Monday, April 16, 2012

Not. Giving. Up.

Throughout the challenge I have noticed that my blog has been moving up the sign-up list; I started off somewhere around number 1176 (I’m not entirely positive of the exact number) and when I checked the list this afternoon I was at number 1072. So in 16 days I have moved up roughly 100 places. I assume this is due to other bloggers removing themselves from the challenge, or being removed due to non-participation.

When I first signed up I half-way expected that I would find myself removed at some point. I’ve never lasted with any structured writing program for more than a week or so. I mean to, I have good intentions, but somehow I just don’t. I signed up for the challenge in part due to getting nervous about my 30th birthday, and in part to see if I could do it.

Today’s post has been one of the hardest ones for me. I just started drawing a blank on the letter N. I was frantically googling “words that begin with n” last night in an effort to find inspiration for today’s post. On top of that, I knew that today would be really busy at work, and I have committed to a few things this week that will be keeping me pretty busy for a few hours after work today. I started to panic about my N post.

Needless to say, the thought of just skipping N crossed my mind. I began to reason that I was justifiably busy, and that I could jump right back in tomorrow with O. Maybe no one would even notice. Then I realized that M was the half-way point. I’ve already made it half-way, and it has been FUN! N has been the first letter to cause me resort to midnight googling. So I decided that I wouldn’t make it half-way only to lose to N. I decided that I would NOT be giving up.

I realized that deciding I was NOT. Giving. Up. was all well and good, but I still needed an N post. Then I realized I had it. (So I was a little slow on the up-take last night; I will plead that it was after midnight and had been a very busy weekend.) Not. Giving. Up.

So there we have it, some things are just worth not giving up on. Sure, they take time, effort, and energy, but that’s just a part of life. And things get better, they really do. I have ideas for quite a few of the letters coming up, and I will come up with something for the ones I don’t have ideas for yet. I will not give up to a single letter of the alphabet. I am Not. Giving. Up. As Winston Churchill once said, “Never, never, never, never give up.”


  1. I agree with you and have a lot of respect for Churchill too. Dark, dark days and he refused to give up; inspiration to all.

  2. Good for you. Never nope nada not giving up.

  3. I like the way you used the letter N at a point when others have given up. Even though I chose not to participate right at the last minute, I think the A-Z challenge establishes discipline. Nobody's making you do it, but you do it because you have committed to the challenge. Way to hang in there and never give up!

  4. Danielle, First I want to thank you for visiting my blog. It is so important not to give up on challenges in life. I think it's great that you are hanging in there. I look forward to following you.

  5. you mean I'm not the only one who googles things that begin with blank letter?? haha. keep it up! you are halfway there. :) oh and i have not tried blue bell ice cream before. i will have to see if they carry it in my local stores. thanks! nice to meet you too. :)

  6. Good job sticking with it!

    I've found this challenge to be harder and more time-consuming than I expected, so letting it go could certainly occur to me. But, like you, I've had fun doing it, and we're now past the half-way point, so I might as well stick with it.

    Besides, there are some interesting letters coming up.

    - Random


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