Grateful in April

Good morning! It’s Grateful in April again!

You can sign up at www.gratefulinapril.com to receive 30 days of tips!
It can help with developing positive-thinking habits, ultimately aiming to establish an on-going ‘attitude of gratitude’ in everyday life. (from their website)
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If you remember to think of one thing you are grateful for today, you are on your way up to feeling good!

Have a great week!

Monique

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Power of art & craft

We have been shocked by the devastating attack on two mosques in Christchurch last Friday. New Zealand is mourning and pulling together in grief.

I noticed how powerful messages of pictures, drawings and art and craft have been on social media to help people express their feelings.

My way of getting my head and heart around what happened is picking up my crochet hook. Making white crochet hearts, symbolising the lost lives.

Here’s the pattern for you.

Kia kaha,

Monique

#50lives #theyareus #love #newzealand #christchurch

Small heart

Make a magic ring (or crochet 6 chain stitches and make into a ring with a slipstitch back in the first chain stitch).

Round 1: Chain 3, do not crochet over your loose end.

Crochet into the magic circle:

3 trebles, 4 double crochet, 1 treble, 4 double crochet, 3 trebles, chain 3.

Slip stitch in the ring.

If you want a bigger heart, continue with the medium heart pattern. If not, cut of yarn, keep it at 10 cm length, pull the starting string closing the centre of the heart. Tie both strings tight together.

Medium heart

Round 1: Make round 1 from the little heart pattern above, don’t cut the yarn at the end.

Round 2: Chain 3,

In the first treble make: 1 single crochet, 1 half double crochet.

In the 2nd treble make: 3 half double crochet.

In the 3rd treble make: 2 half double crochet.

Single crochet in each of the following 4 double crochet.

In the treble of round 1 make: a double crochet, ch1, double crochet.

Make 4 single crochet.

In first treble make: 2 half double crochet.

In the second treble make: 3 half double crochet.

In the 3rd treble make: 1 half double crochet, 1 single crochet.

chain 3 and slipstich in the magic circle. If you want to make a bigger heart, continue with Big Heart. If not, pull both ends tight and knot together.

Big Heart

Make the medium heart and add on with the following round.

Round 3: Ch4, make on the first hdc ( skipping the first SC of round 2): 1sc, 1 hdc.

Make 2 hdc on the next,

Make 2 hdc on the next.

Make 3 hdc, 5 sc.

In the ch1 from round 2 make: 1dc, 1ch, 1 dc.

Make 5 SC, 3 hdc.

Make 2 hdc on the next.

Make 2 hdc on the next.

Make 1 hdc, 1 sc on the next. Make 4ch, Slipstitch in the closing slipstitch of round 2.

TIP: Make two hearts and crochet both heart together with a slip stitch leave a little opening to fill the hearts with cotton balls or left over yarn/loose ends.

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This is my last week of teaching this term already!
I really enjoyed meeting all the new and returning students and families, and I’m grateful of being part of their journey whether is was with crochet, mindfulness or a combination!
Thank you so much for having me there!
 
I read this quote somewhere online and I thought it would make a great mindfulness workout.
 
“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are residing in the future. If you are at peace, you are awake in the present.” – Lao Tzu
 
So this week try to be mindful of where your mind is going. Are you drifting of in the past, or are you already miles ahead into the future?
And when you notice where you are, you can bring yourself kindly back to the present moment. Because there is plenty to enjoy right here, that you don’t want to miss!
 
Have a great week,
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
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Hi again, it’s Te Reo Māori week this week. The theme this year is ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ which means ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong’.
 
With Wellngton aiming to be a bilingual capital city, we already have lots of opportunities to learn te Reo every day! Just be mindful of council notices and newsletters, where Te Reo words are used in a way that makes it easy to understand the meaning of it. Or check out other places where te Reo is used, like your local supermarket, to learn a new word every day!
 
So for this week, let’s be mindful of Te Reo language and make an effort to learn one new word a day!!!
 
Can you let me know what words you are already using??
 
My favourite word is kapai 🙂
 
Have a great week,
M
 
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
 
ps. find information abaout Te Reo Māori week on their website with lots of useful downloads here:
http://www.tewikiotereomaori.co.nz

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Hooray it’s Spring! There’s no denying, so many flowers everywhere!

I have received a bunch of stickers and cards from @mentalhealthfoundationnz and I give them to all my students and hang them around classrooms and public spaces!!
 
I love the stickers with the compliments, as we often forget to say something positive out loud when we notice it! Not only makes it somebody else feel good, it also makes you feel good!
 
So this week, give at least three compliments a day and enjoy!
 
Have a great week,
 
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart.
🌷
 
ps My whole day of crochet is this Saturday, don’t forget to register at the Tawacomed website! Hope to see you!
ps: the picture is from From the Mental Health Foundation New Zealand facebookpage here: https://www.facebook.com/mentalhealthfoundationNZ/?fb_dtsg_ag=AdyNBdC1bJure89ezfuQeQfodaxnNde-MIsIp138lAcOgA%3AAdwXYa1Chxp5jB1zFZAq_QOh49r15e2gvK6zUhGWkWeAqg

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Intermediate Crochet starts this Wednesday, sign up here:
http://www.tawacomed.co.nz/Course,Intermediate-Crochet-Wellington,2879
One Saturday of crochet!! Sign up here:http://www.tawacomed.co.nz/Course,CROCHET-A-day-of-relaxation,3373
Hello again!!
Hope your weekend was good. I had a fun day at a teaching course and got to be in 10 mini lessons about all sorts of great subjects. From pottery to FOI, screen printing, tiny homes, and Arabic to feeding banana to a baby!!
WORKOUT STARTS HERE:
Often our minds are busy, and sitting down for formal meditations might be just too much for us. If so, it can help to give your mind something to focus on, something that also has your interest or is something that makes you feel relaxed. Spring spotting is one of those things!!
 
Last week I noticed lots of beautiful flowers and it made my walk very relaxing and enjoyable. It also gave my brain a break from planning my courses!!
 
So this week aim to spot at least 2 signs of spring, every day!! Take a picture of it and let us enjoy them too!
 
Looking forward to see your signs of spring!!
 
Have a great week,
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
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Upcoming courses:
Intermediate crochet: 29 August, 7-9 pm. Tawa,Wellington NZ.
Sign up here:
http://www.tawacomed.co.nz/Course,Intermediate-Crochet-Wellington,2879
One day of crochet: 8 September, 10-4, Tawa, Wellington, NZ.
Sign up here:
http://www.tawacomed.co.nz/Course,CROCHET-A-day-of-relaxation,3373
Last week already for my beginner’s crochet classes! Luckily the Intermediate crochet starts next week!!
Don’t forget to sign up if you want to know all about shells, picots, textured crochet, popcorn, puff stitch etc etc!!
 
Saturday I was walking back to Wellington station from a teachers training and enjoyed my walk so much!! When you take it all in, all you can see up and down, all you can hear and smell, it is very relaxing and I always discover things I have never seen before!
 
So this week, whenever you are outside, be mindful!! Use your senses and focus on all you can see, up and down, all you can hear and smell. No need to judge, like or dislike. Just take it all in, be curious and wonder and wander!!!!!!
 
Post me some pictures of your finds too 💜
 
Have a great week,
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
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Look what I put together of my students’ trials for crochet!!

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When you practice mindfulness it can help you to achieve more!
Last week I had to step out of my comfortzone and rocked up last minute for Little Sprouts for an item on Seven Sharp!
😳
I had followed the conversations in our
volunteer groups, and noticed that I was keeping quiet!! My mind came up with lots of reasons why not to go!
Being mindful allows you to step back and observe your thoughts and feelings. On Friday we really needed more people!! I took a deep breath, I waved my anxious thoughts and feelings away and jumped in the car!
 
So for this week, try to notice if you avoid doing things, because you have thoughts popping up telling you not to do it!!! Than practice mindful breathing, ta
ke a step back, reconsider and do it!
 
If you do see me on television this week, please be kind!
I had 10 minutes to get ready, grab my yarn & hooks and drive to the interview location!!!!!
All for a good cause of course, Little Sprouts!!!

 

 
Have a greate week!
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
ps: watch the news item here: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/shows/seven-sharp/clips/meet-the-craft-angels-knitting-up-a-storm-to-protect-some-of-new-zealand-tiniest-and-most-vulnerable-citizens

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And here we are in August, I noticed the most gorgeous purple magnolia tree flowering this week, it must be spring soon!
 
Mindfulness doesn’t mean that we cannot think about the past or the future. Sometimes is can be really helpful to do just that. However not when we are wide awake at night 🙂
 
You learn more about yourself if you have a curious and kind approach to why you do the way you do, or think the way you think, or feel the way you feel.
 
So this week observe yourself, and if anything has your interest, see if you can discover why you did what you did, felt what you felt, and why you thought what you thought.
 
Have a great week
 
M
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart

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Kia ora!

This week Beginner’s Mindfulness Crochet starts again, email me if you want join monique@easynowmindfulness.com.

I’m also volunteering to run a mindfulness for families course in Porirua, starting Tuesday and very excited about it!!

I had a very creative weekend this week!
Crafting day for Little Sprouts on Saturday and Tawa All Good Colourers on Sunday. Last one is every month and is some fun. You can see what we have been colouring this time below!!

Often I hear people say when they come to colouring Sunday, they haven’t coloured since the last session.
However colouring, like any other creative activity is very relaxing and gives your brain a good break!
I can tell by the deep sighs I heard yesterday at colouring!!!

THIS WEEK’S MINDFULNESS WORKOUT: So this week, get your favourite creative activity ready on your table. Make sure that every day, you do a little bit!

Looking forward to see your projects!!

Have a great week,
M
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Healthy Mind, Happy Heart