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Women in business

I have loads to say about this, but it reveals ‘stuff’, personal sorta stuff and life sorta stuff, stuff we really should talk about, but that we often don’t. I’m just going to scratch a very small surface here, as it’s played a massive part in my life last week, and is the cause each month on me hitting a ‘go slow’, a go slow I have struggled sometimes to get out of. Then before I know it another month has past and I’ve got nowhere. This changes, here now, this month (well last month actually) this has changed!

Women have cycles

So yeah, shocking news here, we women have cycles! Every single month we have changes in our bodies and hormones that cause changes, changes in our state of mind, changes in our feelings and emotions, and yes dealing with these around running your own business is sometimes more than challenging. Staying motivated, taking rejection, not feeling like curling up under a duvet with a good book or Netflix can be one of the biggest challenges around. Add to this having children around if you do, a partner, a home to care for, and sometimes it’s hard if you have a bad day to just get up and carry on.

I’m lucky I guess that moods and pain are not major issues with me (although you’d have to check with my hubby and kids, they may have a different story on the mood side, I will admit to having much less patience than I usually do πŸ˜‰ ). However, it is still difficult to switch the mind off and to stay motivated, when seriously all you want to do, and really should be able to do, is chill, look after ourselves and take on that self care.

Working on itΒ 

So here’s one of the many things I’m working on, knowing my cycle well enough to plan around it, how much work I have, what and where I share my work, planning family meals around it, so I can eat well, but make it as easy as possible to do so.

Stay motivated, keep looking at the good things in life, help everyone to see that there are good things in their life, despite the trials and worries, and be happy!

Much love

Davina <3

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Motivational Monday

quote-1460228_640Β I am keeping myself motivated for the coming week with some happy inspirational quotes, affirmations and thoughts and I want to share some with you all.

I have come a long way in the last 2 months in my own mindfulness and self care, and it is showing in my life, my house, my family and of course my businesses. I have been actively finding gratitude for everything, even for the seemingly negative, like drinking too much wine last night and staying up having a Facebook argument, oops! What do I possibly have to be grateful for, waking up late, with a toddler and 6 year old climbing on me fighting for cuddles, and a slight headache to boot? How could I possible find positives in that?

Well, just a few short months ago I’d have let that set me up for a negative start to the week, I’d have complained about it in a negative way and I’d have stated on my Social Media that that was just typical for a Monday, even though I always take time for myself on a Monday, I’d have still used it negatively.

chalkboard-1927332_640So how can I have found happiness and been grateful for the late start, headache and noisy shouting kids? First of all, 2 of my beautiful children were fighting over loving me! They just wanted to cuddle me so tight, and how can I not love and be happy about that <3 The reason for the extra wine last night? Celebrating a HUGELY successful week, more orders in one week than I’ve taken since the start of the year, more opportunities for the coming week, and knowing this is only the beginning of my awesome journey into making life better for all those around me! I can’t help but be grateful for the slight physical reminder of how happy I was last night. And of course I have been out of that noise and chaos all day, so I made the most of the cuddles while I had them. I also got to eat the best hangover cure in my local town hall cafe, bacon, egg and mushrooms in gluten free bread, so I wasn’t going to be feeling any worse!

As for the Facebook argument? Well I’m owning that mistake! I am using it as a reminder that I should not be going on Social Media after I’ve turned my computer and got ready for bed, that one slip into an old habit does not mean I have to stop all my new habits and become my old self again. I am still making steps forward to a better, happier life everyday. One slip into an old habit, does not mean you’re screwed forever! Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and carry on being the best you you can be, and then be even better!

motivational-999247_640I cannot wait to share more of my dreams and plans over the coming months, for now I’ll leave you with one more thought. Make sure you look after you, make your space bright and fill it with what makes you happy, whether it’s your car, your office, your kitchen, or some other room in your house, or even just your desk at work, make it so every time you see it, it makes YOU smile πŸ˜€

Write down every little thing, every day that has made you smile, made you happy, brought you joy or peace, and know if you do this every single day, you will start to be the happiest YOU! (OK that might have been 2 more thoughts ;-P <3 )

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Have a fabulous week everyone

Much love and peace to you all

Davina <3

 

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Ready to ship woolly goodies

Today’s post is simply a run down of this weeks ready to ship Etsy listings, plus read to the end to find out what I’m giving away over in my Facebook group this month

First up from the start of this week, this adorable pair of tiny longies. These are 100% pure wool so are ideal to use as a nappy cover over cloth nappies/diapers. for more info on why you should use wool, or how to care for it I’ll be writing blogs in the future <3

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These cuties are perfect for little feet, made to for up to 6 months, they’re soft hand dyed superwash wool.

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A brand new make from last weekend, these cotton adult wristwarmers. Made from chunky 100% cotton yarn, and I have enough yarn to make a second pair, which means there are 2 pairs listed over on Etsy.

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I cannot believe this cutie has made it through the summer without being snapped up, especially through the sale, but here it is. This sweet baby girl sunhat will fit up to age 9 months, and is 100% cotton. This is meant for some cutie little baby, so it will find it’s right home very soon <3

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Looking for a gift for a mum, or a good friend? This lovely soft cotton/wool blend shawl is so lovely. It is really easy care, it just needs a quick cool dip in water, squeeze the excess water out and then leave it to dry. It is one of the quickest things I’ve seen dry.

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This cute little hat will fit age 3-6 months or longer. It is a wool/cotton/acrylic blend.

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And finally, the longest a pair of these have sat in stock, this pair of rainbow striped, crocodile stitch baby booties. These will fit 0-3 months or longer. Made from machine washable (as wool) wool/nylon blend yarn, they are one of my most popular items (I’ve made 2 or 3 bigger pairs in the time these have been in stock), but shockingly these have not yet sold. Pop over and check them out <3

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If you’d like to see any of these, then join me for my Facebook live on Sunday, where I will also be sharing more on this months September giveaway, if you can’t wait till then, then here is a little clue:

Have a fabulous weekend

Much love

Davina

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Wednesday is study day

As I have mentioned more than once as well as Indigosky2Knit I have the pleasure of representing NYR Organics as an Independant Consultant, selling a whole range of organic bath, beauty and healthy living products. Some of those include a wide range of aromatherapy essential oils and other items.

So I am very excited to share that I have been working on my first 2 modules of my course to train as an aromatherapist. This is a mega step in my long term business goals and plans.

The art of aromatherapy 

I have been taken back in time to ancient Egypt and Cleopatra, Greece and Rome and Galen who was a fore thinking doctor of the time, and on to early 20th century France to learn some of the history of what would move on to be the foundation of modern day aromatherapy. Some of the information I’ve read I even remember from my High School study of early medicine.

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I then travelled right forward to modern times and the likes of Robert Tisserand who has been fundamental in getting the medical properties of aromatherapy recognised. This is all the kind of thing I love to learn.

 

 

 

Healing and caring for health has been an interest for so long when asked about my first experience of aromatherapy I struggled to think when it was, as I’ve known some basics for most of my life.

 

Of course the obligatory gluten free cake was consumed πŸ˜‰

I will be featuring aromatherapy in particular at my next NYR party over on Facebook at the end of September, so why not pop over and join me.

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The rest of my week will be fun with the kids and completion of 3 of my Indigosky2Knit orders, keep your eyes open for those on Sunday’s Facebook Live here, and on Monday’s blog post.

Much love to you all

Davina

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A new week, new plans

Here we are a few days into a new month, at the start of a new week, and I am FULL of all kinds of new plans. Over the coming weeks and months I’ll be talking about some of these.

For now I just want to make sure I post a blog after missing a week, to prove to myself, the universe, and all, that I am not going down old paths. I am continuing with this blog, and with my BIG career and business plans into my old age!

What are this weeks plans

Today, Monday, is admin day. I have been searching for knitted adult dress designs and then it was baby cardigans. So much variety and diversity. I have got the Etsy listings for the week planned out, some newbies, some relistings of Ready to Ship and Made to Order items. Do drop me a comment with any ready to ship items you’d like to see.

The projects of the week are Christmas coloured geometric elf slippers, a stunning lace adult cardigan and a unicorn, for custom items. Ready to ship items will include some adult headbands and one or two starts on Octoberfest projects, ready for the mega Facebook event I’m part of in a little over a month. So again if there’s any autumn or Halloween themed items you’d like to see then drop me a comment below.

Have a fabulous week and check back on Wednesday for what else I’m up to this week

Much love and joy

Davina