Book Review: Walking into a Hug

For Mother’s Day this year, my mom gave me a book that is just what I needed right now. It is called Walking into a Hug: 52 weeks to a Home That’s More Embracing by Janene Ustach.

It’s a workbook of sorts, and I really like it so far. I decided that I am going to try to do each week’s activity, but with a little bit of accountability from you. Obviously, I can’t post all the great things the author writes each week (or else, why would you need to buy the book?), but I will tell you what the main goal is and, more importantly, how I’m doing.

For this week, it is to Simply Smile. I can tell you right now, that with the stress I am under, this one will be harder than it seems. But I’m determined to try.

Update: I wasn’t successful in writing about all 52 weeks, but you can see the few I accomplished here: Project Walking into a Hug

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I think I may need to buy that book!

Good luck this week!


That sounds like a great book. I will try to simply smile more today. Thanks!


It sounds like a great book. I might just have to get it. Good luck.

Kristina P.

I need this today. I am moving offices, hopefully only temporarily, and it will be a big change. I’m trying to stay positive about it, but it makes me sad to leave the great current office environment.


Sounds wonderful! Keep us updated!


Loralee and the gang...

That sounds like a really great book! I will be reading the installments and decide if it will help me with my stresses and see if I need to buy it!

Annette Lyon

Scary how such a simple thing can be so hard!


Smile, though your heart is breaking… smile though no one EVER CALLS YOU BACK, and your KIDS ARE INSANE… 🙂
Really, why would you put red lipstick on if you weren’t going to smile. That’s why I’m more of a lip gloss gal.


I saw that book last time I was in the bookstore and thought it looked good, hope you enjoy the journey 🙂


Given the amount of pressure you’ll be under the next few weeks, I’m thinking the occasional ‘baring of the teeth’ could pass for a smile! So one way or the other, you’ve got chapter one in the bag!


I love those books. I’m going to have to buy this one.


I love those books. I’m going to have to buy this one.


Simply smile. OK-I can try that one. Will you keep posting the other steps.

I need to walk into a hug. (without closets that need organizing)


What a neat gift. I love the idea of it. I may have to get one myself.


can’t wait to hear how it all turns out. i have a feeling those little reminders are going to make a big difference.