I finally have everything unpacked and put away from Convention last week. It was quite a task with all of the free giveaways this year!! They truly were not kidding when they told us to bring an extra suitcase! Thankfully, I heeded the warning. I had an extra suitcase stuffed with gifts for my downline members who attended this year. I was so excited to have over 60 people from our group attend! It was sure great to see everyone!
Here is a picture of SOME of those that attended. I brought the green hats for everyone so that it was easy for us all to find each other. They were simple to spot even in a group of 6000 demonstrators!
I was thinking over many things while at convention. Many of you know that I moved from Illinois to California this past year. I have also started home-schooling my younger 3 children. Needless to say, these have been some major life changes!
I was at some decision-making points about my business along the way. This business is great in that I had the flexibility to step back this year and focus on my family. Many jobs wouldn't truly allow that to happen. Stampin' Up! does! I always touted that as one of the "perks" of this business, but now I have a true understanding of just what that means.
Was it hard to step back and let go of earning the incentive trips and earning Founder's Circle? YES!! But it was WONDERFUL to have that OPTION. That is exactly what I did. Would I love to earn the trip to Hawaii for next year and earn Founder's Circle again? YES! However, that is not my true goal this year.(although hear me say, it would bless my socks off if it happened!!) Maybe again in the future - sure hope so!
Right now, I need to build my business back up (I REALLY would like to help my children who are in college to meet some of their financial needs so that they do not owe so much when they get done!), continue to support my family, and stand back in awe of all of the blessings this business has brought me!! The picture above represents one of the biggest blessings! The group of women that I work with are truly amazing! They are like family, and I admire each of them! THEY are the reason that I continue to do what I do!! It has been an incredible journey as I have gotten to know each of them, and been given the freedom to be home to raise my 6 kids at the same time!
It was very exciting to see two of the demonstrators in my downline earn Founder's Circle this year. I couldn't have been more happy for them - congratulations Meg and Julie!!
One of the wonderful things Stampin' Up! did for their demonstrators with titles of Senior Executive and above this year was to let us in early to see all of the displays and to take pictures. It was so nice to be able to take the time to see things without having to try to edge in between the crowds. If that was not enough, they gave each of us a beautiful box of goodies when we left to go to the opening session of convention.
What was in that box? 3 of my favorite things!! Here they are - in no particular order, since I don't know which I would claim is my VERY favorite!!
1. CHOCOLATE!! These chocolate covered caramels came from V's Chocolates in Salt Lake City - they were the best ever!!
2. Beautiful handmade jewelry with the convention theme inscribed onto it.
3. STAMPS! Actually one very special stamp. I absolutely LOVE the saying, and they actually had it burned into the wood. What a special and thoughtful gift!
I cannot tell you how appreciated this made me feel. It took a great deal of hard work to get to my title of Director over the last 14 years. Stampin' Up! truly made me feel that I was appreciated and that they recognized the effort that it took to get to that title.
Once again, I am blessed!! Thank you, Stampin' Up!