I wish I knew how to: Bloganuary Entry #4

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Life is about constantly learning. I truly enjoy learning new things, and I seek knowledge, no matter how small. I love that there are so many ways to learn right at my fingertips, thanks to my friend the internet. Whether I’m learning a craft, a recipe, a computer trick, or a dance class, I feel like it’s good to be constantly open to learning.

I love finding random tutorials on pinterest, and I love taking advantage of online resources. I’m currently making my way through a Life Coaching course and hopefully I will finish that in the coming months *fingers crossed*, and I’ve done a few ecommerce courses over the past year that were really interesting.

But if I had to pick one thing that I wish I knew it would be that I wish I knew how to change a flat tire. Of course, there’s a million reasons why this is a good, practical, and important skill to have. I don’t like the idea of being stranded, vulnerable, or possibly in a dangerous situation over something that I could fix myself if I have to. Because tires rarely announce in advance that they plan to go flat, the sooner I know how to do this, the bigger relief this will be for me. So it’s on my 2022 learning list for sure.

But on a smaller scale, here three things I’ve learned to do recently by using online resources:

Fabric Stamping: I follow an artist on IG that uses random items to stamp fabric, and she then uses the fabrics to make bags. I have been mesmerized by her process and thought I could try something similar. So I looked around on pinterest for tutorials and tried my hand at it. Using some remnants from Joann’s, some fabric paint, a straw, and a plastic fork, I created these masterpieces. I thought this was fun, and it’s such an easy way to decorate a space. I also plan to try this on some tea towels. It could make a really cute gift idea, and there are so many different possibilities.









Ceramics: To stay sane during the pandemic, I definitely turned to crafts. One thing I found cute and interesting was clay. Trinket dishes, earrings, and wine charms…I tried them all. I tried both air dry clay as well as clay that you bake in the oven. Here’s one of the many tutorials that I played around with and here are a few of my results.

Beading: I love making my own accessories, so when I stumbled across some posts for making beaded jewelry, I became obsessed! And again, the pandemic caused lots and lots of time isolated in the house, so this was a wonderful creative outlet. Several hundred dollars later (oy!), and I have bags and bags and bags of beaded bracelets to show for it. Here’s one blogger that gives a good bracelet tutorial and below are a few of my results:

What do you like learning? What’s the last thing you learned or taught yourself to do?

Comfort Zones: Bloganuary Entry #2

Black woman standing in front of a city window.

I am an introvert. I used to think I was shy. And maybe in some ways I am shy. But I’m by definition, also an introvert.

I love spending time alone, I recharge by being by myself, and dealing with crowds, even people that I know well, exhausts me. Simple things like sending an email to more than two people, or attending a group outing with more than two attendees…stress me out and cause me a great deal of anxiety. I make myself small and quiet to detract attention from myself. Even at my own wedding, I did not want people to focus on me.

But my mother taught me at a young age that I had to push through situations like these, and over the years I have learned tricks to get me through. Even when I feel dizzy. Even when I want to vomit. Even when my blood pressure shoots through the roof. I push through and apparently many people don’t even notice exactly how miserable I am in the spotlight.

So most people laugh when I tell them I’m an introvert or that I hate non-intimate groups or that I truly do not enjoy being around people that I don’t know well. In their eyes, they see a person who adapts to crowds effortlessly.

With that said, becoming a blogger and wrangling social media requires stepping outside of my comfort zone each and every time I hit publish. I agonize over every single picture and every single post. I inspect every miniscule pixel and weighing every pro and con of posting. Many times, after hours of adjusting and editing and filtering, I just delete the post entirely. I have hundreds of pics from 2021 alone that never made it to an IG post or story, because I just could not calm my nerves enough to push the post button.

And don’t get me started on being a business owner that suffers from Imposter Syndrome. A business owner that has to exude a certain confidence, that has to make the ask every day for people to buy my products. A business owner that has to generate captions and ads, and constantly engage in the world of social media, because that is the way of business nowdays. There’s not any room for an introvert in a world where reels and stories and lives and tik toks are the way to find your potential customer, engage with them without being pushy, promote your product and keep your business relevant.

My comfort zones are close and tight. Self-promotion is hard. Asking for someone’s attention is anxiety-inducing. So every time I post a blog post or story or picture or reel, I am an introvert that has stepped far outside of my comfort zone.

Are you an introvert? How do you step outside of your comfort zone?

A month of writing prompts: Bloganuary Entry #1

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What is a road trip you would love to take?

I’m being a little bit of a Johnny-come-lately these days. I’ve spent the last week recovering from a medical procedure, so I’ve had some hours to kill. And what better way to kill time than by watching cheesy Christmas movies that I didn’t watch before the holiday? I managed to avoid them all holiday season but for the past week, I just can’t seem to get enough.

You know the movies. They all have a very similar formula. An overworked woman in a less-than-satisfying relationship somehow finds herself in a cute little town just in time for Christmas, where she encounters an eligible bachelor or single dad who isn’t looking for love, but can’t resist falling in love with said aforementioned, overworked woman. Or some variation thereof. Mishaps and glances ensue, love is found, and somehow by the end, Christmas spirit is restored everywhere. **cue the jingle bells**

Not that I’m looking for love or that I’m in a bad relationship, but the road trip itself always seems super adorable. The cute little town, the shops, the friendly locals, the mayor that always seems to hang out in the local coffee shop, I love it all. I feel like I’ve always been on a search for the idyllic friendly small town complete with an apothecary, a bakery, and a local inn. The weather always seems perfect, even when it snows. The town folk always seem so kind and there always seems to be the best spot on earth for viewing the stars.

Everyone knows everyone, you can easily bike everywhere…I know places like this rarely exist but idk…the fantasy of it all just makes me so happy. Aside from the one person in the movie who lacks the Christmas spirit, most people are good-hearted and generous. And I think that’s what I truly enjoy so much about these super cheesy road trip Christmas movies. It’s nice to imagine places where the biggest conflict is how they will manage to rescue the old light house. The town’s oldest citizen is best friends with the kid with the paper route. If you forget your wallet, the cashier just puts it on your tab because they know you’re good for it. Kindness, simplicity, and people who care about each other…that’s what I love best about these Christmas road trip movies.

So really, it doesn’t matter where the road trip goes to, it’s more about the general destination…the friendly and quaint town that encourages love and throws an awesome Christmas. This is my cup of tea.

What is your ideal road trip? And do you love cheesy Christmas movies? I gotta know. lol.