Your gumption and generosity

Today is not about Being Seen. It’s about Giving Back.

I have been resisting this idea for 2 days – it’s not what I decided, I would say. “This week is about stretching, it’s about me.” But where would I be without all of you? How could I be growing without your kindness watering my soul?

Thanks for the A to Z hosts

Without these bloggers we wouldn’t be here writing all these posts, enjoying the variety of the topics the A to Z challenge brings up every year. I love the energy and the intensity of April when I really give focus to blogging. Writing, reading, connecting, all aspects of it is loads of fun – I recon¬†we should it quarterly ūüôā

Thanks for the connections

The great thing about blogging is how randomly we can find people who just shine with their wit, talent and uniqueness. Here’s a couple of them I think you should visit:

I’m not only thankful for the fantastic pieces Kim writes¬†about her exciting travels around the world (it’s more¬†personal stories than¬†classic travel blogging)¬†but also for being¬†one of the kindest, most thoughtful people I have encountered. I consider myself lucky to have met her.

We met with Niki on another blog of mine and the way she connects with others is truly inspiring. Whenever we speak, no matter how much time passes, she always makes me feel welcome and¬†like I’m talking to a friend. I also adore the graphics on her blog!

Jason, aka Opinionated Man was one of the first bloggers to visit and comment here. He gave me a boost with sharing his thoughts and I’m thankful he has found me.

You could say Geraint is another travel writer. And while his topic is indeed travel, he is able to take you with him on discovering various places in the world. I’m thankful for his talent and for being able to connect with such a nice guy. He is a true example of¬†what¬†you can become once you lose your fear and it’s so lovely to see it – it helps me believe I can do it too!

I don’t know many collaborative blogs. The Collage of Life by Mocktail Mommies is truly awesome though – they’ve a great style, bring a variety of topic and it’s been awesome to read and chat to them.

I’m so grateful for Janet’s presence. She is a gentle, kind soul who has a relaxing type of writing filled with creativity. She has inspired me to think outside of the box¬†–¬†she¬†is making scrapbooks about the concerts she has gone to. I would have never thought of it even though I love making things (mostly cards though) and love music too (though not been going much this past year).

I’m so happy I have found Anjali¬†(or did she find me?). She has a great collection on her blog that always surprises and enchants you when reading it. It can be beaches or India or guitars, it’s equally interesting. And her comments always warm my heart. Thank you for being you Anjali!

Thank you my friends

I don’t know if I were here going out to the word more boldly than I ever imagined without these people. It would certainly be a lot less fun!

I am grateful for you showing up every day¬†Esther. You always have a kind word after reading my posts and I do have the impression you read every one of them. It’s wonderful to have a friend like you in my life. You burn with the kind of flame that lights up the world for the people who know you.

Jodi, we have never met and yet you’re always there for me. I don’t know how I deserved it but I feel lucky to have your support.

Your gorgeous soul is like a big embrace Claudi. You radiate love, acceptance and safety and the way you live your life, the way you’re there for your friends and family inspires me every day.

Thank you soul

I want to honour the gumption, the courage, the openness and gentleness of my own soul, too. I know we usually don’t do that (I certainly don’t) but I am amazed at how wonderful she shines when I let her. How brilliant ideas she has. How far she can go following those ideas. How much love she has for me and for life. ¬†How unbelievable it feels that me and her are the same person!

Thank you all

I know have chosen a precious few to mention today. But I’d like you all know that having you here matters to me. I’m grateful for you taking the time to spend on me. (I know how precious time is.) I’m grateful to all of you who have ever commented, liked, followed. To all who entertain with their talented writing in the A to Z challenge.¬†All of the friends who I haven’t talked about yet. All of the family who I have reconnected with. All of the The Inner Game’s folks who inspire me every day. Thinking about it I feel like another thank you post brewing here ūüôā Maybe next week!

Thank you all for being your gorgeous, unique, generous selves sharing your awesome with the world.

Love,
Andrea

To my clique

With today’s challenge I’m fulfilling the Being Seen objective not in one but two different ways at the same time (talk about over-achieving). I’m not only sharing my deepest thoughts but am also doing so in a (gasp!) video. 

I’ve been dreading photos for a very long time and videos force me to face not just how I look but also how I speak – none of which are my favourite traits. I do like this particular piece I wrote a while ago though so I hope the content will make up for the rest ūüėČ

So without further ado: