Thursday, August 4, 2011

...quality of it.

"The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. 
No apologies or excuses. 
No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. 
The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey - and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. 
This is the day your life really begins.”  

my husband sent this quote to me today via his daily "love note". 
yep - i get those. 

in a nutshell it says....
life begins.
at the point you stop LOOKING to everyone else around you to kick start your life, or fix things or MAKE you happy.

a little story about my past....

prior to unity.
i was a homemaker and chris owned his own construction company.
married. 21. two kids.
self employed.
along came baby 3.
we were busy, busy all the time.
living life.
getting by. 
struggling. big time.
chris worked SO hard to provide for us, with his crew.
{a whole bunch of great guys}
they worked when it was 20 degrees below zero and 102 degrees in the hot sun.
we just did what we could. stumbling {a lot} and learning as we went....
along came baby 4.
construction industry {not so good}
so we bought a woodworking business.
manufacturing huge amounts of  3/4" wood blocks for the stamping industry. 
i went from being a home-maker for 10 years to working in our back shop.
with industrial tools...and my hubby.

i spent my days taking raw planks of maple down into 3/4" wood blocks.
 for 1 year.
 on a daily basis...
i looked like PIG PEN from the peanuts gang - walking with a big poof of dust behind me.

ask brooke. 
she will tell you what a mess i always was.

our family needed more income.
so i went on the road.
no choice.
ya do what you have to do. 

off to minnepolis, into a sales representative position 


wait for it......

rugs & uniforms.
toilet paper, rags, paper towels, soap dispensers.

not. my. dream.
but necessary.
CONFESSION:  i cried every night.
i had to leave the kids for days.
i was on the road searching for manufacturing plants to peddle my "stuff" to.

8 months after i sold rugs and uniforms.
i was rescued by a local hotel.
i took the position of a sassy little director of sales.
became very comfortable.
found happiness.
was close to home.

but still had a dream. 

it took YEARS of crazy hard work to even get to the point of starting to do something that "fit" me.
...and even NOW it is crazy hard work.
just crazy hard work doing what i love.
and THAT makes a huge difference.

what is my point?
EVERYTHING changed the minute i took the quote above LITERALLY.
unity started to just FALL right into place all around me.
with HARD WORK....cause i KNEW.
nobody was going to MAKE my DREAM come true.
there will be people that aid you.
there will be help along the way.
but in the end...IT IS ALL UP TO YOU.

having said that - here is the reality of it....
dreams comes true.
all the time.
and those are happy days.
but you have to keep on keepin' on.
 YOU are a dream maker.
you really are!
ALL kinds of different dreams
keep doing it! good for the soul.

no apologies, no excuses, no leaning, no blame.
it is all up to YOU.
what's your dream?
start with the BEAUTFIUL Angie Blom!
..and hop on through!

Today we would LOVE for you to VISIT Oh MY CRAFTS!
they are running a SALE of 40% off ALL THEIR Unity Inventory.
They have BEAUTIFUL Store Kits...Including the one that I used for the CK Blog Post a year or so ago.  

Remember this? :) 
Key to Joy.

So CLICK on the Image below for DETAILS and THEN Go VISIT the 40% off sale!
Hooray for them CARRYING Unity!
Thanks Oh My Crafts! ;) 
Be sure to check out their entire inventory while you are there!

{Ippity} {Ippity}


Angie Blom said...

wonderful post.. speaks to me.. been there so many times and now at 47 I am there again. looking for work after 14 years of staying at home.. I am scared.. but it need to happen.. I don't want a dream job.. cause I am living my dream now.. I just need the funds to help my family live a better life.. Life is all about choices.. struggles.. tests..(life tests).. but we all seem to come out in the end.. stronger, together, with dreams in tact.. I am grateful everyday that I get to create for Unity.. best company .. so real.. love it.... okay I can go on and on.. You have lived a full life.. and there is so much more wonderful things to come. <3 <3

Jess-The Whimsical Butterfly said...

used to be my signature on my email, that quote. OWNING all of it- the hard work, the pain, the tears, even- makes all the sweet stuff even sweeter. Even owning the flaws. We are all flawed, but it's what makes us beautiful. Speaking to my heart 2nd day in a row- that's what Unity is all about...the stamps are always going to be some of my faves, but the soul behind the stamps is really the 'heart' of the business you've built- and that's what sets you apart from the rest, my dear girl. <3 <3 <3

Junebugpins said...

Love you and Unity Angela!

Lesley Langdon said...

Beautifully said Angela - speaks to me as well. I have jumped on your dream band wagon - as I once DREAMED of designing for Unity. :) Love your character, your inside voice, inspiring as always. And I also love that you get daily encouragement from Chris.

artfuljourneys said...

Wow, what a timely message. So many changes in my life and decesions to make. i have suffered with frosen shoulder in bothe arms since january. So many procedures and so little results. Saps my energy and spirit. My husband just got laid off after 12 years with a firm and now have to figure out where to go. Having faith..

Darci said...

Thanks for this. I really needed it. Have been I feel like giving up and then I think, is it really possible my life is over at 39? Wow, how did I get here?! I need to find that faith and strength and make it happen for myself.Scary.Fear of the unknown. Thank you SO much for being you! You share so much with us all.It's nice to know that we aren't alone in our feelings. :)

NoraAnne said...

Beautiful post, Angela. I love hearing where you've been to get to the amazing place you are today. I just can't imagine gorgeous you looking like Pig Pen :) LOL!
You are truly an amazing and inspiring woman, mother, wife and business owner!
Cheers to you!

Mary Friederichsen said...

Thank you Angela!
For EVERYTHING you and Chris do!

May you be Blessed!

Jess said...

This is so much more than a stamping business. I come here to get INSPIRED. You are amazing and I am so happy to have found your words of wisdom in the big blog world!

janine said...

Wow...I almost started to cry when I read this post. I had nearly the same exact conversation to myself on the way to work today---early in the morning hours while most (sane) people are still in bed (4:00am). It really is time to stop pointing a finger at others and just get crackin' on what it is I want (and need). It is up to no. one. else. And I like that reality. It means I'm still in the driver's seat of my life and not anyone else.

Anonymous said...

Wow - thanks for your post - it really touched me and made me think about the direction I am heading! I really appreciate your insight and inspiration!

jackie 4124 said...

no apologies, no excuses, no leaning, no blame.
it is all up to YOU.
what's your dream?

I love this. Please make it into a stamp.

Lynn said...

Last night I didn't ask the universe to let me die but I did whisper it would be OK if I didn't wake up in the morning. But I did - and I read your words and now I know why!! Thanks Angela.

Brooke said...

CONGRATS on making your dream a REALITY, PigPen... ;) love ya girl!!

marilyn said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story. I always wondered how Unity came to be. So sweet that you get love notes:) Thanks for such an inspirational post.

wearestampers said...

Loved reading your story! Thanks for sharing. We all need encouragement once in awhile, even more so in these days when so many people are struggling. It would be nice if my man sent me little 'notes' every day! lol

sharon g said...

WOW, I'm so glad that you shared that. Very inspirational and revealing. We all need to hear it...

Renee VanEpps said...

Thank you for sharing this part of your life with us.. Very inspiring! Truly.
And I agree with the other poster -make it into a stamp!!!! P.S. Could you send Chris to my house for hubby training?!

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