Learning To Sew-A Lesson in Poise

sewing classPure exhilaration is what I felt after I completed my second sewing class. Initially,  I was a ball of nervous energy. But once I sat down at the sewing machine and pressed my foot pedal to make my pajama pants, my nerves disappeared.

Unlike my first class, I felt comfortable using my machine and was even able to manage on my own (a little bit). My sewing instructor was exceptional. She is probably one of the most patient people I’ve even come across.

I wasn’t afraid to ask questions, or even make mistakes because I knew that my instructor would take care of me. Towards the end of class I got bold and even created a custom tag for my pajama pants and sewed it on with no problem.

Cutting the pattern for my pajama pants.

Cutting the pattern for my pajama pants.

Sewing the encasing for the elastic waste band.

Sewing the encasing for the elastic waste band.

My makeshift "Made By Krystal" tag.

My makeshift “Made By Krystal” tag.

I’m excited about my next class and have now begun contemplating the type of sewing machine I will purchase.  Certainly, I’ve picked up a new hobby!

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Sometimes God Speaks To Me

heaven 2Dear Krystal,

You are certainly good enough. You don’t need another degree or certification.

There’s no reason for you to get a different job, or  promotion.

And even though you wish you would win, a trophy will not create a greater sense of being in you.

You are enough….just as you are.

Highly qualified, totally capable, beyond talented…I made you; that is who I created you to be.

There is nothing YOU can do to add to MY perfect foundation. And no amount of worry or cowardice will subtract from MY origination.

You are everything you need. You are enough.

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Closet Organization: Scarf Edition

scarf organizerA zillion scarves are haphazardly strewn about my closet and bedroom.

Ok, not exactly a zillion- maybe more like twenty. I’ve pondered the most effective way to store them as to not break my leg tripping over one.

I hadn’t come up with a solution until I was scrolling through Instagram a few days ago.

Fellow blogger, Quiana, of Harlem Love Birds posted a picture of a scarf hanger she purchased from Big Lots.

Excited to find a solution to my never ending scarf problem, I rushed to Big Lots and scoured the store in search for the hangers. My search was successful! I went home with two scarf hangers for the price of only $4.00. Unbelievable!

Now, my closet and bedroom are a little tidier thanks to this awesome organizational tool. To read about my scarf obsession click here.

scarf hanger

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Learning To Sew-A Lesson in Bravery

learn how to sewWhile I shy away from making new year’s resolutions, I made a conscious decision at the end of 2014 to spend more time nurturing my creativity and trying new things. So often people live their lives on autopilot- not really experiencing life…just going through the motions. I don’t want that to be my story.

So I set a deadline to finish my manuscript for my third book, I created a new writing space in my home, and I signed up for a sewing class at Joann’s Fabric. I can’t tell you how many years I’ve wanted to learn to sew. And since I’ve become obsessed with blogger MimiGStyle my desire to sew has gotten stronger.

Just before the class began I was a ball of nerves. I sat beside an eleven year old girl and felt so inept. The instructor began and I had no clue what she was talking about. She was using terminology that I was unfamiliar with and speaking very quickly. I wanted to cry.

But once she came over to me and gave me a little one on one instruction I began to get the hang of my machine. My fellow students were quite helpful and understanding. And once my nerves calmed, I had enough courage to ask questions and move at a faster pace.

sewing 101As I cut and pinned my fabric the instructor assisted me and assured me that I was doing a good job. And before I knew it, I had completed my pillow case! I felt so accomplished; as if I had climbed Mt. Everest.

I know that taking a sewing class is no big deal. But it has really helped to solidify my confidence and taken me closer to the realization that I can certainly do anything I set my mind to. I’m much smarter and braver than I realize. My hope is that throughout this new year I continue to walk a little taller and talk a little louder.

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My New Writing Space (Video)

Part of creating a life that you love it making your home exactly what you want it to be. For the past few weeks I’ve worked diligently to design a space in my home that is ALL MINE…free from kids, free from distractions. My new writing space is one that will nurture my creativity and allow me to think freely and write authentically. It is my refuge and I have fallen in love with it. Check out my room tour:

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A Slight Adjustment

Resisting the urge to change my blog header has been challenging. But I’ve lasted nearly seven months! I think that’s a record for me. Now, being that it’s a new year and all, I think it’s time for an adjustment….an ever so slight one. I’ve gone from this…

KrystalGrant.com blog header June 2014 to something moderately different. You’d probably not even notice if I didn’t tell you. But here it is…..

KrystalGrant.com blog-header-Jan-2015

Certainly, I look better with a bigger smile on my face. The change wasn’t at all necessary. I’m just a bit neurotic like that. Hopefully, this one will last .

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The Badass Writer: A Letter To Myself

confidenceMy faith walk is a little shaky today. I’m having difficulty with this “believe in yourself” thing.

Last evening I sat and lamented to Mr. Incredible the disdain I feel for my current professional circumstance.

I dread getting up every morning and spending eight hours of my precious day in a place that deadens me. It crushes my spirit. It constipates my creativity.

And now, I sit staring at this new opportunity-this perfect position. Like, for real. Perfect. But instead of jumping for  joy and rushing towards this new thing, I begin to question, to doubt, to disqualify myself.

Who am I to be in this position? There are thousands of other people that should be there. Not me. I’m not good enough. I’m not special enough. I’m not talented enough. I’m not………enough.

These terrible thoughts are tossed through my head and I begin to feel incredible stomach pangs.  I’m sick. Of myself. Sick of the doubt. Sick of the negativity. Sick of the unbelief.

Who are you, Krystal? You are a bad ass writer who has published two books with one on the way. You have caught the attention of incredible authors like Dinah Johnson and Nikki Giovanni.  They both wrote you to tell you how great your last novel is- remember that?

Just look at all the notes, emails and text messages you’ve received from your readers who love your work.

And you know that Essence bestselling author…..the one you adore? Yeah, she asked YOU to be a presenter at HER writing conference. Girl, please! You are a bad ass, Krystal! Start believing it!

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Play To Win

scrabblePlaying Scrabble takes an incredible amount of concentration on my part. Not because it’s difficult.

But because I don’t look at it as a fun, lighthearted game to play with your friends. Oh no. I must win. And not only must I win, I must DESTROY my opponent.

Yeah, I was reared to win and win big! No matter my competition: big or small, young or old, I attack with fierce determination to annihilate him or her.

So when my opponent put the word “cornet” on the board I just KNEW he had made a mistake and I readied myself to toss his letters back in his face with a bout of laughter.

But Webster’s Dictionary threw my  humiliating laugh back in MY face with the word’s meaning. Yes, cornet is “a brass instrument similar to a trumpet.”

Humph! I hate Scrabble.

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Deadlines: An Integral Part of Writing

writer deadlineIt was a self imposed deadline. There was no editor breathing down my neck; no publishing company telling me what to do.

But since the beginning of November I had been telling myself that the first draft of this manuscript MUST be finished before 2015 shows itself.

I was down to the wire. I used up nearly every second left in the year. But at 10:38pm on December 31, 2014 I typed the last word of my next book release. It felt amazing.

Even though I authored the book, I certainly had a host of people helping me along; encouraging me. For the past three days I’ve posted my progress on Facebook:

17,309 words.

18, 128 words. Almost there.

I.AM.DONE. 18,783 words.

My online community was such an integral part of this novel’s completion. And I’m so appreciative. I’m also relieved that my third book is nearly ready for publication.

I’ll certainly let you know when I have an official release date. Until then, check out my other books here and here.

Cheers to setting and achieving goals! Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year 2015

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