I love Stampin' Up! I've been accused of being a Stampin' Up! snob. I will wear that badge proudly. I love everything about Stampin' Up! I love the excitement of a new catalog with new products that are just waiting for ideas. Those ideas become creations that bring joy to others and to me. I love the feel of the cardstock, the beauty of the paper, ink on my hands, and that feeling I get when I design a card that's just right. I love ribbons, and sequins, rhinestones, trinkets, and tying bows. I love being a part of a team and having my own team. I love sharing and knowing people from across the US and in other countries. In other words, I love it all! I will be a demonstrator for as far in the future as I can imagine. I stamp every day. Yes, I am passionate. Some would call it obsessed.
And therein is my problem. As this year, and decade, come to end, it's a time for reflection. I work hard at my Stampin' Up! business. I spend, I'm sure, well over 40 hours a week. I am retired so I guess I have the time. But my business has taken over my life. I don't have time for family and friends. I'm always telling my husband I don't have time to do this and that. I'm not invited out with friends that much any more. Most of all, after all the time and effort and work, I am not successful. My sales suck. I think I need to face that fact that I really am not offering anything that would warrant any support or loyalty from my readers. I am not able to offer free gifts and special enticements and I guess that's what really matters.
2.16.2020 I FEEL I SHOULD DELETE THE PARAGRAPH ABOVE BUT THEY WERE TRUE FEELINGS. I WOULD LIKE TO APOLOGIZE TO MY CUSTOMERS. I DO CHERISH YOUR SUPPORT. THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN ME.
I fell last week. I tripped over my shoes and I went down hard. I dislocated my right shoulder. Two days later, the shoulder went out again. I go to the orthopedic doctor today, but I think therapy is in my future.
For these reasons, I am taking some time off. As a demo, this is probably the worst time, but it is what it is. I will not post on my blog the rest of December. I'm not sure right now about January. As I said, it's a time for reflection. They say consistency is key. I've posted at least 4 days a week consistently for years. I post at least 4 new projects every week with complete instructions. I consistently send a pretty great newsletter every Tuesday. What can I say?
Thanks for reading and hopefully understanding my frustration over being hurt (shoulder) and my business. I'm tired. I thank those who have taken the time to comment on my posts. I will be back.