Empowered. A good word for the new year, don't you think?
I'm feeling a bit empowered these days.
When I moved from Virginia to Ohio in 2009, I was kind of lost. Sure, I got on with things like women do but no one knew anything about what I spent 50+ years developing - ME! I spent all my life in Virginia within an hour of my birth city. I knew lots of people and lots of people knew me. They knew my passions - rug hooking, knitting, spinning - and knew my family. They knew my story.
When I moved to Ohio, I lost my story. Then, I realized I could rewrite my story if I wanted to. That got me to thinking.
I realized that my identity was nothing without those around me. My friends and family. They were my support. Since I had no family in Ohio, I needed to find some friends!
Well, I knit, spin, and hook rugs and that meant that friends - lots of them - were just waiting for me somewhere! So, I started looking - visiting knitting groups and knitting shops. Sure enough, I found lots of knitters in the area and a wonderful knitting group full of supportive and inspiring women.
My friends and parents are my fan club. Now that my parents have moved nearby, I feel truly empowered. Able to better face the world. My story is alive - always in flux, everchanging - and my friends and family help me write it.
Where am I going with this? Well, last night a few of my knitting friends and I embarked on a 6-month journey to better health. Hopefully, what starts with a 6-month commitment will turn into lifelong habits.This needs to be the year that I make time for me. These friends and my family will knowingly and/or unknowingly help me.
With my peeps, anything is possible! I continue to write my story - complete with plot twists, suspense, interesting characters, conflict, resolution, etc. - towards my happy ending.
For those of you who might be going through a relocation, a health challenge, or other life event, I offer these tid-bits --- 1) surround yourself with people who build you up and waste no time with people who make you feel inferior, 2) don't feel guilty for taking time for yourself because you're worth it, 3) change and challenges are inevitable and often uncontrollable in life but you have control of how you deal with them. And, to finish up this (ahem) sermon, remember attitude is everything and keep smiling! It makes others wonder what you're up to!
Now, on with your regularly scheduled programming!
We've had lots of beautiful wintry weather here in Southwest Ohio lately. I absolutely love it when the earth is covered in white. The snow was just gorgeous. So peaceful and calming. This picture is of a curve in the road just down from our house. It's always breathtakingly beautiful when it snows.
Our knitting group met this past Satuday at Dorothy Lane Market for our Knitting At Noon session. We've had a difficult time getting together in the past months so it was GREAT seeing everyone and knitting this past weekend. There were many finished projects for show and tell.
Merry showed off her beautiful Bermuda Scarf knit with Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn. So colorful! This is such a fun pattern to knit. Keeps you interested until the very last stitch!
Marsha knit this Piper's Journey Shawl for a lucky friend and coworker. For this project, Marsha chose a cotton / cashmere blend yarn. So soft and pretty with its delicate border of leaves. What a wonderful gift!
Ande finished her Huckleberry Ascot. The pattern shows bobbles on the ends but Ande chose to knit ruffled edges instead. The soft yarn she used will make this ascot a nice neckwarmer.
Marian has almost finished her cowl in the lower left of the picture but I failed to get the name of the pattern. What colorful yarn! She justs needs to add buttons.
The chartreuse green cowl is my third Drop Stitch Chunky Cowl. It is a super quick knit on size 17 needles. I've knit two for gifts but this one in this pea green color that I love is for ME!
I haven't yet had time to make the first soap of the New Year but have made a wonderfully luxurious cream lotion with emu, jojoba, and avocado oils, goat's milk, aloe vera juice, shea and mango butters. It's SO rich and thick that a little goes a very long way. I tweaked my regular cream lotion recipe specially for a friend who is undergoing radiation therapy hoping to help her skin better tolerate the treatment.
I also made a large batch of laundry detergent and scented it with Rosemary and Lemongrass Essential Oils. Every load of laundry I wash is an aromatherapy session! Smells so good! This stuff is perfect for the HE machines - even front loaders - since it is low sudsing.
As always, thanks for spending time on my blog! I appreciate your interest!