Betsy The Lotus Cow Says – Don’t Stay Comfortable

Hey friends 👋 here’s today’s quote that Betsy would like to share with y’all.

You won’t learn anything if you stay comfortable. Get out of your comfort zone. That’s where real success begins.


It was shared via Twitter this past Friday but I wanted to re-emphasise the quote in this post. It’s worth noting that everyone’s definition of success is different. But one way or another, I think many of us can agree that learning and participating in new experiences requires risks to be made.

Staying in the mode of the “what-ifs” can lead to a mindset filled with complacency. As such, we end up creating our own fears by thinking of the worst scenarios that might happen, should we take those risky routes. We can try our hardest in living a risk-free life. We can try following a path that’s tried and true. There’s some folks that want to stay in the comfort zone until their last days on Earth. And really, that’s their prerogative.

If you’ve been wanting to learn a new skill, take upon a new career, become an activist on a cause that you truly believe in, why wait? What’s stopping you? Some of you may say the following:

  • My spouse / partner won’t support me.
  • My family thinks it’s too risky and won’t bring in money.
  • My friends think that it’s stupid for me to go in (insert field here).

I’ll let you in a secret – some of the people who you love and care about are responding out of fear, jealously or a lack of understanding about the type of work you want to do.

Focus on your own growth, not someone else’s opinions about what you should do. We should start learning to trust in our inner GPS and not some “get successful and rich overnight” schemes.

Growth takes time. There’s no limit. And growth needs to be uncomfortable for us to truly enjoy and appreciate the hard work we put in when we get to the level of our own success, no matter which path we choose.

I wish you lots of love, powerful vibes and plenty of willpower. You got this 💪🏻 let me know in the comments on what you want to do and what risks you are willing to take.

If this post resonates with you, tips are appreciated.

Namaste,

Diana

Betsy The Lotus Cow Says – Online Shopping Sometimes Suck

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

Buying a product with high expectations and perfect reviews only to realise that it doesn’t work for more than 2 days made me distrust online shopping.

😅 I think the quote above pretty much sums up my feelings on my recent online shopping experience.

So on this post, I’ve mentioned that I would try out the knitting machine. And, well…I did! The package arrived last Saturday.

I went with the $50 brand rather than spending $200 since I saw some positive reviews on this product. So far, so good. I posted my experience via my IG stories on that day and was pleasantly surprised how fast the machine worked.

I used up the three yarns that it came with the package and managed to create a scarf. Even with the slight messy start in changing colours when feeding it through the machine, it stayed intact.

Feeling the excitement, I worked on another project in creating a rainbow beanie hat for my son.

The yarn I used was from Caron Simply Soft by Yarninspirations. Probably one of the best yarns I’ve worked with so far in creating a beanie hat. Plus, the weight of the yarn worked perfectly for this machine. Within 30 minutes or so, I created a full sized beanie hat for my son to wear during the colder season when he goes to preschool.

Reading the positive reviews online, I felt sure that I made the right decision. I mean, what could possibly go wrong? So far, the general consensus was that it was a great starter knitting machine for a budget friendly crafted.

(In a narrator voice: Alas, Diana discovered that it was not the case.)

On Tuesday, while I was on my lunch break, I decided to use up the remaining yarn to make a scarf. After casting the stitches, I noticed that the needles were more wobbly than usual. I was also careful in making sure that the working yarn was being threaded with the needle hooks. Needless to say, by the fourth row, I noticed that the stitches dropped. At first, I thought it might be due to setting the tension loosely. After a couple of tries and wasted yarn, I came to the realisation that the knitting machine became defective. It was no longer latching on the working yarn like it used to when I first bought the machine.

And this whole ordeal lasted two days.

As if that wasn’t fun enough, I requested to have UPS pick up the package via Amazon on Tuesday. Today is Wednesday. Not only the UPS Driver left a label on my doorstep, he sped off without picking up my knitting machine. UPS needs to hire better drivers.

Thank goodness for my hubby since he’ll drop it off sometime this week. But yeah…online shopping is a hit or miss. I feel it may get worse now that we’re near the early stages of holiday shopping.

I think it’s a sign that I should be sticking to loom knitting since there’s more pros that outweighs the cons:

  • Less chances of stitches slipping since they’re wrapped on the pegs.
  • Loom knitting tools tend to be more forgiving with the yarn of your choice (i.e. you can either use the bulky or thin yarn).
  • They’re portable.
  • Loom knitting tools can come with various sizes, rather than being stuck to one size.
  • More patterns available for loom knitting tools than with knitting machines.

I should note that I’m usually proactive when doing my research. Unfortunately, it was one of those instances where it was too good to be true. Sometimes, the hand method works better than machines!

Let me know in the comments below if you had high expectations on a product after reading positive reviews and found out that it was a real flop. Would love to read your experiences!

Namaste,

Diana