So grateful to be still.

It’s Sabbath Sunday!  In the last few days Joel (hubbie) and I have had some pretty big events.

Joel coordinated the first ever Tuba Christmas for our area.  There were about 20 players, merchandise, registration, spectators, and volunteers.  It was a great night for music with perfect weather (55 degrees and virtually no wind).  Congratulations to your first of many events.

Yesterday I was at the Yucca Valley Community Center for the Holiday Craft Faire.  It was one of the biggest fairs I have attended for quite some time.  There were pictures with Santa, candy canes, snow to be played in, and crafters galore.  It was steady people all day long and a great event.

But now I sit here with my feet up in my pajamas and I am so grateful to be still.  It feels so good to be still (at least for a little while).  I have a craft room to clean up and inventory to be taken before tomorrow.  But for now, I am still.  I get to enjoy my tea (no coffee for me) in peace.

What is your activity you enjoy doing before everyone gets up and your world starts moving?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Are you resting today?

It’s Sabbath Sunday!  Are you resting today for me?  I am on day 2 of the Reach Out Morongo Basin’s Craft Fair.  I am not resting much but I am getting to talk to people and do a bunch of crafting.  It’s a break from the routine but not one with my feet up.

I would encourage you to go out of your comfort zone and do something different today.  If you always go get breakfast on Sunday morning maybe order your eggs different.  You just might discover something new and like it.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting with girlfriends.

It’s Sabbath Sunday!  Sometimes the best way to re-charge is to check out with a few girlfriends and be a tourist.  So today I am taking a tour of the Orchid Nurseries, the Gem Show, and grabbing lunch.  What do you do for fun?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Unplugging to re-charge.

It’s Sabbath Sunday for me!  I am resting by getting things cleaned up and getting a few things stamped.  I have many fairs coming up and much to plan for.  And at the end of the day I am hoping to be sitting at the fire pit toasting my marshmallow for my s’more.  I do have two questions for you.

  1.  Do you like cinnamon or regular graham crackers?
  2. Do you spread peanut butter on your graham cracker?

I am off of here to clean and then to go toast some marshmallows.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Definition of rest.

It’s Sabbath Sunday and it’s my day of rest.  I googled “rest” and several things came up.  These examples are from the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

  1. We will not rest until we discover the truth.
  2. The workers were resting in the shade.
  3. He is resting comfortably after his ordeal.
  4. She went to her room to rest for awhile.
  5. The coach canceled practice to rest his team.

Other than the first one every other one is about allowing your body to find comfort to restore.  This allows for you to come back stronger and again to do more of what you had been doing.  I know with working out that the rest days are so important as long as you have done the work.

The second thing that pops up with rest is restaurants.  This implies to rest you must not work.

How do you enjoy your days off?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Rest is often a break from the routine.

It’s Sabbath Sunday!  This is the day to rest and re-charge.  Rest can be defined as a break from the routine.  So, I will ask you, how do you break from the routine?  I need some ideas for the bunch of us to do.  Here’s what is being contemplated.

In October the play “Carrie” is being done with Theatre 29.

In November (the 3rd I believe) is the Beer & Wine Tasting at the Boys & Girls Club.

On November 30 there will be a first time Tuba Christmas at The River.  (Joel is coordinating.)

Please let me know if you have other ideas.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

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 🙂

Re-charge with a card.

Sometimes rest and re-charging comes from some interesting places.  I went last night to one of my good friends child’s birthday party.  Of course by the time I got there everyone was already gone.  But sometimes the best memories come in those still moments when everyone has already gone.  She opened her present and gave a big hug while whispering thank you in my ear.  A few minutes later she had opened her craft kit and made me my own thank you card.

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She gave it to me with a huge smile and her name signed on the back in crayon.

It’s in these moments I get rejuvenated.  It’s the reason I do what I do.

What re-charges you?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

The calm before the storm.

Have you ever looked at your calendar and almost held your breath because you see everything coming?  That is this week for me.  It always seems to get very busy right before school starts.  Band Camp, Card Class, National Night Out, Alice in Wonderland, and probably a few other things thrown in for good measure.  They are all good things, but they are all this week.

So what do you do to prepare yourself for a busy week?  Is there a “lucky” routine you do to help get through the week?  For me I plan, eat well, work out, and keep focused.  So tomorrow there will be some planning and some cutting.

The main change lately has been shifting my focus or perspective.  I am no longer saying that “I have to do…”.  I am now saying that “I am choosing to do…” or that “I get to do…”.  It’s amazing what power words have on your attitude and often your outcome.

Share your magic formula in the comments to stay focused.

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 🙂