Category: personal growth

Be an effective Ally – Equality for minorities

Some of you know me on Facebook and see me post longer missives when I am trapped in my head and need to say something. Usually, when I need to make clear something that I cannot voice easily for fear of interruption before the message is complete, or because verbalizing an idea that has so much effect and depth can be very difficult and dangerous.

These two posts are something I feel very strongly about. I would say I feel strongly enough that they need repeated attention. Read then take a day or a few and re-read. Look critically at not……


The belief of no belief system

There is a lot of talk of religion going on in our world/country and how it immediately affects our daily lives, whether you are a believer or not. There are agnostics and atheists involved in conversations with people of secular belief systems over how we live our lives and how laws are applied to our businesses, our movement and even how we educate our children.

There are discussions often driven by an elected “leadership” group that has worked to get placed in these positions of power through *convincing* people that they have the voice that represents them. These leaders now act on the……


Death and rebirth – ideas

The swinging door, the year changing – the frightfully awesome thrill of a new endeavor….

2016 was full of highs and a lot of noteworthy lows. It was not all bad, and we ave come back to this change in the calendar, Time to re-set our auto pilot to sign 2017 (good luck with that).

While negativity is not needed, there is much sarcasm and and a healthily jaded perspective from many of the people that lived their youth in the 80’s. Icons and heroes have left our world and we ask “who do we aspire to now?” I would like to……


Vote with your dollar

Every time you spend money, you are providing an exchange of value worth the time it took for you to earn that money. You are telling the maker/grower/manufacturer that their products and their business actions and in many cases, their politics and religious beliefs  align with your own belief/views. You are providing them means to be a voice on your behalf. You are supporting their networks and goals. In many cases, that is OK! There are a large number of businesses and people doing business that use their skills/network/money for the greater good.

however…  there are a bunch that are not.

Fast……


Knit Bomb-diggity

I have been posting alot about knit bombing lately.
There are a lot of reasons
1) Free art in the world

we need art
we need to make art
art inspires thought and dialogue

2) unique expression

my art is not going to be like yours
everyone has a different perspective of beauty to share
expanding perspectives by viewing others art is interactive
art can communicate emotions/experiences and spread joy

3) Unlimited opportunity – in particular with the fourth of July coming

Everywhere is an opportunity to make art
US infrastructure provides LOTS of places to install art
4 day weekend – we (yarn bombers everywhere) have TIME to get a bunch of pieces up
making……


Scratch That Itch.

Need something? Before you run to target, why don’t you see if you can MAKE IT?

The universe is full of great things, some greater than others. Like so many items, the ones that are made to solve a problem are more highly used. The ones that you make for others or yourself, tend to have more value. You know what it took. the materials inspire a memory. It has more value than the 1 thing you needed…

Are you able to re-purpose something in your closet? What about a trade? The love and effort and history in an object that has……


Plea to the “allies” in our communities.

To all of the allies out there.

That are loud and “proud” for us queers on social media.
That are shouting love and support from internet rooftops.
I need you to do me a solid.

Along with shouting love and support (I never want to take that for granted) I need you to do something harder. Something that will cause discomfort.
Something that requires intention and directness.
Something that may put you at an emotional risk.
Something that I need you to be strong for.

I need you to engage those around you, in your daily life, and educate, debate, help people that……


Color and Memory

Color is such a notable part of our lives, and we often take for granted how much it triggers our memories. Like smells or music, your brain-pan will file small bits away and as whole days fade away, snippets of moments are captured, in your subconscious, till that color/tone/lighting reminds you of something from your childhood, or your teens, or that time you married….years pass, but there is, like it was just moments ago, in your minds eye.

Along with my own opinions on this based off my own experiences, as someone that is hugely effected by color, there is some science……


Craftcation 2016

This early April I got the chance to do something amazing.

a conference.

ok – for many of you that is FAR from amazing. Still, this is my 1st conference that I attended to improve my skills, knowledge, network and focus of kNiTpUnK…

wow. it was a doozy.

Not only did I get a motivational kick in the arse, I was able to meet with so many intelligent, charismatic, savvy and talented people (mostly women, but not all!) in a really condensed period of time.

I have plans to improve my website, my etsy, my social media strategy, my unboxing experience…. AND NEW PRODUCT IDEAS!

so…….


Fears, Assumptions…

Fears drive many of our assumptions about ….. things.

Be it fears of exotic other people, or lifestyles you don’t comprehend, those foods that seem odd or weird, a regions risks and weather, the social standing of whole groups, even religions and their followers, or small challenges to your daily habits.

If you have fear of something, and you don’t address it, it becomes a monster. This isn’t a “it might” kind of observation. IT WILL. The longer you let that fear simmer, the more intimidating it gets. The hydra grows more heads. The werewolf gains sharper teeth and longer claws. The……