If I thought the A to Z Challenge was amazing last year, then it was even more so, this year. Here’s why.
I was part of the fabulous TeamDamyanti this year and the fun, banter and laughter began long before the actual A to Z challenge. A happy shout out to The Magnificent Seven of #Teamdamyanti : Guilie, Anna, Samantha, Csenge, Jemima and Mary♥ such a great team!
In spite of the stomach ‘flu, crazy-busy offline stuff, family upheavals and building renovations I managed to post every day soon after midnight on this blog. My health blog wasn’t so lucky. I am still chugging along there. All in good time. No sweat. Oh wait, lots of sweat. I am melting where I live. But it is only the weather. My head is cool.
My prevailing feeling about the A to Z Challenge is one of love, happiness and gratitude.
A to Z Challenge Reflections – Gratitude
I had guest posts by pure rock stars who graced my red carpet. These friends and fabulous bloggers squeezed the heck out of my heart with their beautiful posts and what’s more, absolutely rallied around to reply to comments – they are just wonderful.
Please – a standing ovation for my guests!
Kim of My Inner Chick W for Writing ♥
Guilie of Quiet Laughter R for Rescue is not for sissies
Joy of Facets of Joy S for Sharing your heart smile with world
Jemima of Jemima Pett J for Juliet, Jemima
Patricia Crisafulli G for Grace
Pratibha Pal of Prats Musings E for Eco-living
Shailaja of Doting Mom Diary U for Unconditional
Tammy Soong B for Blogging Betties – Are you One?
My gratitude also goes out to my Commenting Champions
Kim Sisto Robinson (love you more than the fragrance of the huge jasmine garden at our family home)
Michelle Wallace – she gave me a solid complex by systematically catching up on reading and commenting on ALL my posts. Love you, Michelle! You are Ubuntu in action!
Mr KP who encouraged constantly
If I missed someone, it is all my fault. Please forgive me.
I had the privilege of guest posting at
I can’t forget my friend Freya, who happily started participating on April .. and is now at the letter ” “. Love that girl!
And you know what? My feelings about the A to Z Challenge which I wrote in my Reflections post last year still hold good. It is all about community, connections, exploring new styles, creativity, encouragement, commitment, new perspectives and learning and growing together. Oh, and the idea overflow! Love it!
To me, the A to Z Challenge is an exhilarating experience. I loved the adrenalin rush of posting every day, no matter what. I loved the excitement of discovering what the others had for that particular letter of the day. And I love that I wrote on the fly with zero planning, because that’s the way I roll. That doesn’t mean I didn’t think a lot – my drafts are proof of that…but I love the last minute rush.
What would I do different next year?
Definitely try and schedule posts, so there is more time for visiting and commenting. I wish.
Will I participate next year?
Blogging Challenges are fun!
Here are my posts from the A to Z Challenge 2014, should you choose to browse and read.
- A for Affirmations
- B for Blogging Betties. Are You One?
- C for Counting Calories
- D for Diary Writing
- E for Eco-Living
- F for Family
- G for Grace
- H for Happiness. A Habit
- I for Inspired every day
- J for Juliet, Jemima
- K for Kamala Sohonie
- L for Limericks
- M for Mi
- N for Natural
- O for Oxygen
- P for Puns and Parodies
- Q for Quotes
- R for Rescue Isn’t For Sissies
- S for Sharing Your Heart Smile with World
- T for Take a Break. Take Twenty
- U for Unconditional
- V for Value of Values
- W for Writing
- X for Xeroxing Smiles
- Y for Yardsticks
- Z for Zeigarnik Effect
Thank you to the A to Z co-hosts, helpers and assistants
Finally my heart swells with gratitude towards you, my reader, my friend, my community. Thank you!
Did I collect smiles? Yes! I continue to do so. Every day.