Monday, August 4, 2008

CHANGE

Dear Stampin' Friends,

Notice the title of this post? ... "CHANGE". I'm finding myself in the midst of alot of change right now (and don't ask me how well I'm handling it! ... you don't want to know!). I've never adapted to change very well, and the older I get the worse I get at it!

On Thursday I'll be starting a full-time job after 13 years of being a SAHM. I'm going kicking & screaming all the way, as I have no idea how I'm going to work full time, keep up with my kids' activities, keep the house clean, cooking, shopping, laundry AND find time for something I LOVE - stamping. I know there's lots of women out there that do it, and I'm sure I'll eventually get the hang of it. Until then, I won't be posting on my blog as frequently as I once did. It makes me sad that I won't be able to nurture my blog like I've done over the past year+. I have many loyal readers and approx. 1,000 subscribers, and don't want to lose a single one of you!

This isn't good-bye ... I just wanted to let you know why I won't be posting as frequently. My heart will be here because this is something I truly love doing, but I can't physically be here as often as I'd like. Surely there's someone out there willing to pay me an hourly wage + benefits to stamp and blog! LOL!

If you're a local customer of mine, I hope to resume monthly classes in September.

Thanks for your friendship, understanding, words of encouragement, and most of all - your prayers.

Stampin' Hugs~
Nancy

55 comments:

Marie said...

Oh, good luck with the job and adjusting!!! Take care!!

Joanne B. said...

Wishing you all the best Nancy! I'm sure it will take some adjustments, but you'll do just great!

I'm here if you want to chat.

(((hugs)))))

Joanne

Diane Gilbert said...

Nancy you are such an awesome person and I am sure you will figure out how to adjust to the changes. Good luck with your new job.

**BIG HUGS**
~Diane

silke said...

Nancy - I'll miss you!!! Good luck with your new job...you will be fine and adjust in no time...!!!

Big stampin hugs back
~Silke~

mudmaven said...

I am positive you will find a way to make this work for you - such a creative genius like yourself - no brainer. Just hang in there. We'll hang in too. We all understand the juggling game! ~chris

Dawn Easton said...

{{{{Nancy}}}}

Girl you know I'm thinking of you and wish you all the best. I'm sure this will be a big adjustment but in time, you'll get some sort of routine and be back stamping, doing what you love~

You know I'm hear, just an email or phone call away if you need to chat!

Sending you BIG stamping hugs my friend!!!

Julie Masse said...

You'll be great Nancy! What an adventure - I admire you!! Best best wishes Nancy! Psalm 121

Deborah said...

Let your heart not be troubled dear Nancy. Change brings new beginings, you'll do great! Your faithful readers will always be here for you! Best wishes to you and yours. I dor one will miss yoru creations, you'll be back I just it real soon! Hugs, Deb

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Kim Gasper said...

I will keep visiting and eagerly await each and every post! :-) You'll figure out the balance. Good luck!

Lorri said...

Nancy,
I just know God has GREAT things in store for you. I am confident that you will still find time to get some stamping done. PLUS there are some NEW FACES who are going to be BLESSED by getting to know through your new job.
Your stamping fans will still be here no matter if you post once/week or once/year! WE LOVE YOU NANCY!
God bless you in your new adventure!
~Lorri :)

Angie Tieman said...

Nancy, I feel for you and I'm sending big hugs out to you! You're awesome and you will totally rock and manage all things, I have no doubt about that! We love ya and will enjoy your posts and projects when you have time to share them!

Linda said...

You are certainly in for a huge change Nancy but you will eventually find balance for all things in your life. God Bless you as you juggle all your roles.

Anonymous said...

Nancy...it is a huge adjustment but you will manage because you have to. Look at the bright side, by you going to work, you may be growing your stamping family by bringing such a wonderful experience to a whole new audience. Looking forward to hearing how things are going when you have the time.

Anonymous said...

This is an adjustment, I just did this this past year. You can do it! Sounds like you have your priorities straight. One day at a time is what I say.

God speed to you and I will keep watching for you wonderful posts.

Melanie

Tom said...

Nancy,
Iam not going any where! We'll be here just as always! Change is never easy.Please know of my best thoughts and daily prayers for you,Big Hugs,
Elizabeth Glass

fran said...

Hugs to you, girlfriend! Hope it all goes well!

Speedystamper said...

One day at a time. Maybe one hour at a time! lol! I'll keep you in my thoughts, Nancy, these next few weeks as you strive to find your balance.
Kay

Dale said...

BALANCE is what it is all about Nancy and once you find a routine that works for you and set it will all be good.
I will remember you in my prayers during this time of adjustment.
You will be awesome at everything you do it just takes time.

Linz said...

Hey- who needs to eat? That's what I always say! :) Best wishes, you'll be great at whatever you try!

Wheezay said...

Good Luck in everything !!

Carol said...

Nancy, good luck in your new adventure! I'm sure you'll do great and adjust to the changes in no time!

Jocelyn said...

Good luck on your new job! I'm sure you'll be just fine. It just takes time to adjust. I myself am not looking forward to when it's time for me to go back to work after being a SAHM for so long. I'll be sticking around and waiting patiently for your posts! Take care!

Lori said...

Good luck!! You won't be losing me as a subscriber. I enjoy your blog and love your work.

Jackie Pedro said...

Nancy, I'm with you on the change thing...I don't handle it well either, but I know you will find a balance and you will come out stronger on the other end. Your new co-workers will be lucky to have you...I know I would...Good luck to you on a new journey in your life.

Laurel said...

Congrats on the job! I'm with you on the 'no time to create and blog thing' I am going full time this year as a grade 1 teacher, have worked part time for MANY years. I'm sure we'll manage but it is scary!

Lynn said...

Best wishes to you Nancy as you start this new chapter in your life. I'm sure it will be a big adjustment for you & your family, but I know you will do well. You always have such a positive outlook on things. The positive here is that you'll have more $$ for stampin goodies! :-)

mochamama said...

I can't imagine if I had to return to work now. I have only been a housewife for five years but oh the freedom! There are times I miss going out and being around people ( I can get bored with my own company after awhile) but overall am glad I can stay home. I wish you all the best and will miss your regular posting's but I will still continue to check in every day.

Anonymous said...

Best of luck, Nancy! I wish you all the best and will look forward to your creations whenever you have the time!! You will do great!!

Jody said...

It's amazing how much more we can get done when presented less time to get it done! After our kids are born we discover all we can do in their short naps. You'll master this new time adjustment in no time as well! Best of luck with the new job. We'll be here when you're ready!

barb said...

Congrats and good luck in your new job. I LOVE your blog and will be thankful for any time you have to commit to it :)! BTW, if you haven't checked out The Fly Lady (flylady.net), do so. She has made a HUGE difference in how I handle home, cleaning, work, etc. Hugs!

Amy said...

I am sorry that life is changing in ways that you don't love. I am a working mom/wife/stamper and it is challenging. I am not going to be in the SU top 100 anytime soon. But, I am okay with that. Several years ago I did a Bible Study about being content and that was helpful for me. Who knows, you may find a new bunch of stamping friends and maybe a % of your new paycheck could be allotted for rubbah! I won't give up your blog. I know exactly how it goes. Since I teach, in the summer I can post daily but during the school year I am not quite so prolific with my posts. You already have a strong base and they know you put out quality information so they will stick by you. Sorry this is so long. Hang in there.

Rhonda said...

Good luck Nancy! Sending big {{HUGS}} you way! You are awesome at what you do and I know that change is very hard, especially the older one gets (I am the exact same way) but I know you will work it out and make it work for you. I am here and will definately not be going anywhere! Hang in there!

Alexandra said...

Nancy, I wish you all the best in your new job!!! WOW!! What an adjustment, I totally understand! I know you will make this work for you, you are fabulously talented, and your love of stamping is in everything you do!! Big hugs to you! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Anonymous said...

From one working gal who always wanted to be a SAHM (for 3 beautiful daughters) but never got the opportunity...I totally understand your feelings. I never had a career in mind but, since God chose that path for me, I've done the best I could. Hang in there, Nancy, you'll find your niche. Our prayers are with you as you go through this change in your life...we are behind you 100%.
Jo Ann B.
browj40@sbcglobal.net

Susan said...

Good Luck with the new job. You will be just fine...

dahlene said...

I hope you make new friends and have fun doing something different. Don't worry about all your fellow bloggers will still keep checking in to see what and how you are doing. I will miss your daily posts and I am glad you are not going to give it up altogether. Good luck!

dahlene said...

I hope you make new friends and have fun doing something different. Don't worry about all your fellow bloggers will still keep checking in to see what and how you are doing. I will miss your daily posts and I am glad you are not going to give it up altogether. Good luck!

dahlene said...

I hope you make new friends and have fun doing something different. Don't worry about all your fellow bloggers will still keep checking in to see what and how you are doing. I will miss your daily posts and I am glad you are not going to give it up altogether. Good luck!

dahlene said...

I hope you make new friends and have fun doing something different. Don't worry about all your fellow bloggers will still keep checking in to see what and how you are doing. I will miss your daily posts and I am glad you are not going to give it up altogether. Good luck!

dahlene said...

I hope you make new friends and have fun doing something different. Don't worry about all your fellow bloggers will still keep checking in to see what and how you are doing. I will miss your daily posts and I am glad you are not going to give it up altogether. Good luck!

Emily said...

Good luck Nancy! I'm sure you'll do great when you get the hang of it! I'll miss your frequent posts, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do! Best wishes and big hugs!!

Michelle Y. said...

You'll do great! I know it will be an adjustment juggling everything, but you will find time for all. Sort out the important stuff; get your family to help out more on cleaning and meals... that will give you extra time to STAMP! I'm sticking with you!!

Michelle :)

Anonymous said...

I will miss your frequent postings, but it will make it all the better when one does show. Looking forward to hearing how it's going! You can do it!

Jenn in GA said...

nancy, i can imagine how your mind is spinning, but try your best not to get too ahead of yourself. you'll adjust, and you'll find things you have to let go of, but i know stamping won't be one of those. enlist your family to help with laundry, grocery shopping, housework, and do your best just to close your eyes to what's not important and choose what's really important--time with your family and stamping, of course!

i will pray for you...can i have your address?

Anonymous said...

I too wish we could get paid for stamping, ideas, etc. Hope your job works out well and remember this, who cares if your house is perfectly clean...what relaxes you more...cleaning house or stamping. I thought so...stamping it is. Cheryl in Reno-Sparks, NV

Lori Barnett said...

Will keep you in my prayers! I'm sure it's all gonna work out. I worked for 26 years and during that time I raised my 4 kids. I don't know how I ever did it...but I did. Just keep yourself healthy :)

Nancy said...

Good luck Nancy!!! I went back 20 hours a week in January and honestly, I don't know how I could manage 40... it will take time but I'm sure you'll find yourself in great groove!!!

diane mcvey said...

Best of luck to you...I hope it all works out well! I can only imagine how different it will be for you; but hopefully doable! GOOD LUCK TO YOU!!! :D

Jackie said...

Hi Nancy, I too went through some 'changes' years ago....you CAN do it! I will pray for strength & peace in your life. Just know that things will get better for you. Your style is so crisp and clean and I look forward to more of your awesome talent.

Jill Hilliard said...

Chin Up Nancy! Its a good thing. Change is good. and everything happens for a reason. They talked all about it at Convention.

I am sure you will find time to do it all. I work full time, have 3 kids with activities, a husband that travels and I make time to stamp. and I should not forget the 2 dogs. *wink* organization is KEY!!! you will be motivated to squeeze in stamping and- hey you could blog on your lunch hour!

Email me anytime. You Rock!

another working girl and VERY HAPPY SU Demo in PA

JILL

Jennifer Meyer said...

Best of luck Nancy, I will continue to keep you & your family in my prayers.

BIG cyber hugs,
Jennifer :)
xxoo

Darcie Helt said...

I will keep visiting. Good luck, going back to work is an adjustment and you will figure out how to do it all! It is just a balancing act, I work full time and run my stampin up business along with 3 small kids! Look forward to your posts and good luck with the new job, you never know what opportunities it will bring!

Lydia said...

Hi there - I am just seeing your blog for the first time - it's wonderful.

I work full time too, and I can tell you at first it will be hard, but you will find time for it and it will actually probably get better because you'll have to do so much with less time! Although I can't imagine it being better! :)

You obviously love it and we are all good at squeezing in the things we love.

If you ever need a lift, just give me a shout. I know how you feel.

And PS - Stampin' Up! is the best direct sales company in the world. Thanks for saying it too! :)

Take care.

Lydia
www.understandblue.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Good luck with everything! I am a single mom who works full time so I totally understand not having enough time in the day. The biggest time saver for me is to cook in advance - Try once a month cooking - it will really help out with your time management. I have some great recipes if you are interested. arndtjj@yahoo.com

All the best,
Joelle