Change of routine for me today.

Today is a good day to rest and stay out of the sun.  The back of my arms are a little tender today since they don’t normally see the sun.  But today is a new day even if my skin isn’t.  To re-charge today I am attending and enjoying a concert.  Not a bunch of creating, blogging, and planning today for me.  What’s on your adventure list today?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting on Mother’s Day.

Hopefully your family is allowing some rest on Mother’s Day.  Or are you getting twenty questions about where things are in the kitchen.  Thankfully my kitchen isn’t that big so there’s not many places to look.  And at 10 am my kid isn’t even up yet.  Oh, the teenage years.  Whatever there is in your family, enjoy it.  Be present.  You will never get this moment back.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Self care is the best.

Every day you run like crazy.  You work, you cook, you clean, you run kids to practice…you get the idea.  Every once in awhile you need to take care of yourself.  No one else will.  So put down the planner and trade it for a good book or a trip to the craft room.  Today I will be spending some time in my craft room.  (Of course this is after I can see my two tables again.)

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Resting by trying something new.

I don’t know about you but I often like what is familiar and what is comfortable.  I will find myself going to the same restaurant, sitting in the same booth (I prefer over a table), seeing the same waiter/waitress, and ordering the same thing.  It’s easy.  I don’t have to think.  But sometimes your brain or body gets stagnant and you need to try something new.

So, today we are watching a new movie…the Avengers.  And we are trying a new restaurant.  I will let you know how it goes.

Don’t be afraid to break up your routine and try something new.  It might be great.  Here’s to an adventure.

Have you tried something new recently?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Feeling ready.

Lately I have been feeling that I am behind.  I am not prepared and just not ready.  Most of the time this is just a feeling but sometimes I am caught off guard.  With not being prepared comes anxiety, more cost, stress, and time to overcome a meltdown.  Have you ever felt like this?  Just overwhelmed?

So, how do you overcome the overwhelm?  If you google this there are so many articles that come up.  Some say write a to do list.  Others say take a bath.  Exercise.  Set a timer.

I say do what works for you.  And for me, it depends.  It depends on what I am working on.  It depends if I like the project.  It depends if I am already cranky.  It even depends on the time of day.

My solution is not to take a bath.  I know that.  I lay in the nice water trying to relax and all I can think about is that I am doing nothing to help myself.  My solution is usually to obsess over it for a bit, write a to do list to break it down into smaller chunks, and GET STARTED!  I will often set a timer or tell myself when I should be done.  I like a good race.  If you haven’t figured it out yet I’m a little competitive, even with myself.

The key here is to do whatever it takes to help yourself to get to that action step.  Action is what will help you to finish.

I am telling you this in hopes that you can finish earlier and be able to relax, truly relax.

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

 

Resting sometimes means stretching.

I have been going to the gym pretty consistently for the last year.  I am not saying this to get accolades, but I have learned something in the process.  You must rest.  On most rest days between workouts I don’t just sit idle, I stretch.  After tearing down my muscles through a workout I stretch to get back in alignment and ease some of the tightness  or tension.

How does this relate to crafting?  I would encourage you to stretch.  Make sure you are trying something new so you are stretched.  Keep your brain active.  Do different techniques so you keep your ideas fresh.

What will you learn today?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Are you resting for me?

Sundays are usually my day to rest but not today.  I am on my way back from OnStage and it’s time to unpack the RV and apply what I learned.  So I will ask you this question…are you resting today for me?  Please!

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Easter Sunday

After finishing a three day show I am tempted to just watch a movie and be done for a bit.  But no…there is a ham to cook.  So while muscles might be stiff from sitting for three days with intermittent spurts of moving tables, etc. there is my other therapy to do.  I love to cook.  Not bake, but cook.  What else do you do to break up the routine?  What do you enjoy?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sun, shopping, and flip flops.

So today instead of resting I am breaking out of the routine.  I am using some hydrating lotion to keep my skin from peeling after yesterday’s Woof Walk.  I didn’t get burned but I’m not used to the wind any more.  And I am doing some shopping.  This crafty girl needs a new pair of wedges, sandals, or flip flops.  The family and I are enjoying a great lunch and are going hunting for this season’s sandals.  Wish me luck.

What are you doing today to get out of the normal routine?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂

Sundays are for catching up.

Sometimes I rest and other days I catch up.  Today I catch up.  I am resting by getting back organized and ready to conquer the week.  Some days you just have to clean things out and get back ready to running again.  How are you preparing for today and this week?

Happy Crafting!

With inky fingers,

Joni 🙂