Don’t forget to ask for help.

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

When the wave of overwhelm comes over you don’t be afraid to ask for help. And by help I don’t necessarily mean with the workload. Sometimes you need someone to run to the store for you. Sometimes you need a good friend to have a beer or glass of wine with. And sometimes you need to just ask everyone to excuse you for a minute while you re-group.

Don’t be afraid to ask for a minute to catch your breath. This probably won’t work all the time, but on those intense days make sure to grab a second. A good friend will understand, a great friend will buy your favorite bottle of wine, and a best friend will drink it with you.

I am so grateful for my understanding spouse and kid and some great friends and also some best ones.

Remember to take care of yourself. No one else can.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Giving back with the little things.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. Have you realized that it’s not the big things that break you? It’s usually the littlest thing that drives you to your knees. And, on the upside, it’s the littlest thing that can bring you up out of your pit.

Lately I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed. Too much to do and not enough time. You know how this goes, right? One day, especially, I had decided that it was just too much. I was on the verge of giving up.

Just at that moment Joel (hubby) walks in and sees my head on the table. He doesn’t ask what’s wrong. He just asks me to stand up and then he precedes to envelope me with a huge bear hug. When he doesn’t stop after about a minute I ask him what he’s doing. He simply says, “I am holding you until all your pieces are back together again”.

Who is your rock or person that knows you well enough to just hold you? Maybe it’s not a hug, but it’s a note or a clean house or…

We all need someone to put us back together again.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Feeling ready.

Lately I have been feeling that I am behind.  I am not prepared and just not ready.  Most of the time this is just a feeling but sometimes I am caught off guard.  With not being prepared comes anxiety, more cost, stress, and time to overcome a meltdown.  Have you ever felt like this?  Just overwhelmed?

So, how do you overcome the overwhelm?  If you google this there are so many articles that come up.  Some say write a to do list.  Others say take a bath.  Exercise.  Set a timer.

I say do what works for you.  And for me, it depends.  It depends on what I am working on.  It depends if I like the project.  It depends if I am already cranky.  It even depends on the time of day.

My solution is not to take a bath.  I know that.  I lay in the nice water trying to relax and all I can think about is that I am doing nothing to help myself.  My solution is usually to obsess over it for a bit, write a to do list to break it down into smaller chunks, and GET STARTED!  I will often set a timer or tell myself when I should be done.  I like a good race.  If you haven’t figured it out yet I’m a little competitive, even with myself.

The key here is to do whatever it takes to help yourself to get to that action step.  Action is what will help you to finish.

I am telling you this in hopes that you can finish earlier and be able to relax, truly relax.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂