Friday, June 25, 2010
a bittersweet day and project
If you've been reading my blog for a little while, you may remember this page HERE. It was a page for the Who's That Girl challenge "Why I Don't..." I had made the page about my editor, Laura. And I was serious... I do not do anything without her.
Well, now I am going to have to. Laura and her adorable little family are moving to Kentucky, and today is her last day at NextStepU. I have worked with Laura for more than 8 years. We have gotten to the point where we can read each others' minds, we know what each others' weaknesses are, and then fill the empty spaces in each others' work.
I am trying to imagine NextStepU without her. It's really, really tough!
Yesterday we had a party for her. We played bocce, had some great food, drinks... and I gave Laura this not-so-mini album I made for her. I had the staff write messages on journal spots and sprinkled them in among pictures from the last 9 years.
Not all of the pages are shown here—there are 10 of them—but I wanted to show a few of my favorite pages.
I had to devote one page to Laura and me. I wrote a nice, long message and even teared up a bit as I wrote it. We have spent more of our waking hours together than we have with our spouses.
Her daughter and my son were born 4 months apart. We were at each others' weddings. We called each other when important moments happened in our lives. Through everything, I've been able to count on Laura. OK... gonna cry again. Moving on...
These two pages are of Laura and the NextStepU founder and CEO, Dave. Dave and Laura have been working together since Laura was 15. She came to NextStepU as an intern, and she has grown with the company pretty much since it was founded. Like I said... It's gonna be very difficult to imagine NextStepU without Laura.
Let's all wish Laura the best at her new job in Kentucky! She reads the blog, so leave her a warm going away message, best wishes, etc. She'll love it!
She has always been a huge supporter of my crafting. In fact... I wouldn't even have a card making business if it wasn't for her! I made her a big ol' pack of handmade cards for her birthday one year, and next thing I know the orders are flowing in!
Good luck, Laura! I wish you all the best in your new chapter. It will all work out, I know it will. I will miss so much about seeing you everyday, but I know that you will always be in my life. OK... tears again... gotta go!
Thanks for stopping by today!!