birthday, and organizing even a mini one was a FEAT. I had so many requests to do a blog post on my night, but I knew I wanted to provide people with actual advice on how to plan something like this. The time I spent on this post is probably one of the most consuming I’ve ever put together (the photos are still super whack), but the fact that I was able to share a pretty cool night in the city so thoroughly is something I’m very proud of! READ THE POST >
And there we have it! Later this month, I’ll be sharing another set of five posts that happen to be my favorites from the past five years. Stay tuned, and thanks for reading! xx