How I Found My Tribe
The date was November 6th, 2017. It was the day before Stampin' Up!®'s annual convention in Sale Lake City. OnStage Live is a 3 day event, full of product sneak peeks, demonstrations, and hands-on crafting. Since it was hosted in SLC, you had the option of going to nearby Riverton to tour the Stampin' Up!® home office. I'd signed up for it and was about to meet the Fun n' Crafty Team for the first time.
Now, if you've ever been approached to join a Direct Sales or Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) company before, you know you're going to be part of someone's "team". This is one of the ways you make a successful business. Stampin' Up!® does things a little differently from most MLM companies, as you don't have to make a business out of it to enjoy demonstrator benefits. If you want more information about how in the heck that works, click here.
Now, I found my upline through her website. I had never met her, and seeing that she lived in Texas while I live in Southern California, it wasn't happening any time soon. The rest of our extended group is based primarily in Washington State but is sprinkled across the country. So OnStage afforded me the opportunity to actually meet them outside of our Facebook Group.
Team vs. Tribe
Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life." -Amy Poehler
Once I met up with the group, I felt an instant camaraderie. However, I was staying with family 40 minutes south of the city (and their hotel) so I missed out on any real bonding time outside of convention hours. During the year between then and now, I began my team, The Hip To Be Squared Stampers. Recruiting wasn't a goal of mine at the time, but I quickly learned that sharing the opportunity felt natural in certain circumstances. For instance, when I had a customer ordering enough monthly to meet her minimums herself, a textbook Hobby Demonstrator.
What I realized in Orlando was that I was creating a team instead of a tribe. Crafting is all about bringing beauty to people, surrounding yourself with creativity and color. Growing my business, I want to be sure that I craft a tribe as I move forward.
Semantics or Something More?
When you find people who not only tolerate your quirks but celebrate them with glad cries of 'me, too!' be sure to cherish them. Because those weirdos are your tribe." -Nanea Hoffman
When I had the opportunity to spend time with The Fun n' Crafty Stampers, it became clear to me that, terminology aside, this was indeed a tribe. There were plenty of differences between us, but we were bonded. And as most of you know, to have a group of 13 women get along for 3 days (let alone 3 hours) is no small feat.
This bond is what I was missing from The Hip To Be Squared Stampers. And I know that moving forward, I will be changing the way I operate. After all, there's nothing better in this world than finding your tribe.
In closing, I just want to give a shout-out to all my Fun n' Crafty peeps. You ladies made this a trip to remember, and at the risk of sounding sappy, I know we've made bonds that go beyond stamping.
Head on down to the comments and let me know the moment you found your tribe. And, if you're still looking, let me know what you're searching for.