1 Year Reflections

Good afternoon and welcome to another edition of Cards and Creations by Lori McBride. My name is Lori McBride and I’m a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator.

Today, I’d like to share with you something different. As many of you may know or not know on Saturday I achieved my 1st Anniversary as a Stampin’ Up! Independent Demonstrator.

I think this is a very significant time to reflect upon this past year as we’re rapidly approaching OnStage Event – where Demonstrators are recognized for all of their achievements for the past year.

When I reflect back on this past year, I signed up, I thought it was going to be just to save 20% on my hobby, making cards and 3D projects and home decor for family and friends. No matter what, family and friends will never stop being my primary focus for what I do.

Then, I reached my first quick start goal, followed my next quick start goal. And then Abracadabra! Like magic, I received my first Stampin’ Up Promotion!! It was right about then I began to get excited and dream and wonder and began to seriously contemplate trying to establish my hobby, my love and my joy as a business. It was right as I began this Blog and here we are nearly 70 Blogs later.

Suddenly and quite literally overnight Stampin’ Up! has become a full time job with late night craft sessions and quite literally falling asleep with phone in hand trying to get Blogs ready for next day publishing.

When I think about my first year with Stampin’ Up, I often compare it to a first year of marriage. It’s had it’s ups but it has has had its downs as well. Especially as COVID-19 hit the United States and is still running rampant through Texas. I watched as plans and opportunities slipped through my fingers faster than I could actually make them. But I’m still here, still standing and I think that does say a lot.

I’m very thankful and very blessed to have such an amazing family who’ve stood beside me, amazing friends who’ve encouraged me, amazing team members who’ve kept me level headed, amazing leadership trying to guide me through the shark infested waters and amazing followers. None of that would be possible without amazing products from an amazing company that continues to inspire me to create every single day.

My hopes, dreams and aspirations have not dimmed during 2020 but will push me to the extreme in 2021! I have BIG plans with or without COVID-19 and I can not wait to share with everyone everything that I’ve got going on.

My work schedule at the farm will kick into high gear in September but no worries. Some of the radio silence that ya’ll have been experiencing on the Blog has been me working ahead in preperation for that. However, maybe not quite as many as maybe some are used to. I will still be able to let ya’ll know about any specials, sales and promotions that Stampin’ Up will offer and there will definitely be more projects coming soon.

Thank you so much for reading along with me today. I hope that you’ll join me again soon. Until next time Happy Stampin’ everyone!

Published by Cards & Creations by Lori McBride - Stampin' Up Demonstrator


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