Right before Christmas, this showed up in my mailbox. My shock and awe and excitement caused me to drop it right onto the snowy ground! Being asked to participate in the challenges that determine the next group of Go-To-Gals for Paper Crafts magazine was beyond a wildest dream come true!!! Its one of those, you never say out loud kind of dreams. My giddiness was hard to control and I looked forward to embarking on a 3 month journey.
The challenges were amazing to work on, and of course, each of the editors were amazing to work with! I made projects that pushed my creativity and increased my mojo exponentially. I am so proud of the work I created. So proud that I was asked to participate in this. So honored that I was even considered.
Then on that day in March, I didn’t get the email I was hoping for. I was not chosen. Yes, I was, and still am, heartbroken. How often do you get the chance to touch a dream? Its ok. I am ok. The team they have chosen is amazingly talented. In fact, amazing does not do them justice.
Its a big rejection. Huge. Well, I guess it can’t get any bigger in the paper crafting world. :) But I will pick myself up and continue on. I will continue to create. To submit. To teach. To find new and interesting everything and share it with you. I will take this and make myself better. And ask myself, how can I get better? How can I design better? And while it is about me, it really isn’t. They like me as a person. They like my work. Maybe I didn’t fit into what they needed at this time. And that’s really what I want to share with you. What I want you to take away from my story. No matter what you are doing or are passionate about in your life, be it paper crafting, or your job, take your rejections and use them. Don’t let them define you. Take the chance. Follow and pursue your dreams. Yep, turning into a fortune cookie here, but take this as encouragement. I want you to be encouraged.
“I have no regrets in my life. I think that everything happens to you for a reason. The hard times that you go through build character, making you a much stronger person.” –Rita Mero
May I make a request? Please don't leave any comments. I am not looking for sympathy, I really just needed to share what was going on with me. If you want to comment, pop on over to Paper Crafts Connection and welcome the new team and offer congrats, because they worked so hard, on top of being so talented!!Thanks for listening to me. and thanks for stopping by!