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 🙂

Sometimes failure brings rest.

It’s Sabbath Sunday!  Have you ever been so stressed about something that finally coming to the end of it is a relief?  Whether you succeed or fail you are just glad it is over.  And then you seem to sleep for days to get over the ordeal.

This is how it is in my home with my daughter.  Every time there is a big test at school, drama with a good friend, or a competition for band she gets a little on edge.  Once the ordeal is done she is just exhausted.  She seems to sleep for days on end.  After a day or two then she is back to “normal”.

So what are you stressing about?  What’s just finished that you might be mentally or physically exhausted over?  How do you process what just happened so you can continue?  For me, the answer is usually to create.  This allows me to check out.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Day 9 of 12 Days of Christmas

Today’s blog post is about resting and having fun.  So my question is how do you let your mind go?  How do you get new ideas?  How do you stretch your creative muscles?

Comment with where you get your creative ideas and get a ticket per comment.  Make sure to post separately.  Please don’t repeat within your own comments.  You can repeat or duplicate from someone else.

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 🙂

Feet are up!

My feet are up after having three events in less than three days.  I am feeling it a bit today, especially since one of the events was out in the heat.  But onward and upward we go.  I hope you had fun at the 12th Anniversary Party!  Thank you for coming out!

Please remember to look at yesterday’s blog post for the contest.  You could win a Darling Label Punch Pack valued at over $50.  The contest will run until 9 pm tonight and voting will run on Monday through 9 pm.  Whoever gets the most votes will win the Kit.

That’s about all I have for now.  Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Space for rest.

Have you ever googled or searched for rest?  I typed in the word “rest” and up comes many images.  There are the traditional beach scenes, hammocks with a gentle breeze, lists on why rest is good for you, and much, much more.

The one that caught my eye is the traditional rest stop sign.  This reminds me to make sure there is an area of my life that is blocked off for rest.  If I don’t give myself permission to rest, I won’t.  Make sure to have a designated exit for rest.  If you don’t take it the next rest stop may not be for 287 miles.

What is your area for rest?  Is it a certain spot in the house?  Is it your craft room?  Is it the kitchen and cooking your favorite meal?  How do you set aside time or space to rest?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting by focusing.

As many of you know I am married to a professional musician.  And for those of you that know me even better, you know that my daughter is a budding musician as well.  With that being said I am pulling our segment on rest today straight from the staff lines of a musical score.

Do you know the purpose of a rest in music?  It is to give emphasis on a certain section (brass, woodwinds, percussion, etc.) while other sections are quiet.  It is also used after a difficult section in the music to allow the muscles to regain their composure so tone does not suffer.

So, you are probably asking what this has to do with crafting.  I want to remind you that it is okay to rest, especially after a huge project is finished or if it is just not coming together.  The ability to rest might just give you the edge to regain focus and create a masterpiece.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂