This is the time of year where we reflect back on our lives and think about what we are thankful for. Last year I made a post with the same name and said this:
I am blessed with a wonderful husband, step daughter, parents, in-laws and brother but am also blessed with a great support network of fans, friends, and people that love and support me. Because of this support I am able to continue moving forward with Quiltoni.
After the theft of every quilt and pillow I had, I was devastated and didn’t think I could continue on. Because of the love and support I received I picked myself off and moved on. This decision has created a whirlwind in my life over the last year that I am VERY thankful for and want to recognize a few people that have held my hand and told me it will be OK.
My Family – Of course. My husband has been my rock. He doesn’t care anything about quilting but he knows it makes me happy and supports me with any decisions I make. My parents and step daughter have been my cheerleaders and are always there when I need to cry on a shoulder, help with a project or problem, and of course load and unload my trailer when I need it.
Nicole – Nicole is my business rock. I could not have gotten through this last year without her. We argue, we fight, we don’t see eye to eye on some business things, but we make it work and are more successful because of it. You don’t want someone that agrees with you all the time in business. You want someone that will make you better at what you do and make you a better person. She does that.
Fans – I knew I had fans, but I didn’t know the extent my fans would go to help me. Everyone has shown me so much love and support it gives me the courage to try new things. Robert Romano is one of these people. Not only did he support my Indiegogo campaign, he contacted media, blogs, everyone he could think of to tell them what happened and encouraged them to support me. He messaged me asking if there was anything else he could do. I actually cried after one of his messages I was so full of hope.
My Business Network – I belong to a few business groups. These groups have been amazing not just in support, but in helping me figure out any new directions I want to go. Too Many Games (a video game convention in Pennsylvania) actually reached out to me to see if they could help in any way. I liked doing the convention before, but this showed me what wonderful people they are and a convention I want to do business with forever.
Carol Vandenburg (Mood) – Sometimes it is the little things. Sometimes it is a small gesture someone does that means the most. Before the theft Carol introduced me to Cheryl Sleboda (her thanking is next). After the theft she took my flyers and plastered them all around London, Ontario (the city I live in where they theft occurred). She brought them to quilt guilds, businesses, anyone she could think of and told them what happened. I still get people I have never met before approach me asking if they ever found anything (which they didn’t) because of her. Because of Carol I now belong to the London Friendship quilt guild and have made a ton of new quilt friends.
Cheryl Sleboda – Lastly I need to thank Cheryl. Her patience and guidance have helped me transition from the comic/video game world into the quilt world. I feel accepted by a community that I thought wouldn’t accept me. I have exciting things happening in the next few months I can’t talk about yet, but they are because of her. She didn’t make these things happen, but she was the catalyst for opportunities.
I have been shown a lot of love and support which has helped me pick myself up and move on. We are the architects of our own destiny, but sometimes we need a little help along the way. If you see someone that needs support, consider giving it to them. It doesn’t have to be monetary or require a call to action. It could just be a shoulder to cry on or an ear that listens.