Can you believe it?  It’s been THREE years since I first set foot in the blogosphere. THREE YEARS! It only seems like yesterday that I was learning the ropes (by ropes, I mean cursing profusely and shaking my fist) of this new and very exciting world of ‘blogging’. I can’t even remember how it all begun? What enticed me to one day think, “I’m going to start a blog!”.  It may have had something to do with a ‘bitchin’ Mother-in-law (one must vent!) or maybe it was just pure fate? Regardless of how I ended up here, quite frankly, I couldn’t picture a life without it…without YOU! WordPress has become my home away from home, and you guys – my family! So, before my hay fever starts to flare up *sniff, sniff*  I guess it would be a good time to crank up the music, pop open the champagne and get this party started!

 

Here’s to THREE YEARS inside the life of moi.To celebrate turning over a new year, I have put together a list of my most popular posts to date (according to WordPress statistics!) I hope you enjoy …

 

 

Amanda’s Best Bits

 

All Time Top 10 Posts…

 

 

#10

 10 Things I Hate About Facebook

 

 

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Two and half years ago, I finally mustered up the courage came to my senses and quit Facebook. What can I say? As the Facebook burden was lifted from my wearing shoulders, I felt free and liberated. I haven’t looked back since! Like Marmite, you either love it or hate it… and if you detest the taste of something, why keep eating it? Here’s a post on WHY I loathe Facebook so much!

 

“No! Sally-shags-a-lot, we don’t want to hear about your one night stand. Too late! That g-string has already thwacked me hard in the face. A telephone booth. Such class! “

 

 

#9

A Letter to My Father

 

 

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It’s hard to believe that my dad has been gone 7 years. As much as this was painful to write, I’m glad I did. This is my letter to him.

 

“People tell me that time goes on, but, to me, this is the saddest part. The thing is, for years I didn’t know how to grieve. I thought grief was an intense sadness that I could somehow push through and get past. I was wrong. Grief may change its form, but it is never ending. Like an ocean, it comes in ebbs and flows. Sometimes it is calm and soothing, other times the waves can be rough and overwhelming. A feeling of drowning in your own tears.”

 

 

#8

To The Girl with The Sad Eyes

 

 

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I wrote this candid letter for a friend who – at this particular point in time – was on a precarious path of destruction. One year on, she’s taken back control of her life and is completely clean from drugs and alcohol. I couldn’t be prouder of how far she has come.

 

“You, my friend, have been lost for quite some time. It was pretty much written in the stars that you would find yourself sitting where you are now. Most likely surrounded by the fragments of last night’s party. You can erase the evidence into black bags, but you can’t erase the fact that this lifestyle is slowly killing you. You can’t erase the fact that the party finished long ago, and the need to prolong it is, purely, to fill this emptiness in your heart.”

 

 

#7

Balloons – The Art Of Letting Go

 

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The greatest advice anyone ever gave me, was ‘just put it in a balloon and let it go!’ And this is literally what I did! I took those balloons, I blew all my hurt, resentment and anger into them, and I watched them disappear into oblivion.

 

“I was debating whether to go for a pack of ten or twenty– I decided twenty would be adequate. I blew all my negativity into these balloons, sealed them closed and scribbled issues I needed to ‘let go’ over them. So there I was, surrounded by a bunch of colourful balloons, looking as though I had just raided a children’s birthday party. If anyone saw me, they’d think I had lost it!”

 

 

#6

The Good Wife: Expectation Vs Reality

 

 

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Two words – MAYBE LATER?

 

“When the lights go off and the socks remain on, it’s time to say ‘Yeah, things have gone a little downhill’.” 

 

 

#5 

A Letter to My Daughter: Winding Roads and Life Lessons.

 

 

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I wrote this letter for my daughter on her 10th birthday. Get those tissues ready!

 

“It was love at first heartbeat, but as I peered down at your tiny hand wrapped around my finger, I felt my heart grow more with every little breath you took. Suddenly, this dream felt all so real. You were my daughter, and I, your mother.”

 

 

#4

Those Were The Best Days Of My Life: School Days

 

 

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If you could go back to your school days, would you? (I think I’d rather rub hot chilli into my eyeballs!) A little blast from the past… if you dare!

 

“So, it turns out sex education was a bit of an anti-climax! And if a home-birthing video from the 1980’s wasn’t bad enough, we’d spend the rest of the afternoon trying to achieve the impossible task of putting a condom on a banana! Make sure you wear some goggles or you’ll have an eye out!”

 

 

#3

Psychoanaly-TEXT: The Psychology Behind Texting

 

 

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Do you ever get annoyed when you text someone, they’ve read your text, but they don’t reply back? Yep… I’m that terrible person who forgets to text back *Guilty face*. Here’s a humorous look into the world of ‘texting’.

 

“We wake up in the morning to the sweet sound of angels singing…’Halleluiah… Halleluiah’.. For the text has finally arrived. Our heart starts to thump erratically and we have found that smile once again. We reach across, slip the menu bar over and...No kisses? Our heart sinks, and we think to ourselves,  ‘“What a bloody anti-climax!’

 

 

#2

Dear Husband: An Unconventional Love Letter

 

 

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A letter I wrote to my husband for our 4th wedding anniversary. We’ve had our fair shares of ups and downs, but we always seem to pull through. Maybe love really does conquer all?

 

We could have let go. Sometimes I question whether this would have been easier and less heartbreaking. The truth is, I didn’t ever want to let you go. The thought was too painful. Deep down, beneath the fragility and uncertainty, I loved you more than anything in the world. I didn’t want anyone else. It was only ever you!”

 

 

#1

A Letter To My Best Friend

 

 

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So here we have it – number one! I wrote this for my best friend two years ago and never imagined it to be such a success! I guess we’ve all got that special someone who always has our back. Love you, kiddo!

 

“My beautiful friend, what more can I say? In 50 years from now, I hope I will still be cushioned under your protective wing. I have no doubt that you will still be the person who could turn my every frown into a smile, the person who lifts me up when I am losing faith and the person who carries my tears on her shoulders. I’m pretty sure that we will still be busting out those same dance moves, watching Bridesmaids on repeat and laughing until our catheter bags burst!”

 

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed my Best Bits! (Is it me or does that sound dodgy?) 

 

 

2016, what can I say? It has been an emotional one. A rollercoaster of highs and lows…with a few cheeky loop-de-loops tossed in (just for fun!) From WAFER-FREAKEN-HAM moments to a premature midlife crisis, it hasn’t been the smoothest of rides. But despite hurtling down some rickety-ass tracks, it’s also been a year of growth and self-discovery, ultimately, leading me to where I am today – a much happier, healthier and emotionally stable person. Every cloud has a silver lining, right?

 

So, I guess this is the part when we raise a toast and say, “Until next year!” … I mean, until the next celebration! Which, knowing me, will be sooner rather than later! Any excuse to crack open the bubbles, right?

 

A huge thank you to everyone for all of your support. You guys are truly amazing – each and every one of you!

 

 

Much Love xxx

 

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