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Self Care is Not a Dirty Word #WhatTheCussUnintendedHiatus

Sometimes life hands you a pile of shit challenges and you just have to sift through them one at a time and put other things on the back burner. It’s important to recognize priorities and make sure that you are healthy, happy and strong before moving on to the next thing and the next thing and the next thing.

At PYC we took a very much unintended hiatus. Personal life, family obligations and all around health and wellbeing concerns forced us to surrender to some much needed self care. (I’ve learned that self care is not a dirty word, as much as some people may want you to believe.)

I will be digging out my knitting needles soon, however, because I’m feeling the need to be creative again.

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Laser cut all the things!!!


Weeee! I am so excited!!!! I FINALLY had the chance to try my hand at laser cutting and engraving. This week, I took my fiancé on a date night to Factory Two, the maker space in Flint and it was the best date night idea I’ve had in a long time.

Before heading to the maker space, we stopped for tacos – our go to meal for date nights. Mmm tacos. After our bellies were full of deliciousness, we headed over to Factory Two. There we learned how to use inkscape (the program we would use to draw our projects), saw a few of our friends, learned how to run the laser cutting/engraving machine AND got a tour of the wood shop in the maker space.

The beautifully designed keychain above is what I made. I can’t wait to perfect my art and make a million more of them to hand out to people at market. 😉

People may think that Flint is a struggling community without a lot of resources – and they would be right. But we are also a struggling community with a STRONG arts/maker community. I’m so happy to be a part of that community and I can’t wait to see what everyone does next.

Makers Gonna Make