Wednesday Play: Blogging from A to Z & Wishcasting Fun

So I came up with another idea for a regular topic for a post. Again, I can’t promise anything; we all know my track record when it comes to things like, um, being consistent and disciplined.

But I do love my ideas, and as always, I can’t wait to implement them. So I’m thrilled to now introduce Wednesday Play!

My intention with this new Wednesday theme is to prompt myself to add some creative fun to my life at least once a week.

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge 2011

A to Z Blogging Challenge

Has this ever happened to you? You’re wandering around online, happily reading lots of blogs, both old favorites and new-to-you ones (because you simply can’t resist clicking through on all those lovely links). You see something that looks interesting, and without really thinking it through, you jump right in and sign up?

That’s what happened to me yesterday, when I came across the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge 2011 at Tossing It Out.

And after I added my name and URL to the little linky thing, I was wracked with self-doubt. And okay, a smidgen of guilt, too.

What on earth did I just do?? (I wailed this silently to myself. No, really. I did.)

Those of you who’ve known me for a while will know why these feelings came up. (And in case you’ve forgotten, the phrase “reading challenge” might ring a bell – as in, the year I signed up for a gazillion and one reading challenges and failed to complete a single one. Or even as close in time as last month, when I signed up for a three-week comment challenge right before three weeks of intensive deadlines took me away from this blog.)

This morning, though, I woke up and realized, not only am I going to fully participate in this challenge, but I’m going to have a creative blast doing it!

The challenge requires that you blog through the alphabet throughout the month of April, not counting Sundays. The choice of topics is up to you; you just have to theme each post according to the letter of the day.

So here’s my plan: I’m going to spend between now and April working on making up a batch of writing prompts and Inspiration Deck cards (if all goes well, I should be posting about my Inspiration Deck next Inspiration Monday). And in April, I will do something creative for each day’s post, based on a prompt, some inspiration cards and the letter of the day.

It’s going to be fun! And the best part of the challenge will be getting to know new-to-me bloggers and their blogs.

What about you? Have you joined the Blogging from A to Z challenge?

Wishcasting Wednesday: What do I wish for my home?

I have been wanting to participate in Jamie Ridler’s Wishcasting Wednesdays for ages, and when I woke up today, it felt just right (not to mention, it’s such a good fit for Wednesday Play).

Jamie is a fabulous creativity coach from Toronto; she writes the most uplifting posts, and I’ve been a fan of her blog for a long time now. If you’ve never checked out her posts, you’re in for a treat: Jame Ridler Studios.

So here’s my very first Wishcasting collage. I had a blast making this. My seven year old happily cut and pasted right next to me, so it was quite magical. I paged through magazines, ripping out anything that called to me.

And what did I discover? I want to bring the outdoors in. And of course, I want to live by the beach, on the ocean.

Wishcasting Wednesday: What I wish for my home

So that’s my Wednesday Play. What playful ideas have you been toying around with this week?

15 thoughts on “Wednesday Play: Blogging from A to Z & Wishcasting Fun

  1. Julie Jordan Scott

    Oh, I love your wishcasting collage. Gorgeous!!

    And yes, I think I will take that challenge as I am trying to blog every day for this entire year… need all the challenges I can get!

    As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you also…. wish wish wish wish wish!!

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  2. Ella

    Belle,
    I love your wishcast collage; I love the outdoors in look~

    I’m excited you are going to be part of the challenge. I have been thinking about the posts, too. I love the Inspiration deck, I have been thinking about doing a health related one, but for myself, not for
    A-Z! Great idea…I love it~ I already have a running list and it may change, I tend to go by what is going on in my corner of the universe at the moment.

    I am glad you are going to part of it in April; I look forward to reading your posts~

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  3. Alex J. Cavanaugh

    Glad you joined the Challenge! It was a blast last year. I’m one of the co-hosts, so if you have any questions, just ask. We’re all posting tips from now until the Challenge begins. And it’s not as difficult as you imagine. (Although you should’ve seen the “Q” posts last year!)
    Glad you have you on board!

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  4. Marian Allen

    I’m glad you joined the A-to-Z challenge so I could meet you! I’m impressed with the people who are planning their posts. I’m too darned lazy, so I fear my posts may get, as the official term puts it, cockamamie.

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  5. michelle

    I love the sound of this challenge and have to give it some thought as I too sign up and am not able to follow through. Your collage is beautiful and may have to do this activity with my daughter this weekend. Good luck planning your posts.

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  6. Julie Musil

    That house collage is so cool! And what a great idea.

    The blogging challenge sounds like fun. It’ll be fun bouncing around to all the blogs checking out everyone’s entries!

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