Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Day Full of Fun

Hi Stampers!  Today was a day full of fun, which has led me (unfortunately) to a night with a headache, so I am just going to make this one quick.  For those who have never had the pleasure of living in a city that sits at 425 feet above sea level, then traveling to one that is 4,327 feet above sea level, let me be the cautionary tale for you:  it isn't always pretty. 

I am good about drinking a TON of water while traveling to try to stay ahead of this, but today the headache caught me anyway.  I have to give serious credit to the amazing men and women who live and work here in Salt Lake City, because I have been struggling just trying to find enough oxygen molecules to keep me going here. But, enough of that...let's look at the fun today: 

Main Stage was fun as always.  Our theme this year is "i am".  (Note the lower case letters.  I don't want anyone thinking that Stampin' Up was saying "I AM" as in the Lord.)  We have been encouraged to think about how we would finish this sentence this week.  The first word that I filled in was "worthy".  I will talk more about that in another post, but for me it is a reminder that I am just as worthy to be successful as the next demonstrator, and I am worthy to work for it.

Next we got to enjoy watching Shelli Gardner make this beautiful project.  I have a feeling that those of you who enjoy attending my classes will be seeing something like this in the near future!  Shelli is such a fun person to meet and talk to, and watching her stamp is always a fun way to begin our days.

The following pictures are from the MASSIVE display areas that we get to enjoy and take pictures of while we are here.  I hope you all enjoy them:  

Finally I want to tell you all about one of my classes today:  "I am Having Fun" presented by Shannon West.  First of all, let me tell you about Shannon.  Imagine for just a minute that sister that you would tell everything to.  The one that you would stay up all night long giggling with, confiding in, and making pretty projects with.  That is Shannon.  And the best part of this is the Shannon that I have seen on stage over the years is the exact same Shannon that I see out in public at these events.  She is fun, so she was the perfect pick to teach this class. 

The class talked about how much fun a Stampin' UP! party can be.  Now, I know how much fun they are, and so do many of you, but do you ever stop and think about why they are so much fun?  Is it the fact that you are spending time with your friends?  The cute projects that you know you will make?  Maybe it is getting to just relax for a little while and not worrying about the laundry, or dishes, or the big project that is due at work tomorrow.  Well, I think it is all of those things and then something else. 

When I am getting ready to come show you those cute projects at your workshop, I like to think about you.  I think about the things that I know you like, or would appreciate, and then go from there.  I think about the last time I visited with you and you showed me the new paint color in your house, or the fact that you daughter loves Paris and all things Parisian.  Like any friend, I like to think about what would make you happy, and that makes me happy. 

I can't help but think that when I come in your door happy, then you start feeling that same happiness, and suddenly you, your friends, and I are all  having a great time!  When people ask me what I like best about what I do, that is the answer:  I like to see girls happily realizing how much pure fun stamping is.  And Shannon talked about this beautifully. 

So, that is all for tonight.  I am going to go enjoy my favorite tea, get a good night's sleep, and get ready for another full day tomorrow.  I hope that you all will think about how you would finish your "I am" sentence this week.  I would love to hear your answers when I get home, and I can't wait to share all of my happy from here with you! 

Happy Stamping!


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