the end of an era

I am an entrepreneur. I have a vision [always have]. My personality is hardwired to see possibilities.  While I knew this day was coming, it doesn’t make it any easier.  It has never been easy for me to leave a good thing behind – but I have learned, it’s the only way to discover what adventures lie ahead!

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I signed on as a Creative Memories consultant in July 2001 after being SUCKED IN to the world of scrapbooking by my sister-in-law, Amy.  Storytelling spoke to something deep inside of me.  My husband was a teacher at the time and I was at home with our two young boys… providing childcare for a friend’s two boys.  Money was tight and my social life nonexistent.  Creative Memories seemed like the perfect answer.

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Little did I know how much it would change my life.  Helping me to confront my fear of public speaking.  Surrounding me with many wonderful friends who offered support during my pregnancy losses.  Leading me to my friendship with Tilly!  Bringing about the faithbooking crops and many friendships that resulted from those monthly gatherings.

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Above all else, Creative Memories allowed me to serve families during times of crisis.  Creating albums for individuals and families walking with cancer, suffering the loss of a child, or facing adversity has been the most rewarding experience of all.

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I stepped into this role with the promise I would never put our family into debt to meet my quarterly minimums and never once did I spend our money to keep things afloat.  Things have changed a great deal over the last couple of years and I sensed that as God was growing my photography business, the time would come for me to let go of my role as Creative Memories consultant.  With the end of the quarter just days away and my minimum still very much out of reach, it is clear the time has come.

While I will no longer sell Creative Memories supplies, I will continue to organize and host the winter and spring weekend scrapbooking retreats.  I will also continue to coordinate crop meetups at Archiver’s (the next one will be in January!!!) and share scrapbooking ideas and inspiration via blog posts.

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And as far as a Creative Memories consultant connection goes, I know a whole slew of WONDERFUL ladies who could help you out.  Just let me know if you need a referral!

Karen Larkin - November 27, 2012 - 12:36 pm

NOOOOOOOO! I have absolutely no idea how you keep all those balls in the air! You absolutely amaze me! I’m happy for you that your photography business has taken off….you are very talented. Your passion for all the things that you are involved in is very apparent. Best wishes to you in this next chapter!

Karen

Tina - November 27, 2012 - 12:53 pm

I know!!!! I wish there was a way to keep it all going together – after all, CM pairs so well with photography! It makes me sad. 🙁

Molly Lujan - November 27, 2012 - 1:36 pm

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I have been so BLESSED to have met you through CM!! I am so glad we have become friends and remain in touch, due to FB! 🙂 You are an amazing person and the fact that you have touched so many lives with CM, is amazing!! I am so glad God has blessed you with photography, as you are amazing at that as well!! CM is probably close to being done for me as well, as I won’t put any of our money into my quota either. Love you!

Crystal Satnik - November 27, 2012 - 1:37 pm

Tina – So glad that scrapbooking brought us together. CM or not, I know that you will always be a good resource for scrapbooking inspiration. Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors.

Crystal

Tina - November 27, 2012 - 1:49 pm

I am SO VERY THANKFUL to have met & become friends with you as well, Molly! When I was looking back through the years, I realized there are so many of us (consultants) who have been around for a very long time… a huge part of our lives entwined because of CM, consultants and clients alike. That’s the part that makes me sad, closing a chapter…

Tina - November 27, 2012 - 1:52 pm

ME, TOO!!!!!! Just wait until you see all of the non-CM prizes and treats this weekend, Crystal… it’s no wonder I’m having trouble making my minimum!!! My own worst enemy.

Christine Engman - December 3, 2012 - 9:50 am

God used your CM business in so many powerful ways. I know many who were blessed by you and will continue to be blessed by your inspiration and friendship!

To new beginnings!

Christine

Tina - December 3, 2012 - 2:48 pm

Sooooooo, some more news ladies… I made my minimum! From this point forward I am considering myself a “Friends & Family Consultant” and will be offering my discount/placing orders when a minimum is due. Other than the crop meetups and retreats mentioned above, I will no longer be hosting events or running CM as a business. If you are in a pinch, you’re welcome to give me a call to see what I have on hand. [My next order will not take place until February 2013!]

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