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Disconnected {7 for 31}

This month I'm writing a new post each day about my own version of Jen Hatmaker's 7 experiment. For more posts and an introduction, head hereToday's 7 topic is media.

So, a funny thing happened... a few days before September ended and this challenge began, but after I had gotten all of my pictures/graphics for this month chosen and Instagrammed and PicStitched and Overed and uploaded to my laptop, the old iPhone 4(S? I think) that Adam had given me to use as an iPod Touch unexpectedly died. It was happily charging - it lit up to display a Facebook notification - it froze - and when I restarted it, it was trapped in a continuous cycle of rebooting... thinking... rebooting again... thinking some more... A Google search revealed that its memory was probably full, and that restoring it and updating the software would probably resuscitate it. Except that our internet connexion isn't stable enough to download the software update.

The timing was comical - that device accounted for most of my time online, and media use was a topic I planned to spend the entire month exploring. It was so much easier to check my email that way, so much faster to read blog posts and check Facebook and Twitter, so much more convenient to snap a picture, filter it through Instagram and share it than to take a photo with my actual camera, download it to my computer, wait 10 minutes for it to upload to Facebook... I was amazed how dependent I had become when I hadn't really been using it for all that long.

But I've discovered some things, as I've had to sit down at my desk and dedicate time to things that I was doing on a whim/while multi-tasking before. I've discovered that when my only Facebook friends are my actual friends (and a few of those are marked as "acquaintances" --- sorry, I'm not into sappy probably fictional stories about dogs, children, and/or veterans) I really only need to check it once or twice a day - and there's more time to actually interact instead of just skimming. I've discovered that no one complains when my pictures are rectangular and don't have a fancy filter and slightly darkened corners. I've discovered that I am much more likely to actually respond to an email if I have a real keyboard in front of me (I thoroughly despise touchscreen keyboards). I've discovered that I will actually comment on/interact with blog posts more frequently, too, since the app I used didn't allow me to comment.

It made my internet use/social media consumption a lot more intentional - without me having the option or temptation of it being otherwise. And I'm not planning on trying to revive that old iPhone... it's served two different people well, and imparted valuable lessons over the course of its (longer than usual) life.

I spent this month seeking true community, instead of the digital counterfeit - I'll write more about the outcome of that journey tomorrow.


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It's that time of year again... the 31 Days writing challenge starts today! Bloggers from all over will be writing every day of the month of October on the topic of their choosing. This will be my fourth year participating - the first year I did 7 for 31, and spent a month going through Jen Hatmaker's book 7. The second year I did 31 Days of Sustainable Dwelling, and wrote about local and fair trade living. Last year I was busy but still wanted to participate, so I went the easy route with 31 Days of Everyday Beautiful.

This year I'm diving into my greatest passion: knitting! I'll spend this month looking at past designs and talking about the inspiration behind them, so there will be plenty of regular life mixed in with the stitching - and there may be discount codes for the patterns that I write about. You'll just have to read and see!

Pattern index:

Pageturner Mitts
Hogwarts House Tie
Urban Artemis
Graffiti for Humanity
Love Out Loud
Strange Jacket


In order to change your knitting, you must first change yourself. I've lost track of how many times I've said that, or how many people I've said it to. Frustrated new knitters wondering why their work is loose or tight or uneven or really anything less than perfect. But something I love about knitting is that it's a record of your inner dialogue. That swatch knit at the yarn store table with a cozy cup of coffee and a helpful (and more experienced) knitter nearby is going to be a lot more relaxed than the sweater begun a week later while sitting next to a hospital bed - just like the knitter.

Unfortunately, this also applies to my own knitting. For years, I was apparently unaffected by the shifts and turmoils in my own life, so I assumed that I was exempt from the rule - when the reality was, in fact, that I wasn't really experiencing any of those on anything deeper than a surface level because everything was deadened by depression. When I finally started to really…


A few years ago, I was introduced to the concept of replacing the traditional list of resolutions with a single word. It appealed to me - I am not a big list person, but I love language and words and meanings and etymology and metaphor and... ahem. Ennyhoo. I liked the idea.
I've never chosen the word. It's always presented itself to me - and last year was no different. Pacific was very insistent, even though I tried to argue with it. Pacific? What does that even mean? What am I supposed to do with that?
But I accepted it, and I'm glad I did. I learned about depth and calm, about storm and nurture, about faith and adventure - and about the unstoppable ocean of God's grace, that overwhelms to fill and cleanse and bring blessings unasked.
So I'm bidding pacific a very fond farewell, and welcoming spark and whatever lessons it would like to bring. I invited it in with a copper wire punctuated with tiny lights and wrapped around my mood board, and I've got an empt…