Monday 7 May 2012

A - Z Challenge Reflection 2012

This was my 2nd year taking part in the A- Z Challenge, and it seems to have come and gone really quickly. We had over a thousand people taking part in the challenge and it was run by founder Arlee Bird and his A-Z Team, a big thanks goes out to them! 

Alex J. Cavanaugh (Alex J. Cavanaugh), Amlokiblogs (Damyanti Biswas), Coming Down The Mountain (Karen Jones Gowen), Life is Good (Tina Downey), Retro-Zombie (Jeremy Hawkins), Cruising Altitude 2.0 (DL Hammons), The Warrior Muse (Shannon Lawrence), The QQQE (Matthew MacNish), Author Elizabeth Mueller (Elizabeth Mueller), No Thought 2 Small (Konstanz Silverbow), Pearson Report (Jenny Pearson), Breakthrough Blogs (Stephen Tremp).

This year I decided to write about my experience with Dementia and caring for my mother. It was something I really wanted to do as I often find it difficult to express how I feel without a lump coming to my throat, even more so trying to imagine how my mother feels.  I often swiftly put my thoughts to the back of my mind while I get on with the practical tasks of her care.

What really helped in writing for the challenge was to be able to put things in perspective and face up to how I felt about my situation, show the person behind the label and give you a glimpse into our world. 

There was much love and support from those who commented which helped you to feel that you were not on your own. I would like to thank all those who visited, commented and decided to follow my blog. Its always great to make new connections and form friendships.

It was especially great to visit new blogs and get to read so many interesting posts. I didn't get to visit everyone, but will attempt to this month - looks like another challenge....!  If you didn't get to participate I encourage you to dive in next year, it's great fun and once you start you will be hooked.

Next steps for me....I find these monthly challenges really do encourage you to step out of the box,  stretch yourself and grow while interacting with people from all over the world. In June I will be resuming my Try something new for 30 days - and possibly try some new art techniques. Do let me know what your next steps are and I will come and be your cheer leader....Blessings!


  1. Hi Amanda .. I did enjoy your posts on Dementia (a la family) - as it brought to light your views and understanding ... to me you've gone quite a long way in getting under the skin of dementia - more than many.

    My mother is terminally ill with strokes - but dementia is far worse in all ways. I feel for you.

    The ground floor of our Nursing Centre is for Dementia care .. so I get to see a little, and have an interest. My mother a couple of years ago was interested too - as I read some short stories on dementia to her (written by the BUPA Dementia director - not available any more) .. my mother related and said how important it was to have these written down.

    I don't know if you've come across Doris .. - the book she put up last year is brilliant, and this year's will be too .. she did the A - Z challenge.

    Go well and see you soon - you're highlighting an important area.

    Cheers Hilary

  2. Amanda, you have a beautiful voice. I like the way you give us insight about your mother's life and illness -- with such grace. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I agree with the previous comments, I thought your inside comments about dementia were absolutely wonderful and heartfelt. Thank you so much for sharing your experience.

  4. Hilary many thanks for your supportive words. I will check out the link for Doris. I really do feel that its essential to write down and share experiences.

    Peaches, I'm blushing I hoped that my words would bring encouragement to others.

    Jo, thank you for sharing the journey with me.

  5. Hi Amanda, I found your blog via Hilary's and am moved by your A-Z of Alzheimers. Unfortunately I can't follow it through directly, but have to keep returning to this page to pick up the next link. What a task, and what a loving attitude you have. I've been writing about Alzheimers in my new book which is about ageing, and your post have enriched my understanding. Thank you.

  6. Amanda!
    I love your voice and your gorgeous smile! I'm so happy you crossed the finish line!~ Your Mom looks pretty happy :D
    I am so glad you went on this journey~ I hope to go back and see what I missed~ xo


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