Earlier in the year, I chose my WORD:  BALANCE. 

How am I doing so far?  Well, I get up every day and go through my routines.  Nothing much has changed there, but I do try to get out and about more often.

Staying holed up inside was one of the ANTI-BALANCE things I did…

Reading and blogging are my two favorite things, but I can do them elsewhere…right?  The other day I took my book to The Elephant Bar, where I had lunch and continued reading A Man Called Ove.  Okay, maybe I should have made more of an effort to socialize.  But that will come.






I am trying to pick a more eclectic group of books this year, and I am steadily working on my Reading the Books I Buy Challenge.

So far I have read and reviewed NINE books from those stacks.  Last year, I definitely didn’t do that well in the first month.  I don’t have those numbers at my fingertips, but judging from how many 2014 and 2015 unread books I had, I can safely say…NO.

Does this mean I am achieving some kind of balance?  Maybe not, but it’s all about PROGRESS RATHER THAN PERFECTION.

I need to start walking more…and socializing more, and I don’t mean online, although that is my favorite kind.  I am an introvert, although I have my social moments.

Do you ever take those silly FB tests?  Here’s mine today, and it doesn’t prove anything at all…but I like the sound of it…LOL



Could I really be more well-balanced than I thought?  LOL


Despite the so-called “evidence” above, I know that I have a way to go in this journey.  Have you chosen a word?  What does your progress look like?



  1. I’ve been reading Claire Cook’s SHINE ON this month – a chapter or two each day. She has some great suggestions for shaking things up a bit and accomplishing things instead of putting them off. It’s a book I need to read, lol.
    I think you probably have more balance than you think but I totally get wanting to read and blog all day!


    1. Thanks, Mary, and you are probably right: reading and blogging are probably more balanced than my life was when in my stressful career for thirty years! At least I love what I’m doing, right? Claire Cook’s book sounds good.


  2. Your reading at lunch at The Elephant Bar brought back some memories for me. One of the places I worked was a factory. I was secretary in the maintenance portion and the only women. The men were mostly out but came back for lunch. I always hesitated to read a book by Anthony Trollope because I could just hear the snickers over the author’s name.

    Blue is a cool aura! From your blog, I think of you as organized and energetic. One would have to be energetic to rearrange your home and furnishings so often! I look enviously at your photos but I am too lazy to do anything. A “project” for me is choosing the books I hope to read for the coming month and placing them in a separate stack, lol.


    1. Whatever works, Dagny, and I know what you mean about not wanting others to see your book titles…I used to get away from the office to read, and that was better for me (and for my titles). I still enjoy doing that, even if it’s just getting out of the house. Reading on the Kindle is a good way to protect your books from prying eyes…ha!

      Thanks for your kind words about my organization and energy…Nowadays, though, I do tend to take a nap during the day, mainly so I can stay up late reading. LOL.

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    1. Thanks, Patty, and I did copy that recipe you sent me onto a piece of paper so I can add it to the grocery list. Baby steps. I don’t know what I’m afraid of; I used to cook in a slow cooker, as well as the oven, etc., back in the day.


  3. Oh yikes I saw your post and realised in the last week or so I had forgotten a little about my word so your post calls me back to it! Love how many books you have read from your buy pile. I have to say for me a little socialising goes a long way! But I always feel the better for it.


    1. Actually, a little socializing works best for me, too. I had a thirty-year career that required constant personal interaction, mostly with strangers, and while it was not the same as “socializing,” it took a lot out of me. I now revel in my quiet, interior activities…LOL. Thanks for stopping by, Kathryn, and I love your challenge of reading books I buy!


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