I have been doing this for a year now. Somehow, in that weird mind/time way in which we so often perceive our lives, it seems longer and shorter than a year. It feels as if I've been doing this forever. I don't mean that in a bad way, I'm truly loving what I'm doing. It feels as if I just began with Stampin' Up! So odd to feel both ways!
I took a few minutes today and looked at some of the cards I made in the beginning. I took special notice of the cards that I chose to have people do as make-n-takes at my workshops. What I see when I compare those cards to what I am making now is growth. That makes me feel good, too. Growth is important in life. If you aren't growing, you're standing still or, even worse, declining. I'd rather feel my creativity grow than decline.
I look back at my beginning and see that, although I still don't have a lot of customers, my customer base is growing. That, too makes me feel good,. Oh, yes, like any other human, I'd love to suddenly have a thriving business and make giant leaps up the ladder of success. But there is another part of me that is happy just growing and enjoying what I do in the manner that I am doing it. I'm not sure that I'm the type that would be comfortable having so much business and having so many demonstrators responsible to me that I would have no choice but to become more of a business person than a creative person. I've owned a business some years back and I know that what I liked best about it was the creative end. In the same way, I prefer the creative part of this Stampin' Up! business. I have just enough paperwork without feeling swamped. Too much success would tip the scales.
And so I'm loving what I'm doing. I'm loving my interaction with the people who also love what they are doing, whether they are fellow demonstrators on the Stampin' Connection or customers who are enjoying my classes.
This is the way to approach the end of a year---knowing that you are happy.