Today is the second morning after the news we received Thursday night during FSJ’s monthly web meeting. So much to take in. So much to think over. And so many emotions from not only myself but also those I have come to admire and call friends. Let me start from the beginning…
Thursday evening instead of our usual meeting, our CEO, Greg Tipscord led the meeting with some shocking news to many. FSJ will NO longer be a Direct Sales Marketing Company effective 1 November 2018, but will convert to a Hybrid Retail model. The company has partnered with Spellbinders (who shares the same investor group RAF) and will soon have a combined online site etc. I am still processing some of the information, and do not wish to put out inaccurate news, so I am not revealing everything until I fully understand my stance on this current situation.
What I can say is that effective 1 November 2018, my shop links WILL NO LONGER be live. Effective 1 November 2018, the current catalog we have will STILL be active, with some changes. The printed copy will be used still, yet there will be information in it that is no longer current (Such as Bloom Benefits, Bloom Box, Start Up Kits, etc).
However, on a happier note, effective 1 November 2018, I will have creative freedom to combine and promote ANY product other than FSJ, as my contract with them will no longer be valid. I joined FSJ before the company launched officially in 2014, and have watched it grow and seen many changes, as most companies experience. Some I’ve liked and others not so much. Just like with other companies, you adapt as needed to move forward. I was considered a Founding Coach, and have loved my time with FSJ, and hoped to see the company go further. Now I have a huge decision weighing on my shoulders as where do I go from here. I do know I will always create, and in a lot of ways, I am looking forward to the new freedom in front of me. I LOVE FSJ products! I truly do, however I also enjoy crafting with other brands etc. ( I believe many of us are that way too)
On this note, the next few weeks, I may not be blogging as I had hoped. I have a lot to sort through, as well as redesign some company branding images. I am proud to have been (And still am as of this posting) a Fun Stampers Journey Independent Coach. I am honored to have been part of this awesome company. Tonight I will leave it in God’s hands and see where my path takes me. Who knows, now may be my time to venture out on my own and make a name for myself. 🙂
Thanks for being understanding as I go through some changes in my crafting life- and too think the seasons just changed too- from summer to fall/autumn. Seasons not only change, but we do too. As well as so much around us. It helps us grow; if we let it.
Have a great weekend, and I will be back next week with an update of what is going on.
Hugs and Blessings,
It’s not just ink on paper; it’s the passion too!