Wellness Wednesday

The photo is courtesy the art of living

I am currently learning how to truly meditate. I suffer from insomnia. Meditating has helped me to gradually increase my hours of sleep. I have been exploring different tutorials on how to meditate. Now I have to admit some of the meditation music is not my cup of tea. As I research more I am hoping to share it. If meditation is not for you, ensure that you do something special for yourself.

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Money Making Monday

(Picture courtesy The Simple Dollar)

I know it can be discouraging when we have money issues and run into money roadblocks. But only you can change your money situation and this may require hardwork and sacrifice. The first step to changing your money situation is to educate yourself about money. Since we can’t all be Trumps, Kardashians, and Hiltons we have to start somewhere. Start with where you are keeping your money and checking your pay stubs EVERY PAYDAY!!! Yes, everyone makes mistakes and payroll employees are not an exception. Also check your bank account for duplicate charges and banking errors. Shop around for banking accounts and discounts!!! Be loyal to your spouse not a financial institution. If you have outgrown what a bank offers you it is okay to move on. Look for bank accounts that pay you back or have rewards programs (they come in handy). Read up on personal finances and keep yourself informed. A 5 minutes personal finances article a week goes a long way.

Blanket Update

Previously I discussed crocheting a Red Heart blanket (Sweet Baby Hexagon Blanket). The pattern was extremely easy to follow. It is a form of the bobble stitch so it uses more yarn than a double crochet stitch. I worked the blanket up fairly quickly and it is very heavy. I have to weave jin my ends and the blanket will be ready for pictures. Now I am moving on to a Woodsock Duster with Caron Simply Soft. Kind of iffy about my colors but 2 of the skeins came from my stash. I am making a big effort to stash bust in preparation for my upcoming move.

Yarn Stash is Still Out of Control

So I found yarn on clearance at Qally World aka Walmart for 75 cents a skein. Only a crafter wouls understand my excitement and the overwhelming feeling that I had to buy all of them. That is exactly what I did. The skeins were a lovely fall ombre color (see picture). Problem one, I have way too much yarn. Problem two, the yarn color change made for a not so pretty poncho/shawl. Three patterns later I decided to do a blanket. To be more specific I went with the Red Heart Sweet Baby Hexagon pattern. Now I have so many skeins that I am going to make it bigger then the pattern (for the sake of using up the yarn). I am loving how this blanket works up. The pattern has been very easy to follow. I can’t wait to share my finished project.

Talk About It Tuesday

Today I would talk about what is in the news but its so sad and dumb I am going to leave it on TV. Today I want to talk about broke by definition. I called a young lady broke and her come back was “I gotta job.” I didn’t know her financial situation so I found her limited capacity to think hilarious. It is sad that you gauge your level of completeness (not sure if that is the right choice of verbiage) on money. I called her broke because she was calling her “boyfriend’s” ex to have a “woman to woman.” Now I have to admit I am a pretty confident woman, so this is beneath me. To me this is the behavior of a broke/broken woman. I am a firm believer that there is someone for everyone and I would never give another woman any satisfaction with the knowledge of any conflict between myself and my man. Now what I would do is have him address any situation that is causing conflict or lose me. The reality is we are all beautiful in our own right and everybody is not for everybody. We are all beautifully and individually made and acknowledging that you are complete allows you to avoid broke behavior. Love yourself the way you want to be loved, so you don’t settle for less than you deserve. #kathiscreations

Staying Faithful

This year is starting off very rough for me. I experienced the loss of two very close family members in one month of each other. I have been struggling with my faith and in the past I would take a faith break. However, this time has been different. I have been spending more time in prayer. It has been random throughout my day. Sometimes my prayers are simple “Jesus cover me” “Jesus comfort me” “Jesus help me”. Everytime I feel weak or ready to give up I am reminded of the testimony God has allowed me to live through and share. I know that even in this troubling period in my life God is protecting me. I have conversed with God and explained that, although He won’t give you more thsn you can bare, I think He has overedtimated my strength. Than it hits me, pray, you don’t have to bare this alone. Often times people assume that because things are not going well in your life, you are being punished. I have learned that couldn’t be ghe furtherest from the truth. The rough times helps you appreciate the good times. Surviving the rough times shows you how strong you really are. I am believing God for all the blessings He has for me. His word says these blessings are more than what we request. I am believing in His word and I know this valley is only for a moment. I am filled with excitement knowing that there is a beautiful blessing with my name on it. So for now I will pray myself through this sorrow.