5 Minute Meditation Practice

Before I got pregnant, I had a fairly consistent yoga and meditation practice. It continued until my son was born, and then I no longer had the time, energy, wherewithal to do either.

Yes, there was the occasional pocket of time where I was able to indulge in yoga, but I didn’t try to get back into meditation. I was already mentally struggling with being a first-time mom, and in hindsight (it’s always hindsight isn’t it?) I should have prioritized meditation.

The other weekend, while my husband was rocking our son to sleep for his first nap of the day, I sat in another room, laying on the loveseat, and decided to try to meditate again. I didn’t turn on a YouTube video or an app. I experimented with my own way of meditating.

If you count to 300 slowly (1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi, etc.), five minutes will pass.

I closed my eyes and began counting to 300.

Now, for most people, trying to sit quietly with their thoughts or clearing their mind only results in the opposite. Hundreds if not thousands of thoughts swirl around inside our heads at any given time. And normally, my brain is no different.

But this time, I only allowed myself to focus on images that brought me peace and joy: images of a cabin in the mountains I hope to visit one day with my family, a campfire blazing as the sun sets, my son asleep in my arms….

Five minutes may not seem like a long time, however, by the time I reached 300, I felt calmer and more at peace than I had in a long time. Five minutes was all it took.

As a parent, and especially as a mom, finding time to do anything for yourself seems selfish and impossible. But you can find five minutes. We need to. I shared my “epiphany” with my doctor last week and her emphatic agreement has encouraged me to try for a 5 minute meditation daily. I don’t always succeed, but tomorrow is another day.

New Recipe: Cojito

I was given the Disney Festivals Recipe book. Of course the first thing I make out of it is an alcoholic drink! Happy New Year!

Bullet Journaling How I Adore Thee

In my last post, I mentioned reading The Bullet Journal Method. I adore the idea of bullet journaling, but I need the flexibility of rings. And the fact that the Mead Flex binder also bends back like a spiral notebook makes it even better.

I’m in several Bullet Journaling Facebook groups and several people have shown how they are doing bullet journaling in rings. But no one can really tell me if they’re going to archive their pages or not. One of the points of Bullet Journaling is to be able to look back on past entries, thoughts, and ideas for reflection purposes.

I definitely use the Collections aspect of the method. So that will continue regardless of if I make the experiment work or continue using my current set up.

One notion of bullet journaling I’m not a fan of is setting up my week or in this case, drawing it out every week since the vertical weekly layout works for me. I may have found a work around. Something I’ll update you on later.

2020 Blog Update

Dear Friends,

The blog has been pretty silent this year. I haven’t been doing much, except for the occasional YouTube video. I spent January to June going through my 2nd and 3rd trimesters, while dealing with the fallout of COVID-19, like the rest of the world. I was lucky enough to not only keep my job, but work from home from mid-March to mid-June, until my son was born. From June to September, I was on Maternity Leave, and went back to work in September. 

If you follow me on YouTube or Instsgram, you’ll have seen the random videos and posts I made there. To be honest, everything became a low priority as my pregnancy progressed. My energy levels varied each day, and with the mental stress of the pandemic also happening, I just wanted to lose myself in writing, reading, and knitting. 

So where does that leave this blog?

I’m not going to shut it down. I see no reason to do that. In the most recent years, I haven’t been a regular poster. There will be updates to the overall blog coming, once I can catch my breath. In the meantime, here are links to everything I’ve posted on YouTube, if you don’t follow me there:

Tales From A Polk County Girl YT Channel:

Planner Use in Quarentine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBRWJDY5Vrg 

A Year of Me Journal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EC9waLl4Wk 

Goals Update Jan to June 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1yzFQIBUfk 

Custom Planner Inserts from SewMuchCrafting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztTMYUH4GZI 

Dollar Tree Haul July 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsCWm_fWA30 

October 2020 Planner Update and Walk Thru https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtOIyLnmiZo 

Knitting All The Blankets YT Channel:

June 2020 Knitting Update https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJCXbZbcXyg&t=1423s 

Fibreshare Spring 2020 Unboxing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jbWCYoTUBw 

Twin Mommy Creations June 2020 Purchase https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwZEK6dNhnI 

Writing Update:

I finished writing the final chapters for my A to Z Knitting Stories project. I’d wanted to finish them before my son was born and I achieved that! Whoo! Now I’m working on getting them typed up before the end of the year. I’m halfway through the chapters!

Upcoming Writing News:

  1. Finish typing up the A to Z Knitting Stories chapters. I do plan on eventually self-publishing this book as well. 
  2. Finish writing the [Baking Competition] short story I started a long time ago.
  3. Outline and write another short story that has a cooking competition setting. 

Upcoming Reading News:

I’m planning on listing all the books I’ve managed to read this year by the end of the year. Surprisingly, I’ve read more than I thought I would this year, and I’m not including the books I’m reading to my son. 

Upcoming Knitting News:

As much as I’d like to be knitting and working on my various blankets and pattern designs, infants take a lot of energy and time. (He’s so worth it!) What little knitting I do is blanket squares, because I can do those in the car, while at stoplights. For those of you who are rolling your eyes at this, some of these lights are long, and this is really the only knitting time I get. I hope to get some time to work on the Mixed Stitches Blanket pattern that I finished knitting before my son was born-it’s his toddler blanket. And one day, get back to my 10 Stitch Blankets. 

Upcoming Blog Changes:

  1. I plan on making a page for my knitted dishcloths as an inventory page / catalog, so I can send potential buyers there to see what I have in stock. 
  2. Revamping the overall look of the blog and some of the tabs up top.
  3. Adding a page for my published works. 

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Ravelry: craftsbycori

Knitting All the Blankets Ravelry Group 

WIPs:
Bernat Mistletoe Ombre cotton dishcloths

FOs:
Sugar ‘n Cream Ahoy Ombre Cotton kitchen towls (2)
Sugar ‘n Cream Ahoy Ombre Cotton dishcloths (2)
Bernat Mistletoe Ombre Cotton dishcloths (13)

Yarns Mentioned:
Bernat Mistletoe Ombre
Sugar ‘n Cream/Peaches & Creme Ahoy Ombre
Peaches & Creme Yuletide
Peaches & Creme Oasis
Peaches & Creme Red
Peaches & Creme Sunshine
Bernat Pop Hot Chocolate
Bernat Pop Foggy Notion
Peaches & Creme Strawberry Stripes
Peaches & Creme Sail Away Stripes

Book link:
Short Row Knits: a Master Workshop with 20 Learn-As-You-Knit Projects by Carol Feller

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Not much has changed in my planner, but since I have changed things around somewhat, I figured a walk through video would be interesting.

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10 Ideas for Monthly Layouts

Why I Don’t Label My Dividers

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If you can believe it, I’m showing off other projects! Completed cotton dishcloths, my Mini Skein 10 Stitch blanket is back, and I’ve started a shawl for a friend.

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Ravelry name: craftsbycori

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Twin Mommy Creations ETSY shop

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Inspired by the At a Glance untimed vertical weekly style planner, I decided to experiment with ignoring the times on my FC Seasons WO2P layout.

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At A Glance My Week Calendar Video

Amazon Link for At A Glance My Week Calendar

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