My Sweater – Part 3

So, I did it. I finally finished my sweater. I love this cardigan! I’m very pleased with how it turned out. I did use different types of yarn, which is usually a big no no. However, it turned out nicely.

So what do you think? Want the link to the last part? Okay. Just go here: https://makeanddocrew.com/the-campfire-cardigan-part-3-easy-crochet-sweater-pattern/

I really hope that you’ve enjoyed this as much as I have. I’m ready for some cooler weather so I can wear it more.

Until next time,

Keep Chasing The Dream!

My Sweater – Part 2

Okay, I’ve been working on the sweater some more. I have some of part 2 done. I still need to do some more. I’ve got the length added. I haven’t added the rest of the sleeves yet. I’m kind of unsure at this point. It looks so nice like it is but I think that to make it more versatile I’m going to need to go ahead and add the rest of the length to the sleeves to make it a long sleeve. But, this gives me an idea for making another one that has the shorter sleeves and no hood. So just from this one pattern I have come up with at least three more ideas for more sweaters. I love this pattern and how easy it is to make into other sweaters just by changing up some things.

Part 2 Front

Part 2 Back

 

Again, if you want to find the second part to this pattern visit https://makeanddocrew.com/campfire-cardigan-free-crochet-sweater-pattern-part-2/. She has been so gracious to allow us to use this pattern free of charge. I haven’t explored the rest of her site yet (I’m afraid I’ll find too many things to start on and never finish a single one of them), but I’m sure there’s plenty to keep me occupied.

So, I’ve finished adding the length to the arms. What do you think? I like them. But I’m cold natured. I finished while at the Farmer’s Market.

My Sweater – Part 1

So, I’ve been working on a new sweater for myself. It’s actually a cardigan. I’m a very cold natured person. I have finally found a pattern that is easy enough to not intimidate me. I know that I’m better than a beginner but I psych myself out when it comes to making clothing. I feel more comfortable making hats. But this pattern was so appealing I had to try it. And I learned how to do a new seam in the process.

So, here’s a look at how far I’ve gotten:


So far I love how it’s turning out. I had even considered stopping at this point but I think instead I will make another one with some different yard. I want to change up the color scheme a little bit on the next one. I was working with yarn that I had smaller amounts of this time. It’s a bit of a throw together but the colors are actually coming out nicely I think. Purple is my favorite color of course so the next one may be done in shades of purple. I’m still thinking on that. No real rush right now as I’m still in the process of working on this one.

If you want the pattern,  it’s posted at the following website in three parts. This is from the first part. Just go here: https://makeanddocrew.com/free-crochet-hexagon-sweater-pattern-part-1/ and you can find the links to the other two parts as well as the link to the seeming technique she recommends you use. It’s such an easy pattern that you don’t need to get intimidated. I will admit that sometimes I didn’t pay attention to where my corners were and missed one then had to frog it back to my mistake. But it was still so easy and fun to do.

I will post a picture of the results of my part 2 once I can. I’m about to start working on it. I will try to remember and take some in progress pictures too but don’t beat me if I just get the end of step 2. I get carried away when I crochet and forget to take pictures sometimes. Anyway, here’s hoping you have a great weekend!

And don’t forget,

Keep Chasing The Dream!

Leaving A Legacy

I want to leave a legacy. I want to be known for helping people. That is my great desire. I love to help people. And the internet is a great way for me to do that. I can reach so many more people using the internet than I can without it. I can even reach people across the sea! Without ever having to leave my home. That’s what I love about the internet. It’s a great tool to help me do the things I need to get done.

Since I want to leave a legacy of helping others I have started my own success coaching business. I have spent hours pouring over all sorts of success content over the years. I know what’s out there and I know that most of the people looking for success don’t have the money to spend on the courses.

So, I’m here to fill in the gap. I have nothing against those people who are charging large amounts of money for their expertise. I’m just looking at things and realizing that there’s an unmet need in the lower income population. Just because they don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend up front shouldn’t prevent them from receiving success. So, I decided that it’s time that someone offered them what they’ve been looking for. An affordable plan with a built in system to earn money. That’s what they really want. And someone needs to give it to them. So, I created the Success Coaching section of Muldrow Gal. From there, people can sign up and start receiving the information they need to make a change.

I have no doubt that I can help others become a success. Most have already joined some sort of home based business that they aren’t doing too well in. They don’t have any real guidance or instruction on what they can do to see things start changing. I can help with that, IF they do what they are asked. If they just read the content on the site and in the emails but don’t apply it then they won’t succeed. They will have the knowledge available to them. They just have to apply it.

So, I’m working on leaving my legacy. What about you? Are you ready to leave your legacy? What do you want it to be? I want mine to be amazing and awesome so I’m doing something about it. Will you?

Until next time…

Keep Chasing The Dream!

 

 

My Hobby

I love to crochet. It’s my hobby. And I want to bring more of it to the site. I have plans to have guest contributors who will share their tips and tricks and maybe even a pattern with us.

Right now I’m working on a rug for my husband’s side of the bed. I don’t have rugs in my house. They’re nasty things. If I can’t pick it up and put it in the washer to clean it, I don’t want it in my floor. I’m allergic to dust and rugs are HUGE dust magnets. If you ever take the carpet out of your house you’ll see what I mean. Even if you vacuum every day there’s so much dirt under your rugs you’d probably have a fit if you saw it. So, we don’t have rugs in the house.

The rug that I’m working on is one that I’m making the pattern up myself. I tried to write it down but I just screwed it all up on paper. Maybe if I do a simpler rug I can write down the pattern. Or next time I will video myself doing it so that people can watch a video and make one of their own. I’m using black yarn so it’s hard to see the pattern unless you have the rug in hand. I’m making it so that there’s little puffed up areas that he can wipe his feet on before getting into the bed.

There are so many things I wanted to get done this weekend but there just isn’t enough time. I’m waiting for the sun to go down before starting on my next project. It’s not hobby related but I certainly wish it was. I do have three other unfinished crochet projects right now that I need to work on as well. I go between projects as the mood strikes me. Sometimes I’m just not in the mood to work on a certain project. So, I do something else that I’m in the mood for.

If my rug turns out okay (and I think it will) then I will do my best to try to do more projects of my own design. I’m letting myself be open to the possibilities that I am more creative than I used to be. With age comes ability. I am well able to do more things now than I when I was a young mother of 20 years old. And I’m proud that I have stuck with some things and had success with them. And I’m always open to new successes. You can never be too successful. True success makes us happy. If it doesn’t make us happy and bring us joy it’s not success – it’s work. And work isn’t fun.

Until next time…

Keep Chasing The Dream!

 

 

I’m Done

How many times have you said this to yourself? I ask because I’ve said this same phrase to myself I don’t know how many times. And yet, I kept going back for more. I kept telling myself I’m done with _________. And then I’d go right back for more. Why? Because I kept telling myself I’m not a quitter, it’ll get better, just hang in there a little bit longer and things will change, etc. I would go through all the cliches there are to psych myself up to get up out of that bed one more time and do another day. Glutton for punishment? Maybe. I have years of experience doing it. I’m faithful to a fault. Old reliable. Why? Because I hate change. At least that’s what my go to has always been when explaining why I kept going back for more.

But, the thing is, I’m making changes all the time. I rearrange my office. I rearrange my closet. I rearrange my living room. I have even rearranged my kitchen cabinets more times than my husband can stand! So, if I truly hated change I wouldn’t be changing so much stuff so often. The problem isn’t that I hate change it’s that I hadn’t changed the right thing. When we’re constantly changing things it means we’re not happy and we’re not willing to change what we know we need to change in order to make us happy. We’re afraid of change. THAT’s what the real truth of the matter is.

Change scares us all. It’s the unknown behind the change. With every change there can be one of two outcomes. Either things go great or they go so far south we may lose everything. So, we just keep changing other things trying to find the happiness we crave but are afraid to chase. We keep reminding ourselves of “how good we have it” in order to avoid the change that scares us. We come up with reasons to keep from chasing our dreams. And they’re all sound reasons. They have some sort of logic behind them. Any reasonable person would agree. I mean, why would we jeopardize our livelihood? Are we insane? What could we possibly be thinking?

We’re subconsciously thinking that we could be truly happy for once in our lives. We don’t realize it on the surface because it’s in our subconscious mind. It’s a little bitty spark that’s just dying for some air so it can breathe and grow into a blazing fire in our soul. If we ignore it long enough we will kill that spark and we will have never chased our dreams. There are so few of us left who are doing what they truly want to be doing. We need to help fan that spark in others. If everyone did what made them truly happy this world would be a better place. Some people love to work in factories on assembly lines. And that’s okay. Some people love to drive delivery trucks. That’s okay too. And some people love to help others chase their dreams, whatever they may be.

This world needs people doing all sorts of different jobs. If you’re not happy in the job you have but there’s a job out there that does make you happy then go for it! You will only excel at that job. If it’s a job that you hate you’re not going to do it as well as you would if you loved it. You just don’t put the kind of effort into a job you hate as you put into a job you love. And when you do what you love, the finances will take care of themselves. Because of your excellence at what you do, your boss will reward you well and more often in order to keep you around. Chasing your dream will pay off. It may not pay off at first and there may be a period where you’ll want to give up but I promise that if you stick with it, you will eventually be rewarded.

So, take some time tonight to do some soul searching. Look at what you want in life. Write it down someplace just for you. Someplace that you can take it out periodically and look at it. It’s your fan for your spark. Use it. You don’t have to make the change overnight. You can slowly make the change. Make the time to do a little towards your dreams. If you’re having a bad day then take a break from chasing your dream. You can’t do good things when you’re in a bad state of mind. Don’t beat yourself up if you take the time off to get into a better state of mind. However, don’t go on a permanent hiatus from your dream chasing. That’s an order.

Until next time…

Keep Chasing The Dream!

 

 

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day.

Today is a day to remember those who have sacrificed for our freedoms. Please take a few moments today to stop and think about what those brave men and women gave and those they left behind.

From the History Channel website:
Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

EARLY OBSERVANCES OF MEMORIAL DAY
The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries.

By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.

Did You Know?
Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.

It is unclear where exactly this tradition originated; numerous different communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day.

Waterloo—which first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866—was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.

DECORATION DAY
On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.

The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

Many Northern states held similar commemorative events and reprised the tradition in subsequent years; by 1890 each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Southern states, on the other hand, continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I.

HISTORY OF MEMORIAL DAY
Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.

For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

Memorial Day 2017 occurs on May 29; Memorial Day 2018 falls on May 28.

MEMORIAL DAY TRADITIONS
Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.

Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. On a less somber note, many people take weekend trips or throw parties and barbecues on the holiday, perhaps because it unofficially marks the beginning of summer.

11 Reasons Why It’s Important to Follow Your Dreams

I read this article online and I just knew that my fellow dream chasers needed to read it. It has some real truth in it. Take the time today to read this post.

There are so many reasons why you should follow your dreams. If you need some motivation, look no further than this post.

Source: 11 Reasons Why It’s Important to Follow Your Dreams

We all need to be reminded sometimes of the importance of chasing our dreams. I want each of you to be a successful dream chaser. Don’t ever give up on what it is you want out of life! It is attainable!

Until next time…

Keep Chasing The Dream!

 

 

Be Joyful

So, you’re tired of always feeling like things aren’t going your way and like they never will? Well, it’s time to turn things around. It all starts with you. Now, I know what you’re thinking. I used to think the same thing. I have learned however that that kind of thinking is wrong. I’ve learned that what I think about I bring about. So, if I’m thinking about negative stuff I’m just inviting more negative stuff into my life. And I’m done with all that!

Now, I know that you have doubts about this. I did too. Until I unknowingly tested it out. What do I mean? I started learning about changing my mindset to change my circumstances. I was thinking positive thoughts and positive things were happening in my life. Then I had a change that was out of my control that I was not happy about. I let it consume it. For over a year. And the more I focused on it and thought negative thoughts about it the more negative things started showing up in other areas of my life.

Now, I’m changing my thoughts and focus and I’m starting to see positive things showing up in my life instead of negative things. I know, you’re skeptical of this. But I promise you that it’s what has really happened! It all starts with us. We attract that which we think about. I’m thinking about positive things and I’m being more conscious of the negative thoughts that pop up. I have started trying to turn those negative thoughts around to positive ones.

I have to give credit where credit is due. I learned about changing my mindset from Dana Wilde and The Mind Aware. Now, mind you, she focuses on people with Network Marketing businesses but it holds true for regular life too. If you apply what she teaches about the brain to everything in your life you will see a change. That’s what I love about it. It works for non-business stuff too!

I’m working on building my new business and I am positive that it will be a success. Why? Because I’m doing something that I love. When you do something that you love it’s hard to be negative about it all the time. I admit I have those negative thoughts show up but I’m aware of it now and I immediately turn it around in my head to something positive. For example: “No one bought anything today.” I turn it around to: “No one bought anything today because they’re waiting for payday to purchase what they fell in love with today. They’re just making out their shopping list for payday.” See, it wasn’t that hard to turn a negative thought into a positive one. And, I believe that they are making out their shopping list for payday.

Here’s another example from earlier tonight. I was in a store shopping with my husband. He wandered off like he usually does. I think he’s right behind me but turn around to see he’s nowhere to be found. I had just told him that my phone was needing charged. It had already beeped at me. It made me mad and I started thinking ugly thoughts about how he was worse than a child at wandering off and not saying anything. Then I realized how my happy mood was quickly changing. I didn’t like how I was feeling. I went to look at something I like and just kept an eye out for him. When I finally saw him wandering around I went up to him and instead of  griping just came up with a smile on my face. So, instead of starting a fight I chose to be happy that we were back together. He happily asked if I was ready. He didn’t gripe that I didn’t stay with him where he went (which is usually what happens when this scenario plays out). So, changing how I was thinking about him actually made the evening end on a happy note instead of a sour one. He even let me listen to a webinar about Social Media on the way home while my phone charged and didn’t gripe about it once!

I am full of joy that I am finally doing something that I love. I love to be on the Internet helping people get what they want out of life. It can be anything from what they can find here on this site to what they can find at one of my other businesses, either my Gold Canyon site or on Color Monthly’s site. No matter where they go, it’s something they want to view because they’re interested in finding out more and making a purchase. I can find joy in the knowledge that I’m directing them to something that will benefit their life in some way. I’m not giving out information or links that are depressing. I’m giving out information and links that make people happy.

So, take some time today to spend just 15 minutes thinking happy thoughts. You can do anything for 15 minutes. That’s from another wonderful woman who I will talk about more in another post that can be found here. The change you want starts with you.

Until next time…

Keep Chasing The Dream!

 

 

Happy Bedroom

Okay, I have had a very unhappy bedroom for some time now. But, my Mother’s Day present was that the bedroom was put together the way I wanted it. This meant I had to tackle that unsightly mess of junk that we all throw into the bedroom to get it out of sight of company, especially when we weren’t expecting anyone to be coming over in just a little bit. Or worse, they show up totally unannounced and we have to go stash it so it’s out of sight while they’re there. Then we never take it and put it where it belongs and it just keeps multiplying. Like bunnies.

Well, I now have my bedroom mostly in order. I didn’t touch the closets. That’s for another weekend. And, I’ve found that I’m making the bed every morning now as well. I love coming home to find my bed made and looking like I’m walking into a hotel room. That’s what my husband said it looked like when I got done making it Sunday night. I feel happy when I get up and make it. It starts my day out right. It only takes about 5 minutes of my time, if that.

I have a website that I found years ago and have been an off and on follower of. It’s great for helping to get your home in order. I didn’t follow her rules Sunday but it’s easier now to follow them. Especially when I know that I can easily walk around the bed to actually put things away when I go in there instead of the stash and dash that I used to do. It actually made me feel depressed to go into the bedroom because of all of the clutter laying around. If you’re wondering what website I am talking about go check out Marla Cilley, The Fly Lady. She’s a present from Heaven!

She has all kinds of content to help you out. She has a store where you can buy whatever you need to help you clean and get organized. She’s great! One of her favorite things is “You can do anything for 15 minutes.” She’s the bomb when it comes to getting things done 15 minutes at a time. And that’s why I love her. I don’t feel overwhelmed when I do something for 15 minutes then stop. And then I purposely make myself refrain from nagging myself about not doing more. You can read more about how to do that here.

I know that there’s more work to do in the bedroom. We’re slowly fixing up this place until we’re ready to build our own dream house. My husband works construction so it’s been a struggle to get him to do anything to this place. It’s like the saying about the plumber or electrician. The plumber’s plumbing never works and there’s always something electrical broke in the electrician’s house. He does it all day at work and when he gets home he doesn’t want to do it even more. He’s tired and worn out. So, I was sure to tell him how proud I was of him for all the hard work he did Sunday. And he did a lot of hard work. He replaced flooring, installed two new plugs, moved a very heavy dresser/mirror combo, moved the bed, and I think he even mowed the yard. He might have done that Saturday but I can’t recall right now. Needless to say I was very thankful for all of his hard work and I wanted him to know that.

So, take some time today to start working on your bedroom to make it feel more inviting. It really does help your mood to have a clean bedroom. If you start the day happy you tend not to have as rough a day if things start going south. And, it’s easier to come home if you know you have a wonderful hotel-like room to retreat to if it was a hard day. Treat yourself. You deserve it!

Until next time…

Keep Chasing The Dream!