Good Morning My Fellow Stampers -
I'm sure you all are wondering where I have been this past week. It has been a very difficult week for me, with some unexpected drama and some deep hurts that I am not yet sure how to address. I have been reminded as I ponder things these past days how difficult running a business versus tending to friendships can really be. I am questioning a number of things on a lot of levels, including why am I doing this, what is the point of continuing, and should I let my Stampin' Up! business go.
I want to remind everyone who follows this blog and has been a supporter and customer of mine over these past years, how important each of you are to me, on so many levels. I live for the emails, communications, and comments on my posts. I love to have the interactions and community that this difficult "virtual world" can sometimes bring us, as well as the sweet friendships that have grown from the classes in my home and the interactions with these sweet gals on little road trips and excursions. I also realize that I am someone who takes things very personally and am hurt easily. I have not been able to grow as thick a skin as maybe I should to be able to run a home business, and I struggle with feeling attacked and slighted. I also have come to realize how deeply some of these friendships have come to mean to me and when there is a miscommunication or a misunderstanding, how quickly things can fall apart and how fragile relationships can be. The balance between running a business and having deep meaningful relationships is a difficult one that I have only learned this past week can cause lines to be blurred and feelings to be hurt very quickly.
When I am hurting, I do not feel like creating or being in the Studio at all. I don't plan anything; I don't do anything to support my business in any way, and you have witnessed that this past week. I am learning to be kind to myself despite how it may impact something as important as supporting this effort. I hope you will all understand. I am doing a lot of thinking about how I want to go forward with my creative craft, Stampin' Up!, and this business as a whole. I may make some significant changes; I may not. I have not made those decisions yet. I do know that part of me has been thinking for some time of putting more of a focus on "service" this year, which may include changing my focus from trying to constantly create for merely the "showcase", to more of creating for charities and needs - like for our servicemen. It is possible that I may cut back on in-home classes, and not put as much effort into the blog right now. It is difficult when working a full-time job to put as much effort into this as I would like, and it just may not be the right season. I may blog more sporadically and showcase what is my heart rather than trying to always showcase the latest new product.
One thing I do know is that I need some time to nurture some friendships that need some nurturing, to grieve some circumstances that have hurt me deeply, and to try to figure out what next week, and the week after look like. I am due to have my Annual Sale this coming weekend, and may be delaying that by at least one week. I have already decided to cancel my Annual Catalog Premier event here at my home; and the heavy class schedule I had originally planned for June, is now being tabled as I consider what really makes some sense. I know many of you who are local and were looking forward to plans previously discussed may be disappointed; please bear with me. We will not abandon things totally; I just need some time to figure out what to do next. And if you have time to sit down over coffee with me, it would mean the world right now. I need my friends!
Thank you to each and every one of you !! Stampin' Up! has always been about "the heart", and I have always believed that. It's what drew me here to begin with - the love and friendship formed over a table of paper, ink, and stamps!! My heart is heavy today, but it still hopes for the very best in all of us and what we love to do and share more than anything!
Let's take a moment and chat real quickly about what is happening at Stampin' Up! It's 3 days until the end of the month, and that means all the beautiful and wonderful products that are retiring from 2017-2018, are just about gone, gone, gone!!!
LAST CHANCE. There is still time to order those retiring products that you KNOW you just have to have. But hurry…time is running out! All retiring items are only available while supplies last and will be discontinued after May 31.
Retiring Products List – Occasions Catalog: Click HERE
Retiring Products List – Annual Catalog: Click HERE
Retiring Products – Discounts: Click HERE
TIME TO SHARE. There's plenty of time to reserve a DDS Product Share for the new Annual Catalog -- just check out all the details HERE - and contact me today. I've got plenty of spaces - in fact, one I Want It All Share grouping right now could use 2 more participants. Let me know!! We're getting ready to place those first orders.
THERE'S A NEW CATALOG COMING!! With a new catalog just days away from being "live" - you need to be ready!! Do you have that new catalog in your hands yet? Let me know if you need one - email@example.com - and we'll get you ready for a Summer of Fun!!
LAST CHANCE BUNDLES. It's the final 3 days to grab the special bundles available for the Share What You Love Suite in the new catalog. After May 31st, you will not be able to get the bundles, the special pricing, or the special free gifts and exclusive stamp set - it is not available in the new catalog.
Until Next Time . . . Puppy Hugs!