I am SOOOOOOO Blessed!!!

Hello¬†Stampers!! I know that I am rarely mushy here on my blog, I mean honestly I am rarely mushy EVER ūüėČ !! But over the last few days (weeks) honestly I have been thinking about how unfair life is, and then I realized after going to many of the classes at Convention that I should SHUT UP and come to terms with the fact that I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO blessed!!!
So for many of you that don’t know me on a real personal basis (hold on, you are about to) you may not know all the things that I have had going on in my life recently.¬† I am so glad to say that it isn’t anything earth shattering, thank heavens- but when you are in a stressful and depressing situation it kinda feels that way, right? So in the last say 6 months I have had a lot of changes take place.¬† I have had to deal with my very BEST friend move out of state (this after I have been growing so close to her after brain cancer and a slew of other life issues she has gone through), I couldn’t imagine what I would do when I needed someone to talk to- not being able to strut right over to her house and poppin’ a squat.¬† Yep, she lived right next door… and on top of it all she just helped me be a better person all the way around, booohooo!¬† So yeah I did shed many a tear dealing with this “change”.
I have also been in the process of trying to sell our other home in Colorado.¬† We have had it rented for a few years and because so we have not been able to sell it.¬† So after much thought and prayers we decided to have our renter move out and prayed that it would sell.¬† After it being on the market for not even a full month we got a contract, YEAH!!!¬† Then about 15 days later the buyers walked away from the house… Ugh!!!¬† I have had many a conversation with Heavenly Father as to why this house can’t sell… see we have been making TWO mortgage payments and I have been slowly turning into a whiny brat making life miserable for ALL, I was the captain of the S.S. Misery and Woe- sounds fun, huh?
SO then August comes rolling around the corner.¬† This is now increasing my anxiety level because it’s my Birthday MONTH and¬†now it is time to shop for school clothes, school supplies, Dr. appointments.¬† There are¬†additional expenses for my son as he has more than just regular physicals and then there is additional medicine costs with that as well.¬† We also have a funeral that we are attending, out of state… and I know that I should be trying to make this wind down of summer more enjoyable for my kids and family and all I can do is be sad that my friend is now gone and hear the sound of CHA-CHING over and over in my head.
Then I went to Convention with my Cousin Shannon, and man was that the pick me up I needed.¬† I learned so many cool things there and it was so nice to be completely distracted from all the things happening in my life.¬† Although if you ask Shan, she might tell you it was a day or two before I stopped complaining about my house not selling… she was about to get a new room!¬† I went to Bonnie Thurber’s Class about Change and it was like I was the only one in the room.¬† It was so uplifting and comforting and really helped me get out of my poop mood.¬† On my way home it got me thinking… instead of being so focused on the things that are not going MY way in my life I should be focusing on the things that are going GREAT.¬† I started to think about all the fun and wonderful things that I now have.¬† I am so blessed that my husband and kids are healthy and happy (for the most part, if I’m happy every one’s happy).¬† I am so glad that my friend Ashlie that she is adjusting well and beginning to feel better every day, she deserves the best!¬† I then started to think about all of the NEW friends that I have been blessed to make and get to know even better just over the past few months.¬† I had a wonderful turn out to my Catalog Kick-Off party and then started to realize that is what life is all about.¬† Spreading our wings and getting to know a ton of different people, and I think many times we are amazed at how all those new relationships change our lives.¬† I am realizing that I am SOOOOO grateful for all of my NEW friends that I was able to meet and find through Stampin’ Up!¬† I am so blessed to have all these people to craft with and to become closer to, all thanks to a craft and hobby that I did for selfish reasons.¬† I then started thinking- man,¬†if Shannon had not forced me to go to that first card class with her over 5 years ago I would NEVER had this amazing opportunity in my life.¬† So Shannon- THANK YOU!!!
I also wouldn’t have the amazing demo friends that I have now¬†and I wouldn’t have the awesome experiences like Convention to think and reflect on.¬† It is astonishing how one decision or choice can change your life.¬† I am SOOOOOO blessed for the gift of Stampin’ Up! It has allowed me the opportunity not only to meet new people but to make life long friends and have memorable experiences.¬† Plus now that I need a creative distraction not to mention the added income to offset our additional expenses- I have Stampin’ Up! to thank for those 2 boosts as well.¬† Stampin’ Up!¬†has really stepped into those voids that I have in my life and I am such a better person because of it.
I share this experience with you for several reasons, the first is to hopefully help you as an anonymous reader get to know me a bit better- not to mention it is so therapeutic for me to put these thoughts and feelings out there.¬† But I also wanted to share this with you in hopes that it might change your life direction as well.¬† If you have ever thought about becoming a demonstrator but was hesitant hopefully my experience will help you realize that it is the best thing you can do.¬† I am so grateful to have a career that I LOVE to do, that I am fulfilled in doing.¬† It is so rewarding.¬† If you think that this is something that you might want to try let me know.¬† If you have questions, I would love to talk with you and help you get the answers you want.¬† If you sign up for nothing more than to have the camaraderie of fellow stampers then you will still get the added benefit of getting your products at a great discount. Not to mention the ability to attend all those Stampin’ Up! events with me and my team.¬† If you want to make the decision to join as a career change and are pumped to make this a business then I am here to help you with that as well.¬† I am just thrilled to share this blessing that I have had through Stampin’ Up! with everyone I know, or those of you I want to know that I don’t yet :-)
If you have thought of joining, or are inspired to join I would be honored to have you on my team.¬† You can CLICK HERE to get started or email me and I can assist you with the process and answer any questions you might have as well.¬† Don’t forget that through July 31st, just a few more days, Stampin’ Up! is offering a deal on the starter kit, it’s ONLY $99!!!¬† Don’t worry if you are not located near me here in San Antonio, I have demo’s from CO to TX so don’t stress.¬† When you join my team you get all the support and assistance that I give to my local stmapin’ friends, plus you get all the class ideas and tutorials and materials that I prepare for all my classes also.¬† I want to help you be as successful as you want to be.¬† Contact me today if you have ever thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I would love to chat with you!
Thanks so much for stopping by to get to know me a little better, I hope I didn’t put you to sleep and if you did drool on your laptop I am truly sorry. :-)¬† I hope you have a great weekend and until next time~


  1. You rock Erin and you are blessed, and so are we for having met you :)

  2. Hi Erin! Thanks for sharing this post! I know you have had a lot going on recently and it was so inspiring to talk to you about how Convention motivated you. I love your positive attitude, my friend! Have a great day! :)

  3. Erin it sounds like you’ve really been having a tough time of it, and all those life changes are pretty drastic. Financial woes being the worst as they drive everything else. Having said that I love the fact that you are looking at your blessings and seeing other opportunities, that’s so inspiring!! I wish you well and hope that all the pieces fall in place for you. They usually do when we’re not looking or asking for them.

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