*Caution long, but heartfelt post ahead ;-)*
The Close To My Heart convention ended yesterday, and I was lucky enough to attend this year because it was in Dallas. It was my first convention, and I have been a consultant since 2008! I was also fortunate enough, due to all of my fabulous customers, to win an award for most individual sales in the past year. I'm not one of those people who ever wins anything, so when I found out it was going to happen I was rather stunned. I never in a million years would have thought that not only would I receive that award, but I walked away with two others. Can you say blessed?
After much reflection and thought I now know what I wish I would have said. I want to share that with all of you now as I see you all as my friends.
"I used to watch Oprah a lot when it was on and found that she could be quite inspirational at times. One thing she always said (and I am paraphrasing) was that God can dream a bigger dream for you than you can. I never really understood what she really meant by that. I thought surely I can dream pretty big for myself. However, now I understand what she is talking about because I would never have dreamed that I would sell enough Close To My Heart to make any kind of a living much less sell enough to win any awards. Yet there I was on stage holding that award in my hand the other night. God truly did dream a bigger dream for me than I ever dreamed for myself. This has made me realize, though, that I need to perhaps start dreaming a little bigger for myself. I think I sold myself short. Now especially since I am recently a single mom, I need to dream as big and as high as I can. I owe it to myself and my little boy."
The more I thought about this the more I thought this is not just about me and my dreams, but it is about your dreams too! I know most of you out there are not dreaming big enough for yourselves and are selling yourselves short too. You are all capable of great things. I know it is hard to believe that sometimes, but I promise you are worth much more than you think you are worth. You can achieve so much more than you realize. God knows that and I know that. You are all stars and you need to shine bright!
Now I could not have achieved this great feat if it had not been for some very supportive friends *cough Joy Tracey* or my FABULOUS blog followers and customers. You guys help me to shine everyday and I love each and everyone of you for that more than you know!
Now, I feel like I want to do something special for my devout customers. It is through your love of the great Art Philosophy cartridge that I was able to achieve what I did. I wish I could send you all a little something, but I cannot. What I can do, though, is send you my love and gratitude. You guys mean the world to me!
Also, what I can do is send an exclusive stamp set to any of you who place an order on my site for $50 or more from today the 15th until the 31st of July. There are limited supplies of this great Close To My Heart set, so if you are interested get that order in soon!
Thank you for listening to me this morning. I hope you all have a blessed day and I love you all VERY much!!
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