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Monday, October 13, 2014

In my last blog, I wrote about how I wanted to make the time for some kind of creative outlet. So far so good!

I've signed up for another crochet class at the rec, and I'm in the process of finishing a cowl I started in March. I've done a little almost every day, and on the days I haven't done crochet, I have found other things to do, or at least look into. And it feels great.

I still need to get more consistent with the eating, and the working out, and I'm making progress there, but this has been a treat for my soul.

So if you get a chance, find something fun you like to do. Do it just for you!

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MONTREALESTMOI 10/17/2014 10:15PM

    I'm getting back into my writing. I have so many stories in my head!

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/14/2014 12:50PM

    That's great!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/14/2014 7:40AM

    My feelings exactly!

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SUNSHINE5268 10/13/2014 11:43PM

    aaaawww what a wonderful heart felt post, hugssssssss

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MCJOYFUL 10/13/2014 10:30AM

    I am so glad you found something that you enjoy!

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A tangled web

Monday, October 06, 2014

My quest for the month of October is to re-locate my creativity. So far, so good!

Yesterday, I went to a cooking class, which was quite inspiring.

Today, I replaced my lost crochet hook, and selected some yarn just to practice with. I sat down, got comfy, and got geared up to practice some crochet stitches. But for some reason, I have a heck of time starting a skein of yarn. I know you're supposed to start from the inside, but today, like many times before, I pulled out a tangled mess! I spent over 20 minutes untangling it, but eventually I got it.

The good news is, I DID untangle it, and I actually enjoyed it. It was almost like meditation, focusing on the yarn, and unraveling it. And I WILL stitch 3 rows before I go to bed. Yay!


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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/8/2014 12:35PM

    Great plan. I should dig out my crochet hooks. If I keep my hands busy they're less likely to reach for food.

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UNSWEETMAMA 10/6/2014 12:42PM

    I agree, some tasks are just like meditating. It's nice to get lost in the focus of doing something.

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MCJOYFUL 10/6/2014 11:57AM

    I like your quest!

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    You're inspiring me! I can sew my butt off, and have said I needed to start (and finish) some projects. You took the first steps. I really need to do the same. Good luck on your project!

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MOONGLOWSNANA 10/6/2014 12:12AM

  I was untangling thread that my bobbin messed up! I made about 20 pink ribbons on my embroidery machine until the bobbin ran out and the tangles took over when I tried to wind a new one. At least I was able to finish some before the foul up. Sometimes creativity can be so trying! Misery loves company!

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Friday, October 03, 2014

I'm hooked again!

Last night was the start of a crochet class at the rec. I've taken this class before, probably six months ago, and the teacher is fantastic and the atmosphere is relaxed. I loved it! I wish the class was year-round, but it's not.

So how is it that I have not picked up a crochet hook since June?

I realized last night that I need to make the time to do something fun every day. I'm not talking about joining the circus, although sometimes that's what life feels like around here. The last few months I've gotten bogged down in the Stuff of Life - kids, older parents, part-time job, house remodel, etc. And I've put fun and creativity at the bottom of the list.

I guess my workouts count as fun. I love to swim and I enjoy walking. The strength training, not so much, but I do it because I know it's good for me.

For October, my goal is to add creativity to the mix, every day, even if it's just 15 minutes. That would certainly help me finish that cowl I started in March! But I also think it would refresh my mental energy and just give me a boost overall. I hope I can report back on my creative accomplishments.

What is your creative outlet? What do you like to do for fun?

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/5/2014 11:18PM

    I'm still trying to figure out my creative outlet - I think that's an awesome goal for October!

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SUNSHINE5268 10/5/2014 6:52AM

    you write so beautifully, ty for sharing your wonderful post emoticon

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MELYROD18 10/3/2014 1:39PM

    emoticon Keep up the good work. I love ZUMBA! emoticon emoticon

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Goodbye Summer?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Some people have a poor sense of direction. I have a poor sense of time. Where did Summer go?

There's a pumpkin patch cropping up at a nearby empty lot; a magazine I received in the mail yesterday had the phrase "autumn beauty" plastered on the front; there are Christmas decorations at Costco. I feel confused, like Rip Van Winkle, because in the San Francisco Bay Area, September is probably our most "summery" weather. I don't want summer to end!

Looking back on my old blog posts, I see that I've felt this way before. I love the feel of summer, from the lack of schedules for my kids, to shorts and flip flops every day. I worry that Fall, and the cold weather, will bring on comfort foods and a lazy attitude. And weight gain.

This summer has flown by because we are working on our house, racing against time to get a roof back on before it rains. Another reason to beg summer to stay! No matter how I try, I can't stop Fall, or Winter from coming.

But Fall doesn't have to mean throwing weight loss out the door. The weather doesn't really turn nasty around here, so I can still swim and walk or go to the gym if I choose. I can still choose to eat healthy foods. I can make healthy choices year-round.

What is your favorite thing about Fall?

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UNSWEETMAMA 9/20/2014 6:55PM

    In Southern California, September can bring the worst of the heat. Yesterday and today have been very pleasant. I don't care for the shorter days (darkness makes me tired), but it's nice to be able to open the windows and let in the fresh air again.

You have a good frame of mind going into this season change, I think.
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GAYLLYNNE 9/20/2014 8:23AM

    I also wrote about how summer just flew by. It is my favorite season and I will miss it a lot. Last year the winter here in NY was so cold, I am just not looking forward to that again. I want summer to stay a little longer too!!!!

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MONTREALESTMOI 9/20/2014 12:28AM

    My favorite thing about fall is it ushers in the perfect jogging weather!

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RORYLYONS 9/20/2014 12:10AM

    Still a sizzler here in my area and the heat stays till October. I grew up in the Boston area.. I loved the turning of the leaves such gorgeous colors. I do miss that part. Thank you for sharing and reminding me it's time to get a new roof as well.

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SUNSHINE99999 9/19/2014 11:45PM

  still summer as it is suppose to hit 90 here this weekend. Enjoy yours!

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A kick in the pants

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Yesterday, I started lifting myself out of my foggy funk. Today, I read this great article which helped me keep rolling. If you need a boost, check it out.

Have a great weekend!

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SUNSHINE5268 9/1/2014 11:06PM

    you are so great and thank you for sharing the article, hugsssssssssssss

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    Hope you are feeling better! have a great weekend emoticon

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4KWALK 8/24/2014 7:19PM

    Thank you for sharing this great article.

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_RAMONA 8/24/2014 9:36AM

    GREAT article!

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    This is helpful - thanks

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