In California with Kristi

After a week off to play catch up at work, plan Shanna’s wedding, and take our family photo, I’m back on the Workshop of a Lifetime road again! We’re in California this week; two demonstrators earned a Workshop of a Lifetime here.

We had Kristi Jensen’s workshop last night, and once again, I was reminded how much I enjoy people! While we all love great products and stamping and creativity, it’s really the people who are at the heart of what we do—Kristi’s guests were friendly and fun! It was delightful to chat with them and get to know them better.

And that goes for Kristi too! This is the second time that I’ve done a workshop with a demonstrator who has two adorable children and is pregnant with her third (Kristi is due in August). Kristi is in a transition stage; she’s built a great business in California, but her husband recently got a job in Utah (my neck of the woods!), and they will be moving up there this summer.

Kristi’s husband is actually already in Utah working. He does fly down some weekends, and this weekend he took an extra day off so he could be there for the workshop—I was touched by that show of support! The Jensens are building a home in Utah, so until it’s done, Kristi and the kids are living with her parents, who graciously let us invade their home for the evening.

This is the first workshop where Sterling has accompanied me instead of Sara. While I greeted guests and chatted with people before the workshop, he was in charge of the first Make & Take, and I was impressed! He did such a great job, I might even let him back into the stamp studio at home! (smile) And Kristi told me later that several of her guests commented on how much they enjoyed seeing him there, supporting me and talking about what Stampin’ Up! has meant in his life.

Everyone seemed to like the projects—we focused on Sale-A-Bration products, since we’re nearing the end of our most popular promotion. I was disappointed that we didn’t get a booking; my goal is to get at least two bookings from every workshop. But this is real life, and we don’t always get what we want (darn!). Hopefully we planted some seeds, though. . .  She did have a new customer who said, “When’s your next event? Sign me up!” —maybe she’ll decide to book an event herself.

More tomorrow about tonight's workshop!