It all began in February. the pre-registration for CKC Buffalo. i had been the year before. still considering myself a newbie. i wasn't excited to see the "celebs".. couldn't pick most of them out from the crowd. this year... I'm an old-timer. deep in the trenches of supply hoarding and the like. come on.. you ALL know what i mean. don't deny it. you do it to. and i follow the "celebs" daily. yes, i have coffee with Ali, Cathy, Donna, Heidi, Stacy, Tara... in that order, since i have my favorites alphabetized. i feel like i know them. i post comments, most times. but i feel like a stalker. but then i realize, you know what? these are just normal people. just like me. they blog. i blog. they create. i create. i have musician love affairs in my head. so does CZ. hey, it's a common thread. if we lived near each other.. they would WANT to be my friends... hahahaha, I'm just that cool!
all kidding and smartassedness aside. this weekend, while at CKC.. i fell in love. i fell hard. i took Stacy Julian's class, "Finish Line Scrapbooking". all i can say is.. wow. that woman. she. amazed. me. period. i was in such a good place mentally and so happy to be at that convention, which left my mind open and ready to soak up any new knowledge like a sponge. and i did. i had bought Stacy's book a while back.. and i just wasn't getting it. you see, i am the type of learner that has to read it, do it, see it done, and talk about it. and that's when i get it. the personal touch she gave to each one of us in class was amazing.
she began by telling me how cute my purse was... of course.. it's an elisalou.. and then when class began... she came over, sifted through my pictures.. and she got it. right away. she got it. she teared up.. she had me bawling. just by looking at the pictures, no lo's, no journaling, she got what i was saying through my pictures. that just rocked. i then began her process and felt so friggin refreshed. like i was given a new lease on scrapping. permission to just let go.and i did. and i DID trust her. she then came back and looked at me completely lo's and told me i was really getting it. and one caught her eye.. and she said.. "WOW! I've GOT to lift that! what an idea!!!" i was blown away.
so, miss Stacy.. if you're reading... you touched my life. i was a lurker on your blog. but I'm now coming out of the closet. i am a full fledged stalker. hehehehe kidding. i just want you to know how amazing i think your perspective is and you've become a wonderful role model for me. i told my girlfriends that very weekend.. that I WILL work for you someday. it's inevitable. i will leave my wonderful career behind to come work for Simple ANY DAY!!! heck, I'd even do it part time, in addition to my FT gig! you just ROCKED my world that much.
so.. a huge, heartfelt thank you to you and your class. my spirits have been lifted when i needed it most and my mind will not stop spinning with amazing ideas. I've been writing notes and drawing sketches DAILY now. (good way to kill time on boring conference calls) i really do hope you teach this class again somewhere that i can attend. what do i have to do to get you to MY LSS???????????
so faithful readers (what, do i have like 5?) TRUST ME. i will be preachin the Finish Line Gospel.
TRUST ME. AND DO WHAT I TELL YOU TO DO.
and you will never look back!