This month I’m making a pact with myself to let go. Something that I’ve always struggled with is balance. As a small business owner, I find myself holding hundreds of plates in the air at the same time and as a result, I end up only really balancing one or two in the air. Then there’s the guilt. The guilt of doing too much, the guilt of not doing enough, and sometimes I even manage to feel guilty about not feeling guilty enough (my poor therapist… or should I say, rich therapist). A few weeks ago I had coffee with the ever-brilliant Kay of Mason Dixon Knitting and I was about halfway through explaining this vicious spiral to her when she suddenly sat back in her chair and sighed. She looked at me and said \”I think the key to finding balance is to stop trying to have balance. Just let things be what they are and stop being so hard on yourself\”. So that’s the goal of the month. Letting go of being the \”perfect\” business owner, friend, writer, and person and instead, I’m going to choose to show up the best I can that day. Whatever that may mean that day. Today… that means finally spending some time on one of my favorite segments that I never have enough time to work on. Your crafting horoscopes are here. With Mercury in retrograde, it’s the perfect time for you to say goodbye to whatever negativity has been holding you back and move forward into a new chapter of creativity.
I do want to preface this by saying this is all meant in good fun. So with that said let’s get into your crafting horoscopes for the month of November!
It’s almost time Cancer. This is going to be a month of change and personal growth for you. Not just as it relates to your creative practice, but really across the board. You are ready to step into more of a leadership position. It might be time for you to start thinking about how you can turn your creative outlet into your side hustle. How can you grow what you’ve been working on into something bigger than you initially imagined? Do what’s in your heart and you should be just fine. But the first step for you is going to be to start sharing your work with the outside world. Post about it. Let your community know about what you’ve been working on. I’m not saying that’s an easy thing to do. It definitely takes courage to share something so personal. But you’ve kept this one to yourself for long enough. You might be surprised by the opportunities that will come your way once you open yourself up and let go.
Creative suggestion: Post, post, post! This is going to be great practice for you and you are absolutely ready to take this next step!
July 23- August 22
Well… that was surprising Leo! Your last WIP probably went much faster than you were expecting. You might have just finished it or are wrapping it up now. But it went by way faster than you originally thought it would. The good news is that now you can enjoy your FO. The challenging news is that you have a lot of life changes happening this month and you are really going to need to lean into your creative practice to keep you \”sane\”. As you start to think about your next WIP try going with a project that connects you to the things you fell in love with about crafting in the beginning. This could be something that you haven’t done in years, but that always made you feel happy. In between finishing your current WIP and picking up the next you might want to take this opportunity to do some stash busters. Clean out the yarns that just aren’t you any more to make room for more exciting materials that are more in line with who you are now.
Creative suggestion: Before you start something new clean the old out. This might be a good time to organize a yarn swap with a close group of your fiber friends.
August 23-September 22
Virgo, there are going to be people in your life that are not going to like it if you take this advice. But the goal for you this month is going to be cutting out the things that are negative forces in your life. This month is all about you figuring out what is and in some cases, more importantly, isn’t working for you. If you’ve been working in a creative collaboration that hasn’t turned out the way that you were expecting it is ok to express that. If things still don’t change it’s important that you are honest with yourself and step away if it is not working for you. This could mean saying no to a new commission, collaboration, or project. Being a people pleaser is not going to be healthy for you this month. It’s MORE than ok to focus on what you need. Even if that means ruffling a few feathers in the process.
Creative suggestion: Treat yourself! Cozy up under a blanket and recharge. Really hone in on your inner hermit and focus on you for a change.
September 23-October 22
Libra, this is a great month for you to focus on building connections with the community around you. Right at the beginning of the month, you are finishing a WIP that you’ve worked really hard on and it’s going to cause you to start thinking about your next steps. This is especially true if you’ve been wanting to build your crafting practice into a small business. Take a quick pause to really think about what this would look like for you. If you go to your local yarn store or creative circle this month try to stay open to the conversations that are happening around you. There’s an opportunity for you to build a connection with someone who has been doing this for a little longer and they could become a wonderful mentor and resource for you. There is also the possibility for you to reconcile with an old friend through your crafting practice. You might find that you two have more in common now then you did before. As long as you stay open to new possibilities and stay true to your creative vision you are going to have a very illuminating month ahead of you.
Creative suggestion: This is a month of exploration for you. Play with colors and really try looking at your creative practice from a new perspective.