Southern Belle in Training

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December 31, 2019

2019: Blogging Highlights + Favorite Outfits.

     It's time for my annual last blog post of the year on Southern Belle in Training! If you missed part one of my year in review, check it out here. I always share the year recap for my personal life first, and then conclude with the year in blogging, which we're doing today!

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     Let's start with a recap of my favorite outfit from each month! Honestly fashion was not as a big of a focus this year on the blog as it has been in the past, but I still managed to post a few outfits each month!

January: Finding the Joy in Winter Fashion

December: Guess Where My Entire Outfit is From + Great Cyber Week Sale

     Now for a few more blog related recaps!

Readers' Favorite Posts of 2019:
  1. TRAVEL GUIDE: Girls' Trip to Charlotte - Where to Eat, Stay and Play - LOVE the fact that y'all's favorite post of the year by a long shot was a travel guide from one of my very favorite places! I hope this helps inspires you for your future girls trips.
  2. The Best Shein Buys for Spring/Summer - I've been a Shein fan for a few years now- some items from there are misses but most are hits! I shared a few of my favorite warm weather pieces in this popular post.
  3. 10 Things I Need to Do For My Blog (+ Things I'm Glad I Have Done) - Some of these things I've since done, some I'm still working on!
  4. TRAVEL GUIDE: The Best Restaurants & Nightlife in Charlotte, NC - Another Charlotte guide was one of my most popular posts! This post is really detailed and also one of my personal favorites from the year.
  5. Relationship Monday: Why I'm Glad I Gave Dating Apps Another Try - I always love hearing from those of you that really enjoy my Relationship Monday posts!

My Favorite Posts of 2019:
  1. On Going Home... - One of the most personal blog posts I've ever written! I shared my honest thoughts on my complicated relationship with my hometown, and why I don't always enjoy going home.
  2. TRAVEL GUIDE: What to See and Do in Norfolk, VA - Getting to work with Norfolk's tourism board was my favorite collaboration of 2019! This city is amazing and it was so fun to write this guide.
  3. TRAVEL GUIDE: The Best Restaurants & Nightlife in Charlotte, NC - I worked so hard on all of my (much overdue) Charlotte guides last spring! This was one of y'all's favorite posts and also one of mine- as Charlotte has the best food and nightlife!
  4. TRAVEL GUIDE: Outdoor Fun in Virginia's Alleghany Highlands - The Alleghany Highlands is only two hours away from Charlottesville, but amazingly so few people here have heard of this untouched region of the state. My dad and I did a fun trip here in the spring and I loved raising awareness about the natural beauty of this area on my blog!
  5. My 25th Birthday Gift to Myself: My First Ever 101 in 1001 List - I've been wanting to do a 101 in 1001 list for years, and my 25th birthday seemed like a great time to begin my first one.

Best Selling Items of 2019:

   Now let's look ahead to 2020! One goal of mine with blogging for the new year is to stop writing posts that don't bring me joy. That means I have zero plans for Christmas gift guides next holiday season, and there also won't be extensive Nordstrom Sale coverage next summer. None of these things make me excited to create content for... so this year I'm putting my foot down and only devoting my time to blog posts that I really enjoy doing! I don't want to write blog posts just because I feel everyone else is doing it and I also have to. How does that make my website and personal brand unique and special? Answer: it doesn't. Also- my blog is not my full-time job. It's my fun side hustle. So I want to keep the fun in that!!

     So what can you expect on the blog in 2020? More of the content that you loved in 2019 and other years past! For the last couple years I've been fully embracing the title of lifestyle blogger, I enjoy sharing everything on here from fashion to travel to faith to career to apartment decor to dating adventures and MORE! Two years ago I dropped from doing five posts a week to four. This year my goal is three new blog posts every week, and four on weeks I'm able to. It is tough sometimes with working full time, volunteering, my social life, and travel to keep up with the blog as much as I have in the past, but I've been doing this so long now that I'm pretty sure I can always guarantee you three posts! It seems like a reasonable amount.

     Thanks so much for being apart of my 2019 on the blog! Enjoy your New Year's!

     God Bless,

     xoxo Annaliese


  1. A fabulous and fashionable year on the blog! I always enjoy checking in with you each morning and can't wait to see where the next year takes you!

  2. What a fabulous recap! I have really enjoyed following along this year. I love that you mixed a lot of other posts with fashion too.


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