The 5 most inspirational stories of 2013

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It’s been a year filled with inspirational stories. We spent some time analyzing our website metrics from 2013 and identified the 5 most viewed inspirational stories from the past year. Here they are:

#1 – Mom hopes photos will help women love their bodies

This story took on a life of its own after we posted it to our Facebook page. The story has been liked over 51,000 times as of 12/31.

“Taryn Brumfitt, 35, is a mother of three who has been on mission to encourage women to live healthy and love their bodies at every shape and size. She calls her mission the Body Image Movement and earlier this year she became an internet celebrity after posting a very nontraditional “before & after” photo of herself on Facebook that went viral.” | Read more.

#2 – Man uses girlfriend’s Pinterest to plan dream proposal, wedding on same day

Screen-Shot-2013-10-07-at-10.27.28-AM-630x343There’s just something inspirational about a man going above and beyond for his girlfriend/fiance/wife. And this man certainly went above and beyond.

With over 37,000 likes on Facebook, we can confidently say this story was inspirational to our readers.

“27-year-old Ryan Leak overheard his girlfriend Amanda Roman tell a friend that she thought it would be cool to get engaged and married on the same day. Leak was inspired, and spent a whole year trying to figure out a way to make a surprise like that happen. The problem was, Leak needed to know the specifics — what kind of dress would she want? What about the flowers?” | Read more.

#3 – Couple, married nearly 66 years, dies on same day

Couple-Dies-On-Same-Day-After-65-Years-Of-MarriageGrab a tissue before you read this story. You’ll need it. This story of true love is the definition of inspirational. The story has nearly 6,000 likes on Facebook.

“They met in elementary school, began a romance during World War II and married not long afterward. They had a lifelong devotion to each other as husband and wife that lasted nearly 66 years — and one day earlier this month they died, just 11 hours apart. Their children call it their “final act of love.”

Harold Knapke, 91, and his wife, Ruth, 89, died August 11 at the Versailles Health Care Center nursing home in Russia, Ohio, spokeswoman Teresa Pohlmon said. Their children said they were nine days short of their 66th wedding anniversary.” | Read more.

#4 – Son sobs at the sight of his soldier dad disguised as opposing football player

Father-Son-reunionThere will always be something inspirational and emotional about a soldier homecoming. This reunion one, however, is especially emotional because of the son’s reaction to his dad. The story has over 9,000 likes on Facebook.

“When U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Joseph Martell returned home from his deployment, he decided to surprise his son. Their reactions were absolutely perfect. 

According to, Martell wanted to do something extra special, so he put on a football uniform of an opposing team and met his unsuspecting son on the football field during a game.” | Read more.

#5 – Woman loses 222 pounds to become triathlete

Aimee-Smith-before-after-losing-222-lbs-300x235Most stories we post about weight loss do well, but this one did especially well because of her desire to not only lose weight, but also become a triathlete.

“Aimee Smith, a woman from of Janesville, Wis., lost 222 pounds in her quest to become a triathlete. According to WKOW, Smith always knew she was big, but because her scale only went to 300 pounds, she had no idea how big. When Smith finally weighed herself on another scale, she was shocked when it said 427 pounds.” | Read more.