When this month began, I told you I’d be blogging every day through December with the lovely NaBloPoMo theme of ‘More/Less‘. I started off well and continued using the prompts from the Write Tribe Festival of Words – 2.



“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen” said Ralph Waldo Emerson and Paulo Coehlo went on to paraphrase that in his now famous book, The Alchemist, when he said: “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” I’m a firm believer in this.


When I finished with my post for the 14th and started writing out the other posts, the hard disk of my almost new laptop went kaput! The fact that Dell replaced it rather promptly is another story. I realized that my attempts to catch up on the challenge would be quite meaningless. Β Which makes me wonder how badly I wanted to blog everyday? πŸ™‚

Can I also confess that I so enjoyed my time offline that I wondered why I didn’t do it more often?

I’ve decided instead to catch up on reading the posts from the Festival that I missed and focus on responding to all your lovely comments on my posts from 1st – 14th December. Β Also, I’ll spend this time focusing on all that I would like to do and be in the year that is almost upon us.

I’m still not sure whether I can retrieve all the data I’ve lost – I’m hoping, but am also very philosophical about it. If it is meant to be of use – I’ll get it back.

The Universe conspired against my plans – or so it seemed. But really, it whispered loudly and I decided to listen.

My top three takeaways from what happened: 1. Don’t undertake monthly blogging challenges again. 2. Backup, backup, backup. 3. Spend more time offline.

How do you respond when your plans go awry?