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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Life's Lessons

My post today is a little different than usual but I think it is worth telling. I scheduled a workshop for this Saturday and have been working hard these past two weeks to get things ready. For those of you who do workshops, classes, etc. you understand the work that goes into them. Now, I have to tell you that I haven't had much luck when it comes to getting people to come to the workshops/classes. Well, I was sure I'd have a good group this Saturday. Wrong! The cancelations are coming in. This morning I started having a pitty party. I told my husband I was tired of working so hard to make things nice and didn't people understand that these supplies I use are NOT free and that I'm so tired when I get home from my FULL TIME day job that I'd like to just RELAX and no one cares what I put into this , blah, blah, blah. Well, I had a demonstration to do this morning with some Seniors at an Assisted Living Center here. I told my husband that "I'm just going to cancel. It will probably go bad anyway". (as the tears were streaming down my face). He convinced me to go because I had made a committment. I went and all the way over there I was convincing myself that things would turn out bad. Well, I was wrong. Everything went great. These sweet ladies could not thank me enough for coming and it was obvious that they were actually having fun. They asked me to please come back. The Activity Director , Miss Judy said to come any time I wanted. By the way, they were very impressed with the BIG SHOT. So as I drove back home I started crying again. No, not a pitty party. Tears because of the way I had acted earlier and also happy tears. I remembered why I signed up with Stampin'Up! Because I love what I do. It's not about the big sale I may get, or about how much money I can make, or getting to that next level for a promotion. It's about sharing what I love to do with others. It's about seeing the look on someone's face when they try something for the first time and like what they did. It's the smiles and thanks that you get back.
Ya, I really do love what I do and I'll remind myself next time before I have the pitty party. I challenge all of my fellow demos to remember back when the sharing part was #1. So now let me show you these wonderful ladies who help put my thinking back in perspective.

"Stamp Till You Can't"


  1. Thanks for your inspiring story. We all go through what you did but wow how the Lord created a blessing with these sweet older ladies. Thanks for bringing tears of joy to my eyes and a blessing to my heart.

  2. PS: I just signed up to follow you because I don't want to miss anything you put on your blog!

    Please stop by my blog and say hi - I would count it a privilege! :)

  3. Oh Sandy!! You made there day and remembered why you signed up in the first place. I'm so glad it turned out and that you are realizing the joy you can bring through a little thing like stamping. You go Girl!!!

  4. Hi Sandy, Just wanted to let you know that your story was very uplifting. I too teach classes at senior centers and am always amazed at just how appreciative these women truly are for whatever I have to show them. They give me so much joy just being with them so I know exactly how you feel. Keep doing what you love to do and you will surround yourself with like-minded people.

  5. Thank you for the very inspiring story. I'm so glad everything worked out for you and these beautiful ladies :)

  6. Hi Sandy,

    I am inspired after reading your story. Thanks for sharing it. I, too, work with seniors and it is a wonderful and FUN experience. I have learned a lot of life's lessons from them. Keep it up and remember any day with both feet above the ground is a good day!


  7. Thanks for posting this Sandy. I am glad that you went ahead and that you had a good time with the ladies. It is so inspiring to hear that you are ministring to others! Love all your creations. You are so talented. I know that life is throwing many curve balls your way. Hang in there and look to the Lord!

  8. Thank you for sharing your story. I think most of us can relate to what you have gone through. It's not always easy to have a successful workshop or get that big order, but as you pointed out its enjoying what we do that keeps us going.


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