Good morning, Blog World!  It has been too long since I wrote about my One Word, which, for this year, is HOPE.  (Today I’m linking up to Bookishly Boisterous, for my Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts).

I am still striving for balance (last year’s word), and hoping to achieve some of my goals for this year.  I’m reading from the Books I Buy, in a challenge, and have read and reviewed 23 so far.

My purchases keep adding to my shelves, with 20 books bought in January; 13 in February; and 4 in March…so far.

But…I think I’ve got this!  See, optimism, second cousin to HOPE.


Let’s take a look at how it’s going in the other parts of my life:

My daughter is celebrating her marriage on April 1, at a nearby beach community (two hours away).  I have some things on my list, and so far, so good.  I found TWO possible dresses, and decided that one of them (the one my daughter likes best) would be for the wedding, and the other would be fun to wear for the reception (the next day).

Yesterday’s task:  Shoes.  I was hopeful, and went to a couple of shops in the nearby mall, and left very disappointed.  Then I recalled a DSW store even closer to me, and while I wasn’t all that hopeful…I was pleasantly surprised.  Not only was there a great selection, but the shop assistant was very helpful.  Something I didn’t find in the upscale stores I had tried first.

I found the shoes!  Now I just have to manage to stay comfortable enough all day.  Hmm.  You know how they seem comfy in the shop, and then, after a few hours of wearing them, your feet are screaming?  I hope that is not the case, or I’ll be walking around barefoot.


Nails!  I found a nail salon two miles away with great reviews.  I knew I didn’t want to go all the way over to my daughter’s salon, as I’ll be having them done the day before.

Did I forget anything?  Oh, yeah, hair.  Well…my daughter did the color last week…and she could actually style it before the wedding, but I suspect she’ll be a little busy.  I’ve got this!


Is HOPE guiding me in the rest of my life?  Am I trying to curtail my book buying compulsions…just a little bit, so I can finish the year with great numbers?  I’ve been bookmarking books I want to buy…and sitting on my hands to avoid that “click to buy” compulsion.  Sometimes it works.




Currently, I am reading It Happens All the Time, by Amy Hatvany, a NetGalley review book, a provocative and compelling novel about two friends whose lives are changed by a drunken kiss.




So, that’s it for today.  How are you doing with your One Word?  Does it follow you around, reminding you of what you vowed to do this year?


12 thoughts on “MY JOURNEY WITH HOPE…

    • Thanks, Patty, I am a list maker, as otherwise I wouldn’t get off the couch or move away from the computer.
      The One Word phenomenon is just another way to motivate me.

      You probably don’t need to “trick” yourself into accomplishing things.


  1. Sounds like the wedding plans are progressing well!

    The book-buying thing is difficult. I know it’s not for everyone but I did find it easier to go completely cold-turkey on the buying rather than trying to ‘cut-down’. Because I didn’t really cut-down – I could find a reason to justify every book I wanted.So I just stopped and, in doing so, found I could tune out a lot of the ‘noise’ generated by publishers. I’m doing it again this year and probably will next year as well – the aim is to get the TBR stack down under 200 *which still seems like a lot…). IF you have an e-reader, the best thing to do is get the free samples instead of clicking ‘buy’ – it’s amazing how many books I discard after reading the sample!

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    • Thanks, Kate, and that’s a good idea about the free samples. I do not do well downloading free books, however…I can’t think of more than a handful that I actually liked.

      At some point, I will have to stop buying…so many. See, I couldn’t do it!

      By participating in the Read the Books You Buy Challenge, I sort of manage to keep up a little. Or I am in denial. LOL.

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    • Oh, yes, those Amazon folks know how to entice us, too, with their ads popping up on our sidebars and reminders in our e-mail. I have one of those apps on my phone, too.

      Thanks for hosting and for stopping by, Christine.


  2. Wow! Your daughters up and coming wedding sounds terrific and that you’ve been getting prepared sounds great too. I see Hope is working for you by not giving up on finding your shoes. Some weddings, by half way into the reception, I’ve seen girls wearing fancy flip-flops for comfort. Have fun!

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    • Thanks for visiting, Pat, and once I start on a mission, no matter what it is, I am stubbornly persistent. LOL.

      The last wedding I attended, I remember taking my shoes off after dancing for a bit. I knew I wouldn’t wear those shoes for this wedding!


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