A to Z: Reflection Post

04 May 2016

Good afternoon! I cannot believe it is already May and yet here we are on the 4th of May! I am home under a blanket with a cold -- shall we blame it on the busy month of April and my first ever A to Z Challenge? Why not? :)

This was my first A to Z Challenge and quite frankly the first time I had even heard of the A to Z Challenge by chance on Twitter right before the first #AZChat where I met some lovely ladies, including A to Z Co-Host, Heather, and was excited by the enthusiasm and energy held by everyone so I jumped on board and debated on what my topic should be. Because of the April month I chose two of the month's 'appreciation' topics: Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. I had no idea what I would be writing on from A to Z but somehow everything came about quite well.

One day will probably be the most memorable for me -- 5 April 2016. Crazy enough, on Day #4 (D) landed on the 5th of April, the anniversary of my date rape and I took the opportunity to finally tell my story, something I had not done before except in few and scarce moments. I cannot even begin to tell you the wonderful freedom experienced in sharing my voice.

And I was staggered by my regular readers, including Michelle, who shared encouragement and support. The support continued throughout the month and I have been so grateful and it was these comments that mostly inspired me to continue to give a voice to survivors and victims of abuse/assault.

One tip I learned from the #AZChat was to write and schedule posts in advance, something that I did during the last week of the Challenge. Makes it easier during busy time periods. Also, I loved how AJ Lauer used a guest writer to cover a busy time period during the month.

I cannot wait for the next A to Z Challenge and hope to stay in touch with all these lovelies as they continue to blog about their passions. If you are interested in joining the A to Z Challenge in 2017, I highly recommend visiting the official site: www.a-to-zchallenge.com and following their Twitter page.

Comment Challenge: For those of you who followed my A to Z Challenge - did you have a favourite post? Any suggestions for next year?

7 comments:

  1. Joy, congratulations on getting through you first A-Z Challenge, even though you found out about it last minute. You are brave to share such a sensitive personal topic, and thank goodness, we live in a time that people can talk about this openly unlike in my mother's day, when such topics were forbidden and the victim lived in terrible shame. I'm glad we met on twitter.

    Hope you get better quickly! I got sick in the middle of the challenge, so had to take it easy for a few days. I ate a lot of turmeric and swallowed oregano oil pills. Maui Jungalow

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    1. Thanks Courtney! Glad to have connected :)

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  2. Congrats on making it through! It has been so great to have met you :) Glad you found the Challenge!

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  3. Great reflection post! Always good too to write a lot beforehand; I had all mine done by April 1st but tweaked them a bit right before I posted them.

    I mentioned it before but you picked a very delicate topic to write about and you wrote it with grace and dignity. You shared victim's stories and their lives with us as well as your own nightmare experience. You educated us and enlightened us, hopefully to take a stand when we can to prevent such abuse from happening to any other innocent person.

    Well do for your very first challenge!

    It does get overwhelming to participate, but without participating, I would never find the blogs that I have found and follow, like yours!

    betty

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  4. Congrats on finishing your first A to Z. Are you hooked now and will be gearing for next year? =D

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  5. Hi Joy! It was so great getting to meet you in April! I had some stand out posts that I mentioned in my reflections post, and yours was one of them :)
    Congrats on finishing your first A to Z!
    ~Katie
    TheCyborgMom

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  6. Congrats on completing your 1st A to Z Challenge!! But definitely most important, congratulations on freeing yourself from the demons of your date rape by putting your voice out there! You are a beautiful, bright young woman and I wish you all the best!!
    Barbara, blogging at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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Thanks so much for sharing with me! Your thoughts and comments are always appreciated!
x Joy

 

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