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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Needles and Nonsense

Finding time to knit is not easy. I work three jobs and sell stuff online, on top of trying to be a writer. And with my current nerve issues, everything I do seems to take twice as long. But I am determined to make time.

I need to finish my sweater, which has been in the works for far too long. I am much further along than my Ravelry project page indicates, but not so far along that I'm a hop-skip-and-jump away from finishing it. I still have one and a half sleeves, the edging, and the buttons to do.

When that is done, I have my friend D's scarf to do. I have had the yarn for forever and I just need to get it done. She asked me for it ages ago and I simply haven't done it. That's being a bad friend right there. :(

I feel like I'm finally settling into a routine with my jobs and all of that, so hopefully I can find some time in that routine to put yarn to needle and churn out some pretty projects! At the very least I need to start going to knit nights again!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Wardrobes, Wishes, and Witchery

If any of you love gorgeous vintage-styled clothing, please please PLEASE go check out Fanny Rosie's tumblr. She is amazing and super sweet, and her fashion sense is unimpeachable. And even if you prefer different styles, her advice really is golden. Following some of it, I have begun to really piece together outfits in my wardrobe that I love and to find styles and pieces that I can get or make that, with one piece, will improve my wardrobe immensely.

Some of those rules are:

  1. Go for quality over quantity. If the piece you want is a little pricier, save up for it instead of settling for a cheaper piece that isn't just what you want.
  2. If you can't make a couple of new outfits with the piece you're buying, it's probably not worth it. Now, this rule doesn't seem to apply to dresses or accessories exactly, though the accessories have to match a couple of outfits to be a good buy anyways. But what I've taken away is (especially when you're just starting to build a good wardrobe) that unless the skirt, blouse, shoes, etc works with at least three other things you already own, you're better off getting something else or nothing at all.
  3. Taking care of your body too. Most people fixate on the clothes, but the clothes only do so much. You have to attend to your skin, body image (note this is not your weight. So long as you like how you look, be whatever weight), hair, makeup, etc.
  4. Give yourself a break now and then. She states on several pages that when home, cleaning, working out, etc. she dresses in very casual comfy clothes. But when going out or going to work, she always "dresses", as I put it. This is something I have been struggling with and found this advice helpful.

At the moment I find myself wishing I could work out more, because I really love some clothes that just don't work on a woman of my weight (If you want to follow my weight loss journey, check out Work, Sweat, Win). But with some medical stuff I've got going on, that's just not happening. So I've taken to doing more yoga and altering my diet, as well as working on a supplement system my mother has been using with success. My focus, more than fashion, is my health. The pretty clothes are just the icing on the, uh... carrot cake. Yeah, carrots...

And I suppose the last thing is my witchery. I don't usually post about it here, since I have The Red Cloak Register for that, but I wanted to touch on it here. I've been struggling and I'm really hoping to see some improvement in my religious life soon. Part of that will be a YouTube channel, books, more reading, and more crafts in the religious vein. Hopefully that pans out!

I've been writing more, in general, lately. I've actually set aside four hours over the next four days to write; three hours for a book and one hour for blogs. If I go over that is swell, but those are my minimum time ranges. Hopefully I can really dedicate myself to this, because my writing is one of my only rocks right now. And I could really use more steady foundation.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Weekly Picture Rounup

It's time once again for the roundup of my daily pictures! Please bear through these awful photos as A) I work the night shift which means I can't get outside in the day to snap something with more variety B) I'm still learning how to even take photos and C) My apartment is tiny and boring.  But I'm doing the thing, so yay!

Going from top to bottom and not necessarily in date order:
  1. The prettiest little girl in the whole world. So says her mommy.
  2.  An at-the-time impressive pile of stuff I had drummed up from our personel effects to sell on Amazon. To-date most of it has sold for a pretty nice profit.
  3. The sweetest old man in the world. So says everyone who has ever met him
  4. This one one shipment's worth of eBay sales. Five packages, some of which were shipped in custom boxes.
  5. A stack of books I had found at Value Village to sell on eBay. I love old books, they're utterly gorgeous! (and they smell amazing... or is that just my opinion? Anyone? No? Okay.)
And those are the "daily photos" from the last week or so. I've kept some private, as they're of my or my family, but these I wanted to share. I think, overall, I'm getting better and I am definitely learning how to improve with every photo. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Big Picture

So I've been sick lately. And if not sick then really struggling with my anxiety.

I'm 25. I have no job, no hopes for a career, no kids. I have an amazing husband and a nice apartment, and those are really the high points. My husband deserves to be the high point in my life, there is no question about that. But having a nice apartment (an opinion which has already been questioned)? That's kinda sad.

So, because of all this introspection, I found that I needed to make some changes. The biggest of which was that I needed to stop working on the small time level and take a look at the big picture?

"But Red, what does that even mean?"

Well, it means a couple of things. The first of which is I need to stop wasting my time on stuff that just isn't working. 

Things That Aren't Working:
  1. Bubblews
  2. Person Paper
  3. Swagbucks
  4. Bing Rewards

I will probably keep on with Bing Rewards, if only because it doesn't take very long. But everything else? It takes forever and doesn't really pay anything out. Transcripts might end up on this list soon too, but that depends on how some other ventures I'm looking at pan out. One of those is a possible YouTube channel tied to some other stuff I'm working on, but my motivation is pretty low at the moment.

And all the time I've been wasting on the other sites is going to be redirected to the books I've been slowly plugging along on. 

So, yeah. Big Picture. Only real way to get my life on track I suppose. Wish me luck!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Another No-Picture Day; Religious News

Today there will not be a picture of the day. This is, mainly, because I used my picture of the day to take a very honest look at what shape my body was in. The verdict: Not good.

So despite the fact that I REALLY didn't want to go, I went to the gym with Huntsman today. Tomorrow we're going back to do weight machine work, and then Sunday I am going back for more cardio. Monday is a rest day, and then Tuesday it's back to the gym. Since Monday I am working something like a 16 hour day, that's pretty good timing!

Now, on to the religious news.

Anyone who has (for whatever reason) kept this blog bookmarked for a while knows that I am Pagan. Mostly interested in Irish and Germanic practices, as they are my identifiable heritage), Pop Culture Paganism, and the Fae folk in all their many forms. But after a bout with serious depression that very nearly ended my life, I found that nothing really spoke to me any more. I hadn't become an Atheist; I've experienced enough that I feel little call towards that. But I was definitely lost.

In order to regain a sense of myself, I have begun to re-walk my old path. For me, this should mean that I go back to Neo-Wicca and Silver Ravenwolf books. Since I find both Neo-Wicca and Silver Ravenwolf to be extremely problematic in terms of LGBTQA erasure and cultural appropriation, I instead picked up my copy of Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard. Once upon a time I was a student at the Grey School of Wizardry, a Prefect even, and it really helped me discover where my talents were strongest.

Yes, there are some problematic aspects to the school and the book. But I acknowledge these as part of my journey back to the beginning.

If you are spiritually lost, interested in seeing the path unfold again, or just curious as to how this will all work, check out The Red Cloak Register to follow my progress.

That's it for now chickadees, since this is already a novella. Until next time, Be Well.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

No Picture of the Day

.... but I have very good news! Well, good news for me at least.

I actually made myself work out for 15 minutes today. Not just half-assing it, but really work out. It's not as much as I used to do, but it's more than I've been doing and I'm REALLY proud of myself for even getting up and doing it.

My daily picture today was me after my workout. I won't post it here because I don't really want to show my face (or gross post-workout clothes) to the whole internet, but I still took the picture. Tomorrow is cardio day, and I'm really hoping I actually go. I keep trying to get Huntsman to go with me, but he's been very tired lately. I think tomorrow we will change that!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Daily Photo Roundup

I've been a little lax on posting my daily photos, so here is a quick round up!

Astute viewers will notice one day is missing. This is because I took a photo of my husband and he didn't want it shared online. So, you have to suffer through one less terrible photo!

 03 January: This is my progress on Game of Thrones after only five days. I read fast in read-a-longs!

 05 January: I started this book the same night I finished Game of Thrones. So far I am hating it, which makes me really said. I wanted to love Faerie Wars

06 January: This is my calendar. It goes to June 2015 and I love it. It helps me keep track of the 5 or 6 revenue streams I try to keep flowing at all times.

I should be back on later with a picture for 07 January. After all, it's one of my tasks on HabitRPG. I will also, probably, be writing a post on HabitRPG!
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