The April Blogging from A to Z Challenge – THEME reveal

atoz-theme-reveal-2016 v2.jpgI’m joining the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge this year again. I loved participating last year. It helped me to grow as a person and learn how to blog properly. Not just show up once a fortnight shaking like a leaf and wondering whether I’d ever be able to write another post. I had committed to showing up for 26 days and explored the theme of Authenticity. It did me the world of good.

This year, I’ve got a different theme. It’s a…. Drum roll, please!

Love letters.

Why love letters? For several reasons:

  1. I want more love in my life. Who doesn’t? For most of my life I’ve made a mistake: I’ve been waiting for love to come from others. Well, it’s time to shake things up a bit. If I want more love in my life, I ought to express it more too. What we put our attention on grows.
  2. Having said that, my relationships weren’t always ‘conventional’ as you may know from my ‘Dear Mum’ post. So, my love letters are not likely to be lovey-dovey. I’d like to write them from the place of compassion, integrity and authenticity. Sometimes, the most loving thing is to say what’s on your mind. Sometimes, love is on my mind, but I don’t express it enough. Hopefully, the April challenge will put this right.
  3. I’d also love to build my letter-writing-muscle. I have a wonderful friend in Bulgaria who writes the best letters in the world. Honestly, sometimes we want to frame the envelopes, never mind the letters. Last time I promised to write him a physical letter was… back in October. *Sigh.* Glad he gave up waiting and wrote us another splendid letter. It’s always an ‘event’ in our household when we get his letters. Perhaps, this challenge will encourage me to write more letters. There’s always hope.

We are kicking off on 1 April. You’ll hear from me every day except for Sundays. I’m going to pause The Story Behind The Story series in April, because you’ll be getting a lot of my posts. There are two more stories in the series in March – please, keep an eye out for Wednesday posts. If you’d like to contribute to the series starting from May, please get in touch.

Have a great week!

With love (see, I’m already practicing),

Gulara

 

68 thoughts on “The April Blogging from A to Z Challenge – THEME reveal

  1. Oh what a lovely lovely theme Gulara! I will make sure to read many of your letters. I will be revealing my theme towards 1am tomorrow morning so that it still happens on the 21st in some time zones but won’t interfere with your lovely guest post. 💚

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  2. I’m curious too…
    Best of luck with keeping up with the challenge, Gulara. It’s fun and a good exercise too, I think, to publish every day (almost). Like you, I won’t add any other post in April. Too much for the readers as well. See you soon, then.

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  3. Sounds like a great theme. I did the A-Z Challenge last year, but totally unofficially. This year I am officially participating. Are you supposed to reveal your theme? Last year I didn’t have one – I just wrote off the top of my head, but I do actually have one this year. Good luck. Can’t wait to read them!!!!!!!

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  4. As the mysterious letter-writer from Bulgaria, I truly appreciate it when people enjoy the “event”of something popping through the spider-webs around the mailbox. My fellow letter-writers are largely in the twilight of life so it’s good when the next generation likes the idea.

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    • Hopefully, this challenge builds the letter-writing muscle. The next challenge will be getting myself to the post office which is located across the road (much to my shame) 🙂 Thank you for reading, Randall.

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  5. Letter writing is such a lost art form. We all communicate now in short blasts, mostly over emails and social media. Often our messages are superficial and easily forgotten. We don’t often take the time (or have the time) to craft a beautiful letter, something that will be savored by the recipient and treasured. I have the feeling you will do something amazing with this theme.

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    • I’m quite scared by my theme, because I usually blank out when I need to write a card to someone never mind a letter. So, for me it’s a real challenge, but a good one too. Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Robin. Judging by how scared I feel, it’ll probably be something amazing. Feels exciting.

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    • No need to apologise, Louise. You are always so generous with your time and comments. I greatly appreciate your input in my posts. I have no idea what I’m getting myself in this time 🙂 I’ll be following the energy. See where I get to.

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  6. Lucky you! to have friends who actually write letters that come with envelopes. Letter writing is rare now, all texts and emails max where I am at. Your theme sounds awesome!

    All the best for a great A-Z,

    Nilanjana.
    Ninja Minion, A-Z 2016
    Madly-in-Verse

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  7. I have been without a computer this week so I was unable to declare my A to Z Challenge topic of Caregiving. Also, we may be moving next month so I’m not sure if I will be able to complete my Challenge… LIFE is challenging right now!!

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    • Oh, no, but I think it’s never too late to declare the theme 🙂 And fingers crossed for managing the challenge. I’m sure people’s feedback will nourish and support your own process. Sometimes writing what’s challenging can help to take the edge off, as well as support others who find life challenging. You are amazing, Gwynn. So much resilience. Sending big hug. Sorry life is not easy right now. Good luck with the move.

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      • Gulara, I LOVE your words of support… THANK YOU! I have an enormous amount of downsizing to do. I will be happy when this is all over, but getting through this challenge… I’ll be the Little Engine That Could saying, “I think can, I think I can!” 😉 Thanks for the hugs, they are dear to me. Big hugs back at you! Happy Easter!

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  8. Interesting theme! I will have to check back in April to see what you write! This is my first year participating, and I have a goal of visiting every blog on the list and following those that I like best. I will add yours to my growing list and come back at some point during April! Good luck! Cassie from Mommy, RN

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