Welcome to my personal blog!

Just as I share some of my personal thoughts and views, I invite you to share yours. All I ask is that you keep your comments appropriate. I won’t feel badly about removing comments that are offensive. That doesn’t mean you can’t be honest—I want honest feedback—but I like to fill my life with positive people and positive things. I guess that means that if you have to say something negative, say it nicely!

More than anything, I want you to leave here feeling inspired and valued—and like we've had a nice visit!



Inspire.Create.Share. 2015: Gold Coast

Hi everyone, this is Sara again. I’m taking over the blog today so that I can share a little bit about our most recent event in the South Pacific. I love having a chance to spend time with our amazing demonstrators! And the day we arrived in Gold Coast could not have been more beautiful. Check out the beach!

We began our event with a leadership day where we discussed the new Compensation Plan in detail. Demonstrators commented that the presentations really helped them as they prepare to transition to the new plan in October. It was a great event for our demonstrator leaders.

That evening we boarded buses to attend Managers’ Reception at the Australian Outback Spectacular. We visited a bit before the show, then entered a large arena where we enjoyed wonderful food and a fun show about the high country and famous Australian historical characters. Good times!

Thursday morning I was honored (and a little emotional!) to open the first General Session. We unveiled the new catalog and enjoyed some amazing stamping presentations. The session was available online as well, so that all of our markets could watch the unveiling. I love how excited demonstrators are to receive the new annual catalog every year and I have to say . . . I’m SO happy we’re bringing these launches back to our events! 

Over the course of the event, we had three Inspire. Create. Share workshops and Make & Take sessions, a demonstrator panel that discussed their strategies regarding the new Compensation Plan, and In a Nutshell classes. I really appreciated being able to learn how demonstrators approach their businesses in different ways. All of the classes provided tools and ideas for demonstrators that were both applicable and actionable. Loved them!

Awards Night is always a highlight for me because I truly appreciate being able to recognize our top-performing demonstrators. They inspire me (as I’m sure they do everyone else)!

Our After-Party was 80s-themed and lots of fun! I was told the band was super-popular in the South Pacific during the 80s and demonstrators were ecstatic to see them there. This crowd definitely knows how to have fun! The dance floor was hopping, the photo booths were packed, and there were smiles all around. Pretty sure there were sore feet, too! It was a great night!

We wrapped up our last day in Gold Coast with more stamping, plus a hilariously fun game show with demonstrator participation. It was an amazing finish to a wonderful convention.

What a pleasure to be with our demonstrators again in the South Pacific! I loved being able to spend time visiting with them, snapping pics, and learning side-by-side with them. Our demonstrators are the best!


High Five

At convention last year, I mentioned that even though Stampin’ Up! introduces new catalogs (and products) throughout the year, there’s always something in the annual catalog to love...all year long! May’s set sampler, the last of the series featuring sets from the 2014-2015 annual catalog, showcases High Five.

Speaking of high fives, with the NEW annual catalog hot off the press, I want to give an enthusiastic high five to all who worked so hard to produce such an amazing publication and to bring to us some fabulous new products! We really do have a wonderful team of creative people who dream of ways to please you. In fact, just about everyone in the company plays a role in bringing about our Stampin’ Up! “store” and deserves accolades!

I was especially pleased to read the string of comments posted on Stampin’ Connection. It’s obvious you feel the same! Thank you for taking the time to share your praise. It means more than you know. I’m so proud to be a small part of an organization filled with wonderful people around the world—employees, demonstrators, and customers alike!

Sending High Fives and hugs from Hawaii to everyone at Stampin’ Up!



Paint Over Graffiti 

We don't see a lot of graffiti here in Hawaii, and yesterday's service project is the reason why. Several members of the university branch met early in the morning for a light breakfast, divided into groups, were assigned different bus routes, and set off to paint over graffiti at nearby bus stops. Most of our group's stops were within walking distance, so we painted just about anything that had graffiti on it as we walked from stop to stop. Sterling and I felt more like moral support (we didn't have appropriate painting clothes), but it was a nice way to spend time with great people and at the same time do a little service for the community.


Twins Turn Three

The twins turned three this week, and even though we FaceTime often, I wanted photos of them showing me their presents. I couldn't decide which photo to post, so I'm sharing all three. I wish Liam would've flashed his charming smile, but Abigail certainly hammed it up!

These fry boxes held our typical gift of cash. We included a little tub toy because they don't understand the concept of money very well. Of course the twins liked their toy, and Mom will like spending their money on something they need.


Employee Appreciation in Riverton

Yesterday was a good day—a day of celebration and appreciation for the excellent employees we work with here in our Riverton office.

We started the day with company update meeting—something we provide regularly to keep everyone in-the-know about the state of Stampin’ Up! Yesterday we discussed our challenges and some very positive news—our first quarter numbers were really encouraging, and we’re on track for a great 2015! I love it when we share happy news! We also provided a little surprise for our employees in gratitude for all they do.
After the meeting we had an appreciation lunch (much like our event in Kanab last week). The food was delicious and the atmosphere was really fun!

I’m always overwhelmed by the goodness of the people I work with—in all of our offices. They care about each other and our demonstrators and live the Statement of the Heart in so many ways.
Thanks to all of you for helping Stampin’ Up! be such a wonderful place to work. We love all of you!