Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Discipline in Blogging for #AtoZChallenge!

 For the alphabet D, Samantha Redstreake Geary from D's Company (I was tempted to make this D for Damyanti, but asked Samantha instead, who I clearly see is no better at Discipline than me!) offers her tongue-in-cheek take.

discipline-i-know-its-in-there-somewhere.jpgToday, I’m dishing out a big helping of “D” with a side of irony, considering I rarely choose Discipline at the all-you-can-do buffet. Let’s be honest. Discipline is the kale on the salad bar of life. You know it’s good for you, but you’ve only so much room and so little time, and that treasure trove of desserts is whispering sweet nothings like there’s no tomorrow. And then, when tomorrow rears its ugly head at the crack of dawn, you’ll look back on those empty calorie hours with a pounding regret hangover and think to yourself, I should’ve had the kale.la-ss-decadent-desserts-20131113-dto.jpg

Rinse and repeat.meet-kale.jpg

What IF, one day, while grazing in the pasture of possibility, you decided to give the questionable green leaves a shot. This time, you ignore the sugar-laden distractions, seize the salad tongs, and load up on vitamin-infused productivity. When tomorrow comes, self-reproach is replaced with satisfaction. And before too long, you’ll feel so fulfilled you won’t give that syrupy stack of procrastination a second glance because kale is where it’s at.

Kale = Discipline

Eat your kale EVERY DAY, and you’ll be well on your way to achieving your aspirations and one step closer to becoming an organic, shade grown, fair trade, bird sanctuary badass!

Which is to say, now that you're in the A to Z Challenge, stick with your blogging discipline, even though on some days it feels like chewing on steamed Kale!

On a more serious note, D is for Determination, Drive and Daring. You'll need all of it while you dish out posts on the remaining 22 days of April!


Deepti Agarwal said...

"..Discipline is the kale on the salad bar of life." lovely (Y)


A Reading Writer said...
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A Reading Writer said...

Here is Diamante for D: https://areadingwritr.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/delved-a-diamante/.

So love this post especially that: "Discipline is the kale on the salad bar of life." line!

kaykuala said...

D for Discipline yes, why not!



Aditya said...

Very true.
My take from D : http://facetsofadishortstories.blogspot.in/2016/04/d-for-deepawali-or-diwali.html

Ida Thought said...

Discipline at the 'all you can do buffet'...unlikely. I'm sure I still have 30 tabs open for yesterday's post. Lucky for me I love kale, silverbeet anything green really. Does that make me a greenie? Thanks D... I will try and be more determined to discipline myself and get D out on time.
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Pat Garcia said...

Thank you so much. I really needed to read this post today. It's all about preserving and eating that kale even when it tastes bad. After swallowing, the taste improves and you feel good.
Great post.

Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

Shivani Maurya said...

Positive Vibes✌


Vidya Sury said...

I am a good girl, I am! I have never eaten (or seen) Kale but I eat my spinach which is the same thing. I also survive big on Coffee. I am very very very disciplined with coffee!

Carol Campbell said...

A wonderful post!! I was determined and here's the product!


Heather M. Gardner said...

Ha! This was very funny and SO true!


Justlittlecajunme said...

I absolutely need a large dose of discipline to blog. Good post!

Unknown said...

I am rather confused as to where to connect up with this challenge ... I do put up the badge and hope someone finds me ... in the meantime ... this is my entry for "d" - https://bastetandsekhmet.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/a-to-z-challenge-the-letter-d-april-5-2016 - Bastet

Molly said...

While it is only the 5th day of the challenge, I've already learned so much about discipline in writing... and using empty hours wisely. For example, rather than just watching television at night, I visit blogs, make comments, research future posts. I feel more productive and the next morning - I'm glad I had the kale :) Great challenge - and wonderful post!

Molly @MyCozyBookNook
My Cozy Book Nook
Revising Life after 50

kjmckendry said...

Great post! And kale isn't really all that bad! :)

Girl Who Reads said...

Learned something new today. If you start your post with D it can't be sent to Twitter. (It sees it as a direct message and since I don't follow myself it can't be sent!). It does take discipline to blog everyday, and having others to help with the task is a great plus. I love my team at Girl Who Reads

Anonymous said...

This lesson might be more useful to me if I didn't know you can hide kale in smoothies with bananas and strawberries and be none the wiser. =PPPPPP LOL

~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
Story Dam
Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

Debra Renée Byrd said...

You can also blend kale up in a smoothie, so the taste is masked (lol).

Kala Ravi said...

Hahaha! Kale I eat not, I stick to my greens and legumes and the occasional fries or two! Discipline sure is tough, especially in blogging ;)
@KalaRavi16 from

Michelle Wallace said...

Great post!
I loved the part that says: "...and one step closer to becoming an organic, shade grown, fair trade, bird sanctuary badass!" LOL
Writer In Transit

AJ Lauer said...

I really love kale. But I have to be a little careful with it b/c if it isn't cooked all the way through it gives me a stomach ache. Great analogy though :)

Author AJ Lauer
An A-Z Cohost

Ella said...

I love kale chips and kale with fresh herbs added to a salad~ Yes, a great D word and one I needed to hear. Yes, I put down the chocolate Cadbury eggs...lol.

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Anonymous said...

Love a bit of Kale..!
To continue the analogy, it's really nice cooked in a variety of ways! I love stripping the leaves off, tearing them up and putting them on a baking tray with salt and pepper! Hot oven = Kale crisps!
Good to keep mixing it up!


Anonymous said...

I'm confused too! I got in on it too late to sign up and don't know how to link in..!

Unknown said...

I like Portuguese Kale Soup with lots of onions, white beans, and chicken stock. Yum.

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Monika said...

And D is for date cake :)


Anne Higa said...

Hilarious! Should have had the Kale. 22 more days to go. Cheers!

Unknown said...

Yes! I need more kale! (And discipline!)


Anonymous said...

excellent post! time to munch some kale

cleemckenzie said...

Kale seems to be the veggie of the year. I don't remember so many kale recipes or it being available just a year ago. I used to have to grow my own. Now it comes in neat plastic wraps. Progress?

The Joyous Living said...

Wow! Today I used the A to Z Challenge to tell my rape story for the first time on such a public platform. Liberating! Thank you A To Z.

Joy D is for Date Rape

Claire Annette said...

I definitely need discipline but I don't need kale.

Claire Annette said...

I definitely need discipline but I don't need kale.

Jo said...

Kale is good, but you can have too much of it. Same with discipline.


Amy Putkonen said...

I juiced my lunch today, which included KALE, apples, oranges, carrots and spinach. I sat down next to my husband eating his yummy smelling soup. Yes, his soup smelled better than my green juice but I said to him, "Mine doesn't smell as good, but it gives me lots of energy!" Yes, I probably didn't need to say that, but the immature jealous part of me just had to.

Scarlett Braden said...

LOVE this post! Thank you!
@ScarlettBraden from
Frankly Scarlett

Unknown said...

I can see Sam has got a convo going about Kale!
Damyanti, AZ cohost 2016

Jeremy [Retro] said...

I so wish I had some, then to be Organized.. Very Nice Post... but you know that, that's why you posted it! Right!

Welcome in the letter "D"... thank you!
Jeremy [Retro]
AtoZ Challenge Co-Host [2016]

Stop over and find a free "SIX STRINGS: BLOGGING AtoZ CHALLENGE" Here: http://www.jmhdigital.com/

You know you want to know if me or Hollywood... is Nuts?

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Discipline is so easy to say but hard to master. Forward, march!

Blog: QueendSheena
2016 A to Z Participant
Joy Brigade Minion

Penelope Potty Snooper said...

I hate Kale and am not ashamed to say so. But I agree with your D advice.
> BellyBytes from
Mumbai On A High

MckTchr said...

I buy Kale at least twice a month...and feed it to my lizard. Ew. No thank you. I will continue to leave the kale for Drazil. She likes it.

Floridamom said...

So true. It's late on the U.S. east coast and I almost didn't finish today's post. Fortunately with some Discipline and Determination (and the fact that I had part of it done) I finally published it. And I wrote tomorrow's post already so I can relax a bit.

I don't like kale though. I get plenty of other leafy greens so I feel fine about skipping the kale. You can have my serving at the salad bar. :D


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Nancy Hill said...

My husband makes me eat kale. He hides disguised parsnips in my food. I do discipline very well by myself, but I am a digital sort and he is more analog so he doesn't see everything thing I do. But I am serious about Digital Legacy. http://womenslegacyproject.com/a-legacy-tools-3/

Miss Andi said...

Lol great take on discipline Sam! Well done!

Anna-Alina said...

I even never tried them!I haven't it in my town!
I'm on the letter C yet;)


Unknown said...

Who knew Kale was such an intriguing conversation piece? hehe

The AtoZ of EOS

Unknown said...

I live in the Kale capitol of the US, where the tree-hugging mountain hippies put it in everything. Except coffee. Coffee is sacred.

The AtoZ of EOS

Unknown said...

You and me both, sista! I don't mess around when it comes to coffee, haha

The AtoZ of EOS

Unknown said...

Poor Damyanti, she has to put up with my cheekiness for the entire month of April:)

The AtoZ of EOS

Unknown said...

I'm pretty sure Asheville is to blame for the Kale craze. They even put it in ice cream. And beer.

The AtoZ of EOS

Unknown said...

Liberating and cathartic. Good for you, Joy!

The AtoZ of EOS

Unknown said...

I will save some kale for you. I'll leave it by the music.

The AtoZ of EOS

Pat R said...

No E today??

Janet said...

I've learned to like kale! Great post.

Kalpana said...

Love this! I'm anyway a bit of a health freak who loves things like kale. I'm thoroughly enjoying the dsicipline and drive the challenge has engendered in me.

J Lenni Dorner said...

Not sure what my kale is.