My first cards were not very good – in fact they were pretty laughable but we all need to start somewhere right? As I continued with my cardmaking journey, I became more confident in my abilities and had so much fun creating – not just cards but decorations, gift times, and gift packaging. Then I went to my first Stampin’ Up! OnStage event. Oh my goodness – what a fantastic experience. Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators are some of the friendliest people you could ever hope to meet. Everyone was so supportative and encouraging; sharing ideas, swapping cards, and giving advice. I left On Stage with a new sense of purpose and a burning desire to share my passion with others.
It’s been a long journey – with many highs and some lows. Growing a business is a slow process, with successes coming in little spurts just when I need them. Working a full time gig to pay the bills while trying to grow my Stampin’ Up! business on the side is not easy. I worry about finding the right balance for me. Some days it’s a struggle and some days not. On days when I struggle I remember that God has a plan for me and I need to trust that plan. As soon as I remember to cast my cares to God and trust in Him I always get a little spurt to keep me going. And this is how I know I am on the right path.
Lately I have felt I am on the verge of a big breakthrough – I can feel it, I can envision it, so I just need to be patient and wait for it. I absolutely LOVE what I do. Creating is so good for the soul and helps keep the mind active. In a world that is increasing becoming disengaged, sending someone a hand written note on a beautiful handmade card is so powerful. Family and friends who have received a card from me have told me how much it meant to them because they know how much I care.
So won’t you join me on this journey? You can join me in one of several ways: