One of my favourite writers, Emily P. Freeman, has been sharing what she’s learned each month on her blog for the past two years. Some are silly, some are serious, and some are just plain useful! I always enjoy reading her posts, so this month I decided to join her and share what I’ve learned in July:
- It’s important to count stitches when crocheting. I started learning how to crochet a couple of months ago and I am horrible at remembering to count. I’ve unravelled so many projects to start them over from the beginning – just because I’m not paying attention. Every row or two it’s also a good idea to take a step back and look at the project from a distance. When you’re working up close it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture. Which is why I got three balls in on a blanket before I realized it was more a trapezoid than a rectangle. Ugh. I’m sure there’s a life lesson in there somewhere …
- More than I ever wanted to know about Pokemon! Nathan downloaded the Pokemon Go app on his phone and I have never seen him walk or rollerblade or spend time outside as much as I have this past month. (FYI: Rollerblading doesn’t work very well unless you go slowly. Otherwise you move too quickly for the GPS or whatever it is to register where you are/how far you’re going.)
- Stars Hollow is loosely based on the real town of Washington, Connecticut – which is where I’ve decided we need to go to celebrate our ten year wedding anniversary. We watched the entire series together while we were in the early stages of dating – forget about Hawaii, I want to re-live the Gilmore Girls! And yes, I’ve already told Nathan he needs to take November 25th off work.
- If you don’t submit your writing, you won’t get published. I’ve heard it said over and over that what makes you a writer is writing – but I’m not sure I agree. Are you really a writer if you have no readers? I love to write, but I’ve always written somewhat anonymously. My blog isn’t exactly a secret, but it’s not something I share with my friends either. I participated in Hannah Brencher‘s Writing Intensive last November and an important lesson I took away from it is that there’s no point in secret writing. We write for ourselves, to some extent – but it’s more important that we write for other people. This month I submitted writing to a couple of blogs and other online publications – and the first one was actually accepted!
- Smores with peanut butter cups are THE BEST.
What did you learn this month?