resolutions

1. Remember to treat yourself with respect and love.
2. Nourish your body and mind with your own positivity.
3. Fill yourself with clean, healthy foods, and only clean, healthy foods. Do not forget the beautiful way your body radiates when you fuel it with goodness.
4. Swallow the unnecessary negativity that swarms your mind. Never allow the negativity outside of your person; allow your love and positivity to rid you of all negativity, until one day it no longer grows inside of you.
5. Allow only light to enter. Some people create darkness, but you decided whether or not it dims your light.
6. Be kind. Always. Malice is not comedy: remember that.
7. Appreciate the breathtaking people you are blessed with everyday. Constantly remind them how much you love them (because everyone needs that reminder sometimes). Depend on these wonderful relationships.
8. Be confident within yourself. Accept the fleeting feelings of loneliness. You are an intricate masterpiece and in time people will appreciate your wonder.
9. Show respect and kindness to everyone, but especially those who are going through trying times. You have experienced similar circumstances. Use your positivity to surround them with hope.
10. Remember that when you are content within yourself, it will draw people to understand and appreciate the real you. Do not search for meaningless relationships.
11. You do not need to know who you are. In time that will come. You are constantly developing and evolving, but you must ensure that you develop and evolve into a blessing, not a curse.
12. Drink a green drink once a week. Think of all the aspects of the Earth that went into making you that drink.
13. Plant at least 10 plants this year. The Universe does so much for you: make sure you return the favor.
14. Volunteer. Redirect your time doing meaningless things and put that toward something useful. This will not only help those in need, but you as well.
15. Tell your mom that you love her every day.
16. Never go to bed angry. Do not let unhappy things fester inside you. Release them and fill yourself with forgiveness and acceptance.
17. Be more understanding, and less judgemental. Let people be where they need to be without reacting outrageously or negatively. Remember that what is inside a person means more than what is outside. Do not make blanket judgments. Look beyond stereotypes.
18. Highschool is temporary. Who you are in the real world is what really matters. Developing and loving yourself is more important than popularity could ever be.
19. Pray everyday, even if you are unsure of who you are praying to. Nourish your soul.
20. You create your destiny. You are in charge of your future.
21. You are not boring or weird for being kind and loving.
22. It is okay to cry. It is okay to be sad. It is not okay to wallow in the black hole of self pity. Life is beautiful and everchanging. Certain things are beyond your control. You must surrender and let go, knowing that as much as it may hurt, it is meant to be.
23. Do not be controlled or consumed by jealously. You are a different human and you will achieve different things.
24. Tell you bestfriend that you did well on your paper. Be proud of yourself and others, and do not feel shame in sharing proud moments.
25. Do not dwell on the past. Do not forget what has happened, but do not let it haunt you and do not use it to haunt others. Things happen, but you must always know how to move forward.
—  25 Things I Learned in 2015 (source christieuno)

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IT’S 2015 RESOLUTIONS TIME!

Résolution n°1 : Faire plus attention à ce que je mange

Je voulais du caviar, pétasse.

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Résolution n°2 : Arrêter de fumer

Je me mets à la coke à la place.

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Résolution n°3 : Être plus gentil avec les autres

Cher humain, aurais-tu l'amabilité d'aller te faire foutre ?

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Résolution n°4 : Enfin trouver le véritable amour

Ého toi le boudin là ! Tu veux aller boire un coup ?

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Résolution n°5 : Apprendre une nouvelle langue

(*Pute)

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Résolution n°6 : Faire plus de sport

Comment ça, “la sieste compte pas” ?

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Résolution n°7 : Protéger l'environnement

C'est du recyclé.

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Résolution n°8 : Conquérir le monde

Crains ma colère, espèce humaine.

I always have the best intentions when it comes to crafting and channeling my creativity. Every year, I try to do something new. Last thing was a hexagon quilt as part of an outside my comfort zone fabric exchange. I was only able to finish it after the year with the help from my sister. I also did more sewing creating with Vic’s Luigi Cat costume, which was stressful.

This year, my goal was to make a temperature scarf, where you knit a line (or two if you’re ambitious - ha!) selecting the colour based on temperature range. I’m ready to go! I have the ranges firmed up (for my area), yarn purchased, and numbers recorded daily… I just haven’t found my needles yet. I’m hoping to cast on before the end of the year, after I look up a YouTube how to.

How’s your crafting going? How to you motivate yourself to get it done? Share with us this and all your adult crafting and creating stories via ask, submission, or using #guladultcraft. Happy crafting!

- Cheryl (mrstu)

(the range starts at 14 Fahrenheit for black and 73.4 Fahrenheit for red, using daytime highs. It does much colder but we’re not factoring in windchill)

2014 Resolutions

I’m a big fan of resolutions. New Years ones. Birthday ones. I think I just love any type of list. And it’s extremely hard to keep your New Year’s resolutions, yes. But I think the real problem is that we’re not making the right resolutions. In order to avoid the cliched and terrible resolutions we’ve all heard a billion times, I think the secret of making good resolutions is to make ones that don’t automatically set you up for failure. Example: Vowing to “Go to yoga more” is a lot less daunting of a resolution than promising to "Go to yoga two times a week.“ Does that make sense? Another tip? Don’t make monthly goals, make seasonal goals. Four seasons sounds a lot roomier and more relaxed than twelve months do in my mind, but maybe that’s just me. 

In any case, I try to come up with good resolutions and here are what my 2014 ones were, if you were interested.

  1. Check Facebook only once a day and take Sundays off.
    • Did this happen? Not even close. But I definitely went on it way less than in 2013. This is where I learned that I shouldn’t be so restrictive since I’ll be less successful in the long-run if I have ridiculous expectations.
  2. Watch at least three documentaries a month.
    • This resolution might make me sound like a loser who yearns to be cooler by being more into documentaries and that’s exactly right. I did it and yet I’m not cooler than you somehow.
  3. Read at least two books a season.
    • Did it! Yeah!
  4. Try two things off Pinterest a season.
    • Did it! Gonna do it again.
  5. Apply for editor jobs at least five times a week.
    • Hahahah, didn’t even remember this was on the list. Tip #2: Don’t make long resolution lists.
  6. Volunteer at least once a month.
    • Did it only for the first seven months. Fuck.
  7. Do pilates at least five times a month.
    • Did this every month with the exception of stupid September. Goddam you September.
  8. Juice at least four times a week.
    • Nope! Nowhere NEAR that many times. This one was way too lofty. Gotta aim lower for next year.
  9. Never Google Kim Kardashian again.
    • COMPLETED! And this one felt good. I used to Google her a lot in 2013 to see her different outfits and pretty face and body and etc., but it was harming me more than helping me so I wanted to stop and I did.
  10. Stop reading The Frisky.
    • This was a hard one, but I accomplished it. Maybe it doesn’t seem difficult to you to stop reading something, but it was. I used to go on that site maybe twice a day, every day. And then somewhere along the way it became way less about women-centered topics and interesting articles to focussing more on pregnant celebrities and top ten worst dressed lists. I had to stop.

As you can see, I wasn’t entirely successful - but the things that did happen? I’m pretty proud of those. I also wrote down every day that I either went to the gym or went to pilates last year and figured out that I went 137 days out of 365. That’s 37.5% of an entire year that I was at the gym. Do you know how insane that is considering I hadn’t given a fuck about exercise for, oh, say 27 years? 37.5%! I think that’s incredible. And obviously I’m not saying that everyone needs to go to a gym, but, like, that’s insane for me and makes me crazy happy to accomplish something so (typically speaking) out of character.

I’m still thinking of some new ones for 2015, so when I do there will be a post about that in a few days. This was an especially self-indulgent post AND I’M NOT SORRY!

• Take better care of yourself - look after your hair, your skin, your nails, and your health. Wake up early and go for a walk instead of staying in bed all morning. Fresh air is good for you. Get to sleep earlier.

• Exercise more and stay healthy - exercise after waking up and before going to bed. Eat healthier foods. Drink water.

• Put more effort into things - try harder in school, at homework, and when revising. It will all pay off in the end.

• Get involved with more things - go outside and take photos, go out with friends, go to parties, go on dates, and have fun. Don’t stay inside all day if it makes you even more unhappy.

• Do things when you want to do them - if you’re not hungry, don’t eat. If you’re tired, go to sleep, wanna go outside? Go outside, go for a nice walk. So what if you have your tea at 10pm? Or you go to sleep in the early hours of the morning? And if you feel like going out at 2am, go outside. Go for a nice walk. Do what you wanna do when you want to do it. (Make sure you still take care of yourself though)

• Tell people more things - Tell people how you feel, (and I mean how you really feel. Don’t just say ‘I’m good’ because you think they won’t care about how you’re feeling. People will listen to you) Tell people how much they mean to you. Get closer with them. Tell them how much you love them.

• Work on your confidence - Sing aloud when you’re with friends at a party, dance with them. Do this when you’re alone. Anything to get you more confident with yourself.

• Cut out all the negativity in your life - if it doesn’t make you happy, don’t do it. Leave the 'friend’ that always argues with you, stop talking to the guy that pretended he liked you and then got with the other girl. This doesn’t mean you’re not good enough. Because you are. You’re amazing.

• Show people that you care about them - give them compliments, help them out when they need it, ask how they’re doing. Tell them you care about them. They may not believe you at first, but carry on showing them that you care.

• Try something different - try a new hairstyle, listen to music you wouldn’t normally listen to, have a look at different styles of clothes. You never know, you may like it. It’s nice to have a bit of a change.

• Don’t forget to smile. You’re beautiful.

—  My New Years Resolutions for 2015