Sometimes your kid knows best.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! This is the day to rest and recharge.

As I was sitting here trying to think about what to write my mind went blank. That’s not a good thing if you are trying to get your blog post up for the day. I had already searched through google and nothing was catching my eye.

So my daughter, Tara, was standing nearby and I asked her what it meant to rest. After nearly five months of being away from school and life as she knew it she simply said “do not rest too long”. I asked her what this meant. She said with being away from school (getting up and physically going) you tend to rest a lot. You stay in bed a bit longer. You don’t have to walk to class. You don’t have friends to chase you. No marching band.

So her words were ones of caution. If you rest too long your muscles atrophy and the routine things become difficult. So while rest is good when you are moving and doing be careful to not be sedentary too long. Keep moving.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

Finding rest in the midst of it.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! This is the day to focus on resting and recharging.

Do you ever feel that you can’t escape the stress? Everywhere you look there is unrest or someone frustrated about something. Plans keep changing. This is shut. What was the normal yesterday has now changed.

So how do you survive and, do I dare say, thrive?

For me there is my faith and lots of prayer. For others there is a warm bath. For some it is a punching bag that gets them through. Whatever it is that helps you make sure to use it.

I was reminded of this topic when I looked up the acronym for rest. Now there were many but the one that stuck out to me was “rapid emergency shelter taskforce”. Usually this taskforce is sent to set up shelter where it is needed to aid in a natural disaster or for extreme circumstances with the homeless population. If the basics of shelter are not met then an individual can not rest.

So I would remind you to make sure to have your support group that will help you set up your tent when you need immediate shelter so you can rest. This can be in the form of a meal, someone to watch the kids, or simply an ear to listen. Do not let yourself get so run down without support or some kind of shelter. Make sure you take care of yourself so you can still be effective in your life’s purpose.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

Let yourself rest.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! This is the day to focus on resting and recharging.

Do you ever find yourself pushing through your day off to get the laundry done or some errands finished?

I will often tell myself that I need a day off and then I look up. I see the mess, the chaos. And instead of giving myself time to recover I end up stressed out completely. I didn’t rest and I didn’t get everything done. It’s just a mess.

So I want to remind you (and myself) when you schedule time off…take it! Truly take it. Let yourself rest.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

Rest and be thankful.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! This is the day to rest and recharge.

I am sitting here and am reminded by my aching legs how good it is to sit still after many days of standing and beginning to run again.

What are you thankful for?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

Looking forward to rest as a country.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! This is the day to rest and recharge.

I have to say that I find it difficult to truly rest as our country seems to be in a constant state of upheaval. So, for me, I tend to look at the past from a historic perspective to predict what will happen in the future.

The 1918 pandemic brought the wearing of masks and restricted freedoms. What followed? The roaring 20’s!

After World War II came the 50s full of poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and some would say the beginning of rock and roll music.

In the 60s came the civil rights movement with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr followed by the summer of love and on it goes.

So I want to leave you with hope that this cycle will end and will leave us with a moment of respite until the next cycle begins.

Until then, continue to be kind.

β€œDarkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.,Β A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

When to rest is important to know.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! This is the day to rest and recharge.

Sometimes knowing when to rest is as important as taking time out. When you are farming you don’t take time to rest during your harvest. You reap what you have sown and do not give up until it is done. You do rest, however, after the harvest and let the field lay fallow for some time before planting again. This allows the ground to come back in to balance so it can yield another bountiful crop.

If you don’t rest, just like a field, when you should then your next harvest is not as abundant. It is important to know when to rest and for how long. Listen to your body and what your mind is telling you so you know when to push through or when to take a nap.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

Avoid or plow through?

It’s Sabbath Sunday! This is the day to rest or recharge.

Sometimes in order to get some peace and truly some rest you have to avoid situations that cause you stress. There are times you just need to go around and take a different road so you don’t end up on the section of the road that has the holes and the cliff running right up along side of it. Choose to go around. Choose to avoid the situation.

And sometimes you just need to plow through to get it done and checked off the list. Sometimes by avoiding the situation you are just stressing yourself out by procrastinating.

So how do you tell if you should avoid the situation or plow through? I often look to quotes to help me with this. I find a quote that speaks to me and then look at the author. Often who the author is and what they did speaks to me and then the quote becomes even more meaningful. Then I know to avoid or just get it done. So here’s a quote to leave you with.

“Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.” — John Wooden

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

Rest…in peace. It’s not just for the dead.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! This is the day to focus on resting and recharging.

I’ve often heard that rest is for the weak. Rest is for when you are dead. Rest in peace is often on a headstone. Just walk through a cemetery.

But today I want to talk about the fact that rest in peace is not just for when you are dead. It is also very befitting for when you are very much alive.

When your kids are little and you want to take a nap, do you get to? If you lay on the couch it is pretty hard to take a nap if a little munchkin is climbing all over you. Or worse that munchkin is out of sight and quiet.

Or when you lay down and your spouse or significant other wants to talk or ask you what’s for dinner. Or when your puppy is awkwardly bouncing all over the place.

My point is this…you need peace in order to rest or nap. So if you are trying to rest make sure the house and those in it are peaceful. Rest is so much sweeter when it is not trampled on.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

What is your therapy?

It’s Sabbath Sunday! Today is the day to focus on resting and recharging for the week.

So what do you do to recharge? What is your therapy? Do you like to be active, watch movies, sleep in, cook, clean…what sets you up for the week?

For me it is cooking and stamping that set my mind at ease. So today I will get a few things created, bake some bread, and roll some enchiladas.

What are your plans?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚

Let it go.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! This is the day to focus on resting so you can recharge for the week.

To find true rest you have to allow it. Your mind and your body cannot be so tense that you cannot rest.

For me I have to allow myself to let things go. To realize I am not in control. That if I have done my best that it is enough.

By doing my best it allows me the peace of mind to truly rest and to be stretched so I can do better next time.

How do you let yourself rest?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni πŸ™‚