Scout & Wiles' Blog Anniversary - 1 Year! | via

It’s hard for me to believe, but today is Scout & Wiles’ first blog anniversary!

A year ago today, I decided to just go for it with a blog idea that had been rolling around in my head. I wanted a corner of the internet where I could write about holistic health and living self-sufficiently. I wanted to learn from and connect with others. And I wanted a space where I could write regularly, something I truly love to do.

I’m so glad that I took that leap. I have learned so much, and I look forward to writing posts and connecting with others through them each week.

Thank you for reading along with me for the past year. Your readership and interaction on Scout & Wiles are what make writing here worth it.

I decided that the best way to celebrate today would be by highlighting my ten favorite posts from the past year.

So grab a slice of gluten- and dairy-free cake, pull up your laptop, and let’s celebrate!

Scout & Wiles’ Blog Anniversary

10 Favorite Posts from Year 1

1. My Food Journey

My Food Journey - from miserable and unable to eat to thriving! | via

This was an early post and one that I love because it allowed me to orient myself in the kind of content I wanted to share here.

For two years before writing this post, I had been fighting hard to feel healthy and to find food that I could eat. By the time I published this post, I was in a much better place but still learning.

It’s fun to look back on My Food Journey and consider how much more I have learned about my body and health over the past year!

2. Easy Slouchy Chunky Knit Hat

Easy Slouchy Chunky Knit Hat Pattern - free! | via

I loved sharing this free pattern because knitting is one of my great joys in life. Because of that, I end up with way more knitted goods than I could ever need, and I like to give them away. I joke that knitted hats are my love language.

This is the pattern I use most often when making hats for friends. It’s a quick, easy pattern, and the hat holds up well. If you’re looking for a knitting project, this might be the one!

3. 7 Unexpected Ways to Simplify Your Life

7 Unexpected Ways to Simplify Your Life | via

This post got a huge response – one that I wasn’t really expecting. But it confirmed something for me – life is a little too complicated for a lot of people right now.

One of my hopes for Scout & Wiles is to offer simple solutions for what is keeping people from living their healthiest, happiest lives. I think that this post about simplifying touched on that, and it couldn’t have made me happier.

4. 3 Reasons I’m Grateful for IBS

3 Reasons I'm Grateful for IBS | via

I’ve spent a lot of time feeling upset about my digestive issues. But this summer, I decided to consider ways that I’ve benefitted from IBS, and I found three important reasons to be grateful for it.

Taking that new perspective has been helpful in my everyday life. But as I reflect on this blog anniversary, I realize that it has also changed the direction of this blog a bit.

While I still want to share IBS solutions, it’s also important to me to focus on holistic health. The digestive system is just one part of the body. All parts work together for the good of the whole.

5. 7 Lessons from Whole 30

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I did Whole30 in May, and I loved it! The stress of a few months ofย difficult things in my personal life was impacting my physical health.

I decided to participate in Whole30 to help me get back on track, and it made May a month of lessons. This post was a collection of the lessons I wanted to take back into my daily life post-Whole30. It’s nice to look back now and notice how many of them I’m still following, as well as the ones I could work to incorporate.

6. Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles – Grandma’s Recipe

Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles - Grandma's Recipe (low lactose, too!) | via

If my love language is knitted hats, my grandma’s was cookies. She passed away this spring, and I’m so glad that I converted her snickerdoodle recipe to one I can eat.

I can’t wait to bake these once the weather is a little cooler, grab a glass of coconut milk, and meditate on what an amazing woman she was. The example of her life is one that I carry with me daily, and I’m glad that I have her cookies to remind me of her.

7. Best Travel Snacks for IBS

The Best Travel Snacks for IBS | via

I am continually learning what works best for my body – my digestive system in particular. While I feel pretty confident about remaining consistent in my day-to-day life, this becomes more difficult when I’m traveling.

I love writing posts like this one, not only because I get to share what I’ve learned with others, but also because I refer back to them when I need them.

8. DIY Natural Facial Serum

DIY Natural Facial Serum - clean beauty | via

I got really into natural beauty this year. This facial serum is one of my favorite products to make at home. It’s easy, effective, and smells great. I’m also able to use all of the ingredients in other ways, and I love knowing that I’m putting good, natural things on my skin rather than covering it with chemicals.

9. Sausage and Kale Soup

Sausage & Kale Soup (free of gluten, dairy, and soy) | via

Soup is really just the best. It’s a grounding food, and warm liquids are great for the digestive system.

This one is flavorful and filled with good things. As soon as the weather cools down, I’m making a big pot of it on meal prep Sunday and eating it for lunch throughout the week.

10. 5 Self-Care Practices for When You’re Short on Time

5 Self-Care Practices for When You're Short on Time | via

Self-care has been a big buzzword over the past year, and for good reason. We live in a tumultuous world, and paying attention to our own needs makes it possible for us to continue to positively impact others.

But there’s not always enough time, and self-care can get pushed to the side. These self-care ideas for time-crunched days have been helpful to me as I seek a holistically healthy lifestyle. I hope they’re helpful to you too!

This weekend included time dreaming and setting intentions for the next year of Scout & Wiles. I can’t wait for all that will come before its second blog anniversary!

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6 thoughts on “Scout & Wiles’ Blog Anniversary – 1 Year!”

  1. Congratulations on 1 year! I really enjoyed this post, I hit my one year recently. I may have to do a similar style post (:


    1. Congratulations! I thought that this would be a fun way to celebrate and look back on the past year. If you do a post like this, let me know – I would love to read it!

  2. Congrats on getting through your first year! I just hit the same milestone in July. I love your content too – lots of variety! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Cheers, Sarah Camille //

  3. Congrats on making it to one year. Blogging at times can be challenging but if you are in it for the right reasons opportunity will rise. Wish you much success in the next steps of your blogging ventures.

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