*** *** ***
As I mentioned in my 2017 year in review post, I published 138 posts last year. In addition to posts about childless/free issues, I tried to do a "Right now" or "The Current" post every month or so, and participated in 44 #MicroblogMondays. I reviewed all of the 17 books I read in 2017, and wrote about news items (usually ALI-related) that piqued my interest. I also wrote a lot about what was going on my life, some of which touched on aspects of ALI/childless/free living and some that didn't, including aging, (peri)menopause (and Aunt Flo's continuing appearances!), retirement and life in a condo.
Here are a few of my favourite 2017 posts:
- "Emotional labour" and childless women -- Making the case that "emotional labour" is not only something that women do more than men, but that infertile/childless women are uniquely saddled with in their relationships with parents.
- The stigma of a childless/free life -- We really aren't imagining it!!
- "He needs a cousin" -- Just when you thought the pressure to have kids was over, people start telling you that you need to get a dog...!
- What helped? What didn't? -- Personality traits that helped (and didn't help) me survive infertility & loss, and the transition to permanent childless/free living.
- #MicroblogMondays: "The Handmaid's Tale" season finale -- Reflections on the finale of the TV adaptation of Atwood's novel (one of several posts I wrote about it).
- It takes a village -- Building your personal village when you don't have kids.
- "Samantha's Secret Room" by Lyn Cook -- I got to share a favourite book from my childhood with another little girl.
- #MicroblogMondays: "You really need a daughter..." -- An "ouch" moment during an all-girls outing to a local bakery cafe.
- "Some people get what they want and some don't" -- A book reminds me of a key life lesson.
- #MicroblogMondays: "The Misery Filter" -- How hardship makes us more resilient.
- #MicroblogMondays: "Let's open up" -- The case for being open & honest about the difficult things in our lives.
- Struggling -- The November blues descend as I ponder my place in the world as a retired, childless 50-something woman.
- "I woke up so sad this morning" -- Remembering the late David Cassidy, my first big teen idol crush.
- Please, put yourself in the picture! -- A plea for all women, and especially those of us without kids, to include ourselves in photos more often.
And in a nod to my 10th (!) blogoversary: