By the Numbers: 2017


This is my fifth year to do a year in numbers! I started in 2013 and have tried to track basically the same things. It's so interesting to compare year to year. Here is my 2017 in numbers.

Total books read: 21 -- 12 nonfiction / 9 fiction
Rereads: 0
Favorite nonfiction: Spaceman
Favorite fiction: Dark Matter

Blog posts written: 112 (The lowest number of posts in a year since I started my blog)
Tweets: 91 (I largely quit Twitter this year but I still keep it and use it very occasionally)
Instagram posts: 173
Vlogs: 2 (I posted our Branson travel video here. And I also totally forgot about the Currently Vlog I made! You can see it here. Ha!)

Races run: 0
Miles run: I didn't keep track this year, but maybe 100-150 miles? I'm probably being generous.

US States visited: 3 - Texas, Missouri, Arkansas
US States visited that I'd never been to before: 1 - Arkansas
Trips to Texas: 8 (same number as 2014, 2015, and 2016!)
Plane flights: 0

Total spent on gas (for the year): $1,208.35
Average spent on groceries each month: $322
Average amount put into savings each month: $376 (Does not include the small percentage that goes automatically from my paycheck into my Roth account or the small monthly amount we put in R's and J's 529 college savings accounts)

Thank you to all who followed along with The Lady Okie in 2017! I felt like it was a pretty good year for me. Of course adding J to our family is THE highlight of our year. If you missed his birth story, you can start here with Part 1.

I posted a lot of feelings this past year about motherhood and pregnancy and working motherhood. Sometimes I get embarrassed to think that I'm sharing so many personal feelings in this online space, but hopefully my posts can be an encouragement or help to some of you. That said, I try to not be dramatic and emotional all the time. My confession session posts are always big hits! 

I'm not going to share a list of favorite posts from last year, but I've tried to make it easy to search this blog by topics across the top menu and also with tags at the bottom of my posts, so feel free to click around any time.

Have a wonderful and restful weekend. Cheers to more numbers in 2018!
Torrie said...

Fun list, as always! I think it's always fun/fascinating to see all that can happen in a year, and it looks like you guys have had a busy one. Happy 2018 to you!

Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real said...

This is a fun way to track your year! Thanks for sharing all of the books too. I'm going to have to look at some for my reading list.

Laura J said...

What a cool way to go through your year!

Audrey Louise said...

I love that you track your year like this. It's really creative and comprehensive! 0 plane rides is kind of funny. Did you fly a lot with R in 2016? Lol. I'm planning to read Dead Wake soon!

Lindsay C said...

Love the numbers ... I am a total stats nerd and appreciate you sharing all of these details. I definitely appreciate your being open about all of the details because if your blog wasn't personal I probably wouldn't relate as much or want to read. Relatability = interest and following.

Jenny Evans said...

Looks like a great year. And your last comment reminds me of a meme I recently saw. I could describe it but you really should just see it yourself:

The Teacher's Lane said...

I am envious of your grocery budget! We're only a family of four but I spend that in more like two weeks. Would love to see some of your tips on that. I've never heard of Dark Matter, but will have to check it out. As for rereads, do you normally do that? I can't understand why people reread lol. My to read list is soooooo long, who has time to reread haha?!

Jen said...

I love that you shared this! Here is to an awesome 2018!

Rachel said...

Happy New Year! Your Texas trip count is so consistent, haha! I imagine you guys are probably going for pretty similar occasions each year. I was also in three US States in 2017 which is an unusually high number for me... :P I should try to keep track of how many races Angel does in a year...

The Lady Okie said...

I actually do reread books a lot! Just not this year :) But I have some books and series that I just love and reread every few years or so.

The Lady Okie said...

Also, I have a few posts about grocery budgeting that you can check out if you want. Just go here: I hope that helps give you some ideas!

The Lady Okie said...

Thanks so much, Jen! Same to you!

The Lady Okie said...

We do generally go to Texas for some of the same things (Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.) but it's also pretty random when we go, so it's so funny that we have gone the same number of times so often! 3 US States is a lot for you! That's fun :)

The Lady Okie said...

Awesome! Thanks, Maureen :)

Amanda @ Anchored to Sunshine said...

I loved the book Dark Matter! That book did not get as much attention as it should have, it was one of my favorite reads recently.

Rach said...

I always love your By the Numbers yearly post! It's fun to see your highlight reel from the year. :) I love that you've been to Texas the exact same number of times so many years in a row. :)

The Lady Okie said...

I agree it was really good!