Welcome 2021, get creative this year!

Creative mindfulness can help to calm your worried mind. Can help to regain wellbeing and grow resilience. We all need a bit of that after what has been an unforgettable year. We had so many losses all over the world.

A highlight this year was becoming a Certified Zentangle Teacher. I look forward to spread the joy of this beautiful structured art. Do you know that everyone can learn this!

My Crochet for Calmness courses at the Community courses have been a big success! After the level 4 lockdown everyone discovered they need a hobby! Tutoring crochet in combination with mindfulness turns out to be a totally fun and relaxing course. Lots of people have discovered that yes they are creative!

Looking forward to a better year, sharing the skills of mindfulness and the joy of creativity with you all.

Much love,


Email monique@easynowmindfulness.com to book your creative mindfulness workshop.

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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)
Are you in??

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!


#gratefulinapril #mindfulnessinnewzealand #mindfulnessmentor #creativemindfulness #easynowmindfulness





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,


#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.

#crochet #crochetlovers #christchurch #kiakahanewzealand #creativemindfulness #crochetersoftheworld #loveyarn #yarnlovers #crochetastherapy #easynowmindfulness

Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout

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,
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart

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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,
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

Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout and upcoming courses

Upcoming courses:
Intermediate crochet: 29 August, 7-9 pm. Tawa,Wellington NZ.
Sign up here:
One day of crochet: 8 September, 10-4, Tawa, Wellington, NZ.
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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,
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart
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!
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
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart

Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout and upcoming classes

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,
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart

Free Weekly Mindfulness Workout

Being mindful, being present with your full attention, doesn’t mean you have to sit still. You can be mindful whatever you do!
A nice way to start your day is to take 5 mindful breaths and combine it with an easy movement. So do this after you get up, or maybe after your shower or brushing your teeth.
Stand straight with your knees hip width apart, knees slightly bent and arms loosely to your sides.
Now as you breathe in, raise your arms all the way up. Pause and stretch up, and as you breathe out, lower your arms again.
Repeat 5 times.
This will only take a minute but can make such a difference to your day!
Have a great week!
Healthy Mind, Happy Heart