Apr 27, 2013

X is for that Xtra Mile !

Going the Xtra mile means going a little beyond what you are used to. Moving out of your comfort zone, challenging yourself to do more than you think you are capable of and doing it with a positive attitude. In my opinion, Excellence comes only when you are willing to go the extra mile. 

Going the extra mile helps not only in our work but also in the way we lead our lives and in our attitude towards others.

The A to Z challenge has taught me a lot about going the Xtra mile.I knew I had a hectic schedule in April, I knew I would be travelling but inspite of that I threw myself headlong into the challenge. 
And yet, everyday I pushed myself to write, and I found that I wrote not because I had to but because I truly wanted to!

I think there is one person who gets all the credit for making this challenge the fun filled journey that it has been ! 

First, she motivated all of us to be a part of this challenge and then she went ahead and made a FB page for it so that none of us feel as if we are writing in isolation. Being a part of a group really helped. We all felt a sense of camaraderie and discovered a wonderful support system. The FB page became our haven, we gathered there to brainstorm and share ideas, to laugh and encourage each other with gentle words or with a kick on the butt as required!

Bad internet connection or not she made sure the alphabet of the day thread was pinned early every morning so that we could link our posts to it. She even linked our posts herself when we were travelling or otherwise occupied. Then she quietly went a step ahead and shared and tweeted our posts so that they get a wider audience.

Not only that, in her own gentle manner, she has been pushing, prodding, cajoling each one of us into writing every day, motivating us when ill health or too much work make us falter.

This challenge would not have been the same without the cheer and sunshine she brought to it. And the best part is that no one asked her to do all this. She has been doing it because she wanted to, because she cared and because she is such a wonderful soul!

She in the true sense has been going the Xtra mile!

So on behalf of all the A2Zders I would like to raise a toast to Corinne Rodrigues.

Here is to you Corinne, Thank you for making this month so special for all of us !



27 comments:

  1. I echo your emotions on this one: This challenge would not have been the same had it not for Corinne :)

    *clink* *clink* and three cheers!

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  2. Blush.....Thanks, Ruchira. I'm so glad this turned out so well for all of us. Everyone of you pitched in to make it a great experience. The quality of posts from you and the others has been excellent. So grateful we're all connected. ♥

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  3. TRUE THAT !!
    Cheers Corinne. I truly love U !

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  4. Nice... Buttered everyone in the post eh !!!! XCellently done eh... ! :P :P :P

    Jokes apart... yes... when we push ourselves that extra bit... we discover a new self !

    That always happens when we go trekking to me... ! This is the first time I took a blogging challenge and actually finish it ! :D without letting it go in the middle... and yes Corinne deserves maximum credit for it :D

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  5. Raising my cup of coffee from right here. You rock Corinne :)

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  6. Xcellent post!! *gets up and applauds*
    Very well said!! We are truly indebted to her for all she did!

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  7. Corinne is a Rockstar! Cheers from this side too!! :)

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  8. How wonderful! Corinne has that gentle, simple way of nudging you and keeping you motivated. Nice to know how your experience went, and you did pen some lovely posts, Ruchira!

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  9. Corinne, you are truly a star - a true example of going the xtra mile.

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  10. Cheers to all A-Zeders and esp to Corinne! :)

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  11. VEry well said ruchira - you just have worded it for all of us. Corinne- you rock

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  12. Awwwwwww such a cute post and yess Corinne deserves all this and much more!!

    HUGS Corinne <3

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  13. Corinne is definitely the superstar and deserves so much of love and appreciation from all of us. Beautiful post Ruchira.

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  14. You have travelled that extra mile and I feel your will power has won the game you started.
    Mrinal

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  15. And I missed doing this. :(
    Well done with your posts.

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  16. Corinne has driven me through this challenge more than once. Thank you, Corinne, for everything you've done. Your tweets, comments and for egging us onward.
    And Ruchira, thank you for such a thoughtful post.

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  17. Yay to that. I echo your thoughts expressed here. :)

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  18. As I said on another thread today Corinne, you are SUCH a sweetheart. What a friend you are, even to those you aren't close to you. You have an innate knack to make people feel special. What I love most about you is your plain speak. You'd tell someone not to be silly if you felt they were being silly. With this trait alone you have won my trust.

    Bless you dear Corinne!

    Thank you for this wonderful post Ruchira. Hugs to you...

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  19. I echo your sentiments Ruchira !I survived the challege because of Corinne for sure.Travelling,exams,work,no maids...in spite of all, I did survive and boy,am I glad ?!

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  20. Corrine is indeed such a sweetheart :) And this post echoes all our feelings too . Hugs to you Ruchira :)

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  21. So true that! N u did a fab job of acknowledging it..

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  22. Finally someone said it and beautifully at that. So nice of you, Ruchira :)

    To Corinne - happier times and new discussions!

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  23. Yeah, if we really want to, nothing can stop us. I loved reading you, in fact, yours is the only blog I read from A to X :)

    Lovely endeavor by Corinne. :)

    Cheers!

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  24. Cheers to Corinne and her awesome attitude towards life :)

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  25. Totally. We all went the extra mile because we were in it together... but even more so, because of our leader!

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