What an emotional experience to write the blog I write today. The task? To look back on the last 15 years and reflect on my life and experience with Creative Memories. Not even sure where to begin. My children were 4, 5, 9 and 10 years of age when I signed up to be a consultant. They are now 20, 21, 26 and 27 and I have 1 and 3 year old grandchildren. They’ve all grown up being the focus of my life and my camera. It was a perfect fit with Creative Memories and their mission. I joined Creative Memories to only purchase products at cost to help me be frugal with my new found hobby and get lots of stuff to make lots of photo albums. What I got was so much more. What began as a hobby evolved over the years into a successful career. Creative Memories gave me opportunities to grow as a person and a business woman. They gave me training to help me grow a business. They offered me opportunities and allowed me to serve on their committees like Design Team (both traditional and digital) Marketing, Recognition, Branding, Training and more. Those opportunities led to speaking at Regional, National and Leadership Conventions. While those are all awesome opportunities by far the best things that have come out of my Creative Memories career have been the gifts of so many friendships. There are so many friendships that I am unable to count them all so I am truly blessed.
In addition to those friendships many Creative Memories employees instilled vision and allowed me opportunities to achieve many, many goals. Some of which I did some of which I did not. But I always had the chance to be my own boss and to work as hard (or as little) as I wanted around my family schedule.
Susan Iida Pederson from the Home office taught me to “Choose Joy”which helped me be content with my life no matter what “problems” arose. I also served on the Branding Committee with the same group of women for many years. Many of those women are still good friends. My best friends, then and now, are still people I met thru Creative Memories. Pam Winn and I see each other every year even though we live on opposite sides of the country. My prayer partner, Anne Barnby and I met thru Creative Memories years ago and with our spouses just finished traveling together for our 30th anniversaries. We don’t live near each other either but have walked thru both good and bad times together. There are so many friends I have because of Creative Memories and not just from the USA but from Canada and Australia also. I also have found so many “fans” from around the world that have inspired me throughout my journey.
I met Jan McCallum at a Showcase Convention and we all know where that led! I am now part of a wonderfully fantastic group of women collectively known as pixels2Pages. None of us live close to each other either. CM was the reason I call these women both partners and friends. CM brought us all together and while we all had to make the tough decision to leave Creative Memories as consultants we have worked alongside Creative Memories to help you learn about the software you invested in and push it to it’s limits while creating StoryBooks and recording the awesome moments of your families lives.
As Creative Memories re-defines themselves I want to thank them for the opportunities and gifts they gave me. Thank you to the friends I have from the Home Office and thank them for allowing me to meet life long friends. I also look forward to the adventure just beginning as we at pixels2Pages continue to do what we love and by working together to provide you inspiration to record all those things in your life that are important to you.
So, fasten your seat belts and get ready to be part of the next chapter in our adventure. You won’t want to miss this trip!