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Reflections #AtoZChallenge 2015

A to Z Challenge 2015 Vidya Sury

It is always exciting to be part of the A to Z Challenge and this year was no exception, on a personal level.

I had all the necessary ingredients – the will to write and travel plans – yes, it seems I must be away at least for part of April as this month coincides with summer vacations in India.

Interestingly, this year I also decided to experiment with a theme – “Letters to my son” partly because it was appropriate at this time in our lives when he has finished school and is at that turning point where he will start a new phase in his.

I enjoyed going with this theme. Best of all, it warmed my heart that he read my posts every day, even when we were traveling and said he loved them. Gave me a sort of “mission accomplished” feeling, naturally.

What did I learn from this year’s A to Z Challenge?

a to z challenge vidya sury

One of the greatest things about the A to Z Challenge is the connection with other bloggers. Then, more comments, more visitors, more friends and a larger following.

But all this is possible only when it is two way activity.

That’s where I fell short. April was an extremely busy month, work-wise. We were also occupied with my son’s exams and interviews. One week just went by with my falling sick with a tummy infection. Then, traveling for a week. There was a point when I thought I’d just get off the A to Z train.

What kept me going?

The love for writing, blogging. Also, the zeigarnik effect. Cannot ditch something halfway. Add to it, the happiness that my son is looking forward to being presented with the ebook I plan to make for him with these letters.

I didn’t stress myself out over the interaction, simply because I knew I couldn’t do it. I’ll try my best to catch up, though.

I focused on my family and friends. I lost two dear family members and a close neighbor – and that came with its own sadness. Life goes on, however, teaching us that relationships and the love we share are everything.

This month, I experienced, yet again, the Universe at work when one of my fondest dreams came true far sooner than I expected – meeting His Holiness, The Dalai Lama. I am dedicating a separate post to the amazing experience.

All in all, April was a great month for me even if it meant a somewhat lonelier than usual blog.

Will I participate in the A to Z Challenge next year? Of course. This year I participated with three blogs – who knows what next year will bring? Not so sure about sticking with a theme, though! Time will tell!

Gratitude

I am grateful to everyone who dropped by and commented.

Special mentions:

Birgit for her “catching up” and comments and always being supportive

Darla Sands for her constant encouragement

Susan Scott for her kindness and lovely words

Again, three cheers to Arlee Bird for masterminding this absolutely enjoyable mega-bloghop-challenge that is the A to Z Challenge, which I look forward to with so much anticipation every year.

Here is a ready reference of my A to Z Challenge 2015 posts: Click on any of the pics to read the post for that letter – or the letter for that post!

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Did you participate in the A to Z Challenge this year?

How was your experience? Would love to hear it in the comments!

P.S.: The Featured Image at the top of this post is beautiful art by Jenna

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8 Comments

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    Susan Scott
    May 5, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Vidya, I am so sorry to hear about two deaths recently. I wish you strength and peace in your sadness. You will be a tower of strength to all of those who are feeling the grieving process.

    I’ve just come back from a funeral service – so sad yet so uplifting in it’s way. It was lovely to sing those hymns with feeling.

    How wonderful to meet the Dalai Lama! A blessing indeed!

    I’ll be going back and reading your last posts on letters to Vidur; these always made my heart feel warm and lovely as I could feel the love in them. Things got a bit too hectic in the last few days of April, plus we were away for a few days at the sea AND we’re having ongoing electricity cuts …

    AND that is just too kind Vidya to make mention of me, thank you very very much indeed!
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    G Angela
    May 5, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Brilliant vidya, you have definitely done a great job, I loved the letters you wrote to vidur, I missed some, hope to read it some time. I am also happy for the opportunity you had to meet one great leader…I was surprised to see the photograph on FB..I am eager to read your experience…
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    Darla M Sands
    May 6, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Your losses touch my heart. I’m so sorry to read about them. Thank you for your kind mention of me! What a lovely boost to my day. Currently on a lovely vacation, I’m glad to sit back and relax while still managing to keep in touch via the internet. Best wishes!
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    Birgit
    May 6, 2015 at 2:57 am

    I always love reading your posts. You have had a busy month and one filled with immense sadness but ending with a profound joy. I am glad you stuck with it because now your son has these letters with him always
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    Gary
    May 6, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Hi Vidya,

    I’m sorry to read of the passing of your two dear family members and your neighbour. And yet, without burdening yourself with undue pressure, you completed this challenge. A challenge I would never do because I have some issues with it. However, well done to you, my lovely friend.

    In peace and good wishes,

    Gary 🙂
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    Marie
    May 6, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    What a lovely update Vidya! It was a pleasure to follow you on this challenge. I like the idea of the letters to your son. It’s a treasure for him as he is growing up. And precious for us, cause we do learn a lot while you are sharing your words.
    THANK YOU & STAY WELL
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    Mary Burris
    May 12, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Congrats on completing the A to Z Challenge! Looking forward to next year! See you on the Road Trip!

    Mary @ http://www.JingleJangleJungle.net
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      Vidya Sury
      May 14, 2015 at 11:42 am

      Thank you Mary! I’ve been loving your posts through the A to Z Challenge – and had fun trying to guess which artist you’d feature for the next alphabet! Yes, definitely see you next year and several times before that!
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