Yarn Reviews and Other News!!

Hey guys, Melanin here with some news.

I know I’ve been such a slacker with this blog and posting on social media. If you know me, you know that my life is so crazy and hectic and a complete mess that I don’t have much time for sharing. And as much as I love planning and all that, it’s really difficult to remain consistent when your kids are off-the-wall crazy (typical for a 9 and 2 year old), starting a new job that isn’t close to home, and trying to get some decent sleep at night (I usually get about 2-4 hours of sleep a night). I have recently invested in an app that allows me to schedule posts and plan content ahead of time, then it will remind you when its time to post. Hopefully, this app will keep me on track and more consistent for you guys. With all that being said, let’s get into some stuff!!!!

All of my life, I have been into the arts — I loved drawing, writing poetry, painting, singing, dancing, and I even had an interest in theater and acting. I was so into my inner voice and expressing myself when I was younger. I knew I had important things to say and wanted the world to hear it. As I grew up though, this changed drastically as I developed anxiety and depression and no longer wanted to share any part of me with the world. I became an introverted artist who used her creativity and inner voice to keep people from getting too close. As an adult, now, I have come to terms with my anxiety and depression and I am managing life a little easier now. (Sad story ends here, I promise). I now use my creative outlets as forms of therapy and it definitely helps.

Crocheting is, by far, one of my favorite creative releases. It allows me to create amazing things with my hands, some string, and a hook (I’m planning to learn how to knit before the end of this year). As a fiber artist, I have had the privilege of joining a community of makers that are so inspiring and dope. They push me to want to try new forms of art daily.

With crocheting, I have learned a lot about myself — the boundaries I am willing to push, rules I am willing to break, my dedication and commitment, my ingenuity, etc. I’ve also developed a {healthy} obsession for yarn; which has allowed me the chance to try different yarn fibers and weights. I’ve recently gone a little crazy with yarn purchases (I have so much yarn, I could open a store, lol) and thought I should use this opportunity to share my thoughts and feelings on a few. Starting tomorrow (April 5th, I will be posting a weekly yarn review featuring one of my favorite yarns — I have a lot of favorites. Although I am a bit biased, I will try to keep the reviews as impartial as possible. I want you guys to know all the facts behind the yarn so you can make informed decisions for yourselves.

Along with the yarn reviews, I’ve wanted to start a YouTube channel for awhile. I feel like videos will allow you guys to get to know me a little more and put a face with the ‘voice’. I am a bit self-conscious about my voice in video, so I’m not sure when the videos will be ready. Lol. I also have a few ideas for some other avenues of creativity and I hope to share those with you guys in the next few months.

Thank you for reading all of my ramblings. I really appreciate your loyalty.

XOXO,

Melanin

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2019 — It’s a New Year

Hey guys… So, how was your January & February?

Mine was a hot mess wrapped in sweatpants, matted hair, sleepless nights, lazy days, lack of enthusiasm, silent depression, panic attacks and never-ending anxiety. I thought the first month of the new year would have been a reset from all the pain and drama and failure of 2018, but it seemed to just be a continuation of it all. Consistency isn’t a strong point for me, but I’ve been working on it. Then January came through and dropped me on my ass again. February came through with the same type of energy and now here we are…last Monday in February.

Now that I’ve vomitted all of my feelings…let’s get to the point of this post. While scrolling through Instagram, I noticed a trend of people sharing their goals for the new year. This is nothing new, of course; because every Dec 26th to Jan 3rd, we get an onslaught of “New Year, New Me” posts where EVERYONE is sharing their resolutions and plans to get their lives right in the new year. The trend I was noticing, was one where people were discussing goals that they had recently accomplished then naming one or two goals they could achieve over the next two months.

This caught my attention because as a mom and an entrepreneur, I put so much pressure on myself to complete this mile-long to do list of goals over the span of 12 months; but at the end of the year, I still have too many incompleted items and I feel like a failure. Unfortunately, my negative appproach doesn’t motivate me to complete goals and cross them off the list; it, instead, makes me want to add more goals to my list — goals that make me a better parent, a better business owner, a better person.

So I decided to adopt this new way of thinking and, although its only been a few days, I already feel a small change. I am feeling the positivity flowing through me and from me. My kids are a little happier and I feel a little less stressed. I’ve written down a few major goals I want to achieve by the end of the year, then I added the steps (or smaller goals) necessary to achieve each big goal. I also created a timeline that clearly depicts when each smaller step should be completed. In a previous post, I explained how holding yourself accountable for completing or not completing your goals was important. Having realistic timelines and attainable goals will keep you from feeling overwhelmed in the end.

I’ll let you guys know how well this works for me. And I’m contemplating creating a Facebook group for my followers so we can support one another throughout all the stress and madness of life. Let me know if you would be interested in that!

Until next time…

XOXO,

Melanin