In response to many of the e-mails I wanted to take a moment to clarify things a bit…
When it’s time to go, it’s time to go. After 5 ½ years, it is difficult to remove what has been such a big part of your life; but when you start to realize that the relationships you have made have nothing to do with the ‘job’ and that you can actually CONTINUE them; because there is no true workspace ‘barrier’ – most of your relationships are with people you have never physically met anyways, ya know? It’s not like we had a real watercooler to meet around. E-mail and Yahoo Groups that aren’t consultant-specific, such as CTMHFriends still exist for us. I was never about the sales – it was about the relationships and the art. Those things stay with me.
After all, it isn’t like when I left IBM to become a SAHM. Once I stopped going to the office that was pretty much IT for those relationships. But all we had in common was a job, not a hobby/craft, but a job. Scrapbooking is about relationships, and having shared those, the relationships run deeper than a regular day-job.
It was easy to leave IBM, just hard to readjust to a life where I seemingly didn’t get much accomplished during a day! That was where CTMH filled the gaps and made me feel like more than a diaper-changer. I am grateful for that, but I had a lot of growing up to do in order to realize and appreciate how truly lucky I am, being able to be home full-time with my children.
Now, with the children in school full-time, yet again I have these ‘gaps’ to fill. The question is what do you fill them with? For me, that started becoming ART. Time to CREATE. So I began to truly indulge my creative side and start using mixed media – all the way from metal embossing to face painting! And I began to shed the direct sales portion like something I’d grown out of.
Time to continue the move forward, wherever it takes me! I cannot wait to continue to share the journey with my friends. Let’s go make something!