Planning, planning and more planning

I don't know about you, but I've fully fallen down the rabbit hole of planning. I have tried just about every planner I could get my hands on, but I think I've finally found a system that has brought me true planner peace! I've actually bought my third hobonichi cousin, which is a Japanese A5 planner. I use this primarily for work. I love the ability to use the pages for journaling, to do lists, notes about projects, etc. Then there are the monthly pages which allow for just enough room to write in, without feeling as though there is too much wasted space. And then even weekly pages that allow for timelines or to do lists as well. The semi blank pages, but overall structure is ideal for work situations. I can just flip to the right page and jot down a note or a meeting quickly on the dedicated space. It allows for quite a bit of customization! I think my favorite part of it is the paper. The tomoe river paper is so very thin, but very fountain pen friendly. The thin…

2018 Word of the Year

I don't subscribe much to New Years Resolutions. I'm a bigger fan of a word of the year, or a theme I pick for myself. I've done themes like being Furiously Happy or New Adventures. Those have always worked so much better for me.

This year I'm using the word Possibility. I've made so many changes in my life in the last two years that I sometimes get sucked into things without considering, or looking for, new possibilities. This year is all about keeping my eyes, and options, open. I've started doing some sample knits for designer friends of mine, I'm working on doing computer work from home and also intermittently still working as a contractor for a company I've been employed or contracted with for almost 7 years. I'm also keeping an eye out and an open mind regarding other avenues of income.

Last year I got a tattoo that a friend of mine drew for me. It's a line drawing of mountains with the word Fearless. It's not meant to advertise that I…

30 Day Challenge

Today is Day 11 of my 30 Day Challenge. And it's the first day that I have felt unmotivated. I read The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod a couple of weeks ago after hearing and seeing a lot of posts on Instagram and videos on YouTube about the life changing effects for so many people. I decided to give it a go myself. I started by looking up Hal Elrod and came across some of his talks on YouTube. I watched a couple of them, then picked up the book. I'm in a transition period right now in my life. I'm still working in Ohio through the week, even though I moved to Indiana after getting married at the beginning of the year. I'm at the point now where I'm researching alternate career paths so that I can find a job closer to home. I want to be able to spend more time with my husband and stepdaughters. I figured this is the best time to really concentrate on personal development. The better my mindset, the more open I am to opportunities, the better my chances are of findi…

Making Good Decisions

I have spent the last few years struggling with my health. I finally found out that most of my issues are because I have something called Hypermobility Syndrome. It means my collagen is faulty, which affects the entire rest of my body. Scientists and doctors are all still working on figuring out all of the details. I spent a lot of time sitting on my ass while feeling like crap. I also only ate food that was easily obtainable or that was cooked for me. I finally went to physical therapy at the end of 2016, which helped a ton. And I have tried really hard to be more active. Now that I'm moving around more, I decided that I need to start paying more attention to what I'm eating.

I've done so much research into different diets and meal plans, etc. What I have figured out is that my GI symptoms seem to be exacerbated heavily by eating meat. So for the last few weeks I've been trying to be more conscious of my diet. And by diet, I simply mean the food I'm eating. I deci…

New Directions

I haven't written anything on this blog for years.

I think my biggest problem is that when I started writing this I set up guidelines. I had to write about knitting. It was supposed to be all about my needlecrafts. Unfortunately as soon as I'm told "NO!" I shut down or choose to do the exact opposite. So I didn't write anything because I had self imposed "NO!" when it came to writing about anything else. Seriously - it's such a bad habit that as a teenager my parents refused to tell me no. They would instead choose to remind me all choices have consequences. This was their way of saying no. Luckily it worked.

I still post things about knitting, I just tend to use Twitter and Instagram. I feel like opening up the topics of my blog allows me to be more creative and allows for the flexibility I want.

So I'm just going to write about whatever I want. That's the new direction.

Hopefully now that I've given myself permission, I'll be more …

Not sleeping Equals Productivity

I should preface this whole post with the following information: I have not slept more than 2 hours at a time in over 7 days. Read at your own risk.

Ok, now that the PSA is over I must tell you exciting news! The crocheted Blanket of Neverending Doom is finally for real FINISHED! It only took me somewhere in the neighborhood of 8-9 years but it's really done. It's currently in the dryer though so no pics as proof yet. Tomorrow it will be gracing my bed.

I also made a set a of 4 coasters today.

And I made an amigurumi.

And I frogged a project. And I knit on another project. Oh and I frogged another one and started it over. Why so productive? Because I can't sleep and can barely function courtesy of allergies and asthma that plague me this time of year. I'm under the care of an amazing specialist who has me properly medicated. Even better, he has been treating me for close to 11 years now and knows how to properly threaten me in order to get me to actually take the presc…

Appreciating the Little Ones

I am normally a busy person. I do best under pressure. Lately I have spent less time worrying about my household chores (my house is still cleaned, but looks a little more...lived in) and more time playing with the kids around me.

My nephew is 15 months old and recently began walking and talking up a storm. He's a complete terror and I absolutely adore him. I am lucky enough to only live a mile away from him but until recently didn't make as much of an effort as I should have to go and see him. I had work to do. Laundry that needed folded. Floors that needed swept. The last couple of weeks I have gone to see my nephew every couple of days. The laundry piled up a little. I'm pretty sure all three bathrooms need a serious scouring and I probably need to run the dishwasher. But the world didn't end.

So today when I had the option of going home or playing in a sandbox with a delightful 4 year old, I picked the sandbox. I got to shovel sand into a dump truck and make vroom …