Monday, July 09, 2007

Do you know what's funny?

People make so many assumptions about others without knowing them. They don't know their life story, who they are as a person or pretty much ANYTHING about them, yet they make a judgement call. Me? I'm guilty of the same thing sometimes. I read what the press says and I make a judgement call. I really try to live by the motto of my good friend Laura. She always said "no judging" whenever topics turned to gossip and you know what? She's right. People are people first. Treat them as such.

It's funny because I've received a few e-mails on why I decided to walk away from Gin-X or people will send me links to threads here or there. I avoid all talk because it's speculation and usually it involves some sort of unrelated personal attack on me and quite frankly - I don't need that shit. But, here's the deal. There are so many factors as to why I left and those close to me know the story. I'll give you the basic 411 - I needed stability and benefits for my family and honestly - I was sick and tired of some of the BS that goes on in the industry. There, I said it. Feels good to put that out there. What's interesting is that scrapbooking is a business, but you'll find that in this industry, that is not always the case. Fortunately, I always tried to surround myself with genuine people and I think I did a pretty good job of that. I am a no BS kind of girl and those who know me know that's my motto. If you have something to say - say it to me. If you need a favor, ask. It's that plain and simple. There are a few bad eggs out there - figure out who they are and avoid them.

On a positive note, I've made a lot of great friends through my three years in product design. Good friends that I still keep in touch with and plan to see at various trade shows, etc. Good friends that I met through managing a store (even if it was just briefly) that I adore dearly and who stand by me and encourage me every day. I wouldn't trade that or my experience at IP. It's all a part of life and sometimes when you get what you want, you realize that it's not everything you thought it would be. I think that's what it boiled down to for me. In the end, I just didn't want to play the game anymore.

So - I'm happy now. I'm back in a corporate environment, I have stability and benefits and I love what I do. I sit at a desk in a cubicle and I punch a time card again. (Ok - so not literally but it's a pretty straightforward 8-5)

Hopefully my post does not get turned around into something it's not. Don't try to read more into it than there is. Man - I hate days when I have to attach a caveat to something I say but there it is.

Oh - and for my PSA of the day here it is. Support your scrapbook stores whether it be online or brick and mortar. They're the foundation of this industry and without them, there won't be an industry. I don't want to go back to using whatever I can find at an office supply store.


Trish said...

I just love you, Ginger. Well said. So glad you're happy and moving on! You seem at a really good and healthy place, and I'm proud of you!

Angie said...

Sounds like the main reason I'm closing my online store... Industry BS.

So, good for you for standing up for what's right for you and your family. Onward and upward!

Corey W. said...

I'm sorry you're getting all this bad crap that you don't need. People need to understand that family comes first...I say pat yourself on the back for doing what's right for you and yours! said...

good for you! people that dish crap have nothing better to do. I wish you well.
is Gin-X ending also? I thought you had said that you would continue to design? maybe just wishful thinking. I have been hooked on your stuff since I first discovered the "Say Anything" line. Love John C and love that movie. If Gin-X is no more it will be sorely missed by me.

Georgia said...

Good for you for realizing what was/is important. I hope you enjoy and do well in your new job.

Laura Achilles said...

I'm sorry you're still dealing with so much flake Ginger. Even if it was for a short time I lived one of my dreams and I have you to thank. I'll always be grateful to you for giving me the opportunity.

Laura Achilles said...

BTW.....I think flake should be!

tesstrue... said...

Ginger, two words: you rock. End of comment.

Tina said...

ok- here's my thought on this whole personal attacking of others that you don't even know. SHUT THE FUCK UP- GET A LIFE- FIND A HOBBY, DO SOMETHING TO OCCUPY THOSE NARROW LITTLE MINDS OF YOURS. I have known Ginger for at least 5 years, we are very good friends, so for those of you who continue to attack her and judge her, why don't you try to get to know her then make your judgement? Or better yet- how about growing up and not judging at all?? How about trying that out first??

(this is not directed towards anyone who has posted on her blog and said nice, sweet, kind things-
You all rock, and make Ginger totally happy)

I couldn't keep my thoughts in any longer, it has gone on too long.
The older I get, the more I live through, and the more I see and hear the more I know that everyone has a story of their own, we all have reasons as to why we are the way we are. So, as the saying goes..."Live and Let Live"

I love ya Ginger-

cheryl mezzetti said...

you are one classy lady.
I hope someday i will have the opportunity to shake your hand.