Farewell 2019: Top 12 Posts

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Farewell 2019. Farewell to the 2010s.

It has been one heck of a decade (or at least, 1/2 a decade) with my dreams being put on hold due to health crisis after crisis. But also some of the best years thanks to experiences with my friends, year in London going to grad school, and more!

To see some of my favorite memories of the decade, check out my Thanksgiving post here.

And now for some of my top memories in 2019. I have chosen 12 of my favorite posts from 2019:

January: Book Review of “Defiant Joy” (Stasi Eldredge)

PIN ME: The Joyous Living Defiant Joy Book Review

As a book blogger, i have had the pleasure of reviewing a number of different books including fiction such as this year’s Lethal Weapon (Vince Flynn) but also great non fiction that is uplifting such as Defiant Joy. It was the perfect read to start the new year in 2019.

February: Matthew Bourne’s CINDERELLA Review

Matthew Bourne's Cinderella is Sheer Perfection

It had been a while since I’d visited the ballet (2014: Sadlers Wells) and never had I seen something so beautiful and stunning as Sir Matthew Bourne’s gorgeous CINDERELLA that visited the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A. in February. The show was followed by his revolutionary Swan Lake in December.

March: Whole Lung Lavage Experience (3 Part Series)

After a year of troubles with my lungs from pneumonia in February 2018 to being hospitalized and having a biopsy in October 2018 and blowing up like a blimp thanks to Prednisone, I was lucky enough to have a Lavage at Cedars Sinai in February (and later in August) that has helped me a great deal.

April: A to Z Challenge

Michael Ball Steals the Heart! #michaelball #actor #singer #music #broadway #theater #theatre #rageoftheheart #atozchallenge

The A to Z Challenge is always a fun opportunity. This year I featured my favorite musicals and theatre shows. Everything from Aspects of Love (my favorite Andrew Lloyd Webber musical) to Zero Hero (A song from Rage of Hearts).

May: The World of da Vinci Exhibit Review

I have enjoyed a wonderful relationship these past few years with the fabulous Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley where every exhibit gets better and better. In the Spring they had a stunning and very informative and interactive exhibit about da Vinci.

June: Presenting My New Car

After being hit and having my car declared a “total loss” in May, I was grateful to find my new (gently used) car thanks to the AAA Car Buying program.

July: Benedict Cumberbatch and Geanco

The Joyous Living Spotlight Geanco Benedict Cumberbatch

This summer I started a limited-time series called SPOTLIGHT where I featured various non-profits such as GEANCO and the amazing people (such as Benedict Cumberbatch) who used their celebrity for good.

August: Accessibility at The Price is Right

The Joyous Living: The Price is Right is Accessible Friendly

I have been watching Drew Carey and The Price is Right (CBS) since I came home from London in December 2014. It was one of the first joys of my day. So it was very exciting to attend a taping of The Price is Right with friends this summer in between lung lavages.

September: My Favorite Zulily Store (Hearts and Roses London)

Having lost 20+ pounds since my prednisone bloat up, I bought a few new dresses from Hearts and Roses London on Zulily and fell in love.

October: #GrlPowerLoop Helped Me Gain 6k Followers

Looking for new Instagram followers? #Instagram #followers #blogger #influencer #blogging #grlpowerloop #thejoyousliving

To aid fellow bloggers and influencers, I had to share about how #GrlPowerLoop on Instagram helped me gain 6k followers in 6 months after I refreshed my account @thejoyousliving.

November: 5 Things I’ve Learned Being Disabled (for 5 Years)

What is life like being disabled? #disabled #disability #health #positivity #blogger #thejoyousliving

At the 5 year anniversary, since I became disabled, I shared 5 things I’ve learned through this journey. Hopefully, you’ll never have to experience a disability for yourself but if so here’s so encouragement for the road ahead.

December: 5 Must-Have Gifts for the Dog!

The Joyous Living: 5 Must Have Gifts for the Dog

Again I created a gift guide and one of my favorites was my gift guide for dogs featuring favorites loved by Captain Hastings Alyosha.

So there you have it. 12 of my favorite blog posts of 2019.

The Joyous Living: Top 12 Posts of 2019

Again, Happy New Years! Hope you have a great and safe New Years.

Do share with me in the comments below some of your favorite posts of mine from 2019. And a very happy new year and new decade to each and every one of you!

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  1. Subhashish Roy

    January 1, 2020 at 2:20 am

    It seems like it has been a wonderful year for you. Wish you the best for this new year.

    1. thejoyousliving

      January 2, 2020 at 9:08 am

      thanks Subhashish. Despite the setbacks and tough moments i definitely enjoyed some lovely moments too. Here’s to 2020.

  2. Shar

    January 1, 2020 at 2:54 am

    You’ve got some very interesting books here! I’ll take the time to see more into these.

    1. thejoyousliving

      January 2, 2020 at 9:08 am

      that’d be awesome. I hope you find something worth reading for 2020.

  3. Lashunta

    January 1, 2020 at 3:59 am

    I will need to check out the April edition: blogging from A to Z. Iā€™m always looking for blog tips.

    1. thejoyousliving

      January 2, 2020 at 9:09 am

      Lashunta you’d love the A to Z community. they are always so encouraging and supportive.

  4. Roberta - Adventurous Miles

    January 1, 2020 at 6:36 am

    Wish you all the best in 2020, better health, more joy and love! Happy New Year šŸ™‚

    1. thejoyousliving

      January 2, 2020 at 9:09 am

      thanks so much Roberta!!! here’s to better health, more joy and love to all.

  5. Ashley

    January 1, 2020 at 8:38 am

    A great year!

    1. thejoyousliving

      January 2, 2020 at 9:10 am

      it was quite the year, no? glad we could share so many fun memories. Here’s to 2020!

  6. Emman Damian

    January 1, 2020 at 8:58 am

    i enjoyed all your posts especially “April: A to Z Challenge” as it’s really a good one. Good luck for 2020! Cheers!

    1. thejoyousliving

      January 2, 2020 at 9:11 am

      thanks so much Emman!!! Hope we can both do the A to Z Challenge this year. Have you ever tried?

  7. Viano Dee

    January 1, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Lovely post. I’m glad that you had great achievements last year and much more happy that you were able to find a purpose in life despite your disability. You are an inspiration. Greater heights! Remember that the best is yet to come. Much love.

    1. thejoyousliving

      January 2, 2020 at 9:11 am

      thanks so much VIano Dee! You are so encouraging and such a blessing to know in our mutual blogging communities.

  8. Heather

    January 1, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    This is such a great idea! I see a couple that I missed. Going to check those out now!

    1. thejoyousliving

      January 2, 2020 at 9:12 am

      sweet. thanks Heather. Can’t wait to see what 2020 brings for all of us. Hopefully I’ll get to Disneyland again soon.

  9. Paula Schuck

    January 1, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Wow reading your five things I learned from being disabled post. Love your outlook and boy you have had some adventures. The lung lavage sounds like it was super helpful for you but oh boy I am so sorry you have to go through this.

  10. Karla

    January 1, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    It looks like you had a great year! I’m looking forward to read more of your adventures this year.


  11. Eileen M Loya

    January 1, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    I wish you all the best this 2020. Life is not a ride in the park. It is those twists and turns, the falling and getting back up again that makes us stronger. Thank you for sharing your top posts for 2019. I will have to visit those posts that I may have missed.

  12. Rebecca

    January 1, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    What a great year for you. I wish you every success in 2020 and now Iā€™m off to read about the GRL Power Loop šŸ™‚

  13. Connie

    January 1, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Wow you sure did go through a heck of some set backs. But am happy to know you are doing much better. I’m sure it’s made you a stronger person overcoming those obstacles. I wish nothing but the best you in the new year, and good health! šŸ™‚

  14. Mahmudul Rubel

    January 2, 2020 at 2:20 am

    Wow. so much great post. Hope next year will also be more better

  15. Desiree

    January 2, 2020 at 3:42 am

    Wow, you had an amazing year! I love your spotlight initiative. I went to college with Afam of Geanco, it was such a treat to see his smiling face in your post! Here’s to a wonderful 2020!

  16. Autumn

    January 2, 2020 at 8:39 am

    You’ve had some pretty amazing posts in 2019. Wishing you all the best in 2020!

  17. Rhea

    January 2, 2020 at 9:22 am

    These are good reads! Success and knowledge are intertwined. books can upskill anyone. Reading a variety can help you attain your goals.

    Good Selection!
    happy 2020

  18. Nina

    January 2, 2020 at 9:48 am

    Wish you a happy new year ! I am looking forward to reading about your future adventures.

  19. Rosey

    January 2, 2020 at 10:22 am

    That’s fun that you got to be on Price is Right. My FIL was on it years ago too. šŸ™‚

  20. Kemi

    January 2, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    A mixed bag of 2019 you’ve had. Glad the lavages worked well.

  21. Khushboo

    January 3, 2020 at 9:39 am

    Happy new year girl. It was a interesting post to read. Have a good year ahead.

  22. Elizabeth O

    January 7, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Congratulations on a very challenegin yet productive year. May 2020 bring you better and healthier opportunities. Kudos.

  23. Elizabeth O

    January 7, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Congratulations on a very challenging yet productive year. I enjoyed reading your post and seeing all the things you were able to accomplish even after a health battle. May 2020 bring you better and healthier opportunities. Kudos. šŸ™‚

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