Vidya Sury A to Z Challenge 2016

Vidya Sury A to Z Challenge 2016

Vidya Sury A to Z Challenge 2016

Vidya Sury A to Z Challenge 2016

Vidya Sury A to Z Challenge 2016

There you go! I actually wrote my A to Z Challenge theme revealΒ post today in a waiting room. Yes, there were websites – with spiders – and we enjoyed watching them go about their job!

Now, the transcript of those handwritten notes:

Little did I think I would be writing my A to Z Challenge 2016 Theme Reveal post, waiting at the passport office – waiting, in fact, to be harassed with nothing to show fo rit after several hours – of running around, in the sun and upstairs and downstairs, because you know, that’s how they roll!

So while my son, whose passport renewal was the reason we were there, was busy composing poetry, I decided to “write”, really write my posts. But not before I had finished fretting over the two hours it had taken us to get there, and heaven knew how many more before we left.

“Mummy”, said my son, “You really should count our blessings“.

As I looked at him, a smile spreading across my face, we did indeed follow through with action. Here is what we listed:

  1. Cool room. Big deal, because it was very hot outside
  2. Water to drink. Nectar, really!
  3. Each other’s company.
  4. The thought of visiting that dessert place on the way home.
  5. Traveling comfortably by cab – so grateful we could afford it.
  6. A snack bar outside, should we get the munches.
  7. The luxury of time. Yes, we were grateful.
  8. The anticipation of meeting a very close friend after we were done at the passport office.

Guess what? My theme of the A to Z Challenge had just taken birth, thanks to my son. As we appreciated the here and now….


Living in the moment…

Mindful living

That, my friends, is what I will be writing about in April 2016 for this year’s A to Z Challenge.

Expect (Gasp!) fairly short posts that will include a mindfulness exercise or practice you can use. Something like Smiling meditation and chocolate meditation. I hope to bundle these posts into an ebook and that thought excites me.

Last year, I enjoyed going with the theme of writing Letters to my son, which seemed appropriate, what with his going away to college soon after.

I used to think it was easier not to go with a theme, but after last year, I am convinced that it makes sense because:

  1. It is easier to plan around a theme
  2. It keeps me focused
  3. I can structure my posts
  4. I feel a nice sense of consistency
  5. You know what to expect

Not saying not having a theme is not okay – but yeah, having experienced both, I’d lean towards a theme.

This year, which is my fourth year with the A to Z Challenge, I am participating with four blogs and I am with Team Damyanti, D’s Company.

Yes, I love the A to Z Challenge!

Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles (you are here, thank you!) – Living Mindfully

Be Healthy Be Happy – healthy living

Life Hacks for Diabetics – no brainer, as the posts will be exactly that.

Life Hacks for Happiness –Β what the title says!

So, looking forward to all the fun, the excitement, the stress and enjoyment!

What’s your theme for the A to Z Challenge this year?

Here’s the link to sign up for the A to Z Challenge

Three years ago, A to Z participant Mina Lobo started the Theme Reveal – and we continue this fun tradition today! Here’s the theme reveal linky

Vidya Sury A to Z Challenge 2016


    • Debbie, sometimes I do wonder if my head was in the right place when I entered 4 blogs…but then I love a challenge! So happy to see you here – thanks for your encouraging words! I have set myself some lofty goals for March-April and I suspect I will achieve them πŸ™‚ I am looking forward to your posts in April – I love a good anecdote! Hugs!
      Vidya Sury recently posted…Because sometimes you have to bring your own sunshine

  1. Well, you sure take the adage ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way’ a bit too seriously ?
    Good luck for A-Z, but you’re already a legend at it.
    PS. Nice handwriting and I don’t think a transcript of the same was necessary πŸ™‚
    SID recently posted…Of Kids and competitive parents

    • Thank you, Sid. Not sure about the legend part, but I am certainly over-enthusiastic about these things – how well I do them is a variable. Well I had to transcript because a certain someone asked if I expected everyone to be able to read it πŸ™‚ Hehehe. Hugs! Always grateful for your support!
      Vidya Sury recently posted…5 Essential Daily Visualization Exercises

    • Tamil Arasan Reply

      SID author must be praised but not in this way. Read few articles in this blog She is a Super women πŸ™‚
      Handwriting should be improved, can’t able to read few lines. Thanks for transcript so everyone can understand easily.

  2. Living in the Moment is one of my biggest challenges, and something I would like to achieve more often than I do. I love this theme and am looking forward to some of your exercises and thoughts around mindfulness.

    • Thank you Karen! Life has been rather full of ups and downs over the past few months and I figured this would be the best theme – writing about what I’ve been practising. I am looking forward to sharing what I’ve learned πŸ™‚

      You have a lovely blog. Just read your St.Patricks Day post – and it seems so much fun!
      Vidya Sury recently posted…When I’m 60 this is how I want to enjoy my life

  3. Vidya, I love it β€” and I love your handwriting! Mine, never gorgeous to begin with, has through disuse become a thing of disgust πŸ˜€ (But I still insist on handwriting my journals…) What a beautiful lesson, and what a beautiful theme. As always, I’ll be looking forward to your April posts.

    P.S. β€” Three hurrahs for D’s Company! πŸ˜‰
    Guilie Castillo recently posted…#atozchallenge 2016 Theme Reveal: The A to Z of #Dog Rescuing

    • Thanks so much for the lovely comment, Guilie! Journalling is so much fun and I always make it a point to carry a book with me to write in. Never once regretted it! I agree with the handwriting disuse though – most of our work is done with a keyboard and it gets harder to really write with a pen. I am trying to keep that habit alive.
      Vidya Sury recently posted…Gratitude is like a flashlight

  4. Hi, I have to say I am thoroughly in awe of your A-Zing expertise – 4 blogs, whoa! I don’t have the foggiest as to what chocolate meditation is, but it sounds just my cup of tea! πŸ™‚ Have a great A-Z!

    Best wishes,
    Nilanjana Bose recently posted…A-Z Challenge Theme Reveal

    • Thank you Nilanjana! If you like chocolate, you will love the meditation! I am all about easy to put into action stuff! πŸ™‚ Looking forward to the A to Z Challenge with you!
      Vidya Sury recently posted…Gratitude is like a flashlight

  5. Inderpreet Kaur Reply

    I love your handwriting Vidya! So neat. I think mindful living is an excellent theme. Eager to learn so much this April.
    Inderpreet Kaur recently posted…#AtoZChallenge Theme Reveal

  6. I recently came across an Eckhart Tolle quote, β€œWhatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”

    You and your son exemplified that while sitting in the passport office.

    And to agree with other comments, no transcription was required. Vidya, you have a very nice handwriting.

    As usual, another great post. πŸ™‚
    Felicia recently posted…Not My Intention for NJFM

  7. You’re wonderful, Vidya, and I am truly grateful for the fates that helped Damyanti bring us together. I am not the best of followers, but I do read your posts, and sometimes I just wish I could have a morsel of your mindfulness. But then I remember – stop trying, and just be. As something else I read said: We are not called human doings, we are human beings.
    Really looking forward to more of your inspirational wisdom this April – don’t work too hard and forget to enjoy it, though πŸ™‚
    Jemima Pett recently posted…#AtoZChallenge – theme reveal

  8. You know what Vidya I read your handwritten notes and thought you have written it like that. It looked so beautiful and personal. Like a writer sharing their inner most feeling with the readers. Looking forward to your posts. As always motivating and full of positivity.

    • Rubes, I did write it! But decided to type it also, just in case it wasn’t very clear to read. I often write my posts and then type them up. Hehehe. Hugs! Thank you!
      Vidya Sury recently posted…Stop teaching your sons

  9. Hi Vidya! Love the handwritten manuscript. A great theme that will benefit everyone reading am sure.:) and I guess four blogs is raising the bar! Congrats and good luck. Looking forward to it..

  10. Maate… aapke charan kahan hain?!! You are super amazing, Vidya… 4 blogs!! Your theme will make us reflect and inspire too. Looking forward to read you this April! And you have a beautiful handwriting. β™₯
    Shilpa Garg recently posted…A To Z Challenge 2016 Theme Reveal

  11. Love the theme Vidya, it’s so important to be reminded of that every day, I’m glad we’ll have you do it for us ☺


  12. Your handwriting is so pretty…mine looks like a teenaged Doctor. I am looking forward to your posts and I a actually excited to try your exercises which will only bring happy thoughts. Loving it!
    Birgit recently posted…Music and Words Award-Thank You!

  13. If I haven’t said this before…lemme say it now….You have a fantabulous handwriting Vidya! The theme is lovely and I look forward to seeing you in April!

  14. Such a wonderful idea, love your blog. Thanks for following, I’ll be doing the same!
    Positively love what you did!

  15. Wow! FOUR blogs and here I was worrying of completing the challenge. Your very inspiring post has got me all pumped up for the A to Z Challenge with renewed zest. You are going to be my guiding light all along.
    Way to go Vidya, you are A.W.E.S.O.M.E. <3
    Loved your theme & thank you for sharing your experience from having taken up the challenge earlier too. It was very helpful πŸ™‚
    I'm so glad that I came across you through your blog πŸ˜€
    My Era recently posted…Awkwardness -6

    • Hehehe, Hugs! Sometimes I wonder how I’ll manage … but I function best under pressure – it works positively for me and I am excited too! I am glad we connected, too! Let’s buddy up through the challenge – I am looking forward to reading your posts – and you know what? You’re going to ace it!
      Vidya Sury recently posted…Why Forgiveness Heals

  16. Beautiful post Vidya. Mindful living is something I try to consciously follow whenever I can, You have a beautiful handwriting, loved reading your handwritten note,
    themoonstone recently posted…Teaspoon

  17. Hi Vidya, I fell in love with your ‘did you smile today Budha’ when I first stumbled upon your blog and bookmarked the page. What’s not to go ‘goo goo ga ga’ over your handwritten notes? Love the handwriting, the words and the meaning, but most of all the list of blessings in the waiting room. I’m going for the challenge for the first time and feel overwhelmed. Maybe, I should’ve picked a theme. I hope to dip into your cool pool of mindfulness for a refreshing sip when I feel parched in April. Thank you.

    • Arti, thank you for your lovely words! To theme or not to theme is always a dilemma I enjoy! Which is why I choose a subject that’s already on this blog – so I can have fun with it. I look forward to our interaction. Hugs! Of course you know you made my day with your comment about the Buddha and the smile question! πŸ™‚
      Vidya Sury recently posted…When I’m 60 this is how I want to enjoy my life

  18. Cassie Phillips Reply

    Awesome theme. This is my first year doing the A to Z Challenge, so I didn’t know if I would want to go with a theme or not so I didn’t just so I had a little more freedom for my first year. I look forward to coming back to visit your posts. I struggle with mindful living as well, so maybe I can learn from your posts. Thanks!

    • Hi Cassie! Thanks for coming by. Even though this is my fourth year with the AtoZ Challenge, I only tested out a theme last year and liked the idea enough to do it again this year. But I try to keep a broad topic so that I have enough freedom to play with it. I am sure you are going to enjoy participating! All the best. Looking forward to keeping in touch.
      Vidya Sury recently posted…Why Forgiveness Heals

  19. Hello!

    Last minute sign up for me, but checking back in with some of the blogs I’ve enjoyed in previous years, great theme, love the list you and your son put together… I think I might have to start doing this, I try and do these in my head sometimes but perhaps I should make it more real!

    Mars xx
    Mars recently posted…A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal – My Glass Beadmaking Journey!

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