A Follow up to yesterday’s post

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I really believe that at different times in my life, things have lined up in a certain way to teach me something.  I spoke about that a bit in yesterday’s video.

When I was putting together that video and filming the intro and outro, I did not have a plan to tell the story that I did, but it just came pouring out of me.

What I didn’t tell you about the woman I met at the stamping event who made a difference for ME is what happened before I met her.   3 weeks before, we lost a 20 year old family member in an automobile accident.  This smart, strong woman was making a difference in the world at 20.

That is what spurred on the conversation between Randall and I about making a difference.

During that time in my life, I was working very hard on my business and was not participating much in my local community.   That is where the feelings of “not making a difference” came from.  I felt like I wasn’t making a difference in my community.

In the video, I said that I was “ok” with that.

I wasn’t really ok with that, but at that stage in my life…building a business, nurturing my marriage, raising three girls, and TRYING to maintain friendships…I did not see one single way that I could possible fit anything more in that MIGHT make a difference, so I was ok with it at the moment.

I truly had no idea that I was making a difference for anyone, and when I realized that the difference I was making was so much bigger than I could have imagined or planned, well…I just can’t tell you how much that has enriched my life and kept me moving in the direction in which I’m going now.

I thought about that this morning when I saw this about Positive Post-it Day.

The Mayor of Airdrie said “Positive begets Positive” and that is one mantra that Randall and I live by.  We find that it is one thing that makes our marriage successful.

I can apply this to my business as well.

I am overwhelmed, humbled, and completely overjoyed every day by those of you that take a moment of your day to stop in to my blog, youtube channel, facebook page to say hello and offer me words of encouragement.

If it weren’t for you, I don’t think I’d be doing this any longer.  Occasionally, I talk about the negative emails and occasional comments I get and when I tell someone about it, it’s shocking to them.

I’m a gal with a camera and some stamps and I’m having fun sharing this hobby  and yep, I get rude emails from time to time.  It would shock you some of the things that have been said to me.  Luckily, those emails are few and far between- it’s not like they come in every day….but they come and every one of them makes my breath catch in my throat for a second.

So when you come here and leave me a positive comment, it enriches my life and encourages me to make more videos, which in turns makes other people happy.  So you are a part of this whole danged thing!  Isn’t that amazing!??

THANK YOU for being here, for supporting me and showing up.

YOU make a difference for ME.  I bound out of bed every morning to get to work because I absolutely LOVE what I do.  And if it weren’t for YOU – yes, YOU!!!!!  I wouldn’t be doing what I love.  YOU absolutely make a difference in my life and the life of my family.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for touching me so that I can touch others.

I am encouraged and inspired to make a difference.  One person, one card, one video at a time.  How about you?

And be sure to check out this heart warming story and share it with those that are important to you.

hugs, CP


  • Elise Mungovan October 18, 2014, 10:17 am

    I am always so happy to see your posts, Catherine. This one was especially inspiring and that is what we see in you. Forget the negative, there are always those people who have to spew negativity. The important thing is you are making a difference in all our lives and I thank you for that.

  • Dayna October 18, 2014, 1:22 pm

    Oh Catherine! don’t let the naysayers dampen your spirit – just ignore them! i *love* your videos and learn so much from you in a really happy and fun way. Mahalo from Hawaii.

  • Pamela October 18, 2014, 5:15 pm

    Hi Catherine
    Yes you do make a difference, if people make offensive comments then they do not have to read your blog, if they do not like what you do then they do not need to watch, read or learn. Everyone has their own way of working, enjoying what they they do and wanting to pass that to everyone, I admit that not all You Tube videos are are particularly good but I would not dream of saying so, it is hurtful and demeaning to that person who is only trying to do something nice. So carry on with your videos, have fun in your craft and chat away. Life is too short so enjoy and make a difference. Pamela from the UK.

  • Avril Plummer October 19, 2014, 8:54 pm

    Well Catherine you make me smile when your email arrives in my inbox.
    Forget all the negative comments, here in New Zealand we have what we call the Tall Poppy syndrone, some people just don’t like seeing other people suceed and of course want to cut them down to size.I call it Jealousy. Just carry on being you and do what you do best.

  • Debbie Bonczek October 20, 2014, 10:59 pm

    It’s funny that I recall when that 20-year old in your life had passed from hearing you post about it on StampNation, and something like that shakes you to the core and makes you stop and evaluate yourself. Things happen for a reason. That chance meeting with that awesome woman who stopped to tell you what you needed to hear was likely not just chance! So glad it happened at a moment when it could have the most impact. You truly make a difference, more than you could know on your own.

  • beth swisher October 20, 2014, 11:20 pm

    You inspire me so much. I dont get to do much scrapbooking or card making as i would like to. My mother just died after three months in and out of the hospital and rehab. The way I destressed was to watch some of your videos. Please know you are very special and valuable to many of us.

  • Bobby October 25, 2014, 9:44 am

    Your story just goes to show that you never know when you are impacting other people’s lives. Like the song says “Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.” Do what you love and it will show through.

  • joan nicola October 29, 2014, 7:56 pm

    catherine thank you from the bottom of my heart, your videos & cards have inspired me
    to keep going after my personal battle with breast cancer. i really do not know what i
    would be doing without this beautiful craft & especially your cards which i love & i
    case nearly every one except you have stamps that i cannot get here
    in australia. keep up the fabulous job that you are doing & i wish you & your family
    a very blessed christmas. love joan.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Maria McDonnell October 30, 2014, 2:54 pm

    Dear Catherine,
    I am new to StampNation and I must say I enjoy sharing my day with you. You make me smile and feel good when I make mistakes. You have a positive effect on people, don’t let those few upset you. Just know that you are loved…

  • Nicole SW December 4, 2014, 12:49 am

    i love crafts., including card -making. You are my inspiration to go one step further to make this hobby a business venture. Amazingly, this passion of mine has spread its wings…..
    I made homemade yogurt parfaits for sale and other goodies ( cookies, bars)……
    And guess what!! Yes, I design my own labels.

    You are an inspiration to me….and many more others like me.
    We love you for that.

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