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Why "stelepami"? 

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Procraftination: Engaging in hobby crafts as a form of procrastination.

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Oh no I sat down and now I might never get up again. :doggoblob: + 🛋 = :oh_no: :oh_no_bubble:

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Me: *takes a day off from the keyboard*
My hands and wrists: Yayyy!
Me: *knits all evening* :knitting:
My hands and wrists: :oh_no: :oh_no_bubble:

Look at a thing I did today! I can touch it! I had to go back a few rows sometimes but generally see that I'm making clear forward progress!

When I'm done it will be a warm scarf and it will be pretty and I will give it to a friend so he can stay warm and remember that people care about him.

This is fulfilling and brings me joy.

:knitting:

I am questioning my yarn choices. Probably should have just done some Malabrigo drapey squish. I can't return this yarn now, so I'll keep with it awhile and decide whether or not I end up OK with it or if I need to reconsider and resupply.

It's a present! Yay! Like to make hugs for people I care about and the recipient has been having a rough time lately.

:knitting:

Scarves shouldn't have wrong sides but slipped stitches are pretty… :knitting:

Anyway… I think about this stuff a lot. About the invisible barriers that are put up around various creative works, hobbies, sports, etc.

This stuff should be super accessible and above all, *fun*.

I grew up with weekly bonfires where my parents and their friends would sing songs around the fire, but everyone I know is too self-conscious to just… sing, make music, dance, etc. together.

I miss it so much!

Okay, stepping off my soapbox. :da_sweat: All the love, everyone!

It's taken me a very long time to unlearn a lot of the toxic ideas I gained over years of being in the illustration/art world.

We need to celebrate being "bad" at something, but doing it anyway, for the joy of it.

We need to celebrate singing at the top of your voice without caring what other people think.

There's nothing wrong with striving to be the best at something! But it's okay to just *do* things without measuring up. Enjoy what you do! Whether you do it for 40 hours a week or 10 mins

There isn't enough media celebrating people doing things just because they like to, whether they're objectively "good" at it or not.

You always hear about the ones with a talent in something, which is all well and good! But why should people feel discouraged from doing something just because they can't devote the time/energy to become "good" at it?

Why can't anyone doodle, draw, make comics, play music, write, etc. and enjoy it without feeling like they have to live up to a standard?

You see this a *lot* in sports, be it inspirational sports movies, the Olympics, organized/professional sports. There's a huge emphasis on being the BEST, which actively discourages people who don't have the time, energy, or inclination to devote most of their lives to the pursuit of This One Thing.

You see this a lot in creative circles, as well. People look at creatives making/playing incredibly detailed works and think "I could never do that, what's the point?"

Had a chat with someone yesterday about how supposed "inspirational" stories can actually inhibit people from trying to get better at those things themselves.

Most stories you hear are the rags-to-riches type; someone comes from nothing, devotes all their time and energy to one thing, and then becomes the best at it.

It puts a huge focus on being the Best at something, which makes many of us think: I'll never be the best, so what's the point of trying?

Just thought I'd mention again:

I have a FREE or Pay What You Want .pdf copy of my Snowflakes Colouring Book available here:

:gumroad: gumroad.com/l/hTdbD

They're easy to print out and colour to your heart's content!

#ColouringBook #ColoringBook #ColouringPages #ColoringPages #Lineart #Free #MastoArt #CreativeToots #Snowflakes #Mandalas

My new glasses are ready to be picked up! And then I can get the lenses upgraded in these, my favorites.

And and! I can do the trial contacts again once I am used to the new prescription and hopefully have those sorted by the time derby practices start in January!

You don’t owe anyone the right to cross or even push on your boundary.

You drew the line. Their disrespect of your line says volumes about what’s important to them—and it’s not you.

OK, I think I'm gonna have to limit myself to a single Mary Lambert album this morning because :uffda: but also I want to cross stitch everything she says/writes/sings and hang it up everywhere in the world

Me, taking the silly "lightly molded cups" liners out of my soft fabric bras:

🎶 I don't care if the world knows where my nipples are 🎶

to the tune of "Secrets" by Mary Lambert

This, on the other hand, is a very *good* email! 🐉💜📬 (thanks, @silverseams !)

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