Monday, September 23, 2013

the journey...

When I post a design team call, emails start filling my mailbox. The ding that signals "you have mail" seems to be always going off. It is exciting!

And then the call ends, and the true journey begins.

Each person who sends in an application has essentially opened a door to their artistic heart, and invited me to come in and look around. They let me peek through the windows of their life through their blog. They share their story. They share their hopes. I see pictures of them. I see their ART.

It is truly amazing.

I am grateful and blessed to be allowed the honor of meeting YOU. 

I have to be honest though. 

These journeys are the HARDEST part of being DT lead because I know that at the end of the journey, I have to make a choice. I have to choose which of you to invite into our team. 

My heart aches knowing I must face this decision. 

I have been in your shoes. I have opened my door, sent out my hopes in applications. I have waited. I have felt the elation of making a team, and the pain of rejection. Ok, since I'm being honest, I've cried over the letters of rejection. I've felt like giving up, and had to be reminded by those I love that I'm stronger than that. 

There are SO many talented people who apply for any given Design Team. Making the decisions of who to accept, and who not to is far from cut and dry. So many things factor in. In the end, talent is only a PORTION of the decision.

Please know how grateful I am that you applied. That you let me into your life, and shared with me your story, and your art. You are all SO talented. Continue to share your gifts with the world. You bring joy to all those around you. Even if you don't make our team this time around, we still need you. The world needs you, your talents, and your art!

~Kassi
Creative Inspirations Paint- Design Team Lead

12 comments:

Tina said...

This is simply beautiful Kassi! Thank you for your honesty and heartfelt feelings! Best of luck choosing the new team members.

sandra carey said...

Beautiful Blog post cant wait to see who's been picked Hugs Sandra xx

Dsherm1 said...

It is so difficult to pick a great team, so much to look for. I've been on both sides of this and it's never easy. good luck to you, I'm sure you have your work cut out for you.

Trina McClune said...

What a fabulous post. You are so right.

Trina McClune said...

What a fabulous post. You are so right.

Susie Bentz said...

Lovely post - and so true! Good luck with the hard part of the journey.

Jules the Bling Princess said...

Kassi, thank-you for sharing your thoughts about this journey. You have some difficult decisions to make, and I hope they don't cause you too many sleepless nights. :-)But in the end, you must decide what is right for you. Good luck!

Vintage Pink 39 said...

wow I have to say what you wrote was absolutely perfect and I can tell that you meant every word you wrote. I wish everyone the best of luck, I know I will be excited either way. I thank you for the opportunity and for those kind words.

Barbara Bruder said...

What a fabulous post!!! Your caring words say it all. Thanks for the kindness you've conveyed.

elodie said...

what a lovely post <3

Julie Odil said...

I just found this post, Kassi. Beautifully written. I'm waiting, day-by-day, wondering. Wondering....

Marleen Gallagher said...

Ah this is beautiful and so true. Wishing you good luck with the new team. (and crossing everything ;-) lol