Coffee with Deb

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Morning is my favorite time of the day. The little jingle, waking up is Folgers in your cup, comes to mind. Now, you’ll be singing this all day. You’re welcome.

While I don’t drink Folgers coffee, I sure do love my morning coffee.

Morning routines have been a part of my day as long as I can remember. I’m fortunate enough to be able to have one that includes a bit of knitting, email, and social media. It’s about an hour when I can just let the time pass and not even care that it does.

With that said, that hour is for me to ease into my day, maybe plan what it will look like, and create space in my brain for new ideas.

Which in fact, I have many.

*taking a sip of coffee*

The problem, if you’d call it a problem, is that too many ideas surface each morning and I have not a clue where to start. I’ve been wanting to write a non fiction book on living intentionally. With so much of my life having raised great kids and not having to have a 9-5 job, it leaves me with many hours of my own time. (Bless my husband for providing an amazing life for us so I’m able to be me.)

So, where does this leave me?

*taking a sip of coffee*

Mapping out a plan, if you’d call it that, to write that book. With the help of friends brainstorming ideas, this may come to fruition. I’ve written several novels, but not non fiction. Yea, it’s writing, but it’s all “plotting” it out, sectioning it off so it flows and makes sense to you, my reader. I have had such an awesome life filled with adventures that I know of many of you reading this would relate to. Living intentionally is about making a life that you can be proud of. It’s not too late. Whatever your age. Day one starts now.

Today starts your intentional journey. Do me a favor, take out a piece of paper, a pencil, and grab your cup of coffee. Journaling.

Ok, i saw you roll your eyes. 😉 I’m not talking “Dear Diary” journaling.

I’m talking focused journaling with the intention of increased productivity. Remember, productivity doesn’t have to always be about work; finishing a book you’re reading or fun day at the park with your kids.

*taking a sip of coffee*

What makes you feel joy and contentment? That’s what I’m talking about.

Living intentionally.

Share your thought below. What is the one thing that brings you joy? Thank you for sharing your time with me today.

*taking a sip of coffee*

Write On!

~deb

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Olympic Knit Pattern Inspiration

Hello friends!

Are you watching and enjoying the Olympics? I’m sure there are many of you (like me), that don’t have a lot of time to sit and enjoy them.

I did see Chloe Kim in the snowboarding competition, though. Wasn’t she amazing? And, did you see her hat? Cute, huh?!

Designers have taken it upon themselves to create their own version of this cute winter hat.

Me included!

I’m calling mine Winter Games Chunky Hat.

 

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The details for this cute, cozy and comfy hat are below. I hope you enjoy this fast and fun ONE skein knit. Gather your supplies, your favorite beverage and a great Netflix show. Cast On!

Materials

1 skein Super Bulky Yarn – I used Lion Brand Thick and Quick

US Size 15 Knitting Needle

Notions

Tapestry Needle, Stitch Marker, Scissors, Tape Measure (if you’re analytical like me), Pom Pom Maker

Directions

CO 44 stitches, place marker and join for working in the round.

Round 1: *K1, p1; repeat from * around.

Repeat round 1 until hat measure 10.5″ or desired length. This length includes a 2.5″ rolled up brim.

Next Round: *k2tog; repeat from * around. 22 sts

Next Round: *k2tog; repeat from * around. 11 sts

Finishing

Using a tapestry needle, thread remaining 11 stitches through, pull tight and secure inside the hat. Weave in all ends.

Pom Poms can be made various ways. I chose to use the largest Pom Pom maker. Attach, wear and gets lots of compliments.

Knit On!

~ Deb

 

 

 

 

 

Critique Matters

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Hello!

Today I have been working on a novel that I had abandoned. For what reason, I don’t know. I probably got off on another creative adventure. Shocking, huh!

So, here’s what’s on my mind. I’d like to revisit this novel. I haven’t really fully edited it yet, but, I’d like to take an honest approach to getting it published. I know I have work to do and have reached out to groups for some honest critiques, but I thought I’d give my readers a chance at it first.

Let’s be honest, you would be my audience, right? Or maybe intrigued enough to read through this first page and tell me three things:

~ Does it capture your attention enough to turn the page?

~ Are the characters, this far, likable?

~ Should I trash it and try again?

Please leave comments or feel free to email me at Debbuckingham (at) yahoo (dot) com. I always enjoy hearing from my readers.

Thank you! Write On!

Deb


All Lacy Parker wanted was a little breathing room and the only place she could find it was in her bathtub. Even though the bubbles were flat and the water was getting cold, Lacy took this time to reflect on her complicated life, especially the last few months concerning Dawson’s infidelity. The four years they spent married was rocky, some would say . . .  insane.

Dawson was frantically packing for his tour to Iraq; a tour that would hopefully prove more successful on his return.

The letter sat unopened on the kitchen table.  A promise of a new tomorrow felt deep within Lacy’s heart as she heard the front door slam.

“Dawson . . .” Lacy howled louder. “Dawson.” Tears ran down her face leaving track marks through her makeup, only to realize he may not return.

Lacy sank further into her cold water, tears of anger welled up inside. A goodbye would have been nice.

“Hey . . . Lacy,” Dawson’s voice took up the silence, “You here?”

How didn’t he know where she was? Maybe he thought she went outside.

“Yea, Dawson, I’m up here.” Lacy jumped from the tub and wrapped an oversized towel around her thin frame; long blond tendrils lay wet against her shoulders. The knock on the bathroom door indicated Dawson was there.  She opened the door wide enough for him to walk in. Her towel fell to the tile floor as Dawson wrapped his strong tattooed arms around her.

Love What you Do, and You’ll never Work a day in your Life

You know that old saying, don’t you? It’s what we all wish we could do, right?

If your work involves something you’re passionate about, you’re one of the lucky ones. Particularly, as it can bring joy to your working life and your day. However, some people have to “put up” with having a “real job” that doesn’t satisfy them, this makes going to work drudgery, though it pays the bills.

I get that!

If your life is going this way, take a step back and think again. I’m not saying every hobby can become a job, but I am one of those “lucky ones” that it has. And it can be for you too.

I’ve compiled a list of 10 tips that may help you in thinking toward loving your job and never working a day in your life:

10 fun ideas to think about

(1) Maybe you paint, knit, blog, or even play in a 3-piece band, find a way to showcase your talent for others.

(2) Research has found, that the more people engage in their hobbies, the more likely they are to come up with a creative solution.  Perhaps making it their “career”. So, do (more of) what you love. Get good at your hobby.

(3) Hang out in groups on Facebook or Instagram that have like-minded individuals. See what they’re involved with. How they are making a living doing what they love?

(4) Are you open to taking a risk? If so, it may be time to take that plunge. Do your research. Publish a book, pattern, or write an article for a magazine.

(5) Teach others to do what you love? You can do this by creating your own class, doing a webinar, or teaching through a college or continuing education program.

(6) Teach the business of your hobby? For example, if your hobby is magic, teach marketing to magicians. Maybe you love cooking, you could teach others how to get their cooking book published, or teach them a new skill in the kitchen.Do you love to travel? Write an ebook on the best places to see or send in an article to a travel magazine.

(7) Speak or write about your hobby – Hobby-related topics or stories are always of interest to small groups, small papers. Maybe asking to do a guest blog post.

(8) Fix “things” related to your hobby. Maybe your hobby is computers. Most people don’t have a clue how to “fix” them when they break. I know I don’t. Offer your services. Are you a knitter? There is always a dropped stitch (ask me how I know). Offer workshops to show them how to “fix” their work.

(9) Sell your work at craft fairs, local events. Set up an online shop such as Etsy, to showcase your work. (I’ll be doing a post in the coming weeks on setting up an Etsy shop successfully. What I’ve learned along the way.)

(10) Most of all, be enthusiastic about your hobby. Love your hobby or hobbies. Seek out others in your chosen hobby “category”. Friend them, ask them questions on how they got started?

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“The next time you find yourself confused as to how to generate income from your hobbies, search out the most successful entrepreneurs in your area of interest and study their business models and revenue streams.” ~Forbes

Ask them where their income is coming from. Products? Services? What is their pricing strategy?

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Not everyone is going to be a super-star by turning their hobby into a career, but it will ensure us that we will love what we do, because it will nourish us. Feeding your creativity brings joy, excitement, and a positive attitude toward our chosen hobby. So, what’s stopping you from seeking out the possibilities.

It’s a fact!

I love my job! You can too.

I’m curious, and I would love to get some feedback. What can you add to my list? Tell me your hobby? Are you an artist, writer, journalist. Do you knit, crochet, or sew? What do you love to do? Let’s chat.

Live a Creative Life,

Deb

Ready for NaNoWriMo?

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It’s two days away…yes, 2!

You know that internal editor that always slows us down, sits on our shoulder and says, “No, you need to go back to the last chapter and re-read it”?

Well, I’ve decided that I am turning OFF my internal editor for the duration of November. What I wrote yesterday doesn’t exist. What I wrote last week doesn’t exist. This will be fun! A way to train my brain that words are what matter, my story may or may not move along like I want it to, and I have the drive to complete all 50,000 words.

A chapter a day consisting of (at least) 1667 words will be written. That gives my novel a total of 30 chapters. A total of 50,000 + words.

Coffee is my friend. That will be a good thing…

Are you with me?