Even though it feels like January is moving at a snail’s pace – it is Friday again! And, perhaps this weekend I might even be motivated (i.e. feel good enough) to get more things done. Last weekend it took me all weekend, but I cleaned and organized my Craft Room/Office! I might have even made a note to myself that I have enough single skeins of sock yarn to knit socks until I live to be 150 years old – at least! But, as Mary pointed out yesterday – I have no SQ of sock yarn – so there is that! This week’s TGIF is full of lots of good things so let’s get started!
Thinking About – In some ways, January’s slowness has been a very good thing for thinking! And, one thing I have been thinking about lots is this blog and what I want it to be versus what it has become. One thing that has perked to the top is that this blog has been doing a bit of controlling me, rather than me controlling it. So, you might have noted some changes this week – changes that revolve around posting frequency. This is a bit of a work in progress as I find a balance that feels good. Thank you Mary and Honoré for being open and honest in our blog discussion this week!
Grateful for – So many who are doing the “heavy lifting” in the ongoing conversation about the fiber community becoming more inclusive for everyone – I am daily learning much and have found some really amazing and new-to-me fiber artists that I am now following. They bring amazing things to my IG feed and I am profoundly grateful for them!
Inspired By – As always, Courtney from Be More With Less. She shared a beautiful post about being “the priority of your own life” this week and it moved me – especially this quote by Rudy Francisco: Perhaps we should love ourselves so fiercely, that when others see us, they know exactly how it should be done. This especially hit home for me, because I believe that as moms/partners/wives/etc. our focus is on everyone else and if we have a scrap of time or energy left at the end of the day, we might use it on ourselves. This has certainly been true for me and the list in her post is full of lots of somethings you can do for you. I have added a few of these to my weekly planner through the end of February to not forget myself!
Focused On – My Word! Yes, indeed – and in such a very good way. I have been making a list of so many things that I am currently “doing” just because I have always done them and, more importantly…I am thinking about the why for each of them. This is causing lots of shake ups (see above) as I ponder, meditate, and yes… focus on life. This might be the best word ever because the impact this word is having on me is just crazy!
One final thing… I have not posted any tempting links in ages but the teasers this week for Tina Tse’s Home Sweet Home Formula pushed me right over the top! Impulse purchase FTW! Oh, and a bonus – today is her birthday
That is all I have for this week! And, my Amaryllis update is most showy this week – four huge blooms on bulb #1 with a fifth opening this morning! I have been sitting and sipping coffee in the morning and appreciating its beauty! Now, if only it will last as long as January feels like it is! Have a good weekend all!
Your amaryllis is beautiful, and just the thing to make your (probably) snowy landscape a bit easier to take. I’ve been thinking about the blog also. Some weeks I have ideas, the writing and photos come easily, and I’m happy to post every day. Other times I just want to quit and regain the hours I spend on it. I haven’t yet figured out a good solution, but will continue to mull it over. Have a good weekend!
The amaryllis is beautiful. Do they have a fragrance?
I think the answer to blogging is ….blog when the inspiration strikes and don’t feel compelled to blog if you have “nothing to say”. I don’t think most people mind if you aren’t on a schedule.
As much as I enjoy reading your posts every day, I think it’s good for you to take a step back and feel like you *want* to post rather than *have* to post. I’ve thought about posting to my own blog more often, but it works better for me to have about three posts a week — it doesn’t feel as much of an obligation and I find that it’s infrequent enough that I actually have something to talk about each time.
Stay warm and safe this weekend!
I blog most days, but definitely not everyday… and it’s not so much that I feel any sort of obligation to do it or guilt when I don’t, but it’s the only way that I regularly connect with many of my peeps (more than just a LIKE on FB or a HEART on IG), and THAT’S what I miss when I don’t blog. I try to connect, leaving comments and replying to comments, but not always… it doesn’t always work, even when I would really like to because, you know, TIME and LIFE. I’m not going to beat myself up over that. I enjoy participating in the “prompt days” because it gives me the direction I need some days, but it doesn’t always fit/work with what’s going on/on my mind.
Pretty Amaryllis!! Hope you can enjoy a cozy weekend with the forecast weather. stay well!
I’m so happy for Tina getting her pattern out for her birthday! and I love Courtney’s emails. I’ve received a series on getting to a capsule wardrobe; super helpful as I think about re-working my clothes for my new hair(color).
Focus is really a good word, non? 😉 (It gets the thinking revved up, that’s for sure.) Your amaryllis is just lovely. They’re such a boost in never-ending January. (And on into never-ending-even-though-shorter February.) Have a great weekend, Kat.
As a blog reader, and not a blog-owner, I enjoy connecting albeit on other’s work.
There are so many views out there; the more I read, the more I can walk in someone else’s shoes. So, thank you all you bloggers!
My amaryllis almost looks like yours – I wish I could push it along as the cold weekend is coming and a colorful flower would make it warmer and complete.
Your amaryllis is beautiful, mine are still barely growing but I started them late so they’d bloom in January. Doesn’t look like that will happen so I’m hoping for February now. Enjoy your weekend!
The amount of time that goes into a blog can be exorbitant. Pictures, links, words, stories, what have you all add up to loads of time. Priorities change and I found, before I knew Courtney’s words, that I wanted to be the priority in my life and then I got Mylo. The point being, blog when you feel you really want to, when it feels good, not an obligation, and keep it fun!
The amaryllis is lovely-the blogging part I know can be very difficult; I haven’t managed to be very consistent and I think that is totally OKAY!
I try to post three times a week and that is difficult to meet. I try to keep up with using my camera that it will reflect my days week by week. Sometimes I’m so busy that I don’t pick up the camera and I get a little sad. But that is life, being busy and living in the moment rather than getting the perfect photo for the perfect post. The amaryllis is gorgeous!!
I always appreciate your blog posts and I know you put so much of yourself into these posts. I will look forward to reading more of your thinking posts.
I love your amaryllis…looks so delicate and yet, hearty! Three’s a charm! I think…Write on!