Fisher House

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

Well, the day finally came this week when I shipped off a little over 50 cards to the Fisher House! Thank you to all that participated. The next batch will go out at the end of March. So get your Easter cards ready.

If you don’t know what the Fisher House does please check it out at https://www.fisherhouseinstl.org/. We have chosen the St. Louis one because they are accepting cards and that is where Carol moved to. She wanted to give back to her new community and I told her we would help.

So get your fingers ready because the next batch will go out at the end of March.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

New Year New Friends.

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

If you haven’t heard it enough…Happy New Year! Do you challenge yourself with resolutions or do you just keep going because life is great already? I have several goals for the new year. Work out, be able to run a 5K, keep growing the business, get Tara into college, and a few more. Another of mine is to meet new people.

I think giving back is to be kind even if it is just crossing someone in a coffee shop. There is always room for another kind person that might become a friend.

How do you make friends?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Time to re-focus.

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

As we just finished celebrating the New Year I am constantly reminded to eat healthier, work out, and make resolutions. And yes, I am doing some of that. I am not to the extreme that some are, but I believe taking some time to re-focus is a good thing.

I am looking at my priorities and shifting my focus. I am living by my word for the year, intentional. I want to be more present with what I am doing. I am hoping this will help me to make more impact by not being distracted.

What are your goals for the year? Do you have a theme for your year, week, day, decade?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

It’s the little things.

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

For me it’s the little things and the thought that counts. I love the big baskets and the wine and the chocolate, but I also know how important the little things are. I love the gifts with thought.

It’s the bread from Jan who just had back surgery and I know it took a bunch of effort to stand and bake this year.

It’s the cute coffee cup from Cheryl with a gift card for Starbucks that matters. I love that she included a gift card since that is where we meet.

It’s the necklace wired by Linda that just started back in her crafting.

Please remember it’s the little things that make a difference.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

New Year’s Resolutions

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

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? Do you not?

As I look at what has been accomplished this year (and what has not) I realize that there is not a spot for how I give back or pay it forward. I tend to always find a way to give back, but I often don’t have a plan. Do you put money or time aside to do good?

So as I start to plan for my resolutions I will add a spot for how much in time or money I want to give at a minimum, not a maximum.

Do you have a plan on how to give back?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

How to check out a charity before checking out.

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

Tis the season for giving. Many of the charitable organizations have their hands out for donations right now. Do you know if they are a legitimate organization? Do you know if the funds are actually going where they say they are going? Here are some tips to check out a charity from the FTC (Federal Trade Commission).

Before giving to a charity google them. Type the name of the charity with complaint, review, rating, scam (or any other keyword similar to these) and see what comes up.

Check out their website. On the site does it state how much goes to administrative costs, designated areas, overhead?

Look up the specific charity on your state’s regulatory site…http://nasconet.org.

Charities are only allowed to call from 8 am until 9 pm.

And remember if you have not donated to them in the past then the phone call must be a real person. No robocalls until you have already donated.

I hope this helps you navigate your giving this holiday season.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Pick one or two.

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

Did you help an organization on Giving Tuesday? Did you know there was such a thing? Every Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday there is Giving Tuesday. This doesn’t make me feel any less guilty about what I purchased on sale but it does help ease it a bit.

In 29 Palms alone where I live there are over 200+ non-profit organizations. That may sound like only a little but there are only 27,000 in total for population here. Think about it. Each non-profit has to have a governing board, volunteers, etc. So I would encourage you to find your place to make an impact.

With over 200+ organizations you will not go far before someone asks for help. Do not get over-extended, but find your place that speaks to you and go make a difference. If you don’t where or how to start talk to me. Many of the crafters are involved with organizations already and would love some extra help. You don’t need to do a lot but do something. Making a difference in one life may not make a huge ripple in the world but it will make a huge wave in that one life.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Being nice to those closest.

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

I need this reminder as much as maybe one of you does. Be kind to those closest to you.

I know, for me, my family sees me at my absolute best and often worst. I need this reminder. Be kind. Take a second to think before speaking. Share that smile. Ask what they want for dinner. Go that extra mile for those closest to you.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Focusing on what I want.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. Today I want to talk to you about how to rewire your brain or change how you think.

I’ve been doing some research on why I tend to focus on the negative. It’s how I’ve trained my brain. So then I started looking at how to re-train how I view things. There are tons of articles, videos, and podcasts for this one subject. But one video really stood out to me. It stood out because it was short and concise. There wasn’t a ton of science for me to get lost in. So I would encourage you to take a look…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pqPKDu19hU.

So for now I will start with a photo and three things I am grateful for every day. I don’t know about you, but I want to be happier. I want people to see me as uplifting and not someone who complains.

What are you working on today?

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 🙂