Wednesday, May 07, 2014

IWSG - Wednesday



http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/p/iwsg-sign-up.html


Welcome to Wednesday and the IWSG posting. If you'd like, click on the link above to find other great blogs participating this month... I'm co-hosting along with Alex's other awesome co-hosts Elsie, Mark Koopmans, and Joylene Nowell Butler! Please stop by and thank them for their generous time and effort.
I have spent the last few days in “withdrawal” mode, meaning that after the blitz of blogging for the A to Z Blogging Challenge this year, I have to wean myself off of the high without losing the high. Sounds crazy I know but I bet that those of you who also participated know exactly what I mean. So, go figure, I signed up to be a co-host for the IWSG this month! I figure I’ll get my “fix” in one shot today.

If you participated, I hope you all had a wonderful time on the challenge and learned things you had yet to dream would interest you. I did. I won’t go into how many blogs I “pinned” so I’d have them all in one place, just suffice it to say if I hadn’t I wouldn’t remember where to go to find who.
Please, take some time today in your busy life to remember the moments you liked the best about the challenge or about your life in general whether you write or not. Even though tough times come and go, we are blessed to have the chance to share with the world in whatever fashion we choose. If you volunteer, if you make people laugh, if you help when you see someone who needs it, if you love being a parent, or not being a parent, if you’re maybe a super aunt or uncle, sister or brother, cousin or friend, daughter or son, be aware of what those moments convey to you and smile. I hope you’ll take a moment to appreciate your life, whatever you find in it, and what others find in you. Now, I'm off to visit my IWSG friends! Have a happy day...


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46 comments:

  1. Wonderful words of wisdom about taking time to appreciate your life! Congrats on finishing A to Z! Thanks for co-hosting the IWSG, and I hope that you get some much needed rest.

    Julie

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  2. I love your sentiments, Lisa. Sometimes we are all so caught up in the daily routine of life we forget to be thankful for the joy. Thanks for co-hosting IWSG this month.

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  3. Aloha Lisa,

    Congrats on finishing A-Z and way to go with this positive post-challenge message :)

    See you around the blogs today :)

    Your co-host with the leastest :)

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  4. I wasn't able to participate in the A to Z Challenge this year, but I have in years past, so I do understand what you mean.

    And I know I always need to take more moments to appreciate my life.

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  5. I totally get what you're saying about coming down off the high of the Challenge but wanting to keep it too. I decided to host the IWSG for the exact same reason. To keep that stamina going. So, is there another event we can do next week? The week after? =P

    I had a ton of fun writing. It gave me that jolt I needed. But, what I really loved was connecting with everyone through my other blog. It was a great way for me to get somewhat organized in my writing world. (We'll see, huh?) Good luck today and have fun!

    Elsie
    co-host IWSG


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  6. Withdrawal?! Heck no. I'm already planning my theme for next year. *gibbering, twitching uncontrollably*

    Thanks for hosting IWSG!

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  7. Lovely post and great reminder.

    Thanks for co-hosting. :)
    IWSG #224 until Alex culls the list again.

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  8. Great post! Thanks for sharing and for cohosting! This group is awesome!

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  9. I think today will more than fill the Challenge void for me!
    We are blessed with the ability to share. Giving of ourselves is the greatest thing we can do.
    Thanks for co-hosting today!

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  10. "Withdrawal mode" I can relate. Writing a post every day would kill me, which is why I didn't join the challenge. I'm totally impressed that you did it. Congratulations. And thanks for hosting this month's IWSG.

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  11. Thanks for co-hosting today, Lisa. I have to congratulate you & everyone who participate in the A to Z Challenge. I really admire you guys. What a project. Best wishes.

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  12. Yay! It was an amazing challenge...and I'm still catching up on comments from it, but I think the best part was making all the new friends. Here's to friends and bloggies that warm our hearts!

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  13. I've been in withdrawal mode too, the Challenge was more exhausting this year than I expected. But you are so right, things like the challenge may be stressful at times but ultimately the opportunity to participate and share is such a blessing!
    I wanted to say too thank you for getting my book The Ghosts of Aquinnah! I replied to your comment on my blog but wanted to say thanks here as well, I really appreciate it. Take care and thanks for co-hosting today!

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  14. Sweet reminder to show gratitude. I am also coming off the A to Z blogging high. I like writing daily. I like the social part of it, too. So, keep on writing and connecting!
    Thanks for co-hosting today!
    Play off the Page

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  15. It was weird after the challenge. I wasn't quite sure what to do with myself now that I didn't have a bunch of blogs to visit and comment on. Eventually, I settled into the calm and enjoyed it, knowing there are other blog hops, like IWSG, that will have me running all over the net and visiting people for a day.

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  16. Your words are so true. Appreciation is a gift we forget to give ourselves. I pinned your poster. Thanks for hosting. Have fun!

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  17. I'm highly impressed you do #IWSG and #AtoZ. The latter--way too busy for me!

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  18. Thanks so much for co-hosting, Lisa. Have a great day.

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  19. I am in awe of all my efriends who finished that challenge. What a commitment--and a ton of exemplary writing.

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  20. I completed my first A-Z challenge this year. Made it easy-peasy with photos and notes from our Europe trip. Still was a journey to get through each post but had a great time and met great people. I found out what/where I need to go with a new site to support my current (new) book and a place to house the others that follow. So, content focus was a good outcome for me. But all the great bloggers who participated in A-Z...totally coolest thing ever.

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  21. Hi Lisa! I'm visiting as a new member of the IWSG, and I'm here to thank you for co-hosting this month. I didn't do the challenge because I have trouble with schedules, hard to stick to. But I'm thinking about next year's ~ even have two possible themes picked out. Thank you for the lovely reminder to appreciate my life! Have a happy day!

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  22. Wonderful post. It made me physically pause and take a deep breath. When life gets busy for me, I struggle to remind myself to appreciate the small things.

    Thanks for co-hosting!

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  23. I do know what you mean about weaning off the high without loosing it. I love the AtoZ challenge and IWSG. Thanks for co-hosting this month.

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  24. Thank you for co-hosting IWSG today, Lisa, and for your words of encouragement. I used Pinterest to keep track of all the fun blog sites I visited during the AtoZChallenge also. .

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  25. Hi Lisa - thank you for commenting on my blog, and for your advice. 'Mystery'' could also be the market I should consider.
    I'm afraid I missed the Reflection Day since I felt I needed some days away from the computer at the time. I did feel exhausted, but I also had lots of fun and laughs along the way. The best part was meeting some very special bloggers who I could never forget.
    Thank you for co-hosting this month.

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  26. Thanks for co-hosting today. Things were coming together for me to participate this year, but perhaps next it. There was tons of creativity across the board. It seems like fun, in a stressful way (I'm so a member of the IWSG).

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  27. The day after the challenge ended I was gifted with my first grandchild. Definitely taking time off to snuggle and cuddle!

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  28. Hi Lisa,

    I'm delighted that the A to Z is over. Yet, I know how much it meant to you and those involved. That's a positive result. Please try and take a bit more time out.

    You share with the world in this wondrous diversity. We learn from each other and we learn we can make this world a better place.

    I want to thank you, dear lady, for co-hosting the "IWSG" aka "I Was Seeking Gary" dedication post. I'm flattered beyond any suitable adjectives. Yes, I'm still delusional :)

    Take good care of YOU!

    Gary :)

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  29. Thanks so much for co-hosting this month's IWSG. Truly appreciated by us all. Lily Eva

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  30. Wonderful post, Lisa! Thank you for co-hosting today!

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  31. Hi Lisa,

    Thanks so much for co-hosting the group today. I love the idea of pinning your favorite blogs so you know which ones you read and how to find them again. I'll definitely use that idea when I participate next year :) Best of luck with recuperating from the challenge!

    Jen

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  32. Thanks for co-hosting today! Very inspirational.

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  33. Thanks for co-hosting this month! Very inspirational post.

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  34. I love this! There is always something to be thankful for. Thanks for the inspiration, and thanks for co-hosting today!

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  35. Coming off the A-Z challenge might give me the bends. I couldn't take the pressure or the decrease in pressure, LOL! But I did give a tip on how to format for ebooks that will save writers money when it comes time to publish. That's all I can take post move, post taxes, and mid-remodel, and still appreciate life around me. Right now, that means taking time to eat the blueberries in our back yard after I feed the chickens and the neighbor's goats, who I think call me, "Maaa-maaa!" Thanks for co-hosting!

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  36. Great post; I'm in awe of your energy levels. Thank you for co-hosting this month's IWSG. I know it's a lot of hard work and it's appreciated by us all. Eva

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  37. Thanks for co-hosting today Lisa. You did great in the A-Z. Glad to see you survived!

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  38. Thanks for hosting IWSG. I was not ready for A-Z this year, but maybe next year. I did do Camp NaNoWriMo in April. I made my word count. I hope I can do it again in July, but I am slow writer.

    Happy Writing
    Juneta at Writer's Gambit

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  39. Yikes, you're going to need a break after A-to-Z then co-hosting the IWSG! But I get the withdrawal.

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  40. Thank you for the reminder! It's the little things that count...
    A big thank you too, for being such a gracious co-host this month!
    Writer In Transit

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  41. I really enjoyed your theme and found out all sorts of cool things about France :) Glad the post A to Z didn't burn you out and thank you for co-hosting this month's IWSG!

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  42. I do know the wrung out sponge feeling following the a to z. I'm the head buttmunch in charge of Team Netherworld. The team participated with our blogs http://crazytowninlooneyland.blogspot.com, http://khel666.blogspot.com, and http://poetryofthenetherworld.blogspot.com
    Dyslexia is fun. I initially read your surname as Blue-Collar.
    Thanks so much for visiting The Cheese Whines.

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  43. I think a lot of people took a few days off after the challenge. It was a whirlwind of activity. It was great to see everyone's posts filling up my newsfeed again when I woke up Wednesday morning!

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  44. Thanks for co-hosting!!

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  45. I know what you mean about the "withdrawal" syndrome. I have had it bad this week. Maybe I should join ISWG and get going again. One positive though, I have been checking lots of blogs and making more comments. I am trying to jump start again. www.janiceheck.wordpress.com My Time to Write

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  46. You are co-hosting this and you did the A to Z? Wow-You are like Ninja Alex!! I am glad you have a new doggie-animals are so needed and they give love. I like what you mentioned about what one is happy about and thankful for. We can so easily complain about the things that go wrong or happen in a bad way and sometimes we need to but it is so much better for the heart and mind to know the good things and appreciate how we got there. A simple flower can bring me joy

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