Looking on the Bright Side of Life; Day 2

Day 2 of my actively positive mindset has gone well.  It’s been a good day.  A really good day.

Todays 3 things I’m truly thankful for, and made me smile:

  1. I made a paneer saagwala from scratch and it was delicious.  This was my first time making the recipe, and it came out wonderfully.  I’m especially looking forward to the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
  2. I felt like my problem-solving skills were on fire at work today.  Several people came to me with issues and I helped solve them – even those that were outside my role.  The idea of being a ‘trusted advisor’ is really starting to make sense.
  3. A particularly tall individual spoiled me with an ice cream for desert.  Awesome gift from an awesome person.  It’s the little things!

Short and sweet.  So, with that, I leave you with a song:


Positive thoughts, positive actions


This website has officially become more than just a knitting blog.  Not because of anything in particular that I’ve posted, but because of what I will post.

Mentally and emotionally, I’ve been going through a rough patch.  The kind of rough patch that requires me to do something in order to get over it.  So, step one: look at the positives.  Actively seek out the positives.  Share the positives.

The theory being – if I’m consumed by the positives, it’ll crowd out the negatives.

I’m pretty sure that’s the general theory behind eating healthy – eat all the veges, and crowd out the bad stuff.  Oh well, I stole it.  Tough.


I want to identify at least 3 things that went well, or I enjoyed, or makes me happy to think about, every day.  The idea is to share them here and document it all.  Sure, there’ll be knitting things, but there’ll also be so much more.

What happens if I miss a day?  No biggie.  I’m not going to stress about it (kind of defeats the point, no?).  That said, I want to keep this up for as long and as consistently as possible.  That’s it.  It’s that simple.  No more rules!

So, without further ado; todays 3 things:

  1.  I got really good news at work.  Something that I have been waiting to hear the official word on for a little while, so this was a big relief!
  2. I started designing a shawl with some of my own hand dyed yarn (a double-whammy!).  It’s a relaxing knit that’s bringing a smile to my face.
  3. Going through the photos on my computer has reminded me of recent trips and how much fun I have when I’m with my friends.  Nostalgia?  I’ll take it.

What does tomorrow have in store?

Knitting is Killing Me

Or, more accurately, my obsessive knitting has contributed to my current health woes.  But that’s not a snappy title, is it?


If you’d asked me a month ago, I would’ve told you that knitting saved me – it’s helped with managing my anxiety, it helps me wind down at the end of a work day, and it keeps my brain healthy by nurturing my creative side.  I would’ve sung it from the roof tops!  And it’s still true, to an extent.

The problem with knitting is that it’s a ‘bum spreader’.  You know, an activity that has you sitting for a long period of time.  Kind of like all my other hobbies.  And my job.  So; my life.

So why am I bringing this up now?

Because I haven’t respected my body, and it’s telling me enough is enough.

I used to work hard to improve my fitness, and look after my body.  I was never an athlete.  I was never an exemplar of good health.  But I tried.  And, for some reason, I stopped.

So I’m starting back up again.  Consciously.  I’m making an effort.

I’m going to be a fitter knitter.