A to Z Reflections Post

I have really enjoyed participating in the A to Z April Blogging Challenge this year. Views on my blog have been good and I have had some lovely comments. The best thing about the challenge though was finding some wonderful new bloggers.

I have listed a few of my favourites. (In no particular order)

Abbie’s Adventure Diaries  –  Abbie’s A – Z theme was things she had learnt by the time she was 30. Knocking on 40’s door (nearly) I was curious to know if they were similar things to what I had learnt. Quite a lot of them were.

Milly’s Guide  –  Milly’s Guide for the A- Z was centred around Mental Health. I have had Mental Health issues in the past and over the past few months due to some personal struggles they have been trying to resurface.  Reading this blog has helped me identify some warning signs and has made me re-think certain strategies before they get any worse.

Natalie Westgate – Natalie’s A – Z theme was A Secret Diary of A Serial Killer. This was great I loved getting a new chapter everyday. If you have not read it yet, you should. Go there now… Hang on read this first, then go!

Dorky Mom Doodles – This was a lovely little gem. Kids are so funny and the doodles that go with the posts are delightful.

Unfortunately I don’t have time to mention all the other wonderful blogs I discovered. I especially liked one who I cannot find now who put pictures of various hot men for every letter.

Linky List  – Yes or No

I did miss the Linky List this year. Due to being in pain during the last week (I lost a filling/crown mentioned in previous posts so won’t bore you again) I did not link my posts on any other social media or the A to Z blogs as I had scheduled my posts. Inevitably this led to the amount of views on these posts being significantly few. I also noticed that I only had 3 referrals from the A to Z website yet loads through the WordPress version and WordPress in general.

However, even though views on my blog are nice, it was harder to find blogs. I managed to visit at least 6 new ones plus the ones I decided to follow everyday. I used to like going through the list and knowing where I was. There were a lot of occasions when I clicked on the same blogs over and over again, not by choice. I understand the list is a lot of work for the moderators, but I did miss it.

Overall I really enjoyed participating in the A to Z Challenge 2017. Looking forward to next year.

Getting Behind

My quote for February is –

“The Worst Enemy to Creativity is Self-Doubt” – Sylvia Plath

How many times have you talked yourself out of doing something because you have lacked confidence in your own ability? If you are anything like me, so many times that I have lost count. I have been plagued with self-doubt most of my life. There are many reasons behind this and I can sit here all day self analysing but it won’t make any difference. The only thing that will make anything change is – ACTION.  

In the words of The King (Elvis), “a little less conversation and a little more action please”.

This month (in between the migraines) I have been trying to be more active in various aspects of my life. Spiritually, Mentally, Physically and of course Creatively. In all of these aspects I have tried to put self doubt to the back of me and push myself into trying new things or improving on what I already know.

There has only been one hindrance to this (well, two if you include migraines) – I decided I was going to organise my bedroom and buy some new bedroom furniture. So, I broke my old bedroom furniture up. Half of my possessions are in bags in the conservatory, the other half in boxes and bags in my bedroom. The New wardrobe has arrived but the new chest of drawers… still waiting. Until this arrives I am unable to organise myself, as I want to move my room around and create a work station etc… I am roughly three weeks behind in my plan at the moment, which is annoying.

On a positive note though, it is giving me more time to research and formulate ideas.

I am still working on my 101 List and I am playing with the Bullet Journal. I hope to update you soon on some other things I am planning on doing.

Looking forward to the A – Z April Challenge. I think I have my theme sorted?

Next Sunday I will be of course be posting my Slimming Sunday post thinking about what I will be posting now. Hopefully there will be a few posts between now and then. I apologise of course for the lack of photo’s in today’s post. So, here is a photo that always makes me smile. Sea Otters holding hands so they don’t drift away from each other. 🙂

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Hope you all have a good week.

lu

Pinch… Punch… 101 Update

My Progress so far on my 101 Things in 1001 days

1 0 1   T H I N G S   I N   1 0 0 1   D A Y S 

It has been a 110 days since I began my latest 101 List – wow! So I thought I would do a brief update on what had been completed so far, in progress etc…

Completed 

32. Go to The Tower of London – 26/10/2016

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64. Make a calendar for my mom – October 2016 

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88. Go to a live Ballet Show – 08/10/2016 

89.Buy a New Laptop – 28/10/2016 

In Progress

28. Travel to 3 different continents – 1. USA 

29. Go to at least 30 places on my Travel Bucket List (I will list this in a separate post – mainly places in Florida)

34.  Read 60 Books – 7/60

38. Visit the Local Library 5 times  2/5

39. Try at Least 15 New Authors within Item 38 – 6/15

42. Maintain my Blog by posting at least once a week

45. Maintain my Writers notebook

40. Donate all Old Books

47. Complete a Colouring Book – The Secret Garden Colouring Book 

48. Finish Sleeping Beauty’s Tower

51. Fill a Sketch Book

55. Sort out my photos and put them on a flash drive

56. Take a photo for each letter of the Alphabet

72. Create a 101 List of My Favourite Movies

73. Collect 20 Blu-rays

74.  Watch a film from each year going as far back as I can go

75.  See 20 Movies at the Cinema 1/20 

76.  Write a review for all the Movies in item 75

As you can see I have quite a lot of things in progress. I am a little disappointed in myself that my Health and Fitness is not in progress, but this is due to not being well. I hope to running again tomorrow.