Friday, December 31, 2010

Lessons


2010 has been a big year for me. I moved probably 5 or 6 times in 2010. I opened up 2 new shops on Etsy. I learned how to do many new things. But I think the biggest things I learned were about myself. I learned who I am. How to be independent, and what I really want in life. 2010 was full of ups and downs. Let me tell you, some of those downs were truly downs. Some days were full of tears and being lonely. Some were full of happiness and being alone. Life is all about progress and lessons. Trials make a person stronger and I am truly thankful for the trials from 2010, because they will equal the blessings in 2011.

I have learned some wonderful lessons, since it is almost the new year I would love to share them with you. I hope more than anything to help people who are also struggling with getting out of a relationship, or dealing with depression, or loneliness.

Lessons Learned:

Love is not a bank statement.
Money is not success.
Leave the ones who don't treat you right.
Love the ones who do.
Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
Make peace with your past so it won't mess up the future.
Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
Don't get attached to too many material processions. They truly don't matter.
Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
There is no such thing as the perfect timing.
If you wait for the perfect moment, you will miss many small moments.
Forgive everyone every time, but remember, forgiveness and trust are two different things.
Believe in miracles.
Go outside every day. 
Look at the tree.
No matter how you feel, get up, get dressed and do something.
Pebbles and acorns make beautiful gifts.
Don't be afraid to love again and again.
Happiness really is a choice. Choose it.
Take deep breaths.
Laugh often, even if you have to laugh at yourself.
The heart is a muscle, when a muscle is torn it grows back stronger.
Create daily, even if it's just cooking a meal.
If you love someone, tell them often. You can never say you love someone too much.
If you don't love someone, don't say it. There is nothing worse than false hope.
Drive slowly, take the back roads. Stop and take pictures.
Go on adventures.
Take silly pictures of yourself.
Don't take yourself too seriously.
Alone doesn't mean lonely.
You don't have to be alone to be lonely.
Forgive the way a dog does. Grudges are bad for your heart.
Believe in magic.
Take risks, be brave.
If you ever have to question if you love someone still... you already have your answer.
Don't live with regrets.
Guilt and fear will only hold you back.
Be yourself, there is no one like you.
Being nice is not a weakness. Nice people are the bravest strongest people there are.
Life isn't wrapped in a pretty bow, but it is still a gift.

My heart is filled with joy as I reflect on this past year. I am sitting in the living room at my parents house, texting new years plans with a friend and sipping tea. Mowgli is snuggling with me on one side, Fungus on the other. The world is a beautiful place if you just open your eyes wide enough.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ups and Downs


Some days are harder than others. Some days are up, some are down. Today was a down day. I can't explain it. It just happens I guess. I even watched two musicals today.. and they didn't seem to boost my mood like they usually do. Life is funny like that. I sure hope tomorrow is a brighter day.

Happiness

Happiness 

- Finding lucky pennies
- Contagious smiles
- Unexpected texts
- Cheering someone up
- Feeling pretty
- Wearing new shoes
- Spinning and dancing in the rain
- Foggy drives
- Going on adventures
- Sipping a hot cup of tea
- Feeling as though you finally belong somewhere
- Realizing that everything will be alright

Friday, December 24, 2010

A Very Merry Christmas

Last week we celebrated the holiday season with an all girl tea party. Twice a year my mom and my sisters get together for a small tea party where we sip tea, eat finger foods, laugh and talk. This was the first time I was able to be home for a tea party in nearly 2 years. It was marvelous.
I'm very pleased to announce all gifts are wrapped, all hats are made and I can finally relax. It is 10:30 pm on Christmas Eve and this is the first time I can relax. Silly me.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart.
I wish so badly to write out sweet Christmas cards and letters to all of you who have been so sweet and supportive to me during the sad times, and the happy times. 

Life can be hard sometimes, but I am so thankful to you.. 
There is nothing sweeter than the kindness of strangers..
except maybe when those strangers become friends.

Mowgli and I wish you all a very very Merry Christmas.

“Judge nothing, you will be happy. 
Forgive everything, you will be happier.
Love everything, you will be happiest.” 
~Sri Chinmoy

Take Note

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Week In Pictures

This last week has been busy, snowy, and full of fun. I am just about over my terrible little cold and just about caught up with orders. I don't think I'm quite done with Christmas presents though.. this Christmas has snuck up on me a little too fast this year... and I'm not very excited about it. I feel like I am not ready. The 10 year old Rachael would be very upset with the grown up Rachael.. Though I don't necessarily think I'm all that grown up. I can't wait to get back to blogging regularly... Weird how I miss it.
Here is a quick summary of this last week.

 Explored a huge cemetery with spooky tombstones.
Watched a small snow storm.
Celebrated my mom's 29th birthday. (again)
Watched a bigger snow storm.
Watched deer play in the snow.
Went antique shopping and saw some wonderfully creepy things.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Man-Cheese-Sandwich

I've been sick for the past week. 
Sore throat, fever, stuffy nose.. you know.. a cold. 
The weather outside has been cold and a bit bitter. 
I've been staying inside this week.. 
sweat pants, no make up, just working on hats being and comfy. 
I'm not complaining entirely,
I just wishing this stuffy nose would leave. 
Plus I would like to have a life outside of knitting,
just once. (Insert winking face)

My week has been busy with hats and trying to get better. 
So far I have:
Knitted with a pup snuggling on my lap.
Got my nails done by my little sister. 
I laughed the whole time. (Ticklish feet)
Drank delicious tea from a tea straw, a gift from a dear friend.
Ate wonderful homemade gluten free bread, and yummy oranges.
Snuggled with a pup.
Snuggled with a kitten.
Made gluten free peanut butter cookies with my mom, which later fell and crumbled into the oven in a huge disappointing mess...
But will be used in peanut butter cups tomorrow.
Made Cream of Spinach soup from scratch.  
(Perfect for cold weather and feeling sick)
And finally, a made a Man-Cheese-Sandwich.

When my little brother was younger he thought grilled cheese sandwiches were "Girl" cheese sandwiches. 
 "Mom, I don't want a Girl cheese sandwich. I want a Boy cheese sandwich."
Girl Cheese Sandwich: One slice of cheese.
Boy Cheese Sandwich: Two slices of cheese.
Man Cheese Sandwich: Two slices of cheese, and onions.

Even though my brother is now in high school, and much bigger than me.. these names still stick.



Tuesday, December 14, 2010

'Tis The Season





'Tis the season for lights, decorations, angels, mangers, Santa, hot cocoa, snow and Christmas choir concerts. For hanging ornaments on the tree together, and braving the cold to decorate the outdoors.

'Tis the season for spreading good cheer, giving gifts and love. I received a beautiful little package from the beautiful Megan from Moonbeamwishes. It was full of beautiful note cards, such a sweet and unexpected gift. (Thank you, again and again!)

Sadly it's also the season for colds! I woke up with a sore throat and fever today.. Not excited about that.

I've been a busy girl trying to get hats out in time for Christmas... I've been stressing a bit and have even been having bad dreams involving not knitting fast enough, forgetting orders, and angry customers... Talk about nerdy!?

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season.. Christmas keeps getting closer and closer!