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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

H is for HOPE

Hey there, hi there, ho there!  How are you doing? Yesterday you may have been GO GO GO with AJ, but a lot can change in a day.  I learned this the hard way.

We can be cruising along, all is fine, email is under control, we're getting our posts done, though at the last minute and under the wire and not without stress, but it's working.  We're even finding time to return comments!  Visit friends!

Then BAM.  Up against a wall.  Something in life derails us, and we feel hopeless, and like giving up.  It may be a sudden problem at work , it may be a crisis with a child, or it may be a health situation.

Now all looks bleak.  You can't do this anymore.  You're too far behind to catch up. You missed a post or two.  You didn't visit. Email is backed up.

Don't give up!  There's always HOPE.  There's always tomorrow.  Write the next letter.  Get it up there!  Look forward, not back.  Missing one or two isn't the end of the world nor will it cause you to "lose" The Challenge.

This whole crazy undertaking is about the journey, and as in life, we find pot-holes, construction, detours, we might even get lost.  We need to go around them, wait for it, follow the signs, and ask for directions.  Your co-hosts are here to help.

We HOPE you know that!  Now get out there and post!

~Tina, who is not going to be counting how many posts you wrote in April, but did you make it to the end?  I have HOPE in you.


  1. Thanks Tina, you're great at giving directions and inspiring hope when all seems lost! I've got huge catching up to do - just arrived back home in South Africa after a lonnng trip from the US.
    Garden of Eden Blog

  2. Hey Tina,

    How gracious I feel to have also blogged about HOPE:

  3. Thanks for the encouragement, Tina. I'm getting there. Need to get some more stuff done, so I don't start to panic.

  4. Just keep blogging, blogging, blogging! (and singing!!!!)

  5. It could happen to any one of us. Good post!

  6. Great post! I've been struggling this week, since it's spring break and kid's are home/we have lots going on. Just doing the best I can, and not worrying about the rest :)

    Finley Jayne

  7. hallelujah for hope and this inspiring, heartfelt and helpful post. There's always tomorrow, hip hip hooray. Reflex Reactions

  8. Great post! It's all about challenging ourselves and trying something new and different, learning and growing. It's not about getting down on ourselves or beating ourselves up! :)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption
    Minion, Capt. Alex's Ninja Minion Army
    The 2014 Blogging from A-Z Challenge

  9. I hope I make it to the end :)

  10. What a great choice of words for the letter H, Tina. I feel more optimistic simply in reading it. I only have a few more "ready to go" posts so now I need to write a bunch and get ahead again. It feels.... weird and yet just right. Thanks for all you do!

    Julie Jordan Scott
    The Bold Writer from A to Z

  11. Very uplifting post and one that might be needed as we get closer to the end and the constant posting has had time to wear on us. Or maybe that's just me. lol

  12. I'm glad this helped and inspired! Spread the goodwill - encourage others who may seem down! We're a community and can help hold each other up.
    It's very encouraging to me to receive your positive comments! Thanks to each and every one of you.
    Tina @ Life is Good
    A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014

  13. I needed to read this more than you know! lol I have been feeling pretty hopeless the last 24 hours, falling behind and things are looking bleak. But its not to late! I will fight till the end, gotta keep that chin up! Great post, thanks for sharing!

    ~Mr.McLovin at Fuel For The Furnace

  14. Wow. Yes, things happen that derail us. Good post! Nice to be reminded . Thanks!

  15. Yesterday I was derailed a bit, but thankfully am catching up today. =D

    ~Patricia Lynne~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, YA Author

  16. Hi Tina,
    Great Post,
    H is rushing heavily in this post.
    Good tips here, great HOPE there
    Nice one
    Keep writing
    Best regards
    C L Team

  17. I'm here:


  18. Thanks for this post. I know that I couldn't do it if I didn't write my posts in advance. That is how I keep up and then I spend all my time visiting other blogs.

  19. There's always Hope . . . great message!

  20. Wonderful encouragement. We must hold on to our hope. Maria from ""

  21. This is a good thing to remember. Hope is important in everything we do.

    LittleCely's Blog

  22. Everything is well planned, but as you say who can tell. But it will take a huge bionic monster squid with X Ray vision and sharp pointy things that chew legs off folk and the like to stop me. So I HOPE I dont meet one or even a small baby one. However if I suddenly stop before I reach Z I would suggest running about screaming a lot might be a good move.

    Rob Z Tobor

  23. I couldn't sign up for the challenge in time as the sign up was closed by the time I got around to it...But I have been playing tag these past few days to catch up with the alphabet even though not officially 'registered' for the challenge, I am doing it my way at my Photography blog...Here's HOPING that I make it to the end,,,Cheers!

  24. I will have to remember this post if things get overwhelming. So far so good, but life happens, right?
    Marlene at On Writing and Riding

  25. hope, health, and happiness - I wish it all for you. Happy A to Z and I'm Hanging in and Having fun

  26. I agree. If someone misses a day, just move on to the next letter. I don't think any of us would notice. I look at the day's letter when visiting blogs.

  27. Thank you so much! Had a few obstacles my way and just found out yesterday I lost my job. Soooo this post was very timely! I didn't give up and caught up on my posts! Love this challenge in so many ways.

  28. I admit I'm having a hard time keeping up reading all the blogs I follows PLUS new blogs!

  29. How interesting - I blogged on Hope too.

  30. Thank you for another inspiring post.

  31. Love this post. It certainly was a pick-me-up. I never thought I could write up something everyday but wow! I almost missed today but jumped back in at the last minute and reading this made all the difference.


  32. Thanks Tina for posting about "HOPE" , this is definitely something I need right now when I have to deal with overwhelming changes in my life. I just transferred into a new city, with a new job, new colleagues, new apartment, new friends --- everything is new! Adapting is a big challenge specially in a country where I always find myself lost in translation! I have been abandoning my hobbies like blogging. Not being able to do my hobbies makes me lose my "zen".

    I have been less active in blogging for the past 3 months but since I promised myself last year that I will do the A-Z April Challenge for 2014, here I am, back into creating entries in my page since April started and doing my best to manage despite being swamped with work! And here's me hoping to persevere until the end of the month and to be back into being active again in blogging even after finishing the challenge! :D

  33. Great minds think alike. My H word is also Hope. Hope is what keeps my spirits up and my hands on the keyboard.

  34. Great post and Hope is challenged by Q and especially the dreaded letter X:)

  35. Hoping to finish!
    Happy A-Z April!

  36. Hurrah! It's H-day!
    Hope everybody is hanging in there...

  37. Hi Tina .. exactly we've reached Happy day .. I'm enjoying it .. and will finish .. cheers and happy times ahead to you too . .Hils

  38. Hoorayz! I am glad there is still HOPE because I'm so far behind it's not even funny. I'll cross the finish line, but it might not be till mid-May, haha! Oh, well. It's all in good fun, right? :p Thanks for the encouragement, Tina!

    I'm participating in AtoZ, too. See you around!
    @TheWorld4Realz /


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