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Don’t be so hard on yourself.

This is a fact that I need to repeat to myself on a daily basis. 
However, it didn’t sink in until a new friend of mine simply told me last week, “Meredith, you are way too hard on yourself.” I don’t know why, but it means so much when new friends say exactly what you need to hear. They only know the basics about you, and yet, they can see the things that you refuse to see. Her comment made me realize that I rarely take the time to enjoy my accomplishments without worrying about what is coming next. I turned in my book last week. Everything.  It’s all done. Photos, illustrations, text, crochet samples…I turned it over to the publisher with a sigh and a smile. It feels so good to be done! However, instead of fully resting and taking more than a minute to enjoy that accomplishment, I start worrying about an endless stream of tasks and things to worry about in the months ahead. In addition to finishing my book, in the last few weeks I have experienced a lot of change. I moved to a new apartment and started a new job. So. Crazy. I plan on taking pictures of my apartment decorating progress this week. 
I also finalized the details for my new blog design. It should be launching in the next few weeks. I can’t wait! 
I have a lot of big plans coming up here on the blog! I am pretty excited to announce a new group yarn bomb this week. Group yarn bombs are my favorite. Your creations make me so happy. Stay tuned for more details on #sheepishthanks. Also, I am working on projects for the Second Annual 12 Sheepish Days! I wasn’t sure if I was going to have time to make these projects but I have twelve ideas that I just can’t wait to try. It is going to happen. 
All that being said, every day when I wake up I need to remember, “Don’t be so hard on yourself.” I never want to feel guilty when I take a break to see an AMAZING Ben Rector concert with one of my best friends. It should be ok to step away from the computer and awkwardly swing a golf club with a new group of friends. I want to spend time making crochet birthday banners for gifts. It is more than ok to do these things.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by work and life, please take these words to heart…
Don’t be so hard on yourself.
  1. I unveiled a new blog design in April and it was one of the highlights of my blogging career! Best decision I ever made…can’t wait to see yours! xoxo

  2. I really needed that, thanks for sharing!:)

  3. J says:

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  4. Such truth in those words! I entirely understand how you feel and it is so vital in life to relish in those moments, to live in them. Great reminder!
    Can’t wait to hear about the group yarn bomb!

  5. So hard to remember, so important to repeat, re-learn.

  6. Faith says:

    Right there with you, lady! You’re awesome, and you totally deserve a rest and a breath or two of fresh air. <3

  7. Becca says:

    Man, it’s a tough one to actually take to heart. I try to tell myself the same thing all the time and it only sinks in every once in a while. Congratulations on finishing stuff up with the book! I can’t wait to see it! Hang in there, lady. Things will calm down soon!

    -Becca
    Ladyface Blog

  8. bekswhoknits says:

    If only I could figure out why I don’t listen to myself when I give myself good advice. It needs to come from someone else for me to take any nothing of what I’ve been saying all along.
    It’s very frustrating.

    Can’t wait to see your new blog design.

  9. creacarmen says:

    This really sounds like me.. Everything has been going very well but I keep thinking about the things I still have to do. Sometimes I just have to stop for a moment to let it sink in that actually I’m doing really great! I’m looking forward to the 12 sheepish days :) No pressure though!
    xoxo Carmen

  10. Jenn Poort says:

    How very very true! I was kind of drowning myself in crochet ‘work’ although it’s supposed to be a pleasure… Thank you. Oh, and congrats on the new house and job! Enjoy!!

  11. Tilly says:

    Congratulations on turning in your book, Meredith! This is EXACTLY how I feel right now and what I should be telling myself. I’ve just finished my book too and have rushed straight into clearing a backlog of work and stressing about the next big project, without really taking time to reflect and relax. Thanks for the reminder to be kind to myself! x

  12. donnarossa says:

    I know this feeling so well. I’ve had an accident almost two years ago that put me out of my life for five months (and the recovery took another year!). I’ve learned many things. One of the lessons is: you can still do things slower and nobody cares. The stress we have its our own product how we see it and it should be done.
    Give yourself in a regular base a nice treatment!

  13. Congratulations on finishing the book things! That is so exciting, I wish I could celebrate with you :) And I can’t wait to see the new blog design!

  14. CJ says:

    Well done on completing your book, a really wonderful achievement, you should be very proud of it. Glad you have had a couple of outings to relax, life does sound busy for you right now, although in an exciting way. Good luck with the new job, and I do hope you settle into your new apartment and are very happy in both.

  15. You really should be proud about your achievements. I am looking forward to all that is to come on your blog.
    I am currently trying to figure out where I want to go after uni and it is stressing me out a lot. So, your reminder to not be so hard on yourself came just at the right moment. Thanks!
    And make sure to remember it yourself.

  16. Yes I agree, I should stay a bit away from the computer and enjoy life too!AriadnefromGreece!

  17. stefanie g-r says:

    Congratulations on finishing your book! And thanks for the reminder to take it easy every now and again. I have a hard time with that myself!

  18. I agree 100% Thank you for sharing this beautiful message (along with everything else you share). You have no clue how much I needed to hear those words today!

  19. Ilosofiaa says:

    Don’t be so hard on yourself <3

  20. Rhianna says:

    Meredith, I feel the exact same way right now, and I needed to see this today! Thanks for sharing. We definitely need to stop being mean to ourselves, and start realizing how great we really are. Look how much you’ve accomplished? It’s amazing! You should be super proud of yourself! Congrats on the completion of your book! Can’t wait to see it! Lots of love, Rhi

  21. thanks for sharing. we are all with you 😉
    we all need to celebrate more what we´ve allready made and reached. and more fun for everyone every day 😉

    groetjes ★
    vreeni from freak in you

  22. Prudence says:

    I find you delightful and so very inspirelious! I don’t comment often , as you are very admired , I dido all the Kodos! Thank you for your knowledge and amazing style! A Huge fan in northern Canada! Debi

  23. Naomi George says:

    This was exactly what I needed to read right now. Just perfect :)

    ♥ Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

  24. Becca says:

    This is so true. We’re always our own harshest critics, comparing ourselves to others and believing we’re not good enough or cool enough or creative enough. But we totally are enough and we’re allowed to enjoy life. :) x

  25. That bunting is adorable!

    That’s great advice, thanks for sharing and well done for taking it on board yourself :)) Congrats on finishing your book. You’ve been a busy lady!

    Sophie

  26. Love Crochet says:

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  27. Erika says:

    Excellent advice… most people say things to themselves that they would never say to anyone else. (Nor would they take that kind of nonsense from another person!)

  28. Rachel says:

    God I love that notebook.

  29. Chandra says:

    Loved this.. so needed to read this post!

  30. Akamatra says:

    New friends can be the best! Take it easy, life is too short to be so stressed :)
    (I say the same thing to my mirror everyday!)

  31. yoojin says:

    Amazing picture, so pretty! :) Love your post. Such true words. :) I’ll keep it in mind.

  32. I’m new to blogging and just came accross your article on networkingm, which led me to your blog. I have to say, the message in this post is exactly what I needed to hear! So true!

  33. Marisa says:

    Okay, so I have a very important question. I am dying to know how your crocheted garland turns out so beautifully! I swear I’ve tried ti knit and crochet triangles and I can’t figure it out!

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