My youngest son started middle school this week. He isn't one who handles change or the unknown very well. He wants to know what is going on, what will happen next and how he fits into the picture. Truthfully, I am much like my son. I am a planner and I like things to go like I plan. Unfortunately, life doesn't always work out that way.
Stampin' Up threw many demo's a major curve ball last week when they made several changes to their Independent Demonstrator Agreement. Maybe you heard about it, it was kind of hard to miss, lol! All demonstrators wishing to remain active need to sign the new agreement. Well, these changes were not part of my plan. The changes would affect me in several ways, not the least of which would be having to quit the Cornish Heritage Farms DT. They would also mean major changes to my blog.
I have been a demonstrator for nearly 5 years. I have made cherished friends during that time. I have a downline that I was just beginning to build. I started my blog as a way of sharing my passion for ALL things stamping and paper crafting related, not just as a business tool. I was happy with my life as it was.
Stampin' Up however, was not happy with things the way they were. And now they have placed a fork in my road. Which way should I go? I am sure for many it was a no-brainer. I'm happy for them! For me, it has required a lot of thought and prayer. In the end, I am just not able to comply with the new rules. I don't 100% agree with them.
The road ahead is now marked with lots of ???'s. Yet, I have a peace that it is the right road for me. I am excited to continue on the DT for CHF. I look forward to teaching with no limits. I will continue to blog as a means of sharing ALL the things I love. I can't wait to see what lies ahead even if the unknown is sometimes unsettling.
So, here is a card I made that expresses some of my feelings about the road ahead.
Embrace life. I plan to!
I hope you will continue to join me on the journey.
Supplies: SUO, chocolate chip, old olive, white cardstock; Tall Tales DSP; chocolate chip ink; modern label punch; 1 3/4 circle punch; Sweet Centers stamp set; machine stitching, dimensionals