A is for Aloha!



Aloha and welcome bloggers! I think this Hawaiian word is a fantastic place to begin the A to Z challenge.

The word ‘Aloha’ has such positive connotations: peace, compassion, love, respect for self and others.  What a wonderful way to greet someone and to say goodbye, with an appreciation of life.

Appreciation is a quality that I try to use in everyday life. I believe it is important to recognise and acknowledge those people who have helped and supported me on life’s journey. That includes family members, friends, mentors and teachers. My life is much richer for those who have travelled through it and continue to be part of it.

If it weren’t for people like Arlee, the creator of the A to Z blogging challenge and to Alex, the founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, I wouldn’t be blogging or writing with the same passion I do today. I wouldn’t have been introduced to the amazing writing community that I now feel part of.

Lots of positive A words to kick off this year's A to Z Challenge.


Aloha!

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  1. Aloha to you, Nicola! That's a nice word to start off the month.

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  2. Thanks, Cynthia. Have a great April!!

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  3. Aloha! great choice to start the challenge. So true about appreciating the people who smooth our pathways - blogging and otherwise.

    Best wishes,
    Nilanjana.
    Madly-in-Verse

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    1. Thank you. Aloha! Wishing you a fantastic April!

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  4. Aloha to you too! Such a beautiful word. The world might just be a better place, if we all judged less and appreciated more! Good luck!

    Seena from
    Thinking Aloud

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    1. I agree Seena. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

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  5. i appreciate your visiting my blog. gratitude! we often lack it. nice post

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    1. Thank you! Lovely to 'see' you here.

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  6. Aloha to you too! It's such a vibrant word and a positive start to the challenge.
    In one of the South African languages, the word for hello is... sawubona!
    Enjoy the A to Z month of madness!
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Thank you Michelle!! What a great word 'Sawubona'. Have a great weekend.

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  7. Indeed Aloha is a lovely word. It always conjures up happy holidays and a great time to me! Thank you for coming by my blog, Nicola! Happy weekend to you, too!

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    1. Thank you Vidya. I really enjoyed reading your post today. Thank you for sharing the positive energy.

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  8. That's awesome those two events have led you to more friendships. That's what it's all about!

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  9. Hi Nicola,

    Aloha right back at you. Maui was our favorite destination. Until we had kids.

    I’m exploring different types of dreams and their meanings during the #AtoZChallenge at Stephen Tremp’s Breakthrough Blogs

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    1. Looking forward to reading your 'dreams' posts! Thanks for popping over.

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  10. Glad I dropped by - I never knew the word hat such depth in meaning. I wonder if I can get away with using it on a day to day basis, even though London is a far cry from Hawaii.
    Fran
    @FranClarkAuthor
    Writing Women’s Fiction

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    1. I think we should use it everyday, Fran. Maybe we could start a trend and spread the happiness? Have a super weekend.

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  11. Aloha!
    So true, and such a beautiful tribute to two lovely people!

    Happy A to Z Day!

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    1. Thank you Yolanda! Wish you a lovely April filled with fun and laughter.

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  12. J here, stopping by from the #atozchallenge - where I am part of Arlee Bird's A to Z Ambassador Team.
    April is here and I'm excited about it. Best of luck to us both on meeting our goals of posting and hopping to other blogs.
    My blog has a giveaway. There's a bonus a to z challenge each day to encourage people to visit more stops.
    http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com

    Wonderful start to the challenge.
    Isn't Aloha also a spice, herb, or kind of salt? I remember learning something like that once, though it escapes me at the moment.

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    1. I've not read about other meanings but that's interesting. I'll look that up. Thank you for popping by to comment.

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  13. Aloha! What a great way to start off the Challenge! :)

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    1. Thank you Christine. Wish you a lovely weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Sandra! Aloha and wish you a lovely weekend.

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  15. Arlee & Alex work so perfect for your A post! We do have to thank those who support us. It's vital!

    Heather M. Gardner / @hmgardner
    Co-Host, Blogging from A to Z April Challenge
    The Waiting is the Hardest Part

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    1. I wouldn't be part of such a wonderful writing world if it weren't for the shared kindness out there! Kudos to Arlee and Alex. Have a lovely weekend Heather!

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  16. Aloha! I think that's a great word, too, and a great way to open the A-Z challenge.

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    1. Thanks Sherry. Have a lovely weekend and thanks for popping by.

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  17. You have lots of positive A words :). Aloha!

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  18. And it's such a mellifluous word. I love hearing it.

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    1. I've been saying it all day. Today has been a very good day and the sun even made an appearance. Have a lovely weekend.

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  19. Yes, A is amazing, adorable, admirable, astonishing. So many good A words. And Aloha! starts it all off with aplomb.

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    1. I love the word 'aplomb'! Thank you for visiting Deb. Lovely to 'see' you. Have a great weekend.

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  20. You're right! Aloha is a wonderful place to start this challenge. Thanks for the reminder that we have so much to be appreciative of as well.

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    1. Thank you, Charity. Have a lovely weekend.

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  21. This is a perfect word to start with and aloha to you too.
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  22. Aloha! And good luck in the challenge.

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    1. Aloha, Stuart. Thank you for stopping by.

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  23. Aloha to you, the publishers of my book are from Hawaii, I originate from the UK, good luck with your blog

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    1. Thank you Francis. Wishing you a lovely weekend.

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  24. Aloha and good luck with the challenge!

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  25. What a brilliant post! Aloha to you too, Nicola!

    And I quite agree, I'm very appreciative of all those who've supported my writing career thus far, including Arlee and Alex, as well as the awesome blogging community! :D

    Clare Dugmore from Clare Dugmore Writes.

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    1. Thank you, Clare. Lovely to see you! The support is fantastic!

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  26. Aloha and I hope you have fun with the challenge. I know I am:) Thanks for visiting and aloha!

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    1. Aloha! Thanks for popping by. Great to' see' you.

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  27. Bravo, Nicola! Wonderful post. I hope to be able to join this challenge and this group very soon. I agree, you are all a wonderful community of writers to belong to.

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    1. Thank you Victoria. Look forward to you joining us.

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  28. I didn't realize Arlee created the A to Z Challenge. I've always wondered! Aloha just reminds me of Hawaii...and vacation and water and beauty!

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    1. I'd love to visit Hawaii.....dreaming..... Have a great month, Stephanie.

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  29. Aloha! I particularly appreciate the concepts of peace and compassion being included in a greeting. The world would be a better place if we all began each interaction with a true and heartfelt "Aloha"!

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    1. Too true, Li. Thanks so much for popping by to visit. Greatly appreciated.

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    2. Too true. Thanks so much for popping by for a visit Li. Greatly appreciated.

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  30. So true a beautiful word that says so much.
    Happy A to Zing.
    I'm A to Zing from: Fill the Cracks and Moondustwriter's Blog

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    1. Thanks for popping over Leslie. I'll be across to visit you later. So put the coffee on :)

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  31. You got me at Aloha. I love Hawaii and the word.
    I do appreciate Alex and Arlee. They have created a great forum for all of us.
    Ann Bennett @annbennett12

    Too Much To Choose From
    Science Ladybug

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting Ann. It is super that so many of us have said how much we appreciate the guys. Have a lovely month.

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    1. Aloha, Sheena. Thanks so much for popping by. Sorry we'd run out of coffee. It's been very busy here. I am thrilled to have had so many visitors during day one. Aloha!

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  33. A perfect word. And an even more perfect attitude! Appreciation is crucial to happiness.

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    1. I agree, Elizabeth. We should never forget to appreciate others.

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  34. Appreciation and comradeship -- that is what we get from our blogging friends with this challenge. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my post!

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    1. Thank you, Roland. I love this community.

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  35. What a nice tribute to 2 great bloggers. It is so nice to have this in our blog world. Aloha

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    1. Aloha, Birgit. Great to 'see' you. Wishing you a lovely weekend.

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  36. I'm a bit behind with my visits, but you're off to a nice start, and thanks for visiting me at Roamin' Gnomials!

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  37. Yay for all the positive words, A and otherwise! :D Good luck on the challenge--I have to get going and scheduling some more so I don't get behind. That's my greatest fear when I do the challenge. lol

    Have a great rest of the weekend and an awesome week ahead!

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  38. Aloha to you too! Glad you've kept your blogging passion. And thank you for the mention.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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