Most of us have hit “Ctrl + F5” to clear our browser caches on our computers in order to get the most recent version of a webpage. It’s known as a “hard refresh” because it forces old information away and allows a clear, new view of what we’re looking for. And just like computers, we humans need a hard refresh every once in a while as well.
This past year has been full of new challenges, re-evaluating, and adapting. There have been moments we saw coming, and others that stopped us in our tracks. There came a point at which I took a step back to “get a grip”.
What I discovered instead, was that trying to grasp, juggle, go with the flow, or wait it out, wasn’t the solution. Prioritizing, defining, and letting go was. In other words, I cleared my cache.
The letting go part wasn’t as easy as hitting Ctrl + F5 on a keyboard. It has proven to be positive and heartbreaking all at the same time. One of the harder decisions for me was to let go of my commitment to Close To My Heart as a consultant.
Having been a consultant for over 8 years, sharing my love of scrapbooking, preserving memories, and storytelling, it took many months of back and forth to conclude that it was time for me to resign.
My love of scrapbooking has not changed. My willingness to share my work, and encourage others to tell their stories remains the same. Moving forward, I will be able to share products, tools, and learning opportunities I wasn’t able to share as an active consultant. I’m not going anywhere. I will not be representing any other products lines. I will, however, refer my friends and followers to the lovely people who do provide product and services.
I will forever be grateful for the memories and friends I have because of Close To My Heart. I’m looking forward to sharing my stories and creations in a way that fits me. Will Close To My Heart be part of that? Most certainly, just not all of it.
It’s called a hard refresh for a reason. But, there’s something to be said for an updated, clearer view.