Rest without guilt.

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

I have to remind myself that is a good thing to take a day off. As I sit in Las Vegas after OnStage my mind is full of new ideas. I have taken the time to write a bunch down and now I wait. I wait for orders to come in and I wait to get back to the studio to begin to design. As I wait I remind myself that is a good thing to take time off.

In the past I would take time off and feel guilty for resting. Afterwards I would wonder why I would feel so tired all the time. I now have learned to allow myself to rest. It is a reward for putting in the work. But I think the biggest key is that the work needs to be put in.

A rest day after a week at the gym feels so good. A rest day after I have skipped working out does not give the same satisfaction. So I am reminded to put in the work both with my family and in my studio.

What are you working on so you can enjoy your rest?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Plan now, stress less later.

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

With about a month and a half to go before Christmas I am sitting here in my pajamas wondering where the year went. And my second thought is I have some work to do. Christmas cards, swaps, craft fairs, and …and…and…

So today I am planning and ordering so I have the supplies to do what I need to do. I just have to remember to take action on that plan so I don’t end up with cases of tic tacs that I forgot about much like last year. As you are ordering make sure to write down a list of what has been ordered and for what. This will keep things organized and will hopefully prevent you from buying something in a rush.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

At peace with rest.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! Today is the day to rest and recharge. I usually rest by not doing anything. Anything! But I also enjoy talking to people and being social. So, for today, I am enjoying talking with craft fair goers and simply enjoying being where I am. I love feeling like I am present. It is great to feel at peace and rested while still working. Did I tell you I love my job? Thank you for allowing me to do what I do.

Do you enjoy what you do? Or at least an aspect of it?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sometimes quitting means resting.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! Have you ever been involved with something and know all along you are not the right person? You’ve committed for however long and the more time passes the more you know you are not the right person. What do you do? Do you stick it out, modify the commitment, or quit?

Recently I have been battling this exact question. I tried to modify the situation by talking and meeting more with the hope that things would begin to get better. But instead of better they got worse. Sometimes you just have to know when to call it a day.

So, as I type this, I have just finished sending my resignation letter in for the Music Boosters. It is back to solely Stampin’ Up!, my family, and enjoying life again.

Have you ever had to hit reset on a commitment you made?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Stories to be told.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! This is the day to rest and recharge. For many of you rest is needed because homecoming was last night for many of the local kids. There is something that changes when you have to be out until 11 or so instead of at home and comfy.

For me rest will come in the form of stories. I am taking some time to visit my Grama today and listen to her stories. I love hearing about the way things were. The way she hustled to help get my Grampa’s business off the ground, remodel the house, or raise her kids. It’s the same as today but it seems so much sweeter when it’s in the past.

Take a minute and enjoy those precious around you.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sunday Supper

It’s Sabbath Sunday! Today is the day to focus on resting and recharging. Do you remember as a kid those Sunday suppers out at Grandma’s house? I do. My Grama cooked for days to make sure that meal was just right.

Did you have a meal that the whole family joined? What was your favorite dish or person to visit with?

Mine was my many aunts and uncles that all met up at my Grama’s house. Grama had the pool and seemed to always be cooking. It wasn’t uncommon to have the American favorites (steak and baked potato) right next to kabobs and stuffed grape leaves. I miss those days where everyone seemed to get along and the hardest thing was straining the seed bits out of the pomegranate juice for the jelly.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

So much to do.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! Today is the day to rest and re-charge. Do you ever feel like there is so much to do and so little time? It’s amazing to me when I take some time off (whether it be an hour, day, or a week) my perspective changes on what is really important. So much of what is seen that has to be done right now in fact doesn’t have to be done at all.

So I would encourage you to take a step back and look at your priorities. I had someone very close to me once say “if all else fails…sleep on it”. Your perspective will often change after a nap.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

P.S. And the winner for the stamp set Tags Tags Tags is Lisa Hull! Congratulations Lisa!

Rest areas.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! Today is the day we rest or re-charge.

Have you ever noticed rest areas on the side of the highway? What do they have? There is usually not a ton of extras. There is no arcade, video games, disco, rides, etc. Instead there are the essentials. There is a restroom, maybe a vending machine, a map, some shade trees, and a bit of grass. Basically the essentials.

A good rest stop will allow you to stop, take a break, put your feet up under the shade tree, and put your toes in the grass. This allows you to reconnect and take care of the necessities.

I would encourage you to make your day of rest an essential part of your week. Make sure you have the necessities and not much more. Keep it simple so you can hit reset.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Remembering what day it is.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! Today is the day to focus on resting, re-charging, and breaking your routine.

I don’t know about you but some weeks everything seems to blend together. Every day you wake up and begin to work and it all just seems to be the same. No day looks different and it all is just one big string of sunrises and sunsets smooshed together. Have you had those weeks?

I had that week this week. I couldn’t seem to remember the dates and actually showed up a day early for a business lunch. Driving into the parking lot of the restaurant was strange. As I turned my truck off I remarked to my fellow networker that there just seemed to be no cars here since the event starts in 15 minutes. Well, there were no cars because I was a day early. Somehow I had moved forward a day. So, yes, I came back the next day and everything worked out.

These are the kind of weeks that you really need to break your routine and rest a bit to get back on track. It’s important to hit the reset on your body from time to time to stay on top of things. Don’t forget to take care of yourself.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Rest is just a pause.

It’s Sabbath Sunday! This is the day to rest or re-charge.

Don’t be afraid to rest. It’s not quitting but it is necessary.

In music a rest allows you to turn the page or another instrument to be featured. It is necessary for the music to change and to keep the audience interested.

In life it is necessary to rest so muscles can heal after a workout. That way you can come back stronger and able to do more.

I hope you are getting the picture…don’t be afraid to rest. Now I am off of here to go put my feet up.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂