I never dreamed – well only in my worst nightmare, that I would be in front of people speaking. Yet, just a few weeks ago, I was just speaking in front of hundreds of people at Forever Live, and loving it! So glad God works on a “need to know” basis.
Let’s go back to 1997. I had just moved to Gilroy to become a stay-at-home mom. I joined a moms bible study at my local church. There were about half dozen young moms. I loved my weekly bible study and engaging with moms that had the similar joy and struggle of raising a family. I distinctly remember one week. The pastor was going to be away the following week and asked me to facilitate the study the next time we gathered. I said yes, but really didn’t want to do it. In fact, I thought, if I got really sick and was in the hospital, that would be a good excuse to not facilitate the study the following week. I really didn’t want to be in front of anyone, leading anything! Well, the day came, I facilitated the group and I didn’t die.
In 1998 I was introduced to Creative Memories. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard of this sooner. I loved my photos and I loved putting my photos in albums. My friends and family encouraged me to start a Creative Memories business. Again, I thought, I don’t want to be in front of people. However, I thought I could share my enthusiasm for the products and what you could do with them. It felt like a natural baby step. Although I didn’t know where those steps were leading. Over the next ten years I was consultant, I hosted events and training – standing in front of people and enjoying it! I don’t know when the transformation happened.
Now, that I am a member of the pixels2Pages team, I have hosted events and lead training sessions. I LOVE the live events. I so enjoy sharing my love of Artisan and Historian that I don’t even think of it as “public” speaking. Who knew? Well, I would say God knew. Honestly, if it were revealed to me in 1997 that I would be where I am today, I would have run the opposite direction. I am so grateful that life is revealed to me on a need to know basis – taking baby steps toward life fulfilling experiences.
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