Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Exciting news!!

It has been announced and now I can share some great news. My two very dear friends at The Scrapping Nook, Patti and Elia, have asked me to join their design team! I'm super excited to be a part of this team. How wonderful to be on a team with your friends, working for your friends! This site has become my home. It's a place where I can go to chat with friends and get amazing inspiration. There are always wonderful challenges going on!

Patti and Elia are also planning an amazing getaway weekend next May....Destination Create!! You MUST check it out! I'm so excited that some of my friends will be coming from across Canada...it will be my first time meeting some of them!

I made these layouts lately with the Prima Just Us Collection available in the online store at the Nook.


I feel the need today to talk about something else. I believe that everyone should be allowed to share an opinion in this world. It makes for great conversations. I live my life trying to do things that I think are right. I have many strong beliefs. I support companies that in turn support humanitarian efforts and stand for excellent business ethics.

There are places that I won't shop at because they stand for things that I don't agree with (ie. Walmart). There are products that I won't use because of how the products are made or tested (ie. veal, known sweat shop use, unethical business practices). Recently a company that I was involved with chose to do business with a company that I felt lacked business ethics. I spoke my mind saying that I personally wouldn't support such a business, sighting my reasons and the fact that it was my opinion only. Some agreed with me and some disagreed. It was all okay because they too have opinions and they don't have to agree with me. I was quickly banned from where I posted my comments. I assume it was because I didn't agree with the choices that these people made. They were not posted publicly...it was a private area. I was merely stating an opinion and trying to get people to look at things differently.

I am hurt for so many reasons. I am hurt because a place that I loved and helped build up to what it was had now turned it back on me. My best friends in the world came from that place. I shared many ideas about how I thought the place could grow and be even better than it was before. I gave monthly ideas and support. I'm hurt because when I made the difficult decision to move on, I gave them more time at their request and in the end, I was merely deleted...without a word of thanks or a good bye. It makes me sad. It's like I can't go home anymore. I feel like I'm looking through a window but I'm no longer allowed in. I'm not saying I can't come in. I can...it's just that I no longer feel welcome. And that is what makes me sad.

I'm moving on...I just needed to get that off my chest. Thanks to all of my friends who support me and understand.


Life's insanities by angela1044 said...

Huge hugs.

I would hazard to guess that you are not the only one who feels betrayed and disappointed.

Unfortunately, when people are not willing to at least listen and respect someone else's opinion, it usually affects their business in a negative way. I would imagine it could be detrimental in the future but then again, maybe not.

On a positive note, you are in a much better place where everyone loves you and respects your opinion.

Hope you feel better about it soon.

Kimmie said...

so sorry about all of that Jen, you totally deserved more, you are a one in a million, give it your all and then some kind of gal, I'm so proud to be your friend!!! I love that you stand up for what you believe in, and I respect and admire you for that, love ya girl!!!

Kimmie said...

oh sorry HUGE congrats on joining the Nook DT!! can't wait to see your creations!

Denise said...

Just wanted to pop in, say Hi, and Congratulate you on your DT appointment. Patti and Elia are lucky to have you on their team, and I'm glad that I know where I can come to see your incredible work.

patti said...

The right to an opinion (regardless of whether or not I agree with it) is a fundamental right. Sadly Jen, sometimes we don't miss things until we no longer have them in our lives. All I can say is that we are truly blessed to have a girl with your integrity, drive, compassion and understanding on our design team. I really look forward to the future and all that it holds for everyone! Cheers, welcome aboard and thanks!!!!!

Tara said...

Well first off a HUGE Congrats to you on joining The Nooks DT! I love your work and am looking forward to meeting you at the retreat next May!!!

Now here's a hug for you because an opinion is called that for a reason, it is not necessarily right or wrong it is just what you believe! You should be able to voice that in a respectful manner anytime you please and if womeone doesn't appreciate it well then they have very closed minds. You deserve better than that, so just hold your head high and knowing that you are strong in your beliefs and noone can change that!

Marina said...

Congratulations on the DT appointment to the Nook. I can't wait to see what you have in store for us!!!

I am sorry to hear that a place you used to call home has turned and shown their ugly side. I agree with everyone else's comments, we are given the freedom of speech and how sad it is that this particular place has chosen to ignore this. However, hearing the story from you and if you had concerns about the way the business was going, you seem to be better off without them. You have a new place to hang your hat and are welcomed with open arms!!!!

Hugs to you, if through the silver lining it is still hard to swallow dissapointment!!!

Kerry Zerff said...

Hey girl! for some reason I know exactly what you're going thru!! and have to agree that you are in a better place and are better without the childish games.

all my love!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats, Jen! I am so happy I will be able to see your work and you online at the Nook!

Sorry about the snub at the other place but there will be another door opening that will take its place. I know it hurts but I guess this is one of those life lessons opportunity. Hang in there and stick with your opinions. It seems like a lonely road to be on in this world but there are others that stand up to support their beliefs!

Kelly :)

tina werner said...

hugs to ya jen...
congrats on the nook dt!!!

Tammy said...

So sorry this happened to you. If you look at it though...most of your friends have left or are leaving and it's not the same place it use to be. Sadly.

Congratulations on your new DT, you are extremely talented and I look forward to seeing your work at the Nook where most of your friends now are and will appreciate and respect you. Best Wishes to you!

Crystal said...

((( HUGS ))), Jen! You really are an amazing woman - so talented, creative and passionate! I admire you for your convictions and for standing up for what you believe in. I hope the healing will be gentle and you will find yourself in a better frame of mind soon.

I so love the new things you are doing - you have grown SOOOO much in the time I've known you! Way to go!!!

Sue said...

Congrats on the DT gig, Jen! Althought I'm sad to hear that your talents, efforts AND opinions were appreciated elsewhere - Huge hugs to you!!

Sue said...

OOps! I meant to say WEREN't appreciated!!

Where's the darn spellchecker when you need it!?!

Heather said...

Congrats Jenn on the DT appointment.

I didn't realize that had happened to you Jenn. Opinions should be allowed to be voiced especially in a private forum as that is what it's for.

Holly A said...

Jen, congrats on joining the fantastic ladies on the Nook design team. You will bring so much talent and inspiration to the team.

So sorry that you had a bad experience elsewhere. It's such a shame when open discussion is stifled. Always remember that there are many around who appreciate and value you and your thoughts and words. Hugs, Jen.

Anonymous said...

We have the same last name. I was randomly browsing blogs and I came across yours. I've never met anyone with my last name before, so I was surprised. I love your little scrap booking pics, they're wonderful. You're very talented. I'm in England, and I just wanted to say hello from one Backler to another. :)