beauty lies within

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An update May 3, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — mjalbright @ 11:24 pm

Gosh! It’s been so long since I’ve visited my blog. I feel like I should explain to those who stop by and visit my site….

As of May 1st, I am no longer a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. I will always LOVE the products they carry. I am very thankful for the 6 years of creating, the friendships, conventions, the awards, and all the inspiration.

My heart leads me to focus on my nursing career. It’s so hard for me to sit down and stamp. It’s so easy for me to comfort and help someone who is hospitalized. I have been a nurse for 12 years, and I’m now working in a NICU….and so love the environment. This fall, I will be heading back to college to further my nursing degree.  So, I decided to let go of my Stampin’ Up! demoship.

ADDED INFORMATION:  I’m not done with creating.  NICU is a fabulous place for me to create.  They have all sorts of designer papers on the unit so we can make cards and scrapbook pages for the parents (we can take pictures while parents are not present to capture those smiles and moments the parents may miss).  With Mother’s Day right around the corner, there were nurses on the unit making cards “from baby to mom” :)….isn’t that the sweetest thing ever?  So, I will bring my creativity into the environment once I’m oriented and 100% comfortable.

I will post if I create something:)
Thanks for all the comments over the years.


25 Responses to “An update”

  1. Mary Jo, I will treasure all the inspiration you have given me. I can totally understand that you feel pulled into a different direction. We all touch lives through what we do and I want you to know that you have touched lives through your creative art and now you’ll be touching lives by saving them. Especially little babies. I will pray for you and hope that you start blogging about your babies so we can all pray for them. God bless you.

  2. kristin Says:

    What an amazing woman you are! Talented, giving and inspiring. You have touched my life with your creative genuis, and will continue to touch the lives of the families you will help. Congratulations on your journey!

  3. Renee V. (happystamper05) Says:

    Just wanted to wish you all the best the future holds for you and thank you so much for sharing your talents with us.
    Hugs and love,

  4. Kimberly Van Diepen Says:

    While I am sure the decision was not easy, I have high respect for those that follow their dreams and do what they feel is the right thing. Knowing you like I do, if I was ever hospitalized I would want you at my bedside. From your amazing smile, beautiful spirit and gracious heart… you would be the one I would want taking care of me.

    Enjoy those little babies. The mothers of these little miracles are so lucky to have a nurse like you.

    I am very grateful that Stampin’ Up! brought us together. Friends Forever!!

  5. Sondra Says:

    That is just awesome! May God bless you in your new responsibilities.

  6. Lori Craig Says:

    Just thinking about you one day last week. It certainly sounds like the right decision for you! When your work comes that easy, it’s meant for you to do that. I miss you being around, but I know you’re a blessing to the families you encounter every day. Thanks for all of the beautiful eye candy over the years. Blessings, MJ.

  7. When someone who achieves so much in one area moves to the next area, it just leaves me waiting to see what will happen next.

    Thanks for the inspiration over the years, and I hope you will continue to share your creations even though you are no longer doing the SU Demo thing!

    All the best — Many Blessings on ALL your endeavors!

  8. SusieK Says:

    I’ve loved your blog and your unique crafting style. Good luck to you as you follow your heart in the nursing field. Thanks for all you have shared with us!

  9. Lisa Brown Says:

    Mary Jo,
    God bless you for the work that you do! Good luck as you pursue your goals!
    I’ve always enjoyed your beautiful creations and will check back when you do find time to post.
    Take care and best wishes!

  10. Patti Says:

    Wow – …………it is sad to lose you and your creativity. I have enjoyed so many of your projects through the years. kuddos to you!!!! The NICU is so blessed to have you to care for those little ones in need. May you also bring such success to whatever you pursue. I hope you will continue to share any projects occasionally created with us all. We have all been blessed to be part of your circle.

  11. Deano Says:

    wow, is right! But doing what you love will make you a better YOU and for those you care for. Happy for you.

  12. Donna Gardner Says:

    Hi Mary Jo,

    Gosh, it’s been a long time since I received your Beauty Lies Within. I’m so very happy that you have found something to make you feel good inside. I will surely miss you as a SU Demonstrator. But I do understand. Something must of happened to change you – and sometimes that is for the very best. Please keep up this blog just so people can say hi to you and you can update us on what you are now doing. I wish you all the peace and love this world has to offer.


  13. Jane Says:

    Thank you for putting a message on here. I have been waiting to see if you would post. I know that all the parents with those new babies are so thankful to have nurses that care so much. God Bless you wherever your heart leads you.

  14. Fran Sabad Says:

    You are an inspiration in everything you do. Best wishes as you go forward with your nursing. I know you’ll bring your wonderful gifts to all those sweet babies and their parents.

  15. Mary Jo,
    You have always been such a creative inspiration to me through your blog.Your creative talents will be greatly missed by all of us who share your love of stamping. I am so happy that nursing brings you so much joy and fulfillment. May God bless you and your co-workers as you touch the lives of so many families who need tenderhearted caregivers at such an emotional time in their lives.

  16. Lydia Says:

    Awwww – I was so excited to see you pop up in Google Reader! You are a true inspiration and I’m so grateful for everything you’ve shared.


  17. Marci Snee Says:

    Was so happy to see you posted…I check here all the time just waiting…..stalking….lol. I am so elated to hear of your choices, although I’ll miss seeing your creativeness. The NICU babies are blessed to have you as their nurse. I appreciate all the beauty you’ve brought the SU! world….you are truly one of the most creative and talented SU! artists I’ve come across. Good luck in your endeavors and fulfilling your dreams. You deserve all good things.

  18. Nancy Kestin Says:

    Wow, the very struggle I’m having with SU continuation… Thanks for sharing that info. But, THANKS for the inspiration and beautiful art you have shared. And BIG THANKS for being one of those caring individuals that gives so much to those of us who need special medical care. Best wishes to you as you continue your career. The world needs more people like you.
    Nancy K in WI

  19. Jill k Says:

    You will be terribly missed in the SU world!! We all need your inspiration, but the NICU truly needs you more. You will do so much good there. I worked NICU 5 years ago and it’s such an emotional and intense place. Good luck, I know you will heal many hearts!! Thanks for sharing your talent. You truly challenged me to be a better stamper and better person. I’m glad I know you!!
    Jill Kirk

  20. Renae Says:

    I know you will be missed as a demonstrator! I’m happy to hear that you’ll still be creating as you are such an inspiration! What a joy to be able to help and heal others. I wish you all the best!

  21. Mary Jo,
    So Sorry to see you leave the Stampin’ Up!® Family but no worries. Thanks so much for your stamping inspiration! I am from a family of Doctors and Nurses-Do Good. Be the Best Nurse that you can be. See ya in Creative Blog Land soon.

  22. Julie Says:

    You could not stamp for years then stamp again with any manufacturer’s products and your work would still be absolutely gorgeous! I’ve yet to see something you’ve posted that I haven’t been in awe of. The talent is in you – not the products you use. Those at the hospital are lucky to have you and your talents (in whatever you do). Sure hope you still post your creations every now and then. I’ll miss seeing them. Best of luck with your schooling and nursing career.

  23. Lisa Meyers Says:

    Mary Jo,
    I wish you the best in your Nursing Career. NICU is an interesting place to work, and a very emotional place to work. Your good days will be blessed and your bad days will try your every ounce of faith and strength. As an ER/CCU nurse for 20 years I understand the struggle with both. Use your creativeness as your outlet and the NICU is a LUCKY place to have you. I thank you for your inspiration, your posts have shown me that you can make what you want with paper, just let your imagination go and it will work.
    Thank you

    Lisa Meyers

  24. Pam Says:

    I just stopped by to see what amazing things you have created and read your latest update. If your passion for nursing compares to your passion for creating, your patients are in the best hands. We will miss you in the crafting world but our loss is your patient’s gain. Good luck.

  25. Cindy Major Says:

    HI, Mary Jo

    I am glad you posted this update as I have been peeking at your blog at regular interval to see if you were sharing anything new. I think you can never go wrong by following your heart and I wish you all the best with your nursing degree. Please know that your amazing stamped creations and your impressive creativity will be missed dearly.

    Bonne chance!

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