When I reflect on my experiences during the 2016 and the 2019 A to Z Challenge I’m struck by the difference the second time around. In 2016 I was a newbie to blogging and very unnerved by the intensity of the build-up to A to Z Challenge 2016. There was so much to learn and others seemed to know so much more about the whole experience. I scheduled ahead some of my posts but, for the most part, prescheduling was random. I was very ambitious in what I wanted to do. I wanted my theme ‘Lessons Learned’ to reflect my life journey and what I’d learned looking back. When the Challenge ended I put it in book form through Blogger to share with my family.
In the 2019 A to Z Challenge, my approach was much less intense and stressful. I planned ahead and I prescheduled my posts. This time I chose a theme less ambitious yet very interesting for myself and others. There wasn’t as much anxiety and worry about making a mistake. My theme was April World Holidays and I learned a lot:
Sketch by Mary Lou
I realized that this is LIFE also. Having a vision. Preparing ahead. Not worrying about mistakes. Do what you can. Be open to learning and, most of all, have fun!
Here are a few of my A to Z Blogger Friends that I met along the Challenge 2019 road:
2) Best Bookish Blog
3) Charles Health ~ Author
4) Hopes and Dreams
5) Hot Dogs and Marmalade
6) Katy Trail Creations
7) Martha Reynold Writes
8) Sue’s Trifles
9) The Sound of One Hand Typing
10) Trisha Faye
11) Word Wacker
Here are my STATS for April 2019. Much less than the 2016 Stats. And that’s okay! I tried to focus on those blogs that fit best into my own website theme which is supporting a positive healthy aging in midlife and beyond. 🙂
Courage, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Tolerance, Joyfulness and Service.
So how did I do over this past year of 2018? None of these virtues come to any of us that easily. It takes a transcendent mindset to be able to rise above the very human struggles we all go through no matter what our age.
Courage ~ “It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
— Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Forgiveness ~ “It doesn’t mean that you’re excusing someone for past wrongs, but it does mean you’re no longer going to allow those wrongs to rule your life” ~ Sue Fitzmaurice
Gratitude ~”I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness–it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” ~ Brene Brown
Tolerance ~ “I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.” ~ Kahlil Gibran
Joyfulness ~ “Joy is a door opening to the Divine, to God, to the Universe. Joy is the flow of Spirit within us. It is so powerful that it can heal our bodies and soften our hearts at the same time. It is the manifestation of love and has the power the change the world.” ~ Sue Fitzmaurice
Service ~ “If you’re feeling helpless, help someone.” Aung San Suu Kyi
Image by MLQ