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 🙂

Sometimes you need french toast.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. Sometimes the ones closest to you get the worst of it.

When I am going through something the ones closest tend to get my grumpies. I tend to not want to talk and just get through life until it gets better. I was reminded this week that it only gets better when you choose it or take the time to fix it.

I had been trying to ignore things since I felt like I had just finished being part of a bad break up. I was beginning to move past it but still wasn’t my “normal” self. I had been playing catch up with work as I had let a few things slip through the cracks.

Well, all I can say, is sometimes you need a friend to pull up in your driveway and say come on we are going to breakfast. Just to know someone cares and knows me that well is a bit refreshing. And in case you didn’t know, french toast really does fix everything.

Who are you friends with that might need a visit?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Simplify to give back.

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

Do you ever feel that you are so busy that you are never present? Do you constantly look at the time and think about where else you should be? Sometimes cutting a few things out or simplifying life means being more present in what you are doing.

What do you need to cut so you can be more present?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Giving back with self care.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. Some days you need to go back to bed or have a mimosa with breakfast. There are days where you need to push through and others where you call off and go get your toenails polished.

As for me, I am taking care of some loose ends and getting back on track with my creative side. There are some great new things I have planned for us to experience together. Just you wait.

So, if your boss asks, I said it’s okay to go get a pedicure. (Just kidding. I’m not your boss.) But do remember to take care of yourself.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Fire changes perspective.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. It’s amazing to me how everything can be going so badly and then one little thing can change your perspective.

So recently I have had my truck break, my daughter’s truck break, flat tires, and more. You name it, it has happened. I was feeling pretty down until the news came on last week. The entire screen was nothing but a brilliant orange. You could almost feel the heat just from the picture. It was live coverage of the Saddle Ridge fire.

As I watched the screen I thought “oh, those poor people” and what would I grab if I only had 20 minutes to leave my home forever. And then my husband said something that snapped me into a different awareness. “Isn’t that Grama’s neighborhood?” So now I am looking at the details of each house as the chopper does a spotlight in the dark to capture glimpses of the houses being devoured by this hungry, fire dragon. As I catch photos of lattice work, patios, and stucco I am looking as each frame looks more and more like Grama’s home.

So the next day I call Grama. No answer. And the next day…and the next…and the next. Four long days go by and I finally hear that friendly “llllooo”. I can hear the weariness in her voice but she is back home. And I ask how she is. She is tired but grateful she has something still to clean. Three doors down they were not so lucky. The entire back half of the house was devoured by the dragon.

My problems seemed to fade as the reminder that life is sacred and to be cherished comes beating to the front of my brain. So I will remind you to take time for what matters, or should I say “who” matters.

Remember to put in to those that matter to you.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Knowing your worth.

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

I want to tell you a story today.

Once upon a time there was a grandson that had just lost his grandfather. He inherited this crusty old watch. It didn’t work, was cracked, and pretty dirty. He thought to himself “why would I get this piece of junk from Grandpa?”.

So he took the watch to a shop to see how much it was worth so he could sell it. The first shopkeeper says it’s worth $5. So he goes to the next one and the next…all say it’s $5. He is pretty disappointed.

As he is sitting down to dinner with his family they ask if he has gone to that jeweler in town. He says no. So the next day he goes to the jeweler. The jeweler takes a minute and brushes the dirt off. He then begins to explain where the watch came from, how old it is, and what value it holds. The watch was worth thousands.

The moral of this story is to know your worth and remember it is often in the eye of the beholder. Make sure that who is giving you advice is someone that understands your beauty and who you are. They see your cracks, dents, and scars as part of your character and not as flaws. Be careful who you listen to.

With all that being said…you are enough. Thank you for being a part of this crazy crafty family. You are amazing and I love you for who you are cracks and all.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Who checks on you?

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. Do you have a friend that checks on you? Do you have someone that says please call me when you get home so I know you are safe?

It’s a good feeling to know that someone cares about you. It’s an even better feeling when they check on you to make sure you are okay. Who is in your life to make sure you are tucked in at night? Go tell them thank you, call them, or send them a card. Show your appreciation for them to just be “on call”.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Having fun while giving back.

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

Some days I wonder how to make a difference and others the invitation lands in my mailbox. Today’s post has landed in my mailbox.

So who wants to go and have some fun all while making a difference?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sending cards.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. I’ve been asking for places to send cards to help out. Well…Carol found a place. Thank you Carol!

The Fisher House is a place located by military and VA medical centers around the world. They have up to 21 suites or private bedrooms with a common kitchen and dining space. The first Fisher House opened in 1991.

So I have talked to the local one in California, specifically near San Diego. They didn’t have a use for cards. But Carol went to the one in St Louis, Missouri and they want our cards. They especially want cards for kids.

Here is the address:

Fisher House

Attn: Vanniecia Brown

1 Jefferson Barracks

St Louis, MO 63125

I will be sending boxes of cards to them periodically. So if you have cards with envelopes please send them my way or to Fisher House.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Giving back by showing up.

It’s Friendship Friday! This is the day to focus on giving back or paying it forward. Some days I am talking about sharing your smile or grabbing lunch with a friend. Other times it’s about mailing cards for an 18 year old boy that needs a full mailbox since he has no party or friends. And still at times it is buying the donuts, the pizza, the wrapping paper, and so on.

So for today I am asking you to show up to the many events happening locally. Not only is there Card Class, but there are several other things as well on Saturday.

  • The United Methodist Church in Yucca Valley is holding a craft fair.
  • The United Methodist Church in 29 Palms is holding a parking lot sale.
  • The 29 Palms Elks Lodge is holding their craft fair and car show.
  • The Boys and Girls Club in Yucca Valley is holding a Krispy Kreme donut fundraiser. If you want a dozen please let me know.
  • Farmers Market is happening in Joshua Tree and 29 Palms. (The crepes in 29’s market are so good.)

I am sure there are others, but this is just to get you started. If you don’t show up then there is no reason for the coordinators to keep doing these events. I would encourage you to show up.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂