Believe it and your halfway there.

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

Do you have that one friend that will tell you the hard stuff? Do you have that one friend that will help you to believe in yourself even when you don’t? Who’s coming to mind? Is it more than one person?

Whoever that is make sure they know that they are important, needed, and loved by you. Without a good friend sometimes it just seems that life is not bearable. It’s amazing what a cup of tea or wine will do with a couple of hours and a good laugh.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Friends see you for the diamond you will be.

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

When I say that a friend sees the diamond in the rough who do you think of? Who accepts you for who you are and helps you to become a better person? Who is in it for the long haul with you?

For me I have a few that I can say this about. Is it several people or just one? Who comes to mind when I talk about going through life together?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

True friendship.

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

Have you ever thought about the definition of friendship? According to dictionary.com friendship is the… “noun the state of being a friend; association as friends: to value a person’s friendship. a friendly relation or intimacy. friendly feeling or disposition”.

Other definitions bring in that reciprocity needs to happen or a mutual doing for one another. While these are often part of friendship I am not sure that they define it.

While friendship is not always about action or doing it often speaks volumes. I wanted to remind you that sometimes the best of friends are made during the worst of times. I have known this over the years to be the case.

So who do you call a true friend? Who has been there when the tornado blows through? Send a card telling them thank you.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Who do you turn to?

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

So, I have to ask you, who do you turn to when the going gets tough? Who is your one that you don’t need to look up the number, you just dial? Who knows you so well that you can be completely yourself and still be accepted?

For me I have just a few. Without naming names I will tell you that they have seen me at my worst and my best. They have seen me cry when I thought my husband was dying and when I have won the award. Some have come and gone but a few are still here. I hope they can say the same for me.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Rest with some good conversation.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! Sometimes the best rest comes to taking some extra time to talk with someone and get to know them better.

If you want friends you have to make time to be one. I had the privilege recently of spending some time to get to know someone much better.

Don’t get so busy that there is no flexibility in your schedule to have friends. Without great people to surround you and make life full what is the point?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

True friendship.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to give back or pay it forward. Have you ever walked into a room and just wanted to be near a certain person? You may not have even known the person but there was just something about them that made you have to get to know him or her.

I have a couple friends with personalities similar to the above mentioned. I find myself not wanting to go more than a day or two without talking to him or her. For me one friend just makes me feel good and another challenges me to tackle the day. Either way with either person I am motivated to be better.

Do you have someone you couldn’t live without? What makes them so special to you? How do they help you to become a better person.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Friends are what makes it.

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

For me the whole reason I am here doing what I do is for the people, not to get more. The more people I help the more I can give back. But do you ever get tired? I do. That’s where friends come in.

I have a few on what I call my inner circle that keep me running. They know me inside and out. Even when I am smiling they know what’s going on. They are the ones that say “text me when you get home so I know you are safe”. They are the ones that say “here’s wine, dinner, whatever”.

If it weren’t for my close friends this whole thing we call life would be meaningless. As I was talking about my inner circle who popped up in your head? Who is your go to person that holds you together like glue?

Send a card to that person, give a call, send a text…whatever you need to do to say thanks for making the difference in my life.

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 🙂

Mentorship is a huge way to give back.

Have you ever seen someone that is trying so hard but just can’t seem to get it?  Ask yourself if the time is right to mentor someone.

I asked someone “why mentor”?  And their answer was remarkable, yet simple.  “To shape the future.”

If I don’t like how the next generation is thinking, working, whatever maybe it’s my turn to help.  If you don’t teach the next one then I will be doing that job forever.  It won’t be done the “right” way.  Whatever the reason is, we are here to help each other.

I got a good taste of this help from a dear friend of mine this week.  He agreed to take my daughter under his wing for her first job.  He has been training her and showing her the ropes as some would say.  It’s been amazing to see the difference in her.  I just hope it has been beneficial for him too.  Time will tell as it is said.

I have amazing, dynamic, hard-working friends.  I am hoping I live up to this as well.  Remember friendship is a two-way street.  To attract amazing people you have to aspire to be one yourself.

I am humbled by what people are willing to give.  What will you give to create impact today?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂