MAKING - All the presents. I am on a mission this year to make as many birthday and Christmas presents as I can. So far this has included scarves, blankets, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles dolls, dreamcatchers, crochet letters, chocolate fudge and love heart cushions.
I am currently in the process of putting together the plan for the rest of the presents from now through to new years. Lots of things on my hook at the moment.
Crochet is cool guys!
READING - You are your own Million Dollar Formula, written by Nic Cunningham and Ali Villani, the Entrepreneurial Babes. (Re-reading actually. I love this book. Such a great boost for my mood, belief, inspiration, motivation.)
LISTENING TO - Apple Music! Found out we have a 6 month free period with Apple Music and I'm loving it! My favourite playlist at the moment has, Glorious - Macklemore, Hold on - Wilson Phillips, Eye of the Tiger - Survivor, Me Too - Meghan Trainor.
WATCHING - Shameless on Netflix - the US version. It's first the show hubby and I are actually watching together for ages!
LOVING - My alone morning ritual. My alarm goes off every morning at 5.45 and I get up, make my cup of tea, and do some meditating (still an amateur at it), affirmations and reading before the kids wake up. It really does help me get more centred and calm for the day ahead. Especially when the boys are at each other all day.
EATING - Pita bread chips! My beautiful friend Tessa just taught me about the magic of making these at home! Just a bag of large pita breads, some olive oil, sea salt and a quick cook in the oven and you have thin, crispy, crunchy, salty snacks. I'm addicted and so are the boys. Time to find some healthy dairy free dips to make!
DRINKING - Water. I've been so slack with drinking water this winter and it's really affecting my body. It's affecting my digestion, my skin and my overall feeling. So water is my jam at the moment. Well I'm trying to make it so.
WEARING - All the clothes. It's been so cold in Melbourne lately I'm not even motivated to put my active wear on to workout. So layers and layers it is.
COOKING - Soup. Pumpkin soup, minestrone, tomato. All of the above. Warming and healthy and yummy. But most importantly easy!
TRAWLING - Pinterest for inspiration. With all the presents I want to make comes lots of pinterest scrolling looking to ideas I can make my own!
WANTING - Heat. I am dreaming on warm weather and that is boosted by the fact that I just booked flights to the Gold Coast in 6 weeks for the Annual Arbonne Conference. I can't wait. It's such a fun few days of learning and meeting new people! And being away from the kids and hubby for a few days. It will be strange but I can't lie... I'm going to love it!
ENJOYING - Our (hopefully) last few weeks before hubby goes back to work full time. After his cardiac arrest he wasn't allowed to drive for 6 months, which is up on the 20th of August. And boy will I be celebrating when that day comes. As much as I used to love driving... I am ready for that extra driving responsibility to be up.
BUYING - Yarn! I've used up so much of my stash this last few months that I am actually running quite low. So shopping time it is!
NEEDING - To do a clean out of the house. My fingers are itching to get to spring cleaning time. I used to be so organised and tidy, and while it has eased up with motherhood and kids leaving toys everywhere, it still does my head in when there are drawers full of CRAP and you don't know what's in there. So I'm very much needing to map out some time to start sorting through those drawers and clean up the spaces in our home.
It's Wednesday morning and you still have three days alone with your kids before for the weekend, when your husband is home to share the load… but your brain is mush, you haven't slept well this week and you’ve lost control over your temper. What do you do? You need a quick fix.
You can't afford to get a two hour massage, you don't have someone to watch to kids so you can soak in the bath with a glass of wine and it really isn't a good idea to take them with you to get your nails done... you need to do something NOW to lower your stress levels, bring your patience back and give you a minute to have a breather.
Recently I've had a few of my wonderful Mum friends say to me that anxiety is their default setting and it's no bloody wonder a large majority of Mums (and Dads) suffer from anxiety.
I hear this question 49 times a day so it seemed to be an appropriate title for this recurring blog series!
At the end of every month, I will to share my 'currently doing' situation and I would love to hear your currently things too!
I want to get to know my readers and I think this is a great way to get a snap shot of what people are all about, what they are feeding their souls and how they are taking care of themselves!
I often have people tell me they wish they could crochet and they have tried but just can't quite get the hang of it. My answer is always practice. Half of the battle with crochet is getting your hands comfortable and then the rest flows when you spend some time practicing.
A while back I decided to break up with perfection and I have found a symbol to remind me of that every day.
This is a blanket I am making for my sister-in-law. She sent me a picture of a similar blanket and asked me to recreate it. I love a crochet challenge so I jumped in! Having not done a granny square blanket in a long time I forgot about the dreaded twist you experience when you don't flip the square after each round.
The last year 18 months of our lives has been quite challenging as I battled Perinatal Depression and Anxiety following the birth of our second son, and then more recently, my 31 year old husband had a cardiac arrest while at football training, had a two week stay in hospital and had an Automatic Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator put in his chest.
There are a number of lessons I have learnt from struggling through these times that I like to remind myself of when my anxiety starts to flare up. I want to share some of these lessons in the hope that it helps some other people who might be dealing with their own tough times.
Self-care seems to be the new trending word across blogs at the moment, but it really is vital to maintaining your physical and mental health. Whether you’re a new Mum or Dad, don’t have kids, or are an empty-nester. Taking care of yourself first is so important in making sure you have the energy, both physical and mental to be able to give your best at work, at home, to your kids, in your marriage or anywhere really.
Cont from part 1... here
Creativity helped me get through my last few months of my second pregnancy as I had severe hip and back pain which restricted my walking. In particular crochet, whenever I felt frustrated, anxious or depressed I would sit and crochet. My mind would slow, and my thoughts would only be on what my hands were making. The pattern, the stitches and when it got a bit repetitive, the TV as I stitched.
It has to be said though, I am not artistic. I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler and I’m so average at colouring in it’s embarrassing! But I am creative. I can crochet, I can knit (a little), I can do cross stitch and I am always willing to try a different way of making things.
These two knuckleheads....
They are my challenge and my reward.
My test and my answer.
My growth and my decline.
But I'll take all the bad days, because I now know they came as a package deal with good days.
I need the bad days to know how good I really have it.
My whole life, I never quite understood what anxiety was. When people would say they were anxious about something I was that person innocently saying 'just don’t worry about it'.
Little did I know that is one of the worst things you can say to someone in the middle of an anxious episode. ‘If we could not worry we wouldn’t worry!!’
So when I began to experience anxiety prior to and following the birth of my second son, I didn’t know what was happening!!
I am trying to teach myself that done is better than perfect. I have held onto half finished projects and not finished them because I didn't think I could get them perfect, I have not posted blog ideas because I didn't think I could write it best, and I have not worn clothes because I didn't think it looked perfect.
So I am trying to break up with perfect!
Kate Made It
Hi! I’m Kate, a stay at home Mum, crochet addict and designer, craft lover, Perinatal Anxiety and Depression survivor, PANDA Community Champion & Arbonne Independent Consultant.
Self-care is not selfish. You deserve it and you need it.