Yes I'm still here, just about succeeding at living my real life more than my virtual one! I sometimes spend far too much of my time, picking up my phone and scrolling through social media, and for what? Nosiness? Laziness? Actual interest?
All of the above I'd say!
So here I am, back here and giving you something to actually read. Something you may remember tomorrow, something you may relate to, and if you choose to live your real life instead of reading it, then I can't argue with that!
Time really does fly, whether you're having fun or not!
Can you believe it's almost April? More to the point, can you believe we say the same thing every year? and time just goes even more quickly!
Since my last blog post, my daughter got a year older, my Grand-children got a year older and we all know what that means, but as always I'm clinging on to my youth. Don't worry I don't mean I'm donning my shortest and tightest skirt whilst wobbling on too-high heels (Been there, done that! & no doubt a feat in itself, in the Lake District)
But I do mean that I'm pretending I haven't seen those new forehead lines in the mirror and while some may call my crocheting a 'Granny hobby', I'm proud to now call it FernWoolCreations!
Yes, I've finally got round to opening my Etsy Shop and yes, I'm plugging it right here! 😉
I'd love you to take a look and if you like what you see, buy something unique, handmade and beautiful, (My wool creations really are beautiful! 😍)
BUT, this brings me to something I've been thinking about, something which I think we can all relate to.
I'm talking about head space, down time, therapy.
You know I'm right 😊
I know taking time out can seem like a dream at times, and I won't pretend that I haven't hidden in my bedroom just to get five minutes of peace when my children were younger, but we all know, deep down, that we should do it.
For our health, our happiness and for our sanity.
What has this got to do with crocheting?
Well, whether, you think it's a Granny hobby or not, it's one of the things that helps me relax, and completing a project gives me a sense of achievement (Yep - not all achievements are lit with neon lights). When I crochet, I'm chilled, I'm watching tv, I'm working through some things in my head or simply enjoying being creative.
Crocheting is my down time, one of my outlets and that's crucial.
As tempting as it is sometimes to just curl up and hibernate, (I get that completely) it's also a good thing to get outside! Do you really think your parents shoved you out to play just to get rid of you? (Of course they did!) it also helped you run off pent up energy/moods/frustration and helped them have a quiet night, because you'd be asleep from so much fresh air. 😉
Think about it, it blows the cobwebs away, it lets you think, makes you appreciate and yes, helps you sleep. My only exercise is walking so I use my Fitbit to track steps and use my walk as head space. Trust me when I say, going for a wander has saved me from arguments, saved me from making bad decisions and definitely stopped me from biting the kids heads off!
So if you need some head space, get outside and breathe!
Baking also works for me (Bonus: you can eat the rewards! should probably then go for a walk for balance!) Reading and writing is another creative outlet - quiet time, and escapism.
So as well as the launch of my Etsy Shop, (another shameless plug) meaning more relaxed crocheting, there are lots of things that give me down time and I've learned, finally, to value them. 🙂
So what do you do to relax? What's your outlet/down time/ therapy?
Whatever, you call it, we all need it. Life is busy and making time for ourselves, even if it is five minutes hiding in the bedroom, is important stuff.
If we don't keep ourselves fresh, alert and sane, we are, as my late Nana would say, neither use nor ornament!
Let us know how you clear your head in the comments below.
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