A (Not So Simple) Trip To The Local Craft Store

Betsy tried her hardest when she visited the local craft store to buy some yarn 🧶 She wanted to make a simple scarf for her Mister but she ended up buying more than needed.

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Happy Friday, friends! Took the day off from work for a medical visit. The little one needed his flu shot and a haircut just before school starts. Here’s to hoping for a smooth transition and more time for me to work on my illustrations and programming on all things Betsy related 🐮 Did a simple prayer and tarot reading while writing down my intentions on what I would like to achieve during the New Moon in Virgo phase. My Moon in Virgo is feeling this so that explains the need for a more productive day, I guess.

Speaking of projects…I finally got back into loom knitting after putting it off for some time (i.e motherhood and job). Now that things are winding down for a bit, I figured it would be great to work on a blanket for my Pillow Pet Cow. And yes, for the kid as well 😛 the cold season is approaching so might as well be prepared.

If there’s one thing I know about going to Michaels, it can be heaven to my creative soul but hell on my wallet. It’s even worse when you are a frequent customer at the establishment (as noted in my tweet below):

I bought some yarns that are from Yarinspirations Caron x Pantone brand. I’m also getting a knitting machine in the mail that I hope to use when making scarves and hats in bulk.

I used to crochet, but I find that keeping the stitches straight has been a challenge. Even in making simple dolls was hard on my coordination. The only time I would use crochet is if I’ll do some simple finishing designs at the end of my work or just bind pieces together with the leftover yarn.

Do you happen to knit / crochet? Ever felt tempted to buy almost every single product at your local craft store? Let me know in the comments below 💭

Namaste,

Diana

Betsy the Lotus Cow Says – Define your Happiness

Happy Wednesday, friends! Here’s a quote that Betsy wants to share with y’all:

Your idea of happiness can only be defined by you.

So…what is happiness? According to Merriam-Webster, it can be define as the following:

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A simple definition on the word happiness. Yet, why do we sometimes complicate this quaint concept? For many of us, defining our idea of happiness can stem from a number of factors (not limited to the following):

  • Our childhood upbringing
  • What our peers tell us
  • What society tells us
  • What we see on social media
  • Our mentors / parental figures
  • Celebrities and people that we admire in a high visibility setting
  • What we find comfortable in our daily quo
  • Seeing others appearing successful (online and offline)

Growing up, I was fairly happy in the sense that I had a home to go to and spending time playing video games, conversing with my family, my cats and just being sheltered. My introverted nature came from my willingness to stay hidden in my room, while having an overactive imagination that resulted in dabbling on artistic pursuits (i.e. writing, drawing, painting, etc.).

As I’ve gotten older, my idea of happiness began to change as I was exposed to more situations that made me question my sense of what I originally defined during my childhood years. The thing about happiness is that our concept on what we originally learned many years ago usually changes (either for the better or worse). I do believe we have that ability to understand why our defining moments of happiness changes in our waking life. Some of us may not have an immediate grasp on it. Some already know what they want out in life to stay happy.

At the time of this writing, I can tell you that what makes me happy is helping others and being creative. Spending time with my family is also what keeps me going as I consider them my source of inspiration. I define my own happiness in the sense on what helps me improve my mood without resorting to drastic measures. Happiness, in a nutshell for me, is being content on what I have available.

What makes you happy? How do you define your sense of happiness? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Namaste,
Diana

How companies advertise Pumpkin Spice Latte products

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Brace yourself. PSL season is here 🎃

Betsy is having a hard time coping with new products that are pumpkin spice latte themed. She’s okay in seeing the usual drink at her local Moobucks. Anything else…well, her facial expressions says it all 😅

In any case, I’ve yet to purchase these oddities at my local grocery stores. Although, I’m not sure if pumpkin spice latte scented socks are a real thing 🤔 then again, I don’t think I want it to exist 😂 For now, you can check out the available pumpkin spice theme products here.

I find that pumpkin spice latte drinks are too sweet for my own taste buds. I usually resort to crafting my own version using less sugar and more emphasis on the pumpkin taste (i.e using actual pumpkin purée and not the syrup kind). Not only it’s cheaper to make, but it’s satisfying when going the DIY route. Another good alternative? This Pumpkin Spice tea blend by Adagio has been my go-to favorite brand for when I want to feel cozy and not worry about burning my wallet with expensive drinks.

Are you a fan of pumpkin spice latte? Hate it? Let me know in the comments below.

Namaste,
Diana

Betsy the Lotus Cow Says – Worry Less About What Others Think Of You

Happy Friday! Here’s the quote of the day from Betsy the Lotus Cow:

If I’ve spent so much time worrying about what others think of me, I’ll never get anything done.

Personally, this is a lesson that I find myself learning on a daily basis. While I’ve been more comfortable in tuning others out on their criticisms about me, there are some matters that I do take into heart about how I am as a person. I admit – I am pretty sensitive on what is being said about me. A lot of it has to do with the notion growing up that I need to make people happy in order to not create rifts.

Needless to say, I’ve found myself at a level where no matter what others say about me, I still have to keep on living. I still have goals to meet. I still have a life to lead. It’s not easy. Especially when it comes from family, friends, coworkers, etc. But, I’ve learned that in order to accomplish anything in life, you need to have thicker skin when dealing with folks who are envious, miserable, and just plain mean.

I often seen this happening on the Internet. One minute you’re the greatest person on the timeline. Next thing you know, someone wants to say crap about your existence, what you did and find every reason to drag your name down. And while it’s disheartening to see those fueling that energy in a position of negativity, I learned that folks will always have different stories about you. Some may think of you as the hero. Some may think of you as the villain. There’s no stopping of stories being told about what others perceive about me.

I wonder how celebrities manage these types of criticisms. It’s difficult, especially when they’re in the public eye and everyone has an opinion on what you should and shouldn’t do. Even before the age of social media, society has always found ways to distort the truth through different mediums (i.e. newspapers, magazines, radio, books, etc.).

These days, I’m comfortable in knowing that others will have an opinion about me. And that’s all right. People are entitled to think about how they perceive my existence. My main concern is my own happiness, how I choose to live my life and what I can accomplish during this lifetime of mine. I’m still a firm believer that there are others who are good and are truly supportive.

May you find the courage to keep on pursuing your dreams without the constant noise and chatter from others. Your success depends on what you believe in, not on the negativity of others. Bring forth a change that exemplifies positivity, especially in these rough times. Worry less about what others think of you. No one knows your path better than yourself.

Namaste,
Diana

 

The Secret Life

Many coworkers at her job have wondered how Betsy remains udderly zen during work hours. She rarely complains and is always helpful towards others.

One day, a coworker asked during her lunch break. “Betsy, what’s the secret to remaining calm?”

“Oh…I just work out on a frenzy during my weekends,” Betsy replied nonchalantly.

To this day, no one suspected Betsy as the type to enter in mosh pits during heavy metal concerts.

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I love music. But if there’s one genre I’ll listen to forever, it is heavy metal. As odd as it sounds, it keeps me focused and zen. Probably with the high energy factors in most of the songs. Who knows how my brain works.

Speaking of high energy, I went to see Papa Roach, Bad Wolves and Asking Alexandria perform at The Rooftop in Pier 17 on August 11, 2019. I was fortunate to see the email from Spotify a week before the event when it was announced that Papa Roach will be performing in NYC as they’re promoting their new album Who Do You Trust.

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The atmosphere was really great. It’s been ages since I visited South Street Seaport with my husband. So it was a nostalgic experience for the both of us when we saw the area newly renovated after it was hit by Hurricane Sandy.

We paid for the lounge upgrade and chilled out for a bit while we waited for the concert to start. Food wise, we tried out their sliders which were yummy. Highly recommend the lobster roll. I was stoked to see Tommy Vext (lead singer of Bad Wolves) up close as he was walking up to the concert area. After Bad Wolves performed, it was Asking Alexandria and then the main event, Papa Roach. Definitely worth the experience and a great way to end the weekend on a good note before heading back to work. 1BA0764D-E0B9-4FC8-A1BE-153827578EB9

One of my goals in life is to visit more heavy metal concerts. Maybe this year and next, it’ll happen more. Let’s see where life takes me.

Hope you’re having a fantastic Wednesday! Let me know in the comments if you’re a heavy metal fan.

Namaste,
Diana

 

 

Betsy The Lotus Cow Says – Don’t be afraid to fail!

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Happy Monday, friends! I’m starting off a fun series called “Betsy the Lotus Cow Says” where Betsy quips in about life from a moo-tivational and sassy manner.


Betsy’s quote for the day:

It’s okay to fail! That’s how we learn. There’s no such thing as a perfect life.

Oh boy. I tried so hard in not wanting to fail, but it happens. The Moon in Virgo part of me feels the need to make everything perfect and top-notch. Doing half-assed work makes me feel super guilty. However, the Sun in Taurus part of me realizes that I need to chill out. And perhaps for a good reason, too.

What I’ve learned over the past couple of years is that failing is part of our growth process. As much as we don’t want to admit it, failing helps us provide a newer perspective that we never discovered before until now. Whether if it’s career, life, relationships, etc…there’s plenty of opportunities for growth.

I think for many of us, we’re too focused (including myself) that having a perfect plan will set us up for a perfect future. It’s not a linear path all of us take. If you were to imagine your life in a graphical perspective, the line would be filled with ups and downs on the chart. Some points you’ll hit rock bottom. And that’s ok.

Today, I ask you to step aside the perfectionism and embrace those flaws. At the end of the day, we’re all human. Learn from your mistakes and understand that this is part of the larger experience at hand.

Rooting for you on this manic Monday!

Namaste,
Diana

We’re in this together, moo.

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Betsy knows that it’s rough out there. All the negativity, the hate, the strife. Makes you want to stay in bed and not move a single inch to face reality. She understands and wants you to know that you’re not alone.

A bit of positivity goes a long way. I want you to know that you’re doing the best you can. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not doing enough.

You are enough. 
You are strong.
You are meant to be here.
You have every reason to exist.
You have the ability to make things better.
You are brave.

Most importantly…

You’re human. 

Sending you love and hugs your way. I believe in you. Let me know what you’re going through in the comments below. I’m here to listen.

Namaste,
Diana