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My Instagram Roundup – Wax Pools

I know I’m not alone when I say that I like candles/wax melts… basically anything that smells nice. It creates a comforting atmosphere and makes you feel good, right? I didn’t realize until this summer just how comforting the act of watching wax melt — and making my own videos of it — could be.

It sounds a little strange, doesn’t it? I think it’s why I’ve kept it on the down low until now. How do you explain to people that you take videos and pictures of wax melting for others to look at? Just like that, I guess.

Providing Comfort to Others

For me, it’s a form of ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response). In short; it’s relaxing. It makes me feel calm, and it was something that I was heavily invested in watching when my dog was unwell back in August. I still can’t quite explain what makes it so calming and satisfying to watch, I just know that it helped me calm down in the midst of many panic attacks when I didn’t know what was going on with Axle.

By October, I’d decided that I wanted to create my own Instagram feed to help others with anxiety and perhaps provide them with a bit of comfort like I experienced during those scary moments in August.

Let me tell you, it has been a blast! I have had so much fun getting to know others in the wax and ASMR community, and I’ve loved sharing my videos and photos with others. It’s my cozy little spot on the web where I hope to help others and create something beautiful at the same time. It’s truly the meaning of turning anxiety into art.

I’ve collected a little roundup of some of my favorite posts from the last month and a half. Have a look at them and see what you think. Do you they relax you? Do you enjoy watching them? Let me know!

The Goodies!

  1. House Warming Wax Melts- Ice Cream Parlor – This was the first wax melt that I had that threw a lot of beautiful, swirling colors and I am still in love with it. I got this one as a free sample from an amazing Etsy shop, House Warming Wax Melts along with a clamshell of the scent “Bonfire” which is also amazing. Check out the Etsy Shop, there are some adorable melts there.
  2. South Bound Soap Company – Monster Jam – I love this one because it’s when I decided to periodically do wax videos with themes. I melted this one two days before Halloween as a way to celebrate the holiday and get things ghoulish. Check out South Bound Soap Company! They’ve got incredible stuff.
  3. Wonderberry Wax – Coconut Coast – This one slayed me. The fun thing about making these videos is never quite knowing what it’ll look like. How will the colors mix together or the glitter disperse? This one came out looking exactly like a sandy beach. Wonderberry Wax is fabulous. Give their site a visit.
  4. Bento Wax Co – Unruly Berries – This scent is hands down my favorite of the ones I’ve melted so far. It’s hard to even explain the scent, but it’s very musky and dark. Not in a “I’m choking on your Axe body spray” sort of way, either. Also, the colors melt in a pinwheel and remind me of The Joker. Give Bento Wax Co a visit on Instagram.
  5. SuperTarts – Slytherin –  Finally, I melted this one on Sunday during the Harry Potter weekend marathon on Freeform. It seemed fitting and went with the theme idea. The pool totally looks like a Death Eater apparating too, doesn’t it?

I could go all day, but I wanted to feature 4-5 videos that I really enjoyed making and posting (and of course watching)! If you’d like to keep up with my wax melting adventures, you can follow me on Instagram at The Wax Pools.

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The Problem With Muses

I mean, muses in general are not a bad thing. Not at all. In fact, I’d be nothing if it weren’t for my muses. Little things that make me happy from day to day and new things I can learn about.

The problem is when you have too many muses.

So Many Muses, So Little Time

There’s reading, plants, crocheting and knitting, crafting, baseball, essential oils, incense, wax melts, candles (though those last few may all be combined into one big muse, I don’t know).. I can go on, but I won’t.

How do you condense all of it?

Look, at the end of the day I am a lifestyle blogger. I post about what I like, what I am working on, and sometimes I get deep and confess some deep dark secrets. So I guess having many muses isn’t so much an issue in that case. I have plenty of options for content creation, right? Sure.

The biggest thing I seem to have issues with where my muses are concerned is the fact that I tend to get hyper-focused. I could go a month or more just obsessing over one of the many above named muses (and ones I haven’t named). I will live and breathe that muse and everything else sort of takes a back seat until I come back around to it again.

With a blog, the hard thing is to make sure that I don’t accidentally turn it into a plant blog for a month and then suddenly talk about candles and wax melts for six weeks after that. I have to learn how to diversify my muses, so to speak; at least when it comes to creating content here.

Learning to Juggle My Muses

My last post talked about how hard blogging is. I am learning that there are two different aspects of blogging that make it difficult. The first is creating your content. That’s the bread and butter, obviously. Without content you can never gain the readership you need for the second part of blogging: monetization.

I think, like many new bloggers, I expected to post one thing and suddenly have an stream of independent income flowing in for me and I let that cloud the way I looked at blogging. I’ve taken a bit of a step back over the last couple of months and have learned to just find the joy in creating the content.

There are only two other blog posts here right now, yes. So clearly it wasn’t here that I was creating the content. I actually created a new Instagram page that is dedicated to time lapse videos and pictures of wax melts. It’s a way to help others with anxiety and I came across this community while battling my own anxiety. You can check that account out here, if you’d like.

Soon I am going to be merging these two things, a bit. I’ll bring more of those photos and videos here, get more in depth with ASMR, and talk more about how this helps me continue to turn anxiety into art.

It’s time to start creating content! I don’t really make new year’s resolutions, but I would really like to get somewhere with my blog in 2018. That’s going to be a huge goal.

Until next time, folks!

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Turning Anxiety Into Art: My Journey

The Beginning

One of my earliest memories is of my mother crocheting. Summer was in its Dog Days, our non-air conditioned house roared with the sound of box fans in our small living room, and my mother… watching Christmas movies and crocheting her heart out.

This is what she would do in prep for Christmas Craft Sales when I was young. We have VHS tape after VHS tape of Christmas cartoons and movies, and to get her in the “holiday spirit” when it was hot out and the sun was blazing, she would put them on and create her inventory. Had you told me then that in about 25 years I’d be sitting around creating my own inventory, I probably would have said you were nuts. Me? Crochet? I could never!

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Turning Anxiety Into Art

Anxiety has always been a part of my life. If you ask me to think about a time in my life before Anxiety took over, I wouldn’t have an answer for you; there isn’t a time in my life when Anxiety did not exist. It took me a long time to really own up to the fact that something wasn’t quite right. I was 29 before I decided that I had to do something to combat the nervous energy that was constantly running through my body. I had read that knitting was a great way to release pent up anxiety and calm a person down. That’s when I decided to learn.

I took to it quickly; mastering the stitching in a week or so and creating anything that looked fun and new. This is truly where my dream of having a blog and an Etsy shop began. However, I learned pretty quickly that my knitting would likely never grow beyond basic projects. Being left handed in the knitting world is almost a taboo. While there are people who are very successful as lefty knitters and those that have learned to crochet as a righty, I knew I would likely never be one of those people. For a little while, I gave up knitting and creating all together.

Then my Anxiety and Depression got worse.

First, I ignored it. Everyone gets anxious, right? Who was I to think that my issues held any more weight over someone else’s? I was just going to have to suck it up and deal with it. I lived like that for a long time. It was painful every single day and I wouldn’t wish that sort pain (mental and physical) on anybody. Mental Health wasn’t something I was well educated on as a child. My family never spoke about it and I was never taught about the importance of self care. It took me a long time to see how important it is.

In the spring os 2015 I finally got the help that I so long deserved. I found a fantastic therapist who I still see today and a psychiatrist that works closely with me to ensure my meds are working the best they can so I can fight these diseases.

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As time went on I felt ready to create again. This time, however, I wanted to learn how to crochet. I bought my first set of hooks off Amazon and started to learn the day I got them. Having been a knitter for a few years prior to picking up a crochet hook, things came easily. I created my first granny square blanket in a weekend and was off to work on learning even more.

I’ve come a long way since then, finding so much joy in seeing projects come together and even more pleasure in gifting items I’ve created. When my anxiety gets the best of me (as it probably always will, sometimes), I just start creating.

I opened up my Etsy Shop in March and have been working on my inventory ever since. At times I am taken back to those hot summer days with mom. I can understand now why she would start her projects so early and why those VHS tapes of Christmas movies helped motivate her. It’s even better that I have a crochet buddy that’s so close to me. We can “talk shop” whenever we want.

Take a Journey With Me

This journey has just started, and I would love it if you stuck around to take it with me. Anxiety and depression are not diseases you need to “just deal with.” Unfortunately, it took me years to realize this; but the amazing thing about it is that in finally standing up to myself and fighting back I’ve found a love for creating.

I’ve learned to turn my Anxiety into Art.