Thursday, March 26, 2009

What it means to be appreciated

I find this amazing!  I heard this week that Close to My Heart's competitor in the stamping industry, Stampin' Up, is laying off hundreds of workers in their plant in Utah.  Not really surprising, since layoffs are happening everywhere, but I just checked Jeanette Lynton's blog ( and there were pictures of her Staff Appreciation Day!

In a time of turmoil, uncertainty, fear, and stress, the founder of Close to My Heart took time to personally talk to every employee, hug them, and give them a gift of her appreciation.  She shows her consultants this same appreciation all the time:  every consultant gets a holiday card, and Directors receive a handmade card for both Christmas and their birthdays.  Gifts are sent to consultants at the Director level and above.  The corporate office calls every consultant when they have achieved a promotion and other gifts are given every year.  I have been with CTMH now for about 1 1/2 years, and I can say with all honesty that it is THE best company to work with.  

As a teacher, I have learned first hand that when you do your job well, you are rewarded with the most difficult students and co-teachers.  Teacher appreciation week consists of a box of bagels and one stick of butter dumped in the lounge for our consumption.  Birthdays are unrecognized by superiors, as well as any other accomplishments.  Satisfaction is hard to come by as well.  Have I had satisfaction in teaching?  Sometimes.  But in 14 years it's been hard to hang on to those small moments of satisfaction.  

I have learned what motivates me and I am working for it.  When people ask me how I can consider leaving education, I ask them, how can I NOT consider it???

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

My babies are growing up!

My daughter Maggie has moved up to the 5, 6, and 7 year old tumbling class and I am amazed!  She turns five in April but because she was doing so well in her other class, the teacher said she could move up to the next age group.  At first she was very hesitant, but tonight she was getting her cartwheel going and actually did a headstand with her legs straight up in the air!  It was amazing!!  

I find it so fascinating to watch my babies growing up and becoming their own little selves.  They both have such definite personalities, even Nate at 2 knows what he likes and what he doesn't and he sure tells you!  I think about what they'll be like as they get older and how it'll be to have their friends over.  I wonder what kinds of classes they'll like in school, and what activities they'll decide to be in.  I wonder what they'll look like and if they'll still talk to me when they're teenagers!  

I am excited to become a stay at home mom so I can have the energy to watch this precious transformation day by day!  I know it will be a strange change in my life, to go from working all day to being able to decide what I want to do and when.  I will definitely have to have a schedule for myself or I will spend all fall on the beach with Nate and my parents looking for sea glass!  I want Nate to go to day care for a couple of half days just so he continues to play with kids his own age, but I can't wait for fall on the beach with him.  Good times are a comin'!

PS-that picture is from my 37th birthday party!  See the glow down in the bottom left corner?  That's from all the candles!  

Thursday, March 5, 2009

WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!! I'm going to Calgary!!!!

Yippee!!! I am going to Calgary, Alberta, Canada in April!  Close to My Heart, my scrapbooking company, holds several mini conventions called Regional Celebrations during the year.  I couldn't make it to the other two so far this year, or the Album Retreat a couple of weeks ago, although I dearly wanted to go and almost cried looking at others' photos!  I also made a HUGE goof and scheduled my family's trip to Cape Hatteras for the same time frame as the Leadership Conference in Long Beach, California this summer.  DUH!  

Last week Ronnie and I had our taxes done by a real accountant, he's actually a CFO for a town in NJ among other things, and my business gave us a HUGE tax return!  The best one we've ever had!  So today, when CTMH announced that the CEO, Jeannette Lynton, was going to Calgary to meet consultants and teach classes, I thought that some of that return money would be a great investment for my own business, plus I'd get to meet my very own "Oprah".  I've written before about Jeannette and how she inspires me to so many things in my life.  I don't watch Oprah much, but Jeannette has replaced that Oprah role in my life.  

I also can't believe how far away I'm going!  I checked the map again, and Calgary is north of MONTANA!  Seriously far away!  The furthest west I've been is to South Bend, Indiana.  I have been to Canada before, but Ronnie and I drove to Nova Scotia one summer-I'd totally go back there.  Now I need a passport too, so I need to get that rolling tomorrow.  This was a totally unplanned trip until about 4:00 this afternoon!  WHOOO HOOOO!!!