Sunday, November 18, 2007

Big Changes

It is with a very heavy heart that I announce that I have sold my company, Time To Stamp.
As some of you are aware, I have a child who needs alot of care and has a myriad of appointments. I have tried SO hard to balance everything out. It is rare for me to have any time for myself-that has made me extra stressed out and a mess. I have been doing alot of re-evaluating and have come to realize that I need to take care of myself better, and that something needed to go. Unfortunately it had to be the business. Part of my heart is broken right now. I know there will be a grieving process. But at the same time, I look so forward to being able to have less pressure in my life and that I can do more of what I love: art. Stamping for collages......whatever I want to do. Usually when my daughter was at school in the mornings I was generally doing business stuff and IF I had time, I could do some stuff for me.
Unfortunately that has not happened for a while. I am finding that with all she requires, its SO necessary for me to take care of myself, so I can take care of her. There are some mornings I get going so much that I don't even eat any breakfast. That should change. I can go back to the gym and get some of those happy endorphins going on too! :)
I have been pretty burned out lately by life in general. With a little pampering and some time for myself, I will be back to the old Kristy in no time at all.
This past week and a half, I have watched my husband's grandfather die. As I sat there with him for hours, and saw him in that state it made me do alot of thinking. It made me realize how truly short life is. Its SO important that we enjoy the time we have as it can be taken from us at any given moment. Its SO important for us to do what we love. Thats what I want to do.
I will still be around-I look forward to doing some things I have wanted to do for a long time.
I have a list! :) I will be posting more art here , thats for sure.
I am SO thankful for the wonderful friends I have made and great experiences I have had while in the stamp industry. I have learned SO much that I would have never learned had I not owned this business. I will be forever grateful.
The transfer will take place in a couple of weeks. I know that day will be hard. But I will get through it some how.
The buyer is very excited about it and has the same concerns with service that I do. Rest assured she will take care of my customers-she has promised me :) I will still be around it-these stamps are my babies-a big part of me that I will always be connected to.


Nancy Ward said...


I've often wondered how you were able to do so many things so well.

As much as we will all miss your being the 'head honcho' at Time To Stamp, we all are delighted that you will no longer be pulled in so many directions.

Your art is a joy enjoyed by so many. The sliver lining is this cloud will be your having the opportunity to create more art.

My best,

Nancy Ward

Articat said...

Hi Kristy,
I am very sorry to hear that you will sell your business, but I can understand you very well. There are times in one's life when one has to make decisions. And I am sure you've done the right thing! I hope you'll feel better day by day. Gilly can be very proud of you!
Take care!
Jutta from Germany

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Inka said...

Hi Kristy, Sometimes life takes us in a different direction than we have planned. The main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing. My main thing has always been family, I can tell from your posts that yours is too. To always put your family first is altruistic and to do that you have to take care of yourself first. I am sure that the effect of your decision will be a great advantage to your daughter as well as make you a better artist too and I look forward to seeing more of your work. You never know, maybe in the future you will be able to invest yourself into a business again.

purplepaint said...

Kristy - Just read that you're selling your business. I'll miss you as the one owning it, but you have to take care of yourself. It will be nice to see even more of your awesome artwork! :) Marva

Cindy said...

Kristy, first of all, I'm so sorry for the loss of your husband's grandfather. Being with someone as they die is a precious, personal experience, and I know you are a stronger person for having had that experience. I set with my father as he made his transition, and it's an experience I wouldn't trade for the world, as difficult as it was.

Secondly, I'm sorry that you reached a point where you decided you had to sell your business. I grew up with a special needs sister, so can relate to the demands it puts on a family. You are to be commended for putting your family -- and ultimately you -- first. I know it's hard to let go. My thoughts will be with you during this difficult time.

Hugs to you and to Gillian.

audrey h. said... sorry to hear about you selling you business but it sounds like you know what you are doing and that you might have more time for what you want. You are so right about life being truly short. I always try to remember to take in and enjoy every second with my family cuz you just never know what the next moment might bring. Deepest sympathies on your husbands grandfathers passing. Take care and I can't wait to see more of your art :o)