It’s the little things.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward!

Recently I have been putting it together that people come in to your life to often finish your puzzle. Some of my best friends and/or mentors do just that for me.

My father was very soft-spoken and my mother made up for dad. I always wish that dad was a bit louder but it wasn’t him. This is probably one of the many reasons one of my closest friends is not afraid to speak up.

With my family dynamic compliments were hard to come by. So I have several mentors that do nothing but encourage me. It’s amazing to me how just a simple touch to my hand, a look in the eyes, a smile, and a sincere compliment can do so much. They did not know this but it is amazing how what is missing or longed for gets filled.

Thank you to my friends that do this for me.

Do you have close friends in your inner circle to encourage you? Does someone come to mind? I sincerely hope you do.

Until next time…I will see you across the creative table.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S. Happy Valentine’s Day!

When a friend says to text you when you get home.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward!

Do you have that one special friend that says “hey, I know you are driving far today…text me when you get home”? Are you lucky enough to have a couple?

I have a couple of those friends that always seem to know when I am going through a rough patch or need an extra check-in. For example, yesterday I was driving a ways to deliver some orders and I had one friend that said “let me know when you get home”. I am usually the one to say something like this.

Do you know how nice it is for someone to ask this from the other side? I had forgotten since it’s been awhile.

Who do you check in on? Who checks in on you?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Give out what you want to come back.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.

Do you ever wonder why your life is full of drama? Full of loving people? Full of kindness? Full of …????? I have learned that what often I am doing or being is what I attract. So if I am stressed I will attract people or friends who are stressed. If I am calm then I will attract people who are at peace within themselves. Now this isn’t always the case, but I have found that it often is.

So I will challenge you to work on yourself if you don’t see the kind of people you are hoping to surround you. Educate yourself through articles, books, podcasts, and more to learn how to transform yourself.

For example, when I first started Stampin’ Up! I was quiet and did not know how to communicate what I wanted. I know I wanted to eventually be a leader in the company as well as within my own group. I knew I wanted strong, confident people around me. So I started reading and subscribing to many blogs, pages, etc. I started reading success.com, female entrepreneur, and many more. I asked Stampin’ Up! for a business coach. It takes time and effort to change, but it’s worth it.

What are you working on?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sometimes you need french toast.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. Sometimes the ones closest to you get the worst of it.

When I am going through something the ones closest tend to get my grumpies. I tend to not want to talk and just get through life until it gets better. I was reminded this week that it only gets better when you choose it or take the time to fix it.

I had been trying to ignore things since I felt like I had just finished being part of a bad break up. I was beginning to move past it but still wasn’t my “normal” self. I had been playing catch up with work as I had let a few things slip through the cracks.

Well, all I can say, is sometimes you need a friend to pull up in your driveway and say come on we are going to breakfast. Just to know someone cares and knows me that well is a bit refreshing. And in case you didn’t know, french toast really does fix everything.

Who are you friends with that might need a visit?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Who checks on you?

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. Do you have a friend that checks on you? Do you have someone that says please call me when you get home so I know you are safe?

It’s a good feeling to know that someone cares about you. It’s an even better feeling when they check on you to make sure you are okay. Who is in your life to make sure you are tucked in at night? Go tell them thank you, call them, or send them a card. Show your appreciation for them to just be “on call”.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Don’t forget to ask for help.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day we focus on giving back or paying it forward.

When the wave of overwhelm comes over you don’t be afraid to ask for help. And by help I don’t necessarily mean with the workload. Sometimes you need someone to run to the store for you. Sometimes you need a good friend to have a beer or glass of wine with. And sometimes you need to just ask everyone to excuse you for a minute while you re-group.

Don’t be afraid to ask for a minute to catch your breath. This probably won’t work all the time, but on those intense days make sure to grab a second. A good friend will understand, a great friend will buy your favorite bottle of wine, and a best friend will drink it with you.

I am so grateful for my understanding spouse and kid and some great friends and also some best ones.

Remember to take care of yourself. No one else can.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Friends are important.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! Today I am breaking up my routine by entertaining one of my daughter’s friends. Friends are important in every stage of life. How do you keep up with friends? Do you have a certain day that you set aside to do lunch or make plans?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

You’ve got a friend.

It’s Friendship Friday!  This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.  I’ve talked about going to get lunch, volunteering, sharing a smile, and much, much more.  I want to remind you that sometimes being a friend is as simple as taking a minute and lending an ear.

I have had a trying week (it’s better now) and needed a few friends to lean on.  I am not saying this for pity, but simply to remind myself (and anyone else that needs to hear this) that sometimes a simple phone call can make all the difference in the world.  Make some effort to be a friend.  If someone is on your mind text them, call, or even mail a card.  There is a reason they are on your mind.  Listen to that small voice and reach out.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Call a friend.

It’s Friendship Friday!  This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.  When you have had a hectic week remember to take a minute to re-charge.

This week has been pretty crazy for me.  First my truck stopped working on Wednesday and had to get a tow home.  Then the computer updated yesterday and everything was missing or wrong.  After I got the truck to the shop and the computer back up I stood up and took a deep breath.  As I exhaled I whispered, “not today, I still won”.

For many of you that know me well, you know that I view much of life as a game.  Life is often not fair, but it is a challenge.  Most things I view as hurdles to get over.  And some days there are many hurdles or they are higher than usual and I choose to go around.  Life is almost always entertaining if viewed through the right lens.

I am not writing this for sympathy, but instead so you can have a glimpse of how I re-charge.  After all was accomplished and brought back to square one I sat down and called a dear friend.  I caught up with a dear crafter that has moved that I miss.  I am so grateful for good people in my life.  The stuff will be fixed, replaced, or thrown through an open window but people are something to cherish.  I appreciate the time friends invest in me and I hope I put as much back into them as they do me.

I would encourage you today to reach out to someone that is on your mind.  There is a reason.  That call or letter or message might be just what your friend needs to get back on their feet.  Or better yet it might be just what you need too.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Get a head start…

I want to give you a head start on the contest today.  It involves a little work but no ordering.  I want you to invite your friends, family, or even a stranger to my business page.  For every person that likes my page that you refer, you get a pack of dimensionals.  If you refer two people then you get two packs and so on.

Do you know the link to my page?  Do you know how to share it?  Here’s some help.

Go to Joni’s Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/StampingWithJoni/).

Click the share tab/button on the top.  Type a caption and say why you like being a part of the family.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂