Yesterday was my last day in the office here at Paper Crafts magazine before my husband and I make our move to New Hampshire. Everything is in place. We’ve sold our house, we’ve got a contract on a new-to-us house in New Hampshire, and we’ll be pulling up stakes on December 1.
Here at work, I’ve transitioned completely from creative editor to trends editor. What does that mean, exactly? Well, it means that I am now devoting most of my time to the Moxie Fab World (which will be expanding soon), the Moxie Fabs column in the magazine, trend-watching to help keep the magazines we produce fresh, and contributing to the overall content of the magazine in the form of various meetings. I’ve learned how to Skype, we’ve had trial runs at conference calls, and I’m basically learning how to contribute from afar.
As far as you, our dear readers, are concerned, not much is going to change. I’ll be posting here on Paper Crafts Connection just as often as you’re used to, I’ll be posting even more in the Moxie Fab World, and I’ll be contributing to the magazine in the ways that would be considered my strengths. But as far as my interaction with my co-workers is concerned, things are going to change a lot.
And even though I’ll still be interacting with my friends and co-workers here at Paper Crafts, there are certain things—things that you can only get by being here—that I’m going to really miss.
First of all, may I say, I’m going to miss getting to know our new staff members, Kerri and Sarah. Even though they’ve only been with us a short time, they are each bringing a very strong game to the table, and I’m sad that I won’t be interacting with them more:
Here are my fun friends, Ahtanya, Holly, and Matt:
I’ll miss Ahtanya’s cheerful smile, her stories about the daughter she absolutely adores, and her kind, kind demeanor. She has a calming effect on me, and I have appreciated it very much.
I’ll miss Matt’s whacky wit, collaborating with him on Moxie Fab World blog banners in person because we always end up having these deep conversations, seeing which tee-shirt got pulled out of the drawer for the day, and the smell of his French-pressed coffee steaming out of his lucky cup.
What I will miss most about Holly is being exposed to her unique perspective on the world. She is one of those unexpected individuals who makes you think about things differently than you ever have before. She always reminds me to “keep smiling” and I can see why she says it with such ease, because she’s always doing it herself.
As the most-tenured members of the Paper Crafts team, Kelly and I have been through a lot together. She is kind-hearted, thoughtful, hilarious, and man-oh-man can she spin a good yarn. But mostly I will miss our catch-up sessions at the end of the day. After grabbing my purse and keys on my way out, I’d stop by her cube to say good-bye and inevitably we would launch into a discussion of one variety or another. It was our way of acknowledging the friendship that dwells in the midst of the hectic world of magazine production, and I am very sad that that particular way of connecting with her will be no more.
A very bright spot in my life, Miss Susan R. Opel has been more of an influence on me than I can say. She is a daily riot—from her passion for fashion to her positive energy to her insisting that we not use words like “sack,” “slacks,” and “pail”—and I will miss her can-do attitude, her joie de vivre, and the way she can turn a sour situation into one that is sweet as pie at the drop of a proverbial hat.
And last, but certainly not least, Jennifer. I love her no-nonsense approach to management, her unwavering support of my ideas, and her uncanny tolerance of my need to spontaneously process, out loud, until I can work a creative hair out of my brain, by popping into her office unannounced. She always, always, dropped everything she was doing to indulge me. She is the reason my role has taken the direction it has, the reason I am as happy in my job as I am, and the friend who has helped me become the editor that I am today.
It’s hard to say good-bye to people who mean so much to me, but I know that I’ll see most of these good folks at CHA, at our yearly editorial board meeting, and I’ll be on e-mail, Facebook, Skype, and calling in for meetings. With all this technology, I’m sure it will feel like I haven’t really left after all.
The important thing is that I am still a part of this amazingly dynamic team and we will continue to make beautiful magazines together. I am, without a doubt, the luckiest girl in the world.
With love in my heart,
P.S. It’s time to announce the five winners from Jennifer’s Your Top 5 Favorite Card Making Occasions post!
1. Lynn (Nov. 16, 12:30 p.m.)
2. Krista Puruhito (Nov. 16, 9:07 a.m.)
3. Debbi (Nov. 17, 7:07 a.m.)
4. Jen Shears (Nov. 16, 11:40 p.m.)
5. Deb Jensen (Nov. 16, 10:11 a.m.)
Congrats, winners! You’ve each won a copy of our new special issue, Card Creations: Favorite Occasions, Vol. 2! Kelly will be contacting you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments!