I think one of the things that has held me back from creating a blog is trying to decide what kind of blog it would be. Basically, what interest would I focus on? And I just couldn’t answer that because my interests are always changing. I’ll be into one thing for a little while, then get totally distracted by a new interest, get into that, then maybe find a new one, or return to the first one. I rarely stop doing things because I’m bored of them. Rather I just get excited by something new (you know, “Squirrel!” moments) and it takes a while before I’m back on it. So how was I going to maintain a blog on one topic?
Well, I wasn’t. So instead this blog is going to be about all of them. All the things that grab my interest. This isn’t going to be the place to come if you want to become an expert in something (because I’m not even close to an expert in any of these things). But maybe you are like me and want to come along as I learn about and try to do things I know very little about. And maybe you’ll find my site because we share an interest in one thing and you’ll end up trying other things that you hadn’t even thought of. That’s my hope anyway.
I do want to try to organize these adventures and hobbies a little though so I’ve come up with six main categories to start with and thought I would give a little intro to each. Maybe one will peak your interest!
Sewing and Other Textile Arts
I truly have had basically no sewing experience. Before starting this blog, the last thing I made with a pattern from start to finish was a skirt when I was in grade 11, and I hated it enough to swear off it for another two decades. When my son was born, I ventured to make curtains for his room, because I thought, how hard would sewing four straight lines be? They didn’t start out actually awful, but since I had to then retrofit blackout material on to them, it got pretty messy. But thank goodness for the internet because there are now beautiful souls offering free tutorials on sewing fun, easy, useful, and cheap items all moms can use (think leggings for the kiddos (a wallet-saver in the potty-training years), beanies, pillow covers, etc.) that are actually doable. Even for me! Check out my curated list of tutorials here!
So another thing happened this year…I gave up eating meat. Now, I spent a year in my early 20’s as a vegetarian after reading half of a PETA pamphlet, throwing it down on the coffee table, tears streaming from my eyes, and declaring to my boyfriend (who is now my husband) that I couldn’t possibly ever eat meat again. Well, I didn’t really miss meat, but it turns out that I’m sensitive to soy in large quantities and that was basically all I was eating for protein. Once I realized this I said to myself, “Well there’s no way I can live on chick peas and lentils for the rest of my life” and I switched back. Fast forward another decade and a half, and I’ve been unable to ignore the mounting evidence that maybe eating meat and meat products isn’t actually all that good for our bodies. So in April of 2017, I decided to try to be as plant-based as I can. I haven’t eaten meat since then, and I’ve been limiting my dairy and egg consumption. And you know what’s happened? I’ve fallen in love with the food I’ve been eating. There are so many amazing options now (it is not just chick peas and lentils, although there are wonderful ways to prepare them too) and they’re easy, quick, cheap, and don’t need any special ingredients (like what is xanthum gum anyway?). I’m dedicating this section of the blog to the delicious recipes that I’ve found on the web. If you even want to experiment with plant-based eating once a week, this is the place to check out!
Oh, and I’ve also gotten into growing my own food (see pic above) so my diy home farm tips will likely go here too, until they grow so big that they need their own section of course…
I’m actually serious. You can do it. I can do it, so you can. The last formal training I had in woodworking was in grade six, and I can’t even remember what we made but it involved a router. Or maybe it was a jigsaw? No idea.
Enter: the kreg jig. I will explain what this thing is, but seriously, it’s a game changer. It pretty much makes creating your own furniture as easy as assembling Ikea stuff. Maybe easier, and a whole lot more fun.
I’ll post pics of the projects I do and where I got the instructions from. If you like Farmhouse Rustic decor, I’ve got your list of projects to try!
Health Growth and Wellness
This is the section I’ll provide the cool tidbits of info on wellness, both from my psychology practice and my life. This will be a place to find out about ways to ease anxiety, sadness, self-doubt, anger, etc., while cultivating self-compassion, self-love, and kindness. There will be lots on meditation, what’s normal human experience (I’ll bet a lot of what you think is really weird about you is actually experienced by most of us), and alternative treatments (acupressure, essential oils, etc.). Basically this may end up being a hodgepodge section full of things that I find interesting and useful when it comes to feeling good.
Fashion and Decor
I’m no fashionista by any means or an interior designer, but I definitely know what I like and I love to get what I can in the cheapest way possible, whether that’s through awesome sales or DIY. And I’m in Canada so if you’re Canadian, you can rest assured that whatever I recommend is actually getable here!
Fair warning, I love Canadiana, both in fashion and decor, so that will be a strong theme.
Family and Parenting
Last but certainly not least, I am a mother of two and I know for sure there are other mothers out there who would benefit from not having to reinvent the wheel every time they’re faced with a parenting question mark. I’m certainly one of those mothers and I love reading other mom’s blogs who give me advice about great products to try, toys to buy, clothing companies to check out, etc. So I’ll return the favour here.
Okay…so now to fill in each of these categories. So much fun, so little time!