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I can’t believe that it’s April already…we’re a quarter of the way through the year. Craziness!

As you probably know by now, this year I’m doing new things each month to help me learn more about who I am and what I like. Eating disorders can, well, eat away at who you are and rebuilding yourself can sometimes be one of the hardest things.

Today I wanted to do my usual monthly round up of last month’s goals and tell you about my plans for April.

Last month’s goals were mastering skiing and also trying crocheting.

Well, if you haven’t already, you can read my thoughts on skiing here. Let’s just say “master skiing” I did not! If you do go and read that post then get yourself ready for Emma the Stress Head.


View from Ober Lech


My other goal was to try crocheting after my parents got me a crochet elephant for kit for Christmas. It was a pretty out of the blue present but I’ve been looking forward to doing it ever since.

The instructions in the kit weren’t great so there was a lot of shouting and trying to find my way round using YouTube videos. After a few hours and many times of unravelling and starting again it looked like this…


Crocheting at the start!


…but eventually I started getting somewhere! (Ha, notice my blackstrap molasses in the background…a girl’s gotta get her iron sources!)


Monster elephant crochet


I’m not finished (I’ve got an ear, tail and two tusks to do, along with stuffing it and giving it some eyes) and it’s certainly not neat or pretty – but I’m still super proud of what I’ve done! I went from zero skill or experience to learning enough to get me through. And, importantly I loved crocheting! It’s really therapeutic and I’m already looking at free patterns on Pinterest!

If you want to try something similar I used the Pixie DIY kits. As I said the instructions weren’t great but it does come with all the materials you need so you literally need to open the box, arm yourself with some YouTube videos (there are a few basic ones on the Pixie DIY website) and you’re good to go.

As for this month’s goals, I’m sticking to my making animal themes with some “simple” sewing kits that my boyfriend got me a couple of Christmases ago.

I’m also going vegan for a month. This is quite a weighty topic and and some people see this as a controversial decision when I’ve had an eating disorder in the past (many people see it as a restrictive diet). However it’s really important to me! I’m going to write a separate post on this and put it up in the next few days, as I feel it’s so important to talk about.

Have you ever tried crocheting?

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