Rest is not procrastinating.

It’s Sabbath Sunday and today is my day of rest!  I don’t know when you block out to do something different and restful, but today is my day.  Lately I’ve been reading article after article about how stress affects the nervous system, weight gain, unclear thinking, and on and on.  So, the moral of the story is to manage or minimize your stress.  But how do you do that?

For me there are lots of ways to manage it.  I work out at least 3 times a week (the goal is 5).  Exercise or movement seems to be the most often talked about way of managing stress.  I think movement is important but I also think the act of taking a break or unplugging in itself helps too.

I think every person needs to find their source of stress too.  Mine lies in procrastination.  When I do not feel ready or that I’ve waited too long everything just goes spinning.  I usually come back around and still get it done, but at what cost?  Usually there is take out involved which means more trips to the gym to maintain.

So for today I will not define rest in simply doing nothing.  Instead today will be for getting ahead so there can be peace and contentment where frazzled nerves once burrowed.

How do you stay content?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Self care is a great way to fill up.

Sometimes the best way to give back is to not be negative.  For me the best way to stay positive is to make sure I am re-charging or doing some self care.  You will see me at the gym three mornings a week (usually).  This is my way of getting moving and being able to check out with some great music.  You will also notice that I am closed on Sundays.  I don’t always have plans on Sundays, but I do always plan to be off.

So I will ask you…what is your way to re-charge?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Hobbies bring rest.

By the title I bet you think I will talk about stamping.  For many of you stamping is what brings you rest.  And I am sure at some point today I will stamp too.  But what other hobbies (or therapies) do you have?  I like to work out and also to cook.  So today I will be babysitting a brisket and in between getting a few things done.  Tell me what other hobbies do you have besides crafting?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting sometimes means stretching.

I have been going to the gym pretty consistently for the last year.  I am not saying this to get accolades, but I have learned something in the process.  You must rest.  On most rest days between workouts I don’t just sit idle, I stretch.  After tearing down my muscles through a workout I stretch to get back in alignment and ease some of the tightness  or tension.

How does this relate to crafting?  I would encourage you to stretch.  Make sure you are trying something new so you are stretched.  Keep your brain active.  Do different techniques so you keep your ideas fresh.

What will you learn today?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂