We’ve finally hit that period in the winter when it’s just COLD. This year has actually been better than previous years, thanks to El Nino, but it’s still Minnesota, which means I’m keeping myself bundled up as much as possible. At this time of year, I love to cozy up in my fave warm clothing, with a blanket on the couch with a cup of tea and a good book, or my knitting needles. I haven’t had a lot of time to do that thanks to adult responsibilities and my toddler, but I’m hopeful that I’ll get some time to cuddle up in the house soon.
In case you aren’t following me on IG or Twitter (why aren’t you following me?) I have big news - I started an Etsy shop! Honestly I’ve wanted to do it for at least two years, but fear has stopped me every time. I had every worry - what if no one bought anything, what if people don’t like it, there are tons of people selling knits online so why would they buy mine, etc. But you know how the Universe conspires to bring you what your heart desires most? Well the Universe sent me messages through Cyndie Spiegel and Monique Malcolm (via last year’s Compact Camp), that gave me confidence to push through my fear. But the biggest push came courtesy of my friend network. After I posted a pic of a slouchy beanie that I made myself, eight different women reached out and asked me to make them one too! That was the Universe telling me “it’s go time” and so on January 2nd, I pushed that “Open Shop” button on Etsy and made it happen, yay!
My shop is JTM Knits and you can find it here - JTM Knits on Etsy
I’m continuing to add my inventory as I work through the hats on my backlog. My plan is also offer kids sizes as well!
Things I read this week:
An Ode to Res’ Debut Album, How I Do (The Root)
Day care saved my motherhood (Motherly)
WTF? - my office is requiring us to disclose all medications we take (Ask A Manager)
Middle School Teachers Are Saints (Very Smart Brothas)
Timely advice - Ask the Bitches: How Do I Prepare for a Recession? (Bitches Get Riches)
The Unique Racial Dynamics of the L.A. Teachers' Strike (The Atlantic)
Totally implementing at least half of this list - 15 Tips From Marie Kondo That Have Genuinely Changed My Life (Buzzfeed)
R. Kelly and the Cost of Black Protectionism (The Atlantic)
‘Intensive’ Parenting Is Now the Norm in America (The Atlantic)
The Racial Wealth Gap Could Become a 2020 Litmus Test (The Atlantic)
CHANGE YOUR PASSWORDS - Mother of All Breaches Exposes 773 Million Emails, 21 Million Passwords (Gizmodo)
The best thing I read this week - Is Sunscreen the New Margarine? (Outside)
Things I loved this week:
The Tina Snow EP from Megan Thee Stallion - it’s been in constant rotation on my Spotify
Deadly Class on Syfy - I enjoyed the pilot so much that I had to get my hands on the comics!
I’m in love with the Twerk video (and free JT!)
SOCKS! I got a lot of socks for Christmas and it’s amazing how new socks are like an event - or maybe I’m just a weirdo LOL
On deck for next week:
Knitting, knitting and more knitting! Otherwise trying to stay warm!
Have a great week!