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It's a Wrap!

4 years of being a whatchamcallit- a lead brand ambassador, an evangalist, a community leader. Done. I struggle with how to sum it all up but, after writing 601 blog posts for Fiskateers.com, traveling to at least 12 states (some many, many times), speaking at BlogHer, The National Restaurant Association and Brains on Fire's Fire Sessions about grassroots community movements, meeting thousands of Fiskateers and buying up more orange clothing than most people even knew existed, I think I sum it up best by saying, "Wheeeee! What a ride!"

To paraphrase a bit from my farewell post on the Fiskateers blog:

When I was chosen to become a lead brand ambassador for the Fiskateers.com community, Brains on Fire and Fiskars chose me for who I am, not, necessarily, for what or how I craft. That has made a big impression on me. I can't express enough how much I appreciate the Fiskateers and crafters at large who got my quirky sense of humor, my frenetic energy. Was every moment magical and drama-free? Of course not. There were one or two times where an individual Fiskateer (or 3) misinterpreted something I wrote as negative and I couldn't convince them otherwise which was disappointing for me but for a community of amost 10,000 people- I was overwhelmed by positive energy and happy people supporting one another. I know my personality isn't necessarily going to translate well for everyone (whose is?) so if you "got" me, I thank you for it more that you'll ever know.

And what did I take away from the experience? For each Fiskateer who has been brave enough to post a handmade creation in the gallery, I admire that you took that step. You allowed yourself to be judged, gave yourself the opportunity to share not only what you create but a little bit of yourself. You opened yourself up to making connections with people who share your passion. That is big. That is everything. You have taught me that, while I will always craft (ALWAYS), what moves me most is being a part of a community which shares a passion. I have learned to embrace my obsessions and to encourage others to nurture their enthusiasm for whatever it is they feel passionate about. You have all helped to teach me this. This is the path I intend to explore as I move forward as a Fiskateer Legend. I will seek to surround myself with passionate people and strive to inspire fun and enthusiasm in others.

So thank you, Fiskateers. Thank you Brains on Fire. Thank you Fiskars. You have changed my life in small but consistent ways these past 4 years. All these years when people have said, "WOW. What a COOL job you have," I've always answered, "Yes, I know. I'm so lucky. It's the best job EVER." And I am happy that, after 4 years, I can stand by that statement. And now? I'm ready to head out for new adventures. I want to continue to help people learn to embrace their passions, encourage people to have fun, be silly. Whether its crafting or some other venue, I'm ready. And I might even still wear orange every once in awhile.

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Reader Comments (11)

Congratulations on an amazing 4 years! You made such a positive impression on me when we met at The Makerie - Knowing that you'd found such a great job that was really perfect for who you are gives me hope for my own search. I can't wait to hear where you land next - no matter what, they'll be lucky to have you!

Congratulations as you jump off the orange platform and onto one just as wonderful or even better. You're vivaciousness is to be envied. (I know I do). The energy and ideas that you brought into our orange lives will be with us all for a long time. Best of luck to you in all your future craftiness. Rhonda

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRhonda (#5614)

Congratuluations on four wonderful years as a Fiskateer Lead!! Thank you for all the inspiration and encouragement you show to each of the Fiskateers! You will be missed as a lead however I still know where to find you online!!!! Keep creating!!

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDot

Congrats on 4 awesome years! I hope the new Leads can successfully following in your huge orange footsteps. (That didn't sound quite right.... dainty orange footprints?)

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCindy deRosier

Way to go! I love the whole Fiskateers thing. But one burning question remains.....what is your secret to wearing that shade of orange? Yes, this really is a serious question! May your next adventure be something even bigger and better!

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersa scrap

Ha! How do I wear orange? I just throw it on with a TON of tacky orange jewelry and a big smile = D

Thank you, everyone for the super nice comments! I feel like I'm graduating college and leaving the only sorority I've ever been in.

July 2, 2012 | Registered Commenter[Angela Daniels]

You can always be an alum!! Love all the organge!

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjean marmo

You look awesome in ORANGE and I THANK YOU for being such a wonderful Lead Fiskateer!!!

I am sad that your travels didn't include coming Down Under to meet us all in Australia, but seeing your videos and chats make it seem like we have met over and over again :)

Wishing you success and happiness for the future Angela!!!

July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracyM #6773

Without any drama or hoopla....THANKS.....Thanks for the laughs, the fun and the 4 years plus !

You should take some of that orangeness and make a quilt.....I dare say, it would be interesting !!


July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Casey

What a great post and an awesome way to sum up the last 4 years. To be yourself and have everyone love you for that alone is an accomplishment you should be proud of! Carry on & go forward knowing you did a great job!

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlouise #3903

Without any drama or hoopla....THANKS.....Thanks for the laughs, the fun and the 4 years plus !

October 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergurjeet

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