Christmas is a funny time. We spend extended periods of time with people we may not see too often, we go out with colleagues we may otherwise barely even share a coffee with. We make time to see people we may not bother about so much for the rest of the year.Keep Reading
As the end of the year fast approaches, it is inevitable that we start to reflect on what we have achieved over the past 12 months and look towards the next arbitrary chunk of time.
I have a confession to make.
The past week,two weeks, more like month if I’m honest, I have been struggling big time.
My anxiety levels have been through the roof and frankly it’s been sucky. I’ve been worrying about my cat, my health, the health of loved ones, money, my future, if i’ve done something to offend that friend who never seems to have time for a coffee, christmas, New Years, getting old, having a car accident, breaking my wrist, accidnetlly burning my house down, getting burgled, losing my sanity, getting a job, not getting a job, being good enough, working hard enough, doing the right thing, being brave enough… basically EVERYTHING.
Never give up hope.
Such a simple statement. So easy to understand. So hard to implement when things seem hopeless!
I’ve been thinking about hope a lot this week and how important it is. The picture (above) of my latest crochet project should give you an indication of what sparked my imagination.
This is going to sound a bit weird, but the past few weeks I’ve been doing a quiet experiment in writing my life lessons with a much more freestyle approach.
That sounds slapdash but that’s not the intention. I care about and consider these posts a lot, but I want to care less about clever words and perfect grammatical structure (except for apostrophes – I’m one of ‘those’ people!).
Seeing as it’s Thanksgiving over in the US this week, I have been thinking a lot about, well… giving thanks. So it seemed only right to focus on it for this week’s life lessons.
I’m going to give you a heads up from the start that this post went a little off-piste from where I thought it was going to go. I could have subtitled it “How to survive in a room full of strangers”, but practicing scary shiz is all part of investing in yourself so I’m sticking with it!
Now we are well into November, and I’ve seen the Christmas Coca-Cola advert for the first time, it’s acceptable to openly discuss Christmas makes. I know you organised makers have been quietly working away since September but now we’re allowed to get it all out in the open!
I’m having a bit of a wobble this week.
Have you ever had those weeks where you wonder what you’re doing? Are you on the right path? Should you be doing something else? Should you be making more money? Should you be spending more time at home and less at work? Is all that stress worth it? Is there a better way you can’t see?
I am sat in Starbucks. I fucking hate Starbucks. Not just for the whole tax avoidance stuff, but for the horrific over priced snacks and the fact it takes 20mins for them to make a coffee. It’s literally all they do. And it takes forever. Read more “Some days are just a bit shit: A Year of Life Lessons – Week 36”
I truly believe you can always learn something from anyone. We all have different life experiences and perspectives to share and whether you agree with other people’s opinions or not is kind of irrelevant. Learning from someone is not the same as taking their advice.
A while back I saw a meme somewhere online which said something like: “I wish I hadn’t gone to that yoga class”… said no one ever.
When I’m feeling a bit lazy and want to stay at home crocheting instead of going to yoga I think about this meme and it gets me up and out the door almost every time. It’s a reminder of how worthwhile it is when you make the effort.
The word Networking used to make me shudder. Just the thought of having to make awkward conversations with strangers for what seemed like the sake of it. Because that’s what you’re meant to do to get on in the world right?
Wrong! In the past year I’ve slowly begun to change how I think about the word. I listen to a lot of business and entrepreneurial podcasts and these have helped me realise the value of networks. For a start, I no longer think it’s about schmoozing in a cynical way to see what you can get out of people.
I had it in mind to write today’s post about networks and community following my visit to Yarndale this weekend.
I’ve been trying to write it in my head and on the screen off and on al day but I just haven’t been able to crystallise what it is I am trying to say.
This is for you crochet and yarn lovers… for all those cute yarny accessories you never knew you needed but actually can’t live with out.
Make sure you pin this post or share it in your letter to Santa because there are some gorgeous handmade essentials here that you’re not going to want to leave on those digital shelves!