Best of 2014: the 5 most popular articles of the year

Looking back over the course of the past twelve months, I can’t help but feel an insane amount of gratitude for you. Yes, you.

In the past year, Ignited Leadership’s blog has grown from receiving 10-15 readers a day, to several hundred a day.

Is there still room to grow? Of course. But I’m pretty psyched and energized by the direction things are moving in.

Whether you’re on my mailing list, a first time reader, or someone who checks in every now and then, I am so grateful that you choose to spend time with me.

Thank you.

With that said here are the five most popular articles from 2014:

1: 28 Things I’ve Never Told You (or stripping back the façade so I can stop hiding in public….and because rough edges are sexy).

I have never been more nervous about publishing an article than I was when I wrote this. As a speaker and writer, it’s surprisingly easy for me to hide who I truly am behind a façade. In this article, I made an extremely concentrated effort to show up authentically. I was particularly nervous about sharing numbers: 6, 17, 21, and 21.5.

Here’s the crazy thing: that article got the best response of anything I’ve ever written. It was like exhaling for the first time in my life. It was even picked up by a newspaper in Maine (seriously).

2: The No BS Guide to Self Love and Self Compassion Part 1: the Foundations

This was the article I needed to write. In mid 2013 my life collapsed. My girlfriend and I broke up, my best friend in DC moved away, and one of my friends died. All in the course of three shitty weeks.

For a bit, I was sobbing in bed, drinking myself to sleep, living in a dark world. I realized that what I needed to do was take on the challenge of learning to love myself. This article, and the 2nd and 3rd parts that accompanied it, are what I learned as I got back on my feet.

3: The 5 best moments of your life

I had a surreal experience with this article: hours after I published it I ran into the investor who I mentioned (somewhat unflatteringly) in the article. I’m 99% sure he doesn’t read my writing, but it was still pretty spooky because I hadn’t seen him for several moths. I took it as a sign from the universe to stop portraying people in an unflattering light.

4: A Simple Process For Mastering Your Fears

Of all the articles I wrote this year, this is the one that generated the most email. Friends, family, and readers wrote to ask, “What happened with that girl?”

One honest answer: a gentleman doesn’t kiss and tell. And I believe that.

Another honest answer: the woman, L* had a boyfriend. Regardless, I was really happy I spoke to her. She was super cool and showed me around Kansas City after the concert.

In a way, I’m glad nothing happened, because six days after that trip to KC, I had my first date with my now AMAZING girlfriend, N*. Had something happened between L* and I, I’m not sure I would have been open to truly connecting with N* (more about N* in the future…).

5: How to Embrace Your Imperfection (and Why it’s Really Important to Do So)

This was the first article of the year and my first experiment with sharing more of myself with my readers. To my delight – and surprise – it exploded on facebook and was shared by a shocking number of people.

It was written at a time when I was just starting to come out of a very dark period of my life and was insanely self-conscious about being single while all of my friends were in relationships. For those of you who are also friends of Brene Brown’s work I was reading “The Gifts of Imperfection” (which gets my highest recommendation) while I was working on this.

Those were the five most popular articles I published in 2014. I’m honored to have you as a reader. Thank you!

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