There is no elevator to success, one has to take the stairs.

I took the stairs; one day – one alphabet at a time, just like many bloggers across the world. Reason? An urge to join the A to Z challenge. What was the outcome? A sense of accomplishment? Satisfaction? A worn-out feeling? Been-there-done-that pride? Vastness of the world around me? All of these and a lot more. A to Z challenge, turned out to be a test of endurance.

Upon completing the challenge successfully by surviving it, I am lost in reverie of reflections.

The first thing that occurred to me was the very first step that I took into the challenge. I had set out with a handful of aspirations. I labelled them ‘A to Z Aspirations’. How did these aspirations appear to me from the 26 steps up, when I check them today? This thought roped in a fresh new post…

‘Survive with grace’ was my motto when I made up my mind to plunge head into the challenge. A little bit of planning and scheduling of the posts, a great push from blogger buddies and rock solid fall back of Blogchatter helped me achieve it. A million thanks to my friends and regular readers for their constant encouragements and uplifting comments. I couldn’t have come this far without you all.

I had a theme that focused on living life light, taking every moment as it is and enjoying it to the fullest. With 26 stories from the ordinary day to day life, I highlighted the same essence. Going by the feedback I received on the posts, on various social media platforms, I am so glad that the idea of loving life and living it resonated well with readers.

I had thought of carving a niche for myself (sounds so lofty now!) Did I achieve that? All I can see that I now have paved the way with this challenge. The journey of thousand miles has just begun. I am so ready to walk ahead with uplifted spirits, new found poise and at my own peaceful pace; for I wish to smell the daisies en-route!

All throughout the challenge, networking was the most significant undercurrent that guided my ship of aspirations, never letting it go astray or sink! Had it not been the staunch support of Blogchatter, blogger friends, readers and well-wishers, I would not be in a position to write this post! Thank you is such a minuscule word. It simply fails to express my gratitude. Abundance can never be engulfed by the limits of horizon…

Now that I have weathered ‘A to Z Challenge’, the elevated spirit is reciting the lines by Robert Frost and those haven’t stopped echoing in my mind…

The woods are lovely dark and deep.

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep!



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24 Comments

Mayuri6 · May 5, 2018 at 9:24 am

Such a graceful reflections post, Anagha. You not only aced the challenge, but you won hearts and readers too.
May the muse always be kind and may you continue regaling us with your stories always.

    Anagha Yatin · May 5, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Overwhelmed, Mayuri. A lot of it was possible because of your constant encouragement. Thanks for being there when I needed the most!
    On the lighter side, you know what I will be writing for next A2Z 😉

Saksham Vipanan · May 5, 2018 at 10:48 am

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.
Waiting eagerly for your next post.

“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.”
– Somerset Maugham

    Anagha Yatin · May 5, 2018 at 11:45 am

    So very inspiring!
    Thanks Sadanand for visiting, reading and encouraging me all through out the challenge. Mean a lot to me.

Kishor Kr · May 5, 2018 at 11:13 am

Well, the path to success is difficult, but the fruit is sweet enough to motivate us into enduring all the hardships. In the end it’s the journey that we remember the most, even more the success itself. Thanks for sharing such inspiring post.

    Anagha Yatin · May 5, 2018 at 11:59 am

    You said it! Journey is always satisfying, destination is one of its rewards.
    Thanks Kishor ji for visiting and adding to the post.

Corinne Rodrigues · May 5, 2018 at 12:03 pm

Congratulations, Anagha. Completing the A to Z is a great achievement. Thank you for making the blogging world a better place with your presence.

    Anagha Yatin · May 5, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Thank you so much Corinne for kind words and uplifting remarks. Glad that you visited me.

pratikshya2 · May 5, 2018 at 12:31 pm

Such a thoughtful reflection post. “Surviving with grace”- an amazing motto to live by. Congratulations on finishing up the challenge. It was truly big, hectic yet enjoyable.

    Anagha Yatin · May 5, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Thanks Pratikshya. Congratulations to you too.

syncwithdeep · May 5, 2018 at 12:50 pm

That was a lovely reflection anagha. looking forward to your ebook and more posts in future. lets keep in touch

Jinal · May 5, 2018 at 1:20 pm

Wow manh congratulations. It’s not easy at all.

mammaspeaks · May 5, 2018 at 1:47 pm

My fav lines by Robert Frost, Anagha! I am glad we connected and hope to stay that way! Thanks for some stomach hurting laughter and lovely memories!

pushpendra پُشپیندر (@pushpendra4acti) · May 5, 2018 at 6:02 pm

thoughtful interesting post sharing

Kshama · May 6, 2018 at 12:37 am

Waiting for many more of Anagha Yatin’s

Varsh · May 6, 2018 at 6:44 am

I loved your theme and your posts, Anagha. So many takeaways from such an enriching writing experience!
We all need to observe and cherish light moments in life like Mrs.Chitterchatter. Let her posts continue, please.

Aniruddha · May 6, 2018 at 8:13 am

Dear Anagha,
It was a fantastic journey we celebrated with you and it provided us everything from A to Z. I’m sure you must have made some new discoveries about yourself. Still there are so many things you can write upon in your crispy style. That greaaaaaat writing style of yours made me your fan for one more time. Thank you for the laughters and the entertainment. Waiting for more from you.

Deepa · May 6, 2018 at 8:49 am

Surviving with grace- great motto to keep in mind and you did it. Congrats and kudos to you. You came out with flying colours. Loved reading your stories and enjoyed them.

Maheshwaran Jothi · May 6, 2018 at 9:22 am

Nice inspiration… my theme was on travel so a quote from same… its the journey and not the destination that always matters. Good work!

Akshata Ram · May 6, 2018 at 6:48 pm

Wonderful stories and so glad to have connected once more Anagha

Jyotirmoy Sarkar · May 7, 2018 at 10:12 am

Its really not an easy job to complete A-Z challenge, enjoyed reading your post throughout April.

romagptasinha · May 7, 2018 at 12:44 pm

It was an absolute delight reading you the whole of April Anagha♥️. Cheers to a having completed your AtoZ bag here’s to many more 😊

Archana (@yenforblue) · May 8, 2018 at 11:35 am

Thoroughly enjoyed your AtoZ posts Anagha! I may not have commented on all but did manage to read most. You have set a high standard for yourself! All the best! 🙂

BellyBytes · May 9, 2018 at 10:50 am

Anagha hope we get to share more vignettes from Mrs. Chitterchatter

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