First Book and One Word

Sheila over at Book Journey has hosted us book bloggers on the first of the year to share what we’ve chosen for our first book of the year AND invited us all to choose one word to be our focus for the year.  I’m so glad she continues to do this.


Yesterday, Gage took this pic of me and my first book, Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley.

IMG_E5146  I was excited to receive 7 books as gifts in December, but am the most excited about the lastest Kearsley. I hope to get an hour in today, but since Jason’s home from work I have a feeling more furniture shopping and cleaning may take up most of the day.  We’re hoping to sleep in our bedroom for the first time since May.


my-one-word-300x180I was planning to write a post last week about all of our house tragedies and silver linings.  I’ve shared updates on the blog, but I haven’t always gone into the nitty gritty feelings and stress of having to be home surfing half the year, having to get rid of lifelong possessions (yes, this means my books too), and moving back into a house with no flooring, molding, curtains, furniture. etc., not to mention the financial burden… Well, you can imagine, I think, how off kilter you might feel if it happened to you.  I feel like I’ve barely held on to my sanity some days.

So, my word for 2019 is one that has been rolling around in my head for a few weeks.  After a year of flying by the seat of my pants my focus for 2019 is PURPOSE.  I can take back a little of my life living with more purpose in how I spend my time, the choices I make for my health, in the things to which I say yes, and the new things we bring back into our home. Bring it on 2019 🙂

So what’s your first book of the year going to be? And do you have a word you’d like to focus on this year?

10 thoughts on “First Book and One Word

  1. Kay says:

    That is a great picture – good job, Gage! I keep meaning to read a book by Kearsley. Maybe this year. I think PURPOSE is a wonderful word. Here’s hoping that 2019 will be filled with all kinds of good things, good feelings, and that you’ll feel at home again in your home. Take care, Stacy, and we’re rooting for you as you settle back in.

  2. Diane D says:

    Happy New Year Stacy. I hope 2019 is a much more peaceful, stress-free year for your family. I loved Shape of Water.

  3. Michelle Miller says:

    Strangely enough, though owning several of her titles, and her books coming highly recommended, I have not read Kearsley yet. I need to remedy that. Hope you enjoy it…I’m sure you will.

    So sorry to hear about the trials with your house situation. You had to get rid of your books? I’m so sorry! I love your word. Purpose is a great choice.

    Happy New Year!

  4. Andi says:

    Oh gosh, I am sending you ALLLL the loving thoughts. I cannot imagine having to endure the house challenges. Here’s wishing you a much calmer new year.

  5. Literary Feline says:

    You have been through a lot these past months. I think Purpose is a great word. I hope you love Kreasley’s novel. I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

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