Just Life

Hope | May 2019.

Like Juliann, the “last Tuesday” snuck up on me, too. So I saved this month’s update for today. and purposefully decided on just Three Things so I could join up with Carole and friends, too. Happy Thursday!

First – this visual reminder of my word* in a place where I’ll see it every day … and especially as I journal about hope, gratitude (and life). I think it fits nicely with my word from 2015 (and the continued gift of a calendar with the little ones who prompted that choice).

Second – two of the “knitting magazines” (Laine and Pom Pom) I follow online have both come out with issues that actively celebrate inclusion in a way that seemed impossible back in January. I’ve followed Pom Pom for a while, but Laine wasn’t ever that appealing. until now. and I’ve never been inspired to even buy an issue of either. until now. I know change takes time, and magazine production does too, so I’m sure they had all of this in the works well before this year. tiny seeds. I need to remember to give them time to grow.

(that’s Laine on the left, linked from @bayronhandmade and Pom Pom on the right, linked from @nappyknitter)

Third – this story that I captured over the weekend … I love its action-oriented optimism 

…and the push to read Hope in the Dark (which fills the lower left square on my Summer Book Bingo card).

In summary, this month taught me we can find hope when we look for it … and we absolutely need to KEEP looking!

*My sweet friend Honoré has been gifting me these words for a decade (yes, Honoré – I’m sure you might be as surprised as I am to realize I now have TEN years of words living in my house. and my life. and I so very grateful that you’ve been part of every one of them. Thank you!)


  • Sarah

    That’s such great advice — very much along the lines of “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Another book for the to-be-read list!

  • Kat

    Thank you for the reminder that May was full of hope! Someday’s it did not feel very hopeful at all – so these visual reminders are just what I needed! XO

  • Bonny

    I hadn’t thought about hope in those terms; I very often look outside myself for reasons to hope. But reasons are rarely found there, so thank you for sharing this way to shift my thinking and find hope within.

  • Debbie

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on hope and the important reminder to actively look for it. It seems so easy to slip into despair and at those times we have to make ourselves seek out hope. Again, thank you for sharing!

  • Patty

    I like that idea…keep looking! And what wonderful reminders of all of your words and the journey you’ve traveled with them!