Words Of Hope

Authentic, vulnerable and encouraging blog posts by Hope Arcuri

Hometown Throwdown 

In my hometown, where I’ve lived in the same house on the same street for 22 years, I feel a deep sense of community. I cherish such strong friendsh...

Proving Myself

So much of my life has revolved around proving myself: I chose Duke because that proved I worked hard in school for years and years. I traveled all ov...

The Five-Year Plan

I’ve always had a plan. I make goals. I make smaller goals to meet that goal. I meet those goals. I achieve the goal. I create a new list. I repeat....

Fire

If there’s one emotion with which I most empathize, it’s disappointment. When people are disappointed, particularly people whom I love so deeply, ...

Disengagement

7:12pm Saturday night, walking to my dinner reservation at 7:15, restaurant is a fifteen-minute walk: Thoughts running through my head as I power-walk...

The Couple

If you’ve been paying close attention to the blog, I haven’t had a lot of deep posts lately. I’ve been in a rut, a writer’s block, a mental ha...

Fitness Fads

Last weekend, I did a fitness class with friends. We went to Barry’s Bootcamp, touted by fitness magazines as “the 1,000-calorie workout.” Clien...

On Being Strong

“You’re so much stronger than you think,” Mandy, a Pure Barre instructor, says, in the middle of every Pure Barre class. (Pure Barre is a 55-min...