“Reflection is the beginning of reform.”   Mark Twain 

“It is not a guiding spirit that reveals to me secretly in a flash what I must say or do, but thought and reflection.”  Napoleon


This picture gives you a pretty clear idea of what I thought my chances were for completing the 2015 A – Z Bloggers’ Challenge.  Actually, when I signed up, I nearly backed out, after all, what in the world would I write about?  Besides would anyone actually read anything I write?  There are so many intelligent, creative writers out there, that I felt I could not hold a candle to them.  However, my friends nudged me and encouraged me to participate again.  So, “Oh what the heck, I’ll give it a try.”  The practice will be good for me, right?

I have even been questioning whether I should keep my blog, as I was running out of ideas to write about.  But I think the Challenge challenged my brain too. I needed incentive.  I have always admired Erma Bombeck’s style of writing.  I would LOVE to be like Erma someday as she had a delightful way with humor in depicting life.  Maybe I can step-up the Challenge to make me work harder at reflecting about life… with a bit of humor.

Life intrigues me.  Maybe I never grew out of the “why” stage, as I constantly ask “WHY?”  You do remember your three or four year olds asking “Why” all of the time; well that’s me. As I ponder questions about my life and research answers, my light-bulb goes on.  “OH… THAT’S WHY!”

I’m learning that for me the Challenge is a great time to reflect.  It also gives me a goal to work for.  Now, maybe the Challenge will challenge me in other ways… give me new goals.

What I loved most about the Challenge is meeting new people, with fabulous ideas and minds, making new friends.  This is another way to help me grow and expand my ideas by listening to the other writers out there.  I found it time consuming to write and follow others, but it definitely is a benefit for my growth.  I highly encourage others to traipse around through the neighborhood of other bloggers.  Meet your neighbors and make new friends.  Since I tend toward hiding in the shadows, I definitely need to be more proactive about seeking out others’ blogs.  The Challenge was a fabulous learning experience so next year I need to stretch some more.

My challenge to me… challenge me MORE!



Reflection success

About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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16 Responses to Reflections

  1. I’ve been thinking about my “reflections” post and how it will mention the new friends I made this month — with you being at the top of the list. When I thought of you, I thought of Erma Bombeck. She had such a wonderful ability to blend humor and pathos about the daily sturm and drang of life, and that’s what you accomplished this month IMHO.

    Coming up with content is always a challenge…thankfully, we don’t have to do it every day going forward! Whew!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Yes, you definitely are at the top of my friend’s list. It was such a pleasure meeting you. (The group enjoyed meeting you too.) I work at not pestering you as I know you are working on completing your book but I’m more than willing to come up and meet you for lunch or tea sometime. My husband and I are coming up to take his son out for his birthday on Mother’s Day so you could see us wandering around then.

      But, oh yes, the blog… I enjoy your way of thinking… nature, natural, and personable. You are delightful. By the way, if you are into harvesting nettles, we have TONS of them. Come on down. 😉

  2. Gwynn, I’m so glad you decided not to back out of the challenge. Yes, there are a great whack of intelligent, creative writers out there, and you, my new-found friend, are one of them. You have a unique voice–quirky, humourous, thoughtful, and just all kinds of fun. Forget Erma Bombeck. You’re you, and I’m so glad you are.

    I just read your bio for the first time–amazing how not racing from blog to blog gives us a chance to cover the basics, isn’t it? Very cool that you’re freelancing for magazines. I’d love to hear more about that sometime.

    As for running out of blogging topics, yes, I find myself rootling around for ideas sometimes too. Maybe we need a pact. When you’re struggling to find something to say, let me know, and I’ll say, “Blog about iguana drool!” and you’ll say, “Of course! Why didn’t I think of that!? I’ll blog about how all the meanness in the world is as unsavoury as iguana drool,” and then you’ll tell me to blog about nuclear fusion. And I’ll cry. Haha! No I won’t. I’ll just have to find a way to make it work.

    Yikes. Long comment. Apologies. I’m still in post-challenge ecstasy mode. 🙂

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Kern, you so have me chuckling! Your are such a fabulous friend. I’m so delighted to have met you. By the way, I did put your email address in my contact book, so look out… I might just email you. Then what will you do? 😉

      Oh yes, I LOVE long responses so don’t apologize. Heck, having someone read and respond to me is so darn cool, I can’t believe it! I would be delighted to email/chat with you if you are interested. Maybe you can knock some sense into my brain.

      Congratulations to both of us for surviving. By the way, no more falling and whacking your head on the sidewalk… or at the very least wear a crash helmet. 😉 Thanks for being my whacky friend!

  3. Susan Scott says:

    Your Majesty! Many congratulations of finishing the A-Z, you did great and your posts were always a great pleasure and really had me laughing out loud on many occasions!

    I love Mark Twain’s quote – and Kern’s saying about being just you and no need to aspire to Erma Bombeck’s style of writing. Yours is perfect thank you.



    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      You and Kern are SO kind. What I find wonderful is that Kern follows you, and then found me. She has a definite diversity of interests… your delightful and intellectual writing… and then me… off the wall. I’m so glad that I could make you laugh periodically. One does have to have some laughter in life; as for me, if I didn’t have that laughter I’d fall into a deep, dark, dank hole.

      Anyway, something weird is going on with my computer now. I have just emailed our technical person to see if he can fix my computer. So if I disappear for a while, that is what is going on.

      Susan, thank you for being such a dear friend. I do so appreciate your kindness and your lovely comments! You ROCK!! 😉 Hugs, Gwynn

  4. Your posts are always a delight, and this one had me smiling and reminiscing. So glad you signed up and were here during April. Made participating a lot of fun for me.
    Great post once again. Thank you Gwynn, and big congrats to you.

  5. Gwynn Rogers says:

    Oh Silvia, you are SO kind! I do appreciate you enormously. Having a friend like you is great. I love reading your writing. You make me think and I treasure that in you.

    Now, after surviving the Challenge, I will be without a computer for five WHOLE days while our computer technician cleans out the junk on my computer. I’m going stark raving nuts … what will I do without my computer. After the challenge, I can’t believe I’m going this nuts. You would think I’d be screaming HOORAY… instead I’m yelling “NO WAY!!”

    Thanks for being you… you are a FABULOUS and supportive friend. Thank you! Now, I have to say “good-bye” to my computer… sniff, sniff. 😉

  6. Gwynn, you made it through and with flying colors. Congratulations.

    Don’t be so hard on yourself, don’t beat yourself up about it. Just be you, as Susan and Kern say. Use Erma Bombeck — and Nora Ephron is another great one — as exemplars and just relax into it. “Hell, you can even write upside down,” says Stephen King in his book, “On Writing.” For guidance in relaxing into it, I suggest Natalie Goldberg’s “Writing Down the Bones,” a little book. It may interest you, too, that she is a Zen Buddhist.

    Keep going. Readers love your writing and your humor.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Thanks Samantha for your kind words. Plus, I have read Natalie Goldberg’s books. I enjoyed them. I’m not a fan of Stephen King, so I don’t have to worry about writing upside down, but it would be an interesting challenge.

      It feels wonderful to have survived the A to Z Challenge. I imagine you are attempting to catch your breath too. I hope you will do the challenge again next year. It was fun reading your imaginative posts.

  7. I’d forgotten about Erma Bombeck until you mentioned her, but I do think she is funny. Why is a good question, you’ll never know if you don’t ask and it’s always interesting to learn new things. That’s one thing I really enjoy about traveling, learning new things about the word and history of places never mentioned in a school system sadly self centered on our own country.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Boy, I totally agree with you about traveling. I LOVE exploring other countries to learn about their culture and history. Driving in the UK was quite an experience too. I ended up with a stick-shift. Yes, I know how to drive a stick-shift… but NOT a left handed stick-shift. I’m not sure I ever found first gear! 😉

      I do try to find the humor in life. I think a good laugh is important. Plus, I do appreciate your kind comments. Thanks!

      • It would be tough enough just trying to stay on the other side of the road, let alone having to deal with a backward stick shift.

        • Gwynn Rogers says:

          The stick-shift direction was the same as on a right hand stick-shift… just left handed. My left-hand is uncoordinated! Actually, when you are driving from the opposite side of the car, driving the streets wasn’t that bad… EXCEPT for the shifting! 😉

  8. pat garcia says:

    Hi Gwynn,
    You have done an outstanding job in the A to Z and I am indeed very proud of you. You have a great sense of humour and often during the Challenge, I would laugh at something you’d written.
    Don’t stop writing. Keep up the great work that you have already started and I look forward to seeing you in the next challenge.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Oh Pat, you are such a kind and thoughtful friend. It is lovely to see your comments appear.

      You will laugh. I was without a computer for five days while mine was being cleaned out. I thought I was going to go stark-raving mad. But in the process, I took a notebook entitled “My Temporary Computer” and started writing some ideas for next year’s Challenge. I can’t believe it!!

      Then Thursday we leave for the other side of the state to visit my daughter and family so I’ll be away from my computer for another four days. We’ll be home Sunday afternoon.

      Again, thanks for your support, nudges, and kind comments. I’m slowly learning… I HOPE!! 😉

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