Take time for the things that make you happy. Easy to say right? But are you?
For me, stamping and creating is one of those things. But I’ve come to a realization that while I love it, I don’t want the tug of feeling that I should be making samples, writing blog posts (or feeling bad when I don’t) and planning stamp nights. I will still remain a Stampin’Up! Demonstrator and hope you continue to follow me. But let me fill you in on a few things that have been happening.
Being busy with work, business travel and church activities, I was trying to keep up with stamping and sharing other info regarding wellness products that I sell. I do pretty good keeping up on Facebook and Instagram, updates are easier to make on a daily basis. I just kept falling short of my goals on these blog updates and worrying about doing them right with SEO and readability ratings.
This summer I attended my cousin’s celebration of life. It was shortly after the Amazon fires were making news. Lin’s husband, Dan, is a US Geologist and has been working most recently at Yellowstone. I asked him about climate change and for his opinion about the fires and whether it is too late to turn things around. He said it had to happen now, with our generation, not with the next and not in the future. That really inspired me and I began researching climate change more fervently. I found Catholic ecology groups and re-examined Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ encyclical on our responsibility to care for creation. I also began to read about Greta Thunberg and the climate strikes and marches. I prayed to better understand what I could do to make a difference.
Be careful what you pray for! Shortly after those events I got a message from an acquaintance on Facebook. She is the current chair of the Diocesan Catholic Conference of Women for the Peoria Diocese. She mentioned that the topic of the 2019 National Conference was care for creation. She returned from the conference hoping to find someone to invite to the board to focus on creation and the environment. Then she saw all my posts and my interest in sharing what I was learning. Wow! I had to pray about it and also needed to focus on an important parish retreat. But everything kept telling me I needed to accept her offer. So this month I attended my first board meeting for the DCCW for the Peoria Diocese.
It isn’t the type of role that is going to prevent me from doing other things I do, like stamping, but it did help me clarify what I wanted to spend my energy on. So what does that mean for my involvement with Stampin’Up! – not much, I will remain a demonstrator and hope that you continue to order from my site if you choose to order. However, I know that some of you have found other demonstrators to stamp with when I stopped hosting my events. I totally understand if you choose to shop with them. If you order from me, I will keep your name on my list for catalog mailings, etc. I will continue to post cards when I stamp or see an idea I want to try, but I probably won’t just stamp cards just to post on social media. There are so many great Stampin’Up! videos or posts I can share to help with ideas for your stamping. Those updates will be on Facebook or Instagram. I will keep this website through end of December but not after that, it doesn’t make sense to keep paying for it every month. This site is separate from my Stampin’Up! demonstrator site. I may return to Constant Contact as a tool (free) for a monthly newsletter or as special sales or events come up. I know I will get excited about the Occasions Catalog when it is introduced to demonstrators in the next couple of weeks and will want to share products I order or updates on Sale-a-bration, one of best Stampin’Up! events.
I hope all of you will want to continue to receive updates from me in the new year and I as I mentioned earlier, I really appreciate your business and hope that you will remain my customer. Before we start getting very busy with the holidays, I thought I would let you know the changes that I see for me in the new year. It’s going to be an exciting one!
Also if you live in the Illinois Valley, stay warm and have a cup of cocoa on hand, the weather for Monday doesn’t sound great!
Create Joy! Deena