After taking a year off from blogging, I returned to the A to Z Blogging Challenge with my creative spark renewed. I spent March prepping all of my posts so that I could focus the majority of my time during April on visiting and engaging with other bloggers which is one of my favorite things about this blogging challenge.
It was both strange and exhilarating to be blogging again after a period of inactivity. It was also serendipitous. As news headlines grew more dire and states began to issue shelter in place orders, having blogs to read and comment on throughout the month was an enjoyable distraction.
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One of my goals each year with the challenge is to connect with other bloggers. In a year where “social distancing” has become our mantra, I never felt isolated or alone. I was able to connect, albeit digitally, to my fellow humans in creative, fun and inspiring ways.
I virtually left my home in Maine each day and got to spend it learning about other cultures, discovering family histories and being exposed to unique perspectives. I read engaging works of fiction and came across new books, movies and music. I saw beautiful art from photographers and textile artists.
I read about what was making others nervous or afraid. And, I learned what people were doing to stay happy and hopeful. I got great tips on blogging and ideas to jump start my own creativity. I learned about new foods and essential oils.
Finally, even in these anxiety filled times, I got to laugh out loud as I read the many humorous stories and anecdotes shared by my fellow bloggers. I really love to laugh.
My own A to Z theme this year was Bliss. With that in mind, I am going to be sure that I take a moment to savor completing the challenge again this year. Savoring is one way to bring more happiness into our lives. It allows us to stay in the moment and fully appreciate the experience.
May you all savor your A to Z experience this year.
Thank you to all my fellow bloggers for the support and encouragement you provided during the A to Z Blogging Challenge this past month. It really makes a difference when others engage with your posts.
It connects you to something bigger. And connection is a good thing right now. Stay safe everyone!