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 🙂