Giving back.

It’s Friendship Friday!  This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.  Today’s blog post hits home to me because it affects my own.  Here is what is going on.  The marching band program up at the high school where my daughter attends is in jeopardy of not being able to compete due to lack of funds.  So here is how I am giving back.  Anyone that donates $20 or more from now until the end of September will come to the next Card Class for FREE!  If you donate $50 or more you will come to the next Card Class FREE and be invited to the host appreciation.

So here is what you have to do.  Go to Band Site (www.yvhsmusic.com) and donate.  When it says confirmed or submitted take a screenshot and send it to me via text, email, or message.  Basically send it to me privately.  This is your “receipt” for Card Class and the Host Appreciation.

Thank you for being part of this crazy crafty family.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Knowing your strengths.

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

There are so many ways to give back.  The ways to help stretch as far as your imagination.  But, I will warn you, sometimes you have to know your strengths.  Let me give you an example.

I have an acquaintance that got their car stuck in the sand.  I can help by sharing the message, but I wouldn’t go pull him out myself.  I know I don’t have the right equipment, strength, or knowledge.

Knowing when to help or not to help are valuable insights.  Remember if you can’t help you might be in the way and hinder the progress instead of assist.  Just a thought as we go about this day.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Day 7 of 12 Days of Christmas

We are over halfway.  How are you?  I will be catching up on all the tickets this weekend as well as many other projects.  But for today…

Post a photo in the comments section of this blog or facebook post of your happy mail going out today.  Each envelope with a stamp on it gets 5 tickets.  (Please remember to not show addresses.) (If you can’t figure out how to post it then email or text it to me.)

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Little things make a difference.

It’s Friendship Friday!  This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.  Go mail the card!  Call your friend!  Don’t wait.  You never know your timing and how much that little thing is needed.

Here’s a little video on how much one simple act can change a whole day in a bunch of people.

Go make impact!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S.  Cheryl, thanks for posting this and being the inspiration to this week’s give back.

Taking action to give back.

It’s Friendship Friday!  This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward.  Instead of giving you another idea I want to ask you a question.  How many times have you acted on this?  How many times have you given back?  How many times have you been intentional on forcing yourself to be nice?

I would like to encourage you to listen to that still small voice.  Don’t wait!  This is how we got to where we are today.  Don’t hesitate.  The time is now.

Just recently a dear friend of mine posted a link to a Ted Talk with Mel Robbins.  Do you know about Ted Talks?  Have you heard of Mel Robbins?  If you haven’t google them or ask me later.

So now that things are growing with Stampin’ Up! I have been crippled with fear at times.  I know what to do but I procrastinate.  And as many of you know, I believe that knowing what to do and acting are two totally different things.  I hear that little doubting voice that says…”it’s getting too big”, “how will you ever make 53 thank you cards this week”, “why did you think you were capable of all this”, and on it goes.  I don’t know about you but sometimes I need ear plugs.  I need to stop listening and just go for it.  I can only name a handful of times where I said yes and then couldn’t figure it out.

So what are you hesistating on?  Stop it!  Let’s go make a difference.  Here’s to having 5 seconds of courage.

And here’s the link to that presentation I was talking about.  Mel Robbins (paste this if it doesn’t work…https://www.ted.com/talks/mel_robbins_how_to_stop_screwing_yourself_over?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tedspread).

Now go for it!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sometimes the give back is obvious.

Sometimes you have to look at how to give back and some times it smacks you in the face.  I wanted to take a minute and say thank you to everyone that contributed for Penny.  I stopped by Monday to give her the bag of cards, gift cards, journal, and kit.  It was too much to mail, thankfully.  I love this big, crazy, crafty family we have.  Thank you for showing up and taking care of one of our own.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Finding yourself by giving back.

Have you ever felt like you are wandering?  Can’t seem to find your purpose?  Then give back.  I have found that I am the most focused on what I need as well as others when I am giving back.  Not only does volunteering make you feel good, but it also gives you purpose when you wake up in the morning.  There is somewhere you need to be with someone who is depending on you.

There are so many ways to give back.  You can make favors for an event happening locally.  You can mail a card to someone unsuspecting.  You can pay for someone’s coffee, meal, whatever.  You can share a smile.  You can carve out an hour or two and just listen to someone that might need the time.

What is your favorite way of giving back?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Giving back to the ones who least expect it!

When you are cranky, hot, hungry, and tired where do you go?  I go to the drive-thru and grab a burger, taco, coffee, whatever.  Have you stopped to thank whoever is delivering your food or energy to keep going?  I would encourage you to grab a handful of balloons, a card, some flowers (paper ones work too), whatever encouragement and hand it to whoever is handing you your order.  I would love to see the faces of those unsuspecting employees that work so hard.

Here’s just another idea on how to give back or pay it forward.  What’s your idea?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

And we are back to Friday again.

Are the weeks going faster?  It seems as it gets hotter the weeks go faster.  Anyone else?

Without even thinking about it we are back to Friday again.  I am a little slow this morning since we had a get together last night.  We (8 of us) had dinner together, crafted, and created.  We created cards for Girls Love Mail.

Girls Love Mail is a group of people that deliver cards, hugs, and encouragement to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients beginning chemotherapy or radiation.  Their goal is to reach 40,000 letters this year.  So far they have about 12,000.  We made another about 40 cards to go out for this organization last night.  If you have cards to donate I will take them at any time.  We are mailing them off all the time.  I love it when our group comes together to create impact.

What are you focused on creating impact for today?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

So many ways to give back.

There are so many ways to give back or pay it forward.  It’s really only limited by your imagination.  You can buy lunch for a friend, pay for someone else’s coffee, mail a card, share a smile…to name a few.

Just recently I found a new way.  By attending events that you are involved in.  Tell me what’s important to you.  Let me give an example…

So yesterday, a bunch of us are having fun gathered together to craft at Card Class.  We all started to talk about what’s going on.  Since it’s summer and very hot there’s not as much happening since everyone is trying not to melt.  We talked about the movies, what’s on Netflix, bowling, and some crafting conventions.  Then we started digging a little deeper and started talking about the kids, grand-kids, grand-dogs.

One of our very own’s kids is playing a significant role in a play for the summer youth theater.  The talk became what night to go, dinner before, and on.  In the end a bunch of us are going to this play to encourage and have some fun.

Here’s where the give back comes in.  (I know you were wondering.)  If you could see faces light up by not only Mom, but also the crafters that are going you would think we won the lottery.  Remember it’s often the small things that make a huge difference.  Create your ripple of impact so it collectively grows in to a wave.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂