Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Well, I successfully made it home last night... a full day later than scheduled due to some serious airport hi-jinx that involved faulty plane hydraulics in Palm Springs, a 3 hour bus ride through the San Jacinto mountains to take us instead to LAX, missed connections to Toronto and finally a 4am wakeup call to hopefully try the "airplane thang" all over again. Oh yes, and lots of Ativan from my new BFF Gail :) WOOHOO! Being home never left so good.
I'm sure I'll be regalling you with all my stories, pictures and projects in the days to come (since I have 3 suitcases full of those) but for now I will leave you with the Top 10 Things I Learned at Leadership:
1. Having quality time with your Stampin' Girlfriends is one of the greatest joys in the world, and my SG's are the best out there! It's great to reconnect with those I only get to see a few times a year as well as meet NEW people and connect the names to faces. An extra special big shout-out must go out to my wonderful roomies Corinna and Karen, as well as to my "Great Airline Adventure" gang Susan, Gail, Maryse & Karen (again)for helping to keep me sane through all the shenanigans.
2. There are not enough days in the year to reproduce all the phenomenal projects & cards I saw demo'd and swapped while in Palm Springs. But don't worry... I plan on introducing plenty of new classes to my events lineup so I can begin sharing some of them with you! I'll also incorporate some into my existing classes and Stampers Club groups so you can benefit there too.
3. Power naps are an essential part to surviving such intense trips, as long as you don't schedule them for the ONE class that is not being recorded. You can insert a Homer Simpson-like "doh!" here, if desired.
4. Stampin' Up! really knows how to throw a quality "party" together, since it really did feel like a massive 3-day party during all the official events. I am exceptionally pleased to be associated with such a class act of a company, and invite you to learn more about how you could become a demonstrator with us too. February will be an AWESOME time to do so -- let me tell you all about it!
5. As much work as making swaps can be, you always wish you had made MORE than you did. I got such lovely cards & 3-D projects in all my swaps, so I'll be sure to share some on my blog and the rest at my big New Catalogue Open House events on January 25 & 26!
6. You can never take too many pictures! Once I get my memory card back from Corinna, I might be slightly frightened to see just how many photos I DID take from all the display boards and demonstrations, but I'll be glad that I did.
7. I always return from my SU trips fired-up, inspired, motivated and absolutely passionate about both my love of this craft and of my business. I also came back to over 700 emails, but I'll deal with them after I've had some more coffee.
8. After only 2 days away from home, I was already missing my family terribly, no matter how much I like to tease them that I can't wait to get away for some "me time".
9. There's about 500 more things I could fit into this number (since I learned SO MUCH), but lack of caffeine & sleep prohit me from thinking completely rationally at this moment. I'm sure they'll start popping up on the blog and through my classes soon.
10. There's no place like home!
So that's it for me today, folks. I plan on taking the rest of the day to unpack, catch up on emails & play with my kids. I'll be back tomorrow for some more Leadership updates, projects, and things we'll be doing at my Stampers Club nights this week.