• Madison Neal

Breathe, boo.

Updated: Aug 21, 2021

The first piece of fiber art I ever created was made with some old yarn left over from sometime in high school; over five years ago.


It was... not good, to say the least!


But I made it because I had this yarn I wanted to use and at the time I was quarantined and bored (like the rest of the world), so I thought, "Why not?"


Y'all, I was SO proud of that piece! It was beautiful to me then. I was just happy to have created something. Being in such an uncertain time, full of mounting anxiety and questions, choosing to make something with no agenda or plan was so freeing.


I know not everyone struggles with anxiety the way I do. I know some people are probably way better at handling it and have better advice to give. But I found something that works for me, and I want to share that in case it helps you, too.


Tying knots and creating art that sparks creativity, joy, inspiration, and shines light in dark places is what helps me. It helps me remember to just breathe, relax, and be present.


It's so easy to get caught up in the chaos around us, on our social media feeds, in our homes, our work places. It's so easy to get overwhelmed and want to just throw your hands up.


I don't know what your thing is. You know, that thing you do or place you go to and you just BREATHE while you're there. I encourage you though, if you don't have a thing, to find one!


Invest in yourself. Do the things that bring you joy and surround yourself with people who are doing what brings them joy, even if its different from your way.


Whatever you do, choose to accept yourself exactly where you are.

Don't compare.

Don't think you're less just because you see someone else who looks more.


Just breathe, friend. And put one foot in front of the other. The scariest step is often the best one.



sincerely,

Madi

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