Kindness Challenge Prompt ~ Week 1~ Self-Love

Kindness Challenge Participant

And here we go!
The first week prompt and all the information about the Kindness Challenge is in this post. You can join in at any time and post on any day of the week. I’ll be posting on my usual day ~ Friday.

The Richness of a Simple Life

Attention Kindness Challenge participants!

In this post, you’ll find:

  • this week’s  theme prompt & exercise
  • a screensaver for this week’s theme
  • the reflection post prompt questions

If you haven’t signed up for the challenge yet and would like details about the challenge, click here.

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Me in the Middle of the Kindness Challenge 2017

 

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Color Your World With Kindness

2017 Kindness Challenge Sign-up!

Sign-up is open for the 2nd annual Kindness Challenge! Click on the photo to be redirected to the sign-up page! Last year we had over 80 participate and focus on kindness for 7 weeks. The rules are minimal and simple-

  • You don’t have to be a blogger to join
  • One reflection post a week
  • Take it at your own pace

If you want to focus on increasing the kindness in your life and the world around you, I encourage you to join. You’ll get a prompt a week to focus on one topic to cultivate kindness along with practical exercises to incorporate it into your life.

Challenge start date- May 7th, 2017

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Please share this post with those in your circles. The more people we have focusing on kindness the better! I also encourage you to get a group together. Maybe a few coworkers, friends, family members, a mom’s group, fellow creatives, whoever you like!

To see last year’s challenge, clickhere to see an example of a challenge prompt post.

Me in the Middle of FlashBack A to Z Reflections 2016

      
It’s FlashBack Friday ~ A time of the month where you can republish an old post of yours that maybe didn’t get enough attention, or that you’re really proud of, or you think is still relevant etc.  This Blog-Go-Round is hosted by Jemima Pett and originally introduced by Michael D’Agostino from A LIFE EXAMINED.  That’s where you’ll find the rest of the participants or to join up yourself.

The post I’ve chosen for this month first appeared on ME IN THE MIDDLE on May 4th, 2016.  Even though I was unable to participate in this years A to Z Challenge I was still able to visit some blogs and enjoy their posts.   I updated the Dozen Brave Bloggers with the links to feature those who participated this year (2017).  They did such a great job meeting the challenge!  I hope  you’ll visit their blogs and let them know where you heard about their great A to Z posts.    

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Me In The Middle of #atozchallenge Reflections

A-to-Z Reflection [2016]

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When I saw Damyanti Biswas‘ post introducing me to the A to Z Challenge 2016, I thought ~ ‘Oh, another one of those challenges.  Maybe I’ll try this one!’  One month’s commitment seemed like a doable time period to make this effort a challenging one.  As time went on I began to realize the amount of organization and the scope behind this endeavor!  My enthusiasm grew!  This could be a very rewarding event for me!  I was #100 on the Sign-Up List and I watched the number of sign-ups grow to an impressive number of 1,946 bloggers!

When the call came for us to Reveal A Theme, I had already been pre-scheduling my alphabet letters around the thought of sharing with my children and grandchildren some of the Lessons Learned through my life.  This was becoming for me a moment in time where I would no longer just think about it.  I was being inspired and motivated to get my thoughts on life down in writing.  The Challenge provided a creative and inspiring vehicle.

Much thanks to Arlee Bird and his Ambassadors for providing this moment in time to what turned out to be the most rewarding (and intense) experience in my blogging so far.  I look forward to 2017!!

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My A to Z Challenge ~ Lessons Learned (Click Here)

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~ My A to Z Blogging Community ~

During the month of April, every morning was like Christmas morning!  I would wake up with a sense of anticipation and log onto my laptop to see who stopped by and commented on that day’s post.  I created my website/blog in September of 2015 and had met a lot of great bloggers.  I was pleased with the initial reception of my blog ~ Me in the Middle ~ and was gaining confidence and experience as I went along.  A to Z was something new!!  The traffic to my blog shot up and I had 1,611 views, 548 visitors, 678 likes and 652 comments throughout the April A2Z Challenge.  I used Facebook and Twitter to launch each day’s posts.  Visitors came to my blog from Facebook, Twitter and WordPress Reader.  Honestly, I’m now in A to Z Withdrawal and miss the stimulation of non-stop connecting and blogging with other bloggers.  It’s nice though that my life has returned to a calmer, steady pace and, to be honest, I wouldn’t be able to maintain the effort for more than one month out of the year.  So Bring It On 2017!

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~ A Dozen Brave Bloggers ~

(Updated for AtoZ 2017)

(There are so many more bloggers who came to visit Me in the Middle and I hope to return to everyone’s blogs and read all of their AtoZ posts.  I decided to share a dozen of these bloggers because I got to know them through visiting their blogs and chatting in comments.  Click on their links and see the amazing blogs they’ve created!  ♥ )

If I Only Had A Time Machine

Happiness and Food

Simply Marquessa

Madness of a Modern Writer

Sharon E. Cathcart

Coach Daddy

All in a Dad’s Work

Cresting the Hill

A Momma’s View

Poetry Penned in Moon Dust

Planet Pailley

Dandelion Fuzz

 

Me in the Middle Reblogging Regrets ~ Letter R ~ 2016

The A to Z Blog Challenge 2017 is almost to the end! They’re up to Letter R and I remember how great I felt last year when I reached this point. A real sense of achievement!

Do I ‘regret’ not participating this year? ……. Yes …… And yet I know I wasn’t able to put out the same effort as I did last year. So ….. No Regrets! 🙂

Maybe next year 2018!

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My theme for theA to Z Blog Challenge @AprilA2Z during the month of April is ~ My Life Is My Masterpiece ~ Lessons Learned

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Clearly, there’s no going back and changing what happened or what I might have done differently in my life if I’d known what I know now after lessons learned.

So………………….  

No Regrets #2

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Write Your Biggest Regret

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It’s never too late to do some of the things you’d regret in the end not trying out.  I’ve come to the conclusion that we can only do the best we can with what we’ve got so get out there and do them…………….. and in the end you realize that ‘Old Blue Eyes’ had it right even though we might not choose his way.  Depending on our circumstances in life we can only work on ourselves and try to create a life that is our true selves.  I’m…

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Let That Shit Go

My last post on Friday, April 14th, was on Letting Go.   Cheryl from Plucking of My Heartstrings commented that “Letting Go can sometimes be very hard to do!” I agree! So when I read this post today, Let That Shit Go, I had to re-blog it. When you put it that way, it becomes a bit easier! 😉

Lessons From the End of a Marriage

When I walked into my yoga studio this past Monday evening, I saw a woman with the most amazing shirt. Under a simple image of a figure in a pose, were the words:

Let that shit go.

I laughed. I smiled. And I reflected back on my day, the first day back at school after spring break. A day filled with tired, yet nervous kids, as we all prepared for the upcoming standardized testing season.

I felt my shoulders kissing my ears as they still were still struggling to carry the load of the day. I recognized that my mind hadn’t left the school and was still busy tweaking the lesson for the following day. I sensed a current of anxiety coursing through my body, fearful that I would somehow mess up the testing in some critical and unforgivable way. I realized that I was already anticipating what I needed…

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