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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Etsy Rock Stars

     A couple of weeks back I found a new home on Etsy.  A team that listens, respects my opinion, and wants to help me grow my business.  There is no fighting, control issues, or one person stealing all the lime light!  Instead, there is team work, cooperation, understanding, a group effort, and just really nice people!!!  The team is Etsy Rock Stars!  They are wonderful!!!  I'm learning new things and doing so in peace without stress and anger interfering in my life.  I just want to say to them, thank you for all you have taught me so far, for all of your support in my shop, and for all the understanding and laughter you have brought to me after my run-in with the captain of the Promotional Frenzy Team!!!  If there is ever anything that I can do for any of you, please don't hesitate to convo me up!  We are all in this together and I will do my part to help you whenever I can!  Thank you for everything!!!  You all Rock!!!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Blessings and sadness

     Today we found our dog and today we lost her too.  After being taken to the vet, our beautiful third child had to be put to sleep.  The cancer that she once had removed had spread throughout her body and was killing her.  As sad as it is to not have her here, she is no longer in pain.  I am so grateful that she didn't die alone in the feild where she was found and that she wasn't some scavenger birds next meal.  She came home for a little while, ate a full meal, drank clean water, cuddled with Jacob, was adored and loved on by her family, and was able to just be home before she left us.  We love you Lady girl.  You will be dearly missed by all of us.  You truly were one of our family members!  Rest in peace little girl!  Run in doggie heaven and be painfree, energetic, young, and just be happy!!!  We loved you for eleven years and will continue to love you forever!!!   

God's miracle!

     A couple of days ago, our 11 year old German Shepard mix dog busted out of our gate during the night.  We aren't really sure how since the gate was locked but none the less she was outta here!  Oh, how we looked for our beloved Lady for two days.  We hung up signs, called all the shelters, asked every runner and dog walker we saw, questioned kids walking to school, and drove everywhere all over the neighborhood!  I never knew there were so many mail boxes in my life.  The mail lady earns her paycheck!  We were trying to be positive but as the hours passed on we knew her chances of surviving were getting slimmer and slimmer.  Our little Lady is getting old, she has arthritis that makes her limp, she losing weight because (as the vet said) she is getting older and loosing muscle mass, and since she's always been in a fence she was not going to know what to do with cars.  I prayed, my husband prayed, but we were beginning to wonder if she went off to die somewhere or if she had been hit by a car and was dieing or dead on the side of a road somewhere.  All I could picture was scavenger birds pecking at her dead body.  Still, we were trying to stay positive for our kids sake.
     Today, my husband got the phone call!  Our limping, arthritic, sick, aged baby was found about 4 miles away from our house!  Did you hear 4 miles???  Here is where the miracle comes in.  Also this morning, a 7 year old boy went missing in our area.  All of the police were out looking for him along with the sheriffs department.  One of the sheriffs heard that the little boy liked water and knew where there was a small "creek" nearby.  The sheriff drove down the dirt road, across the creek, and further down the creek.  She said she drove at least 2 miles down the road when she saw Lady laying partway in the partially dried out creek.  She really thought Lady was already dead because she never picked her head up when she head the truck coming or when she called her 6-7 times.  It wasn't until she walked up to her and saw that she was breathing that the Lady finally popped her head up.  The sheriff tossed her a dog bone and she still wouldn't get up.  The sheriff knew she was in trouble and wouldn't last much longer out there.  She had Internet access with her and searched Craigslist for lost dog ads.  Not finding one, she called the animal shelter to tell them to come and get her.  Well, remember when I  said that we called all the shelters?  We also left our phone numbers with them in the event that someone brought her in.  Our Little Lady is home!
     Why is that such an amazing thing?  Just another dog getting lost, right?  I believe there is more to this.  I have always firmly believed that all things happen for a reason.  Losing an missing Lady has made us all realise how much she is truly treasured and how much we blessed we are to have her as part of our family.  I also believe that little boy was missing for a reason.  Maybe it was to help us find our dog?  Maybe it was so his family could change something in their lives?  Thank God the little boy was found and is OK!  What a horrible time that family must have gone through waiting for the baby to come home too!  Had the sheriff not been looking for the boy, NO ONE would ever have found our Lady in such a secluded area!!!  Had that sheriff not been a person who loves animals, someone else may have just left a dieing dog alone to die.  Everything was not meant to be, it was instead planned.  All things do happen for a reason!  God did answer our prayers!
     While Lady is exhausted, she is still happy to be home.  When the woman opened the kennel Lady didn't want to stand and get out.  She was so, so, tired!  When Lady saw me and Jacob (my son) she perked her ears up, wagged her tail, and sort of tried to stand up.  She knew she was going home!  She's wobbly on all four legs, is folding one of her paws under when she walks, and has a knot on her side but she has perked up a with pain meds.  Poor baby ate two cans of dog food and drank a bowl and a half of water.  She is coughing a little and still doesn't have enough energy to stand but she is headed out to the vet in a couple hours and I am sure she will get all the care she needs and deserves after her couple nights on the town!  =+D
     Although I know the Sheriff will never read this, I have to say thank you to her on here.  She brought our baby home!!!  I was able to thank her by phone and to tell her how much happiness she brought us simply by her doing her job.  What a kind, wonderful, caring person she is and I wish her all the best!!!
     I will leave you with a picture of our son and Lady cherishing and loving each other!


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Something Smells in Denmark!

For some of my readers this is going to sound like an odd post today, but for others you will know exactly what I am so upset about.

I am so blessed to live in a country where democracy reigns free!!!  Laws, decisions, presidents, etc are all passed, made, and elected based on group votes and group input!!!  There are still a few in this country that are full of themselves and feel that they must command and dictate what others do and say!  I say when you cannot be happy with yourself, you must control others to make yourself happy!  AND when you cannot control your own life, you must control everything and everyone around you!  When a person like this rules the roost, discontent is bound to happen.  This is the case for me today!

As you can see, I have removed widgets and banners pertaining to the Promotional Frenzy Team.  What once used to be a fantastic team has now been reduced to a "dictatorship" where one commands the "little people" around her.  While, not all of my comments pertain to all of the leadership of the team, it does pertain to one.  The ONE who seems to believe she is always right.  Her controlling behavior has caused 6 active members of her team to leave.  She is either in denial that some of her team members are unhappy or she is delusional.  No one wants to confront her for fear of her nasty attitude and her backlash.  Proof of that can be seen in her team newsletter that was forwarded to all team members.  In the newsletter she discussed how shops were chatting outside of the team.  Comments were made by team members about her bad attitude and rude remarks.  She tried to defend herself and say that she doesn't make decisions alone.  The truth of the matter is that when confronted she recoils, becomes angry, and defensive.  How can anyone get through to an ego so inflated that they are NEVER wrong? 

A leader should care about their people.  A leader should put their wants aside for the bigger cause...the team.  I do not see that with this leader.  My suggestion to try a new kind of BNR was posted on a prominent thread for all to see, read, and discuss, and then promptly closed because she felt it was in the way.  When I posted another thread to show my disappointment in being removed from the main discussion area she started a tiraid of convo's.  I was scolded for "stirring up **it."  I don't know what planet she is from but where I come from I have always been able to speak my mind without permission!  If I don't like something I can, and will, say something....especially when I think the decisions that were made for the T E A M were flat out wrong!!!  For example, a couple months ago the decision was made to have BNR's every other week rather than every week because participation was down.  To replace that days activity, a "Temporary Treasury Tuesday" was established.  We were to create a treasury and everyone would comment and chat during that time in the treasury.  The idea was to bring exposure to our shops.  The theory was "Any exposure is good exposure."  So why then, if exposure was the top priority, would the leader decide to make new "rules and requirements" for the team that made us remove ourselves from other "conflicting" teams?????  We were told that if we wanted to be a part of the Promotional Frenzy Team that we could not be a part of other teams that used the same promoting tools as the PFT team used....such as Twitter, Facebook, Handmadology, Pinterest, Stumblupon, etc.  Are you freaking kidding me???  This dictator is now telling us who we can be involved with on Etsy!!!  What happened to any exposure is good exposure????  Something smells rotten in Denmark!!!

My intention was to leave the team today.  However, before I could leave she forwarded me a convo.  Here is the convo:

YOU are making assumptions.

I convo'd every single shop on this team that has been with us for awhile before making this decision. They all knew about this and all supported it. I wouldn't have made this decision without that.

I didn't just make a decision hastily or without support.

ALL my team leaders supported this and so did the majority of our team.

If you feel this way then LEAVE. you haven't been active at all with us and you pop up out of the blue to just cause problems. If you feel this strongly about it then move on.

The decision has been made, we aren't changing the decision. It wasn't just ME that made this decision so you don't be disillusioned about it.


The next convo to follow from her:

This is over and done with. I am going to contact Etsy for harassment if you continue. I see you are forwarding my PRIVATE convo's to others and accidentally forwarded it to me. So this will be very helpful in my contact to Etsy about what you are doing.

You weren't contacted by the way because you haven't been active.

You were just stirring shit up on purpose...

And clearly still are by forwarding my convos on to others, which is a violation of Etsy rules.

Truly I don't know if I can forward messages on Etsy

I am not the only one to leave the team because of this garbage that goes on.  I only hope that everyone else realises that there are thousands of teams on Etsy and my success will go on without her egotistic, inflated, dictatorship!  It's time to move on where my hard work, ideas, and contributions are appreciated and encouraged!!! 

To all of you looking for teams to join, beware that if it feels wrong, it is wrong!  Don't ever forget that there is no "I" in team but some people just don't know how to spell!!!!