It happened again.

You have to restart the last episode of Stranger Things because you woke up while the credits were rolling. For the fourth time!

Oh, well. You’ll give it another try tomorrow. Wait. Isn’t tomorrow inventory day? Drinking plenty of coffee should get you through it. Right?

You drag your tired feet to bed.

You toss, turn, struggling to fall asleep. So many things going on in your mind. Inventory. Plans for the weekend.

Stress takes over your jaw.

You really want to spend some time at home for some much-needed rest, but you can’t possibly go through a two-day Netflix catch-up binge while snacking on Himalayan Salt potato chips.

Nope. Your introvert self disagrees with that plan. So does your cat.

You also don’t want to go to Josie’s party. Too many people who’ll drain your energy and no pets to recharge it.

You want to try something new. Something that'll help you calm down.

Lavender in a Hoop

Hi! I'm Anja

I’m the one-woman show behind Cat & Raven. I believe that creating with your hands helps calm and balance the mind.

A few years ago, I was struggling with stress and depression. I was a chronic over-thinker and had trouble falling asleep once my head hit the pillow.

I tried meditation on my own but failed, because instead of watching my thoughts, I wanted them to stop. My stress got so bad that my neck and head would ache daily. No matter what I did, the pain wouldn’t go away.

I stumbled across an article about the benefits of knitting and how it’s considered a form of meditation.

So, I started knitting.

I got my hands on all the colorful yarn I could find. I knitted hats, shawls, socks, and a pullover. For the first time in a long time, I felt a sense of accomplishment. I was amazed by what two (or three) needles could create.

After a while, I got back to my sewing machine. I made bags, flaxseed pillows, and started experimenting with a fabric version of Morgan, my cat. I also took up embroidery.

Though I took formal meditation classes, doing a variety of crafts helps me bridge the time when I don’t feel like sitting on my zafu but still want to be in a state of peace and joy.

You can achieve this state of joy as well.

On my blog, I share crafty projects and DIY Patterns, that fit into your busy schedule and won’t break the bank, so you can take a happy break from the daily hustle and bring joy back into your life.

A happier You makes the World a better place!

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Our Lady of Remedios Church

A few things about myself you probably don’t want to know, but I’m gonna tell you anyway.

  • I’m an introvert and need time away from people to recharge.
  • My favorite holiday is the Day of the Dead.
  • I live in Cholula, Mexico, home to the largest pyramid known to exist in the world today.
  • After watching Sameen Shaw on Person of Interest, I wanted to learn Krav Maga. I haven’t regretted it.
  • I have no patience for Yoga but love meditation.
  • Though Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is my spiritual teacher, Wednesday Addams remains my soul sister.
  • I collect Oracle decks. My favorite is Keepers Of Light by Kyle Gray.
  • If I had enough money and a plot of land, I’d be a beekeeper.
  • Though I like tea, I’d choose coffee anytime.
  • I learned to sew, knit, crochet, and embroider online.
  • Succulents are my green addiction. I can’t resist buying new ones whenever I see some. I try to propagate as many as I can, and I’m happy that I’ve only killed two so far.
  • Sewing Minky blankets for my five cats is one of my favorite pastimes. They haven’t rejected any of them.
  • My three favorite shows are The X-Files, Supernatural, and Person of Interest.
  • I still have the copy of “The Monster at the End of This Book” that I read as a kid.
  • I never say no to Mint-Chocolate ice cream.

About Morgan

Morgan was pretty beaten up by life with a blind eye and a scar on his right side when he appeared behind my house. He was hungry, too.

With six cats living at home at that time, I was reluctant to feed him, but Morgan was a friendly cat and, as it usually happens with all felines, he won me over. I kept feeding him for three months until it was time to lure him into the house.

I took Morgan to the vet to neuter him, he also had to have his right eye removed because it was a risk to his health. He spent a week there until I could finally take him home.⠀

Morgan became my closest friend at a time when I was mentally broken. In a way, we were both damaged goods supporting each other in our recovery.

Every time I crossed his path, he would come running to me and ask for a hug. I guess that was his way of thanking me for giving him a forever home.⠀

To this day, Morgan always makes sure to thank me for saving his life. He rarely leaves my side. He goes where I go, he sleeps where I sleep.

He’s my best furry friend, the cat I spoil the most (just don’t tell the others), the one who made me see that scars deserve love, too.


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