Thursday, April 16, 2009

Farwell to Stampin' Up...but not MY demos!

I am soooo sorry for not posting yesterday. I needed to give myself 24 hours to think before I could write. I almost always just blurt things out without thinking and that gets me in heaps of trouble!!! :) Because of the sensitive nature of this post, I wanted to gather my thoughts first. Yesterday was one of the hardest days of my entire life- and I have had a few. We all knew that layoffs were coming. We had been told almost 30 days prior- but nothing can ultimately prepare you for it. I had seen and overheard a few things at the office that led me to believe I would be leaving. I felt prepared....until they called me in. They were generous in their severance for me. I respected that. I came out of the room and all my team mates were crying for me. I never felt closer to each of them. I cannot even begin to describe how much I will miss each of them. And I won't be able to pull myself together and finish this if I do. I walked into a conference room, called Teresa (my wife) on the phone and I sobbed like a baby for 10 straight minutes- I have rarely in my life experienced such pain and anguish coupled with a wee bit of anger :) I felt like I had failed my family. But I got it out and that was that; no looking back. I have been asked a lot if I feel like things could have been handled differently? Sure I do. However I do also understand that it was a difficult day and there really wasn't a good way of doing any of it. I hope SU does not have to go through this ever again. I wish much success to the company. I have a few other things I want to say:
First of all let me say, I LOVE every SU! demonstrator I have ever had the privilege to meet. I have formed friendships that I know I will have for the rest of my life. I have loved being able to talk to so many demonstrators at events and they just make being away from home so much easier because I always feel like I am with family. Makes it a little easier to be away from my little chickens (kids). My heart was truly warmed today when I literally received hundreds of calls, emails, blog entries, posts, and texts from demonstrators. I have felt your prayers all day today as I have struggled to make sense of all of this. So keep those prayers coming! I need every one of them :)
I LOVE Stampin' Up!, as a company. I strongly believe in it and what it stands for. Shelli Gardner created an incredible company and in doing so created many lasting memories for me. I respect her enormously. She has always treated me with the utmost respect and kindness. Once I even sat next to her on an airplane (I know, how jealous are you?) and talked her ear off (imagine that- me? Talking an ear off?) and she didn't even complain one time! Wow! Shelli loves every single employee and more importantly, every single demonstrator.
I LOVE the people I have worked with for the past 5 years. What incredibly talented people. I am sad for every single person laid off-very talented, dedicated people. I would love to say I understand why it had to be this way- but I do not and may not; not yet anyway. But what's done is done.
I LOVED picking the kids up from school yesterday for the first time ever. Malorie said "So did they give your job away?" I said "no but they did send me on an extended vacation." She was ecstatic! I looked in the rear view mirror and saw all three kids lined up across the back seat laughing and playing, put my sunglasses on and cried the rest of the way home with a giant smile on my face. Man I love those three rotten little things!!! :) I picked them up again today and loved it again. But also said " Don't get too used to it. Daddy loves it but Daddy needs a job! " :)
I will keep finding inspiration in little things, and finding ways of staying in touch so we can continue to bless each other's lives. And if you need somone to clean your stamp room- I am your guy! (mostly cause I am unemployed-ish) I hope our paths cross many more times throughout our lives and God willing, I know they will.

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Dani said...

I admire that you have nothing but positive things to say about Stampin' Up! and I pray that things get better for the company so that they can bring you and the others back shortly!! God Bless and many prayers heading your way and to all the others as well.

Shannon said...

My stamp room is clean--but I have 2 toilets! (Thank you for teaching me to deal w/all of this w/a sense of humor!)

You already know everything that I think so I don't need to write it. :(

p.s. wish i had a dollar for everytime I got asked today "is he ok?" so i just said, "who? oh you mean my 8-hour-a-day comedy show?"

and then i got jealous of the person you sit next to at your next job! Booooooo!

heather stevens said...

Jaron,
How awesome it is to hear your positive outlook! Your littles are lucky to have a daddy who loves them and thinks of them centrally in a time like this! Our prayers are with you!

Jeannette Swain said...

Well done Jaron. What a positive outlook and classy farewell. We will truly miss you, your ideas and especially your humor.

If you're ever in Virginia, I can always use help with my stamp room! How entertaining would that be!?! LOL

I've been in your shoes and can tell you that it was the best time of my life being between jobs. While looking, I found SU and started my businesses. Most importantly, I spent lots of time with my family that I treasure to this day. Enjoy it as long as you can.

Best to you always. You ROCK!

Deb Mueller said...

God bless you! I appreciate your beautiful heart and God has you and your family in his hands.....there is a silver lining, you just need to get thru the rain.....

Much Love to you and yours..
Deb

Rachel said...

I cried with you and I don't even know you - luckily its raining here in the UK (how unusual) so it hides them better. Wishing you well on your life journey and I am sure someone with your attitude will soon be back in the land of the employed.

Good Luck

Rachel

Terry Molineux said...

Jaron...I am sooooooo sorry this happened to you and you are the most upstanding person to not even have one single negative thing to say about SU even though they let you go and for that I have the upmost respect for you. You are a very talented and loving person and I know GOD has something better in store for you. I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason. Maybe your family needed you at this point in your life..

I will miss seeing you at convention! Hearing your jokes and your entertainment...but most of all I WISH YOU THE BEST IN ALL YOU DO!!

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Good Luck!!

KathyC said...

Jaron,
You are going to be the one I miss the most at regionals. You always presented great ideas with great humor. Keep your chin up--great things are sure to come your way!

kscstamper said...

What a class act -- and how wonderful that your great family is there to support you. We will miss you and that's why I've chosen to look at every sale I make right now as my little way of helping to bring some of you layed off folks back to SU. I hope it's just temporary and thanks for being so positive. You have taught us all so much and each time I write in my creative inspiration journal I will think of you. And don't get me started on Coke cans -- can't look at those the same anymore at all. Enjou your wife, enjoy your kids -- and find a great job, but not too great so you can come back to SU one day!! Catherine Harwood

Sue said...

You will be SO missed at regionals and convention! You were by far my favorite presenter. I just saw you in Mpls. I have no doubt you will land on your feet! You're so creative and just downright funny,while you're betwwen things, have fun with your adorable kids--you know they're gonna LOVE this time with their dad!Keep us informed with what's going on! Good luck!

Terri E. said...

What a class act you are! I personally think you, Linda and Kristina should start your own "training" company and hold little mini camps all over the counry. People would pay to go to such a fabulous event. You could use SU products or anything else you wanted.

It would be grand and I would definately pay to go! Others who aren't as famous as you have charged up to $125 per person for a 4 hour class.

Just a thought!

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Noelle said...

Wishing you nothing but the BEST. You were a WONDERFUL ASSET to SU! I have been to SU! events with and without you being there and definitly prefer them with you! This decision seems to puzzle everyone. Even tho being without a current job is stressful, enjoy this time with your children, it is a gift.

Janine said...

Jaron, we will all miss you at convention. Your humor, talent and style were a thrill for so many. And I can see that you still have that.

Last year, my husband was laid off from his teaching job and we spent two months wondering and worrying about whether he would be able to get it back. It was a bad time for us, but he was able to get his job back before the end of the summer. The one thing I learned from it is that if you have your family and friends around you and God as your stronghold, NOTHING else matters. I pray that things turn around for you rapidly and that you will find a new job that you love very soon.

Stampin' With Angie said...

WOW! I'm crying again and it's a huge flood of emotions! I'm heartbroken that I don't get to have my annual "picture with Jaron" at Convention (and all other SU! events), I'm filled with happiness that you get to spend this time with your little munchkins, I'm hopeful that we'll see you again! As others have said...You're a class act and we love you!

I have a stamp room that is in MAJOR need of organization...are you headed to North Georgia any time soon? ;o)

Thank you for everything you've done for SU! as a company, for us demonstrators and just for being the absolutely wonderful person you are! We've all been touched in a positive way by you entering into our lives and you will be missed tremendously!

God bless you and your family...prayers being sent up that this will be over very soon!

Barbara said...

You KNOW that when one door closes, another one openss. You are so creative, classy, and have so much talent to offer, how can it not? Although it's a scary prospect being unemployed, you will do well in whatever finds you! You have become family to so many of us demonstrators....we may not have met you personally, or you us, but you are loved. There's lots of people praying for you....so, be sure to watch for that open door! And please keep in touch....you will be missed so much more than you know!

Gail Kirby said...

Jaron, we are all so sad here in Australia too :-( Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We all loved you at our Melbourne regionals in 2007 - Cool Carrib-be-an or Cool Carrib-ee-an??!! LOL! That still makes me smile! I just hope and pray that things start picking up again and soon! Enjoy your time off with your beautiful family and I am sure something new and wonderful will be just around the corner for you!

Take care

Gail in Melbourne

Phyllis said...

Thank you for all you have shared with us and continue to share with us. I have some new downline coming to convention and am sorry they won't have an opportunity to see and meet you. I always look forward to your presentations and sense of humor. And your sense of humor is priceless! We are all behind you and know that you'll find success in whatever you do!

Much love, fondness and admiration,

Phyllis Johnson

Connie said...

Jaron...thanks so much for posting. I know it is incredibly hard...I've been in your shoes. The only thing I can say is that there is a reason and doors to other opportunities will open. I found Stampin' Up! after I was laid off...you'll find something wonderful, too. You are SO wonderfully talented and I absolutely LOVE your sense of humor. I was sitting in the room the very FIRST time you presented at Convention and remember how nervous you were! You did great! Thanks for all the great memories...you will be missed. Enjoy those kiddos!

Hey...you should consider taking your "show" on the road! I bet you would "fill the house"! Creating with Jaron classes! I'd be there!

Angela Sargeant said...

Jaron,

I was so looking forward to seeing you again in Australia for our Convention in May. You will be very very missed. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for visiting us in Australia and giving us Aussies the chance to meet you and learn from you.

Annette said...

You are a man of honor. You have come out of this difficult time with your head held high - I respect you for that. I had the pleasure of chatting with you at a few SU events in the past and always LOVED your presentations and performances. You have inspired and encouraged me through my years with SU. Thank you Thank you. I know that God has closed this door for you but as He does He is opening another.
Enjoy the time you are spending with your family now. I am sure you are an amazing dad/husband and your family is Blessed to have you.

Wishing you all the best. Your Journey has just begun!
Prayers and good wishes to you!
Annette

stampmiser said...

Oh my stamp room SO needs cleaning! What is your travel fee for coming to WI?? Hope you land on your feet, and dancing, through this tough time. Sounds like you have your priorities straight and a good attitude. My prayers go with you & your family!

Debbie said...

Jaron -
Wow, words just don't seem to say what we are all feeling. I thank you for sharing your creativity, your sense of humor, and you heart with all of us. You may have lost your job, but we lost you. If you decide to take your show on the road, as has been suggested, please be sure I will be there if you get back to Wisconsin (ok, not in the winter!). While you are looking for that next step along life's journey, my stamproom could keep you busy for at least a month. LOL
Enjoy your family during this time. You will be creating memories that are priceless!
Please keep this blog going, so that we can see where the Lord is taking you.
Debbie

Basement Stamper said...

I am no longer a demonstrator but when I was, I always enjoyed your presentations, guidance and information you shared. You are uber talented and won't have a problem another open door.

Best of luck to you!

Beth said...

Jaron - you will be missed - I can't even imagine any event without you there. I always enjoyed talking to you, making sure to get my "Jaron Fix" with a new picture at each event. I am the one who gave you the Hard Rock Bears...

I wish you the best in all you do - I'll be getting laid off on June 30th - so I know what you are going thru. You have a great deal of talent and will go far.

Best Wishes Jaron to you and your family.

Tracey Stinger said...

I have a 6yr old daughter whose favorite movie right now is Mama Mia and everytime she turns on the sing a long version of her movie (which is always) I think about your story at the San Antonio Regionals of you going to the sing a long version of that movie and wish that my little one could have been right along side you singing along, so she could know such an amazing,and inspirational person. You and your family are definetly in our thoughts and prayers. Your friend Tracey:D

Karen Haden said...

Jaron, ever since I had the pleasure of hearing you speak at an event several years ago, I have felt that you were like family. I always looked forward to seeing you at those events and it won't be the same with you not there. Please know that you are in my prayers -- I know as this door is closing God is opening a window for you! Blessings -- Karen Haden, Indiana

Terri Mongeon said...

Hello Dear Friend -

Well written. I know it was so hard. You know I love ya, and I am so blessed that I got to work with you last year and get to know you better. You, Lori and Linda were SU to me...and it sure is a tough pill to swallow that you won't be there anymore. I hope this is a temporary situation, and I prey things turn around soon so that we might welcome you back. In the mean time, if I can help you in any way at all, please give a shout.
Enjoy spending time with the kids and Teresa. God has a plan for us all, and he has something AMAZING in store for you. Your talents will NOT go to waste. There is something HUGE on the horizon. I just can't help but feeling that it's our loss...and we miss you so much already.
Thank you for being you, and for being my friend.
Love you!

saucersrus said...

I am in shock reading your blog today. You are one of the faces of the company. My downline and I crowd around the computer to watch your training videos and were so completely excited to meet you in Orlando this winter!! We talk about you like you are actually part of our extended family.

We have you in our thoughts and prayers. I'm impressed with your positive attitude and know something good will come of this eventually.

Amy Saucer

Anonymous said...

Your amazing!
Your blog entry is truly you and YOUR are amazing. Your so elegant and yet funny with your words at the same time. I truly believe that you cared for each and every demonstrator. I am so sad to see you leave Stampin' Up! I will miss you so much. You made me laugh at every event. More so YOU inpired me to create I hope you will continue to do so! God Bless!
Keep posting are you projects!

stampingdiana said...

Hi Jaron-
Today was sad day for me. The shock of the lay offs has hit and I am realizing how much I will miss you. You have inspired me so much. I have recreated almost EVERY product you demo'd. How about the CD NOEL or FALL loved it. You are a amazing person and I know better things are in store for you. Please keep sharing with us your projects and thoughts. I know I am a truly better person for knowing you! I will miss you so much! Keep stamping! God Bless you and your wonderful family!

Thinking of you-stampingdiana

Wendybell said...

Sometimes kids can really put it all in perspective, can't they?? Your contribution to SU was ENORMOUS (as was the contribution of so many others who were laid off this week). You are greatly loved by all of us, and you will be greatly missed! Since I live just across town there is the possibility that we WILL run into one another (here's hopin'!) One of my FAVE pix from Convention a couple of years ago is you with me and my friends at the PJ Party . . . good times!! You continue to inspire us with your positive outlook and the fact that you can still maintain your sense of humor. Both attributes will take you far as you find somewhere else to shine . . . BIG hugs and many prayers from all of us!! (And you can come visit my stamp room ANY time, although I have to admit that it stays cleaner than ANY of the other rooms in my house . . . gotta have room to CREATE!!)

- Wendy Weixler

Debbie Olsakovsky said...

Jaron, wherever you go, and whatever you do, please know you have touched my life and THAT is an accomplishment. It doesn't make anything better or cap off your life, but I hope it comforts you while you wait for the next phase to start. Personally, in doing your job, you gave me a confirmation that I'm in the right place with SU and the business of creativity. Go with God. - Debbie Olsakovsky, Charlotte, NC

Cyndee Rust said...

Jaron,

You have been such a joy to have around for so many years now that I am now kind of glad that I cannot attend convention this year...I would just simply miss you too much to bear!

I think you should take the Jaron Winder Show on the road and travel the country, organizing stamp rooms, training demonstrators, speaking at group meetings, and enjoying the country. Get a RV, pack up the family, homeschool the kids, love on your wife, and let all of us have the pleasure of hosting you and your family in our cities! I know Austin would love to have you!!!

Thank you for all the love, laughter, and music of live you have brought to the thousands of us who have had the honor or being your friends and audience. You are loved and will be missed at SU...but hopefully not in our lives.

Many blessings,

Cyndee.

Learn to Stamp and Scrap with Lynn said...

Jaron,

I was so shocked at the news yesterday. I was saddened and felt like I was walking around in a dark cloud.

When reading your blog this morning, I was crying right along with you. This is such a sad time for so many people. Being let go by a company is so hard and a pretty depressing experience. I do honestly feel that things happen for a reason and that you have someplace that you are needed more at the moment. You just need to find that right place and work your magic there.

You are such a happy, uplifting person. Keep that going through the tough times. Just like you did when you were crying with the kids in the car but had a smile on your face. keep smiling and moving forward. This was definitely not something personal against you, it was a tough decision to cut some positions during tough economic times. YOU have been fabulous at your job and could not have done anything differently.

You will be missed by so many people. I, personally, have a stamp room that could definitely use some help up here in Vermont. If you are up for a road trip, you can come up and visit. There is a large group of demonstrators in the northeast that would probably love to attend a huge BBQ with you as the guest of honor!

Lynn Larson
www.learntostampandscrap.com

Anonymous said...

Way to Go Jared!! Thanks for not SU bashing in your most difficult time. My husband and I have survived his company downsizing and I trust The Lord that your family will come out stronger for being proofed in the fire.

Just remember who is in that driver's seat with you. Jesus our Lord and Savior.

Best Wishes and May God's love carry you on your journey.

A Big thanks for all you have done to help Demonstrators like myself. I will think of you when I recreate some of your great projects.

Trish B in KY

Kim Lee said...

Hi Jaron

You will be missed at all the events! You are the reason I travelled from Vancouver, BC to Portland to see you present to us. I just found a picture that was taken of you with some other Demos in Portland. Hope you can check it out:

www.kimspapercandycreations.blogspot.com

Where ever your path takes you next, you will achieve great success.

Kim Lee

Katherine Allen said...

Jaron - even in the midst of all this you are able to make me smile. Amazing. That's what I will miss about you - how you can always, always make me laugh and smile at every event and every presentation. As I said on Linda's blog, I just don't understand how Convention will exist without you, Lori, and Linda. It just doesn't seem possible and I know Convention, Regionals, and Leadership will never be the same without you guys. You will be sorely missed. And as Terri said, perhaps someday soon, you will be back. But if not, you will be doing something amazing - I know it! I will miss you - good luck to you and your beautiful family.

Jon/Heather said...

Jaron - My heart breaks for you and your family... thank goodness for kids to pull you through the tough times... God has a really good plan for you... you are so talented and have an amazing way of motivating people and inspiring them... Anytime you want to come to Missouri we'd love to have you present at our downline meetings! We pay well and always provide great food! We'd love to have the whole family! If it sounds interesting, email me! musthavestamps@hotmail.com Again, I know God will take care of you... he is always giving us exactly what we need - we just may not recognize it! Hang in there! Heather Deshayes

Tiffany Bauer said...

Jaron-I am sitting here just crying for you and the others!! I do want you to know that you have touched my life and so many others and THANK YOU for that!!! You will me missed big time but I am sure you will be right back on top in no time and we can't wait to hear all about it!!! We all LOVE you so much!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jaron. You do not know me. I am a SU Demo and have met you and had the pleasure of watching you demonstrate at many SU events. I just read your post and cried. I also wanted to tell you that a year ago my husband and I were in a very similar situation and it was very difficult to understand at the time. However, just one year later, we are back on track and actually look back on that "vacation time" together as one of the happiest times of our 16 year marriage. Sure, it was scary, but at the same time very exciting to start something new and to see what lied ahead. When else, in the middle of your career, can you take a few months off to spend time with your family 24/7 -- not until you retire -- and you are a LONG way away from that! ENJOY this time together. ENJOY picking your kids up from school. This is just one experience in life that will make you an even better person than you already seem to be.

stampsany1 said...

Jaron:

I am still shocked & stunned. I am not sure I will ever understand this decision. I know each & every SU! employee is loved & cherished & I so appreciate that. But, you?!? C'mon! They have to know you are the *BEST* presenter/idea man/most fun/funniest/inspirational/get-us-pumped guy they had. I can't even tell you how much you will be missed. Not sure I can bear Convention this year, honestly. I have only missed one in 10 years & it was b/c I had just had my 2nd son.

You are so talented & gifted in many ways. I know you have much success in your future. Until that next adventure arrives, enjoy the extra time with your beautiful wife & children. (Hey, how about you guys do a reality show!?!? I bet Jon & Kate couldn't hold a candle to you guys! Then, there's always the family modeling jobs. Options galore!!!!)

Much love & best wishes,
Dawn Billings (22952)

Sabrina said...

Of course you put on your sunglasses...ALL rock stars wear sunglasses! :) You are awesome and have a great outlook. I'm thinking the Jaron Winder line of stamps should be in stores soon? Know that you are adored by many and have left your mark in the demo world. Enjoy those crazy chickens of yours and best wishes!

Sabrina Beinlich

Julie R. said...

I had the opportunity to meet you only once at my one and only SU regional a couple of years back. Overall, I wasn't impressed by the regional. The one thing that I remember was seeing your presentation - it was incredible, funny, creative, entertaining, and the one thing that I remember the most about the whole experience. While I have forgotten many of the other bits of information from that day, your presentation shines brightly. You are an incredibly talented person, and from what I've read about you from others who have been around you so many more times, you're also an incredible person. I feel blessed and honored to have had the opportunity to see your work and to meet you. I wish the very best of luck to you in your new endeavors. With your personality and talent, I can't see you not doing well in whatever opportunities that present themselves.
Julie R.

Rubbertastamper (Roberta) said...

Having a Jaron-fix is a must at convention!!!!!! Someone must be snorting the embossing powder to consider losing you good for the company.
This makes me extra mad when I see demos shilling for so many other stamp companies on their blogs.Maybe this will be eye-opening.
I'm so sorry and I wish you and your family the best.I'm sure God has a window waiting to open for you!
-Roberta, SU! demo on Long Island

Roberta said...

Jaron,
As always, you are a class act. Thanks for letting us know your feelings in such a perfect way.
Your classes were always my favorite at convention. I just loved hearing all you had to say. I will miss you terribly.
That being said, I know you will be on to better things. Every bad thing has good things hiding behind it and I know you will find them!
You really should consider turning your blog into a money maker. There are many of us who seriously would pay to get class planners from OUR Jaron! I also would pay to hear you speak at an event in Missouri. I think I speak for many when I say that. Use what you have done at SU to build something of your own...you are a rock star!!!

Dina Anker said...

24 hours to think is the best. I'm a "wear my feeling on my sleeve" kind of girl and know I need that kind of processing before I speak but I don't.

I hope to see you guys in SLC no matter what. I'm certain you can still register as a demo some come hang with us!!!!

I had a 3 minute, just before taking a hotel reservation where I thought...maybe I shouldn't go, then booked my hotel and I'm going to be in SLC in Aug.

Thank goodness for my busy and distracted day at work. Stress makes me work much better and I got alot done.

Now that stamp room thing. I have this total IKEA thing happening, in our spare room.....................

Marion Dornan said...

Does cleaning the stamp room involve organizing it? I'm in desperate need of organization. It looks pretty, but that's on a good day and everything is STUFFED into the cabinets.
I will miss you at convention, I think you and your family are simply adorable.
Be sure to let us know when you are headed our way, we'd love to meet up with you, right girls?
You are a very talented person and I look forward to seeing where God takes you.
Thank you for being who you are.

RhondaG -the stampin' bunny said...

We'll miss you SO much!!

I was way more unhappy than a 3-year demo in Oklahoma that has only enjoyed seeing you at two conventions and a regional should have been. :)

With your wonderful fun attitude, I know you'll rock in your next endeavor too! (Thanks for posting.)

Linda said...

Jaron, I will miss you at Stampin' UP! events! You truly made an impression on my at my first Convention four years ago! I always looked forward to your inspiration on stage! I know you will continue to inspire those that are around you!

I know it is hard now with all the emotions of being through this layoff...I've been layed off twice and it doesn't get any easier. I have to tell you, I found solace in being an SU Demonstrator! ;)

My thoughts are with you and your family during this time.

Linda

Joan Lowder said...

Oh my gosh what a shock. Jaron you were always so inspiring and one of the main reasons I enjoyed going to convention or leadership. I would never miss anything you had to say. I just wrote to SU to let them know the same and that I would not be there for convention this year.

Your kids must be so thrilled to have you home. I know you are just a great and funny dad. I loved all your stories and I think I might have a job for you. I wish you the best of wishes. Joan Lowder, Winston Salem, NC

Dawn said...

Jaron you were by far the best thing about SU events during your time there - I know all of us will really feel bad at convention this year if you're not there. Good luck and I'm sure your talents will not go unrecognized! Your post today was good to read and it's great that you can spend time with your family too! WE will miss you!

Kelly Taylor said...

You are truly amazing, Jaron! Man, we are going to miss you!!! You are the best of the best! I know you will be fine...take some time and love that gorgeous wife and those beautiful kiddos! We will just have to come to your blog to get our "Jaron-fix"! Just know that you will be missed terribly!

Oh, and my stamp room ALWAYS needs cleaned...I want and 8-hour a day comedy show!!! Come on to Virginia!

Sunstamper said...

I have to dito Jeanette Swain's comments. This time out of work with your family may be some of your most precious days. My husband was laid off eight years ago. It brought our whole family closer. We all shared in the concern but knew somehow we would be ok. That's the peace that passes all understanding! The world would say you had better be angy, worried,... but God says just the opposite.
My prayer for you and your family and all the SU people laid off is that you experience that peace the world can't understand and an excitement to see what God has next in store for you. I bet it is something awesome!
I have been blessed by your presentations at convention last year. First year as demo, first year at convention. You will be missed.

InspiredByInk said...

JARON!! I am SO HAPPY YOU ARE UNEMPLOYED because have I got a STamp room for YOU!! You can design it however you wish!

WE are going to be turning my garage into my stamp room (or so I've been told for the last year and a half!hehe).

That would be SO awesome if you could come out here to Indiana (midwest) and design it for me! I have no clue how to do it and my hubby keeps asking me how i want it to look.

I don't know. I know I want awesome storage and lots of light. I think I'd like one of my walls to be rose red, regal rose, celery and chocolate chip. Can you say indecision?!

Keep me updated and if you get REALLY hard up, then I'd be happy to send a gas card your way and welcome you with open arms and FRESH sweet corn (depending on when you arrive)!

Hugs to you!

Bobbie *Ü*

Cefalo Family said...

Hey stallion. I didn't get to say goodbye mostly because it was too hard too. You will be missed and I know that somehow it will be ok. I'm adding you to my blog list so hopefully I can keep in touch with you and your family. Take care and happy trails to you.

Andra Cefalo
andralynncefalo.blogspot.com

Rochelle said...

You are FAB Jaron! We will miss you so much. All of you are in my prayers. We are so bummed but I know everything happens for a reason and God has a plan for you! Take care and keep in touch through your blog..can't wait to see what the future holds for you.

Sue said...

Thank you so much for posting, it is good to hear you are hanging in there. Enjoy those little ones as much as you can. You will truely be missed by everyone! Last year was my first convention and you presentations were definetly a highlight! My thoughts are with you in this difficult time. Hang in there and best of luck to you. Sue from TX

Jenn said...

Praying for you and your family. May you have much success in the future. Enjoy the time with your little ones.

stampinwithcandice said...

Jaron,
My heart aches for you and your family. I want you to know that you are in my prayers along with many others. I want to thank you for all of these years of dedication to the company and for your postitive outlook. I know that it must be difficult to still think so highly of the company. You have always been one of my favorite presenters. You will be very missed at convention. I really hope that they can bring you back soon nd that you would be willing to come back. I know I'm not the only one that would like to see you on stage again. You are so talented and I know that things will be ok again. Keep up the positive attitude and know that we are all praying for you. Thanks again for everything. Candice

Dana Hatch said...

Bless you and your family. You will be able to find another job and it probably won't take long and then you'll be wishing you were home with your beautiful family again. You are a great talent and will be sorely missed. Good for you for taking the high road and not being really negative about the whole thing. You may come clean my stamp room any time, however, I am also unemployed so I will have to pay you in stamps or an IOU! Good luck but you won't need it :)

Christie Hunt said...

Jaron, you are one classy guy! Your wife and family are blessed to have you, and I know you feel blessed to have them. I've been a demo for five years, but have been to only one regional...and you're the one I remember from that one! Of course, everyone who presented was fabulous, but YOU are the one I remember. You will certainly land on your feet...I firmly believe that God never closes a door without opening another one! I'm sorry that we never met, but I feel like I know you - your personality just shines in everything you do. Prayers for you and your family...and I look forward to hearing what's behind that door that's going to open for you! In the meantime, cherish every moment with those sweet kiddos!!

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with you and your family. Anytime your 'vacation' brings you to my area you are always welcome to come and stay.

Jane

Liz Miller said...

Jaron,
I am just at a total loss of words and able to overcome this shock! However, I want to thank you for your inspiration, creativity, sense of humor, and especially for sharing your heart with all of us. It sucks that you have lost your job, but we have lost a wonderful friend!

I attended my first regional event (Vegas '06) and that is where I saw you present for the first time. You made me laugh so hard that my face hurt! THANK YOU for making each event so much fun. I loved talking to you at each event and taking a photo with you too. So, thank you for the memories, I will miss you dearly. Take this time to enjoy with your little ones.

Ashley said...

I am definitely praying for you! You are one amazing guy and the one I most looked forward to seeing at Stampin' Up events! :) I know you will have great success and I'll keep my eyes and ears open for any fun jobs for you! :) (I'm in Utah too.) You have quite the support of people that are wanting to help, so good things will happen soon...I'm sure! You are one AWESOME guy! Thanks for giving so much and you WILL be missed!!!!!!! I just can't believe it myself. UGH! GOOD LUCK!!!

Michelle said...

Hi Jaron, I've seen you only at Oakland Regionals last year and on the videos online....I think you're fabulous! I'm going to convention for my first time this year and am very sad that you won't be there! I think that you'd have a wonderful career ahead of you with maybe your own company or even better your own show on DIY!! If all else fails I have 2 very messy possible stamp areas and I'm desparate for help. I don't have much to pay you with other than friendship and Enchilada's! LOL I hope that there is a positive ending in all of this...rather I'm sure there is a positive future! Much happiness to you an your family! Inky Smiles, Michelle PS I've never posted on anyone's blog before so you're really extra SPECIAL! ;o)

Anonymous said...

Jaron,

I never had the pleasure to meet you as I was only a small hobby demo but I saw some posts on my favorites sites and was led to your blog. I have been waiting for over a year for the next axe to fall in our company. They have "reorganized" and laid off 3 times in the psat 2 years. I am sorry you lost your job at SU but perhaps there are more exciting things in store for you. With your inspirational attitude, we know you will be okay. BTW, love your blog and your family is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Enjoy a little down time with them....a new and exciting adventure of a new job will start soon enough ;-)

Take care and Bless you for being so resilient.

Tammy

Denise DeLawter said...

Jaron,
I, like so many others, am very disappointed, shocked and saddened by SU's decision to release you. My immediate question was what was SU going to do for damage control? Seriously, you have a following of dedicated demos who you positively affected. I am touched, yet again, by your kind words and positive outlook toward SU. I think given your popularity that SU should consider some sort of explanation to those of us who are shocked that they would let you go. Amazing.

I am so proud of your accomplishments, creativity, singing acumen, and love for both us and SU. You will surely find another creative outlook.

Although I do not need your services in my stamping room (probably like you, I cannot begin a project until my stamping room is cleaned up and organized), I would gladly share a cup of tea and my stamping supplies with you to create a new project. If you are ever in the DC area, please don't hesitate to call.

Enjoy this time with your family and God speed.

Denise

*Jane Lee* said...

I was just reading another demo's blog and she wrote that you were laid off. WHAT??!! My most favorite presenter from Conventions??!! Impossible! I'm so so so sad to see you go. I know I am not alone in this. I wish you the very best in life and I know good things will happen to you because, simply, you are Jaron. And good things happen to Jaron. Stay positive. You're the best and you will be missed by ALL demonstrators at SU!!

Jan said...

Jaron,

I appreciate your positive outlook about this whole heartbreaking situation and just want you to know that you (as well as the other SU employees who were recently "let go") are in my thoughts and prayers. I can understand the need to take some time and get your head on straight before posting and making any comments on your blog.

It's so great that you have a blog and I definitely plan on keeping up with you via the blog. I can't begin to tell you how much we will miss you at convention! Jan Hoyt

Debi said...

Jaron you were my very favorite presenter! (dont tell the rest of them) You made me laugh and you made me cry (when you sang at my first convention in 2007) Barb my upline gave me tissues in my gifty bag and I said what are these for? She said you'll see. I didn't imagine I would cry but I did because your singing touched me right in the swell of my heart. Right now I cannot imagine a convention without you. I am hoping you will be there as a demonstrator at least so I can sneak at least a hug. I am sad but know that God will take care of you. I will keep you in my prayers and know that he will provide something even more enjoyable than SU. Follow your dreams and make sure you don't settle for less. You have made the difference for alot of us demonstrators and I hope we will see each other again. Hug all those chickens for us and enjoy the time you are spending with them now. You will be a hard act to follow and they will have to fill some pretty big shoes even if they do have spiderman on them! You never failed to make me laugh. Keep the faith.

Love Debi Pippin
Florida SU demonstrator

Trisha said...

Jaron,
Your positive spirit will get you through...well, that, your wife and chickens! I have more of a craft house (or as my neice says...crap house - she's 2-1/2 and trust me...it's cute) then a craft room and boy, does it need your help! You were the first SU emploeyee I met at the only convention I've been to, and you left such an impression on me with your friendliness and kindness. (They really are two different things). You are destined for wonderful things...and soon you'll find out what they are! My "crap house" will be waiting for you in Southern California - after I treat your family to a day at Disney! (Yep...I'm that close to it!) I can't wait to see where you land.
Trisha

Melissa Sauls said...

I've never gotten the privilege to sit and chat with you, but I honestly feel like I've known you personally after attending 4+ years of conventions and regionals. I've ALWAYS looked forward to seeing your presentations (especially after I found out what a big fan you are of So You Think You Can Dance!!!) You, seriously, could just recite the phone book and I'd have been there, with baited breath, eager to hear every comedic word. I'm sure that you are sorely missed over at the SU office, but I can guarantee that you are missed just as much by all of us "phantom" demonstrators.
I hope you continue to blog so that we all can still "keep in touch," and I must say selfishly, so that we can still enjoy your wit and matter-of-factness<---that even a word?

<3 you!!!

patstamps said...

Jaron,
You will be so missed!

I want to share what a similar experience did for me and my family. 26 years ago my husband came home with his M&M jar and the family picture from his desk. He had a great paying job, great benefits and we had the world by the tail. It was a difficult economic time not as great as today. Our kids were in 8and 5 years old.

For us it was the worst time of our life, but if you ask our kids who are now 31 and 28 it was the best time of theirs. Funny when we were chatting a few years back and I asked them there most fond memories of growing up were it was during that time.

First they had their Dad home --- What could be better.

We shared with them that things were going to be different, but we were all together and that is what matters most... that was the hardest talk we ever had with our kids...harder than the birds and bees.

We could not afford to do the things we had done before so we would pack up a picnic lunch take a walk with the kids and eat under a near by bridge with lots of traffic. We did this little adventure several times a week and that is one of there favorite moments.

So take this time to create some wonderful memories for you kids they have time with you which is the biggest gift of all.

Our love and thoughts are with you each day Jaron.

Patsy Waggoner
SU demo MN

Lisa said...
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Sharon Bridwell said...

You are a class act Jaron and because of that you will go far! I'm so glad you are getting some extra time with the kiddos. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I respect how hard it was for you not to write right away but I doubly respect the fact that you waited...it just shows you are a gentleman and wanted to choose your words wisely. Smart man! Good luck Jaron although I don't expect you to be on the "market" long! HUGS!!

lchatter said...

I was so sorry to hear about you and some of the other primary "faces" of SU getting laid off. Your remarkable positiveness and lack of negativity is a great example to all of us. I will miss you at convention and regionals, you where always the hit of the show!

I've been laid off before, and it's not fun. But you have to have faith and believe that everything happens for a reason. Enjoy your time off with your family! I am sure you will not be laid off for long. And if you ever find yourself in the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC, I have a stamp room that could really use your help!

Lisa said...

You will be sorely missed at Convention this year! Your presentations have always been at the top of my list of things I enjoy most.

You have an incredible style, personality and sense of humor that will be an asset to the lucky company that hires you. Prayers to you as you embark upon this next page in your life!

Andy & Katie Alder said...

Jar~ You are so awesome! I wish that everyone had your outlook in life! You are really so blessed. Enjoy your chickens and things will happen for you the way that they should! Love you!

CeeCee said...

Jaron,
We've never officially met but I fist saw you "in action" at the Montreal regionals 2 years ago and at the Convention last year and let me tell you something: YOU MADE IT FUN!!!
This year's convention will not be the same without you and although I am sad, I am convinced that there is something better out there for you.
Keep your faith!
'be seein' you!
CC

schafer said...

I couldn't pay you enough to clean this mess of a stamp room.

Oh Jaron, I will sooooooo miss you when I attend Stampin' Up! events. It simply won't be the same at all. I always scheduled your classes for the afternoon, because I usually get sleepy then and I knew I wouldn't get sleepy if you were the presenter! You always kept me awake (and laughing). We'll miss you, funny guy.

Sam & Lisa said...

Lump in my throat. Who is going to talk about "adhesing" your projects together now!?! I will never forget that and I say it at ALL my workshops. Thanks for all the entertainment you gave and fabulous projects you shared. Good luck with your future endeavors, you will surely be successful!

Melanie said...

Hi Jaron,

I'm so sorry that you were one of those laid off. I have SO enjoyed all of your presentations from the very first one I ever attended. You have such a fabulous, positive and REAL outlook. I'm incredibly grateful for your positive take on this.....I just found your blog yesterday and I read and read and read all the sweet things you say about your kids and your life (REAL things) and I love hearing that optimistic attitude. Your kids are growing into very special individuals with your fabulous interactions with them.

I hope that your career with Stampin' Up! is just going to be a bit of a hiatus until this dang economy gets better. Of course, you never know what's around the next corner and I know you'll make the very best of whatever that is.

I wish THE VERY BEST for you and your family!!

Melanie Evans (Berthoud, CO)

Trenna Brauer said...

I have never had the opportunity to attend convention, but I have loved every single time I have seen you on the stage at Regionals. Thank you so much for making mistakes while up there on display and letting us all know it happens to everyone! You always handled everything with humor and a twinkle in your eye. Thanks again?

stampage said...

Stampin' Up! events will NOT be the same without you! You are so funny, witty and most of all creative! I hope whatever you do next, you will get to do what you did best...make everyone laugh out loud and LOVE stamping! I will miss seeing projects featuring your beautiful family so please keep posting!

Picasso said...

I bet you didn’t realize how many people you have touched in your short life thus far, which only means that you’ll touch and inspire even more as life goes on. Thank you for touching mine. We love you Jaron, and wish and pray the best is yet to come. I can see you winning American Idol, America’s Most Talented, your name on the marquee in Vegas for the best show in town, a traveling creative and inspirational speaker, building your own creative empire, and the list goes on. Your talents shared have been the highlight at events and I’ve always looked forward to see what you would do next. You are truly going to be missed, but I hope it is short term. When I heard the news about the lay-offs, I just couldn’t believe it. The news made me think back when I went through the same experience. It definitely is a shock that takes time to get through, but you certainly have a good outlook, and that will help make it easier to push ahead. Enjoy the extra time you have with your family while you pursue another amazing dream. After all, dreams can come true! Blessings, Karen

Simmy said...

Jaron,
I have had the pleasure of meeting you a few times at Convention and I can honestly say it was always the highlight of my week. Walking around with friends, we were giddy with excitement wondering when we'd get to take our pictures with you! You were always friendly and accommodating, even when we asked you to hold weird props (like giant teabags) and your presentations were always hysterically funny. Anyhow, I just wanted to say I'm going to miss seeing you at future events. Enjoy this time with your family because I can bet you won't be out of work for very long!!! The SU family has lost a fabulous member of their team and I don't see how they can replace you. Oh ... and my stamp room here in sunny, warm, Southern California is in dire need of organization. Trisha that posted above beat me to the punch saying she'd take you to Disneyland ... I was going to say the same thing!! She's in upline's group so we can make it a big party! Take care ... and keep us posted on what you're up to.

simmy :-)
Chino Hills, CA

MaryJo Marshall said...

Jaron, We have never formally met but I was at convention 2 years ago and also at the regional in Louisville KY. You are an incredible speaker and I just love watching you do demonstrations. My husband came with me to the KY regional and I pointed you out to him in the hotel lobby. Nothing like having "groupies", right!! I wish you the best in all you do in the future. Enjoy your little ones because they grow up way too fast. (my son is now 21 and my daughter is 19 and both are in college and live on campus)They are only 30 minutes away but sometimes that is very far. Good luck and ((HUGS)) MaryJo Marshall Medina OH

Patty Zeitler said...

OK Jaron,

PLEASE come anad rescue me from my stamp room...I am being swallowed by it. so if you don't hear from me in a day or two then I am gone buried in the stamp room. So open invitation to coming over and helping would be great!!

Ok, now forthe serious stuff, you and your family are in my prayers always and I will continue to pray that you wii get a job very soon. I will miss you so very much and I have all our pics that we have taken together that I will cherish. You truely are a friend take care and just rememeber how blessed you are. with your family and friends all around you...can you feel it? A HUGE hug coming your way and a squeeze!! talk to you soon.

God Bless...Patty Zeitler

Tami said...

Jaron,

You're cetainly a class act. We will certainy miss your energy, creativity and personality at convention this year.

Can't wait to see what God has in store for you.

Robin Boyer said...

Jaron,
I was shocked when I heard. My heart is with you all. Convention will not be the same without you all. Best wishes. Enjoy the time with the little ones while you can.
Rubber Hugs,
Robin Boyer Levittown, PA

Maxine Conrad said...

YOU ARE HIRED!!! I live in Riverton. Jaron, you are awesome. Let me know the next time you guys meet up for lunch. God Bless you and your cute family xxxx

Renee said...

What a class act you are. Something I have to remind myself daily of is that the Lord sees the big picture and we are only seeing the first stroke. Sometimes those strokes seem ugly, but in the end He paints a beautiful picture. Here's praying your picture gets to looking like a masterpiece soon.

Janice said...

Jaron, Thank you for being so positive in this really hard time. You are definitely a class act. It was a pleasure to talk to you at convention, and regionals that I have attended. You have always had the best ideas and most interesting, fun, and exciting way of presenting them!

I am going to be getting a little house (14'x32') for my craft stuff and sure could use your input on decoration, organization, etc. Wanna come to Central Texas?

God bless you and your family. Enjoy your extended vacation. Take care!! And always remember you are dearly loved by those of us that were lucky to "know" you.

Anonymous said...

Awwwh...what a sweet post. Best of luck to you...I am sure you will land on your feet. When the door closes, a window opens. Jane Mykleby

Cindy Newell said...

Jaron, I'm so sorry to hear about your job as well as the other 50 or so employees who also lost theirs too. Your absence will definitely be felt for a very long time. You are truly a uniquely gifted and funny individual and I know you will bounce back stronger and better than ever. Who knows...there's a lot of demonstators who will take your offer to reorganize their stamp rooms seriously. Perhaps while you're looking for a new job, you can "Jaron-ize" stamp rooms across the country and even the world! Can you imagine? How awesome would that be? You could even campaign to make it a show on HGTV or DIY. As I'm sure you've noticed, you already have an unwavering fan base!

In all seriousness, I will pray for you, your beautiful wife and your adorable little chickens! Hang in there, you will more than okay!

Cindy Newell
(SU! Demo., 4/00-10/08, but still an SU! fan)
Queen Creek, AZ

christine said...

Jaron, I had the privelidge of watching your presentation at the MPLS Regional earlier this month. Your humor, creativity, and positive attitude that day inspired me to want to better myself. I was sad when the day ended, but came away with this incredible renewed sense of excitement and motivation. I got busy that night and started my own art journal! I call it my inspiration journal, but sometimes refer to it as my Jaron book : )
Thank you, Jaron, for the inspiration and positive energy that you share. Let's all work HARD to build our businesses, so that SU! becomes stronger once again, and we get Jaron back!!

Christine,
eatsleepstamp.com

Sarah said...

I am in disbelief that you were let go from SU. I know it is a sign of the times, but I can not imagine Convention or a Regional without you. You are warm and funny and very entertaining to watch/listen to. I very much looked forward to and enjoyed your presentations.

I know that there must be something new (and better) in your future and you will find it soon enough. In the mean time, enjoy the time with your kids. They grow up all too fast!

Savor the Journey said...

Jaron ... I have enjoyed every single presentation of yours that I've been priviledged to observe. Your delivery, style, & personality seem to bring in the audience for a delightful time of learning. I hope that your many talents will be recognized very soon by a deserving employer. My goodness, you are going to be missed! I'm one of countless people who have benefited from your presence. Thank you for having been there for us!

Hugs from Texas,
Bev

Jen said...

Keep your chin up and enjoy your family! I am in your same situation (jobless) and I know that I will never ever get to spend the quality time again with my son, as I have been. Blessings come in different ways, so hug your family every day! You were an integral part of convention and SU!, but you were meant to take on a new journey, so take a leap and enjoy! Sadly, I have to let my demoship go after 5 years (due to economy), so please continue inspiring us on your blog! Best wishes!

Jennifer Woodward said...

I have seen you up on stage several times at regionals and convention and I have to say you will be missed by all us demonstrators. I remember you the most for you great projects and fun. Thanks for the memories, enjoy your kids and best of luck.

Jacque said...

Jaron, Thanks for the wonderful post! It reminds of why I love you so much! I hope you know how much I love you, my downline do, they tease me by calling you my "boyfriend" cause they know how much I love and admire you!!
This situation was somewhat put into perspective for me, when one of my friends called the other night and left me a voice mail message that said "Did you hear about Linda, Jaron, and Lori? Very sad, huh?" I could tell she had been crying, and my knees buckled as the first thing that came to my mind was that the three of you had been killed in an airplane or car crash while going to a regional! The thought that you would be laid off never even entered my mind as I couldn't comprehend that (and still can't!). So when I called my friend back, my fingers shaking so much I could hardly press the numbers, and she told me that you all had been laid off, you can't image my relief! I know that might sound weird, but I was so happy that you were all alive and safe, that the lay off just didn't even seem like a big deal right then. It of course has sunk in since.
As talented as you are, the little chickens really shouldn't get used to you picking them up, unless you get something so fantastic that it allows that too!
I offered it to Linda too, if you (and your family :-) ) need a vacation before you start your next great adventure in life, I've got a guest bedroom here in Hawaii!
Love, Jacque

Christina said...

Hi Jaron, I just want to let you know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I always looked forward to your presentations at Convention and Regionals. I do admire your positive attitude and wish the best for you...but I am selfishly quite saddened by the news and will miss you very much. Please keep us posted of your whereabouts! You are so creative, I look forward to keeping up with you!
Best wishes to you and your family - Christina McDonald - Charlotte, NC

bunny67 said...

Jaron, I wish you and your family all the best. I do hope as things improve that you will have the opportunity to come back to SU. I know that I am not the only one who will miss you dearly at Convention and Regionals. You really get the audience going. I am a bit nervous about how it is going to be at Regionals on Saturday in Seattle without you. I'm worried everyone will be so sad like I am and that it isn't going to be the same. But I will keep a positive attitude as yours has truly inspired me.

Karen Barber said...

Jaron- what can I say that others have not already said? What comes to mind is that you are ONE CLASS ACT....Thank you SO MUCH for not SU bashing, because honestly this kind of thing shakes us all to the very core, and your positive outlook coupled with your ever present sense of wonderful, contagious humor, beats all. Thanks so much for taking the time to relate to all of us - and just for being you. You will be such a huge asset where ever you go, and we can all only hope that SU will swing back up the other way and you might still be available to jump back in the saddle again. Godspeed to you and your absolutely beautiful family. Karen Barber

angie said...

We will miss you!! I'll keep you & your family in our prayers.

Shari said...

Hey Jaron-

I was absolutely SHOCKED to hear that you were laid off, and Linda and Lori. The three of you will be SO missed. I always looked forward to your presentations at regionals and convention. I hope that someday, you will be back at SU!, or you will be doing something that makes you even happier.

I'll miss you terribly.

Shari Dudek
Canton, MI

Anonymous said...

Wow! I'm in total shock of you being layed off! The Denver Regionals was my first event as a demonstrator, having only joined months before. From that event you made a HUGE positive impression on me. I gotta say that you've got to be one of the funniest, entertaining, and most genuine people around. I believe it was the Denver regionals that you told the story (sorry I don't remember it exactly...) about your daughter and shopping for a gift for her while you were away and that gift being a purse?? Anyway, it was funny and classic you. The only other time I got to see you was at the Denver convention. You still, if not more than before, were entertaining and a bright spot in the day of events. I don't understand how SU! could let you go. You must have a huge following, and you must have been part of the draw for convention(s). Things that make you go, "hum". (sp?) So, best of luck, and I'm sure your sense of humor and happy-go-lucky nature will take you far. Dana

Maggie Pinque said...

Oh my dear Jaron ~

I heard through the grapevine you were let go and my immediate response was
::: T-H-U-D :::

As MANY here have said, you are an inspiration and I know you are FUN, young, talented, exuberant and will rise from the ashes like a magnificent phoenix.

It has been my great pleasure to know you (and miss you since I am no longer a demo).

Your family will be richer for being poorer for what I am certain will be just a little while.

And if you're ever in a New York state of mind, come on over...we'd love to have you and yours!

Be well, stay in touch and hang in there.

Love,
Maggie :)

Simmy said...

Hey Jaron .... you now have a Facebook group called 'Jaron Winder ROCKS' ! So check it out !! hehehe.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=103086101368&ref=nf

To all those reading this ... please join!

simmy :-)

Elizabeth said...

Jaron - you are a class act! We will miss you greatly at convention this year!!! Enjoy your time with the little ones while you can and rest assured that your positive attitude will prevail and great opportunities will come you way...besides it already sounds like you have a business as a traveling stamp room cleaner . . .

PS - I am in AZ and the weather here is always great! And my husband will love you forever if you could change my messy stampin' ways!!!!

Julie Dinn said...

Jaron,
Like everyone else I am extremely sad that you are no longer at SU! Your classes and presentations at Convention, Regionals and Leadership were always a highlight for me. I was at your very first presentation at Convention a few years back. You were great then but your talent grew over the years.

Thank you for everything you have done to inspire and educate all of us demos. I hope you are starting to get a glimpse of just how much you mean to all of us! I can't help but thinking back to Leadership in Houston when you Linda, Bonnie and Jill sang For Good. It brought tears to my eyes then and today it just means so much more. We were all changed for the good by having you in our lives.

I wish you and your family the very best in everything you do in the future.

Wyoming Angels said...

I feel sadden to find that you are not going to be giving those grand videos and great demonstrations on stage, however, I am empowered by your strong spirit and comments. It is definitely the hardest thing anyone has to go through. Been there, done that and definitely not looking back....forward we march with a definitely goal in mind. You will do just fine and God knows what talent lies beneath the cover. Prayers and thoughts for you and your beautiful family. You are so lucky to have them! Teresa in Cheyenne, WY

Diane said...

Jaron,
Greetings from sunny Tennessee!
I so enjoyed your sponteneity the first time I saw you present at the Memphis regional workshop a few years ago! Remember we all laughed about birds and bees?!
Most importantly, because of you, I was able to make a scrapbook for my father-in-law's
90th birthday! If it hadn't been for your presentation about how you scrapbooked your father's life, I would have been overwhelmed
about how to organize it!
Thanks a million!
If you are ever down, start a free subscription to The Good Clean Funnies List: gcfl-info@gcfl.net!
You are the funniest SU! presenter. I'm so happy that you and Linda Hansen have been immortalized on training videos for us!
May God hold you in the palm of His/Her hand!
Hugs, Diane Glasgow in TN

Theresa Forseth said...

Hi Jaron - I am an SU! demo who has had the great pleasure of attending events where I was lucky enough to learn from you.

This sounds cliche - but, I really believe it is true. I was "let go" a couple of months ago, cried for 10 minutes and realized my own future was in God's hands and just shrugged it off and let Him lead the way.

I found the best job (for me) and love it - remember... when one door closes, another opens.

YOu're so great and will be super valued where ever your next adventure leads you.

Jodi said...

I will never go to West Edmonton mall again without "looking for stamping inspiration" again, at least that's what I'll say when my dh calls me.

Thank you so much.

Rebecca said...

I truely admire your poise and attitude in dealing with this difficult situation. I can empathize with you since I too was recently laid off from a company that I spent 8 years helping to improve. It hurts to feel that you are no longer needed. The real truth of the matter is that at the end of the day someone had to leave. If not you then someone else.

You are in a fortunate position to learn first hand that with challenge comes opportunity.

Case in point, I recently landed my dream job- a job that I wouldn't have even applied for if I hadn't been laid-off.

I believe that you too will find a way prosper from this terrible situation.

Best of luck to you and your family. We are all rooting for you!

Traci G said...

Jaron---I am SO glad that I was able to have my picture taken with you at convention last year (my first convention!) It truly will not be the same without you. The first time I saw you was a Milwaukee Regionals last spring, and you were my favorite part of the entire event. I then looked forward to your presentations at convention more than ANYTHING else. You are awesome!! I am among the group of people who would seriously pay money to still be inspired by you....whether it be online, in person, WHATEVER! I have friends that have been begging me to start a facebook page, and I have flat out turned them down for months! Now that I know there is a Jaron Winder group on facebook....I think that just might put me over the edge to join!!!

I will really and truly miss you at SU events.

May God bless you and your family, and please keep us informed on what is happening in your life. We really care about you and your family!!

Janet said...

Jaron, we are all confused. However, it has been a pleasure to know and meet you at convention and regionals. Your humor, creativity has been awesome and always sent me home trying to duplciate your craft. Convention will not be the same and SU is losing a wonderful employee. Have fun with the family. Something wonderful will come your way. God Bless you and the family.
Janet Hillis Waxhaw NC

Diane Barnes said...

Hi Jaron
I had the pleasure of see you present & meeting you at Sydney Regionals, so I was very saddened to hear the news. Someone I know your heart must be breaking now, but someone as talented as you will always be in demand & there are new opportunities around the corner that we can't imagine, so I hope you find yours soon. Wishing you all the best, Di

Tina Gilliland said...

Dear sweet Jaron... I am not sure you remember me but I sat at your table in Lincoln, NE. I bet you wish you had given me that stamp set now!!! LOL Just kidding. I was so happy to meet you and I wish only the best for you. I DO need my craft room cleand AND organized... come on over to Iowa for a week??? LOL I can't pay much yet because my hubby got laid off three weeks ago as well. But... the good Lord does provide... just yesterday we were called and he got his job back. Hours cut... instead of 60 hours a week.... 44 hours now. So, look up and believe. Things WILL get better and HE will provide for you. I'm very very happy to have met you and you inspired me soooo much. Hugs and hey... go grab one of those cookies.. I'll buy. Keep in touch... I have your blog saved for future inspiration and know you will continue your positive outlook.

christine said...

Jaron, maybe if all orphaned demo's quit and re-sign up under you, you could be a full time upline for your new job!!

stuart_kristen said...

I loved the "ME" scrapbook that you shared at convention in August. I thought I should share the following with you, but it never felt right until about two months ago and then I have been spending time trying to find your blog.

Last year (January '08) we found out that my aunt had terminal cancer & she passed away in October. After convention, I showed her the idea & that I thought that we should make one for her. That is when we realized that your wife taught her youngest son piano for a period of time.

I share this only to let you know that you have touched many lives with that one idea and we will forever be grateful.

I also wanted to thank you for the inspiration that you have shared with us over the years. Without it, I am not sure if our family would have the wonderful scrapbook to look at and remember all of her favorites. I will be forever grateful. You will continue to be in my prayers.

stampurr said...

jaron...you will truly be missed, what a wonderful asset you are and your next venture will be even more rewarding...may GOD bless you and keep you smiling....always...cindi

tatum said...

wow! you are so popular! i can't believe how many cool messages there are for you.....i actually can believe it on second thought.

i am very sorry you got laid off, that is very challenging.....i wish i could find you another job....i too will be looking for a job right around the corner here, so i'll keep my eyes open for ya. but really i know about challenges and i can say i think you are better than me because you are so positive....thank you for giving that bit of inspiration tonight. i needed that reminder that all i can control is my attitude. love the crying behind the sunglasses...been there, done that. you should try bursting out in tears over-cooking mac and cheese, or watching commercials for the news....it's the best. =)

these are humbling times but i know you'll be okay, you are way too talented to be out of the job market for long. good luck wishes

carolm said...

jaron, i didn't read all of your posts, but i'm pretty sure they are all saying the same thing. i've had the pleasure of seeing you at convention several times. i am always awed by your humor and talent.

unemployment is a difficult situation to be in. i have been there for two years in the state hit the most by it: michigan. with the gift of friends, family and God! we are making due. we have been blessed many many times with God's grace during this time. i know you will be too.

i will now book mark your blog to see what direction your life is going. if you're ever on facebook i would be honored to be your friend.

xox ~ carol marbach

Shirley Griffis said...

Jaron, I have been SU demonstrator for five years and have been to five conventions along with Leadership and regional events. I have meet and love you from the first time I saw you at convention. I wish you and your family the very best. I will miss seeing you at convention this year. I hope that SU can bring employees back if they haven't move on to something else. You are the best!
God Bless you!!

Shirley Griffis
Stampin" Up! Demonstrator
Starke, FL.

Genice M said...

Jaron,

There is nothing I can say that hasn't already been said. I had the pleasure of meeting you at a few SU! events over the years and you were always so warm and friendly. Always smiling and I know that you will continue to be that positive, caring person. Your attitude and talent will carry you onto another great adventure in life.

You will be missed by all of those of us who have had the pleasure to see you, meet you and hear you preform.

May God bless and keep you.

Genice M.
Jacksonville, FL

Meredith said...

what can I say that hasn't been said already! You will be sorely missed!!! I can not imagine going to a Regional event or convention without listening to you present! I wish for you the best that life has to offer, I truly believe there is something wonderful out there for you!!! Where ever you find yourself next, they are VERY lucky to have you! You have such a fun spirit and truly just a wonderful outlook on life!

Do all of us sad demos a favor and keep updating this blog so we can get out "Jaron fix" please ;) And if you are thinking of going into craft space organization head on over to NJ because have I got a room for you!!! Seriously, it's a spare bedroom turned stamp room with only about a 6x6 area of workspace-yikes! I could use some help, and some of your humor!!!

My best to you and your family!! I just know you will come out on top!!!! Enjoy the extra time with that beautiful family of yours!

We will miss you more than you know!!!!! Now off to scrapbook all of the (many) photos I have of us together ;)

Kandice Williams said...

Jaron - thanks so much for infusing your humor into everything you say. I sit here with tears in my eyes, so sad that SU isn't immune to bad things. I pray for each and every employee that was laid off.

And my stamp room really could use a good organization! It's overrun with scraps!

MLW said...

Jaron,
You will be greatly missed at Convention this year. My thoughts go out to you and your family. You are a caring, enthusiastic and positive man and any employer would be crazy not to want you on their team. Best wishes!

Tracy said...

I am so sorry to hear of your job loss. I know how hard that can be!! -- and it's probably doubly difficult when you lose a job you love! I wish many great new opportunities will come your way!
I only just recently (like 2 weeks ago!!) "met" you at the Mpls Regional conference. We didn't technically meet, but I was so drawn into your presentations. Thank you for keeping me alert and excited... even in the mid-afternoon when I was so sleepy! I was so impressed with your ability to connect with us up on a stage. You have a gift! Thank you for making my first conference a memorable one. :)

ahanek said...

i am so very sad that we won't be seeing you at anymore events!! you once helped change our tablecloth at a regional in milwaukee because one of the girls spilled water. at the time, we didn't know who you were and thought you worked for midwest express center!! you made us laugh and we had a good time with you! i love your demos, creativity and sense of humor. i am very sure you will have bigger and better things in your future but til then have fun with your kids!! love you and will miss you!

Faith said...

Thank You Jaron just for being who you are. For me, it wasn't always about Stampin' UP! stuff... but how you always talked about your family... I wish and pray for the BEST for you and your family... God Bless,
Faith

Sharon Scalzi said...

Dear, Dear Jaron-

I'm so sorry that SU! had to let you go. I hope they take you back really soon. Regionals and Convention won't be the same without you! I love my Creativity Journal that I made the day I got home from Regional after perusing yours....

thanks for the great projects, techniques, classes and humor... i'll stay tuned to your blog to get my jaron fix!

All the best to you and your family!

-Sharon

MaryE said...

Jaron, I am having a hard time digesting this news. I have long felt that you are among a few that are the heart of Stampin" Up. Your presence there will be sorely missed.
But..young man, go West, East, North, South. Demonstrators all over the land would love to attend a workshop or Demonstration lead by you.
There is a door somewhere just waiting for you to come through.

Caroline said...

Dear Jaron,

I was so very sad to read about the recent happenings. You have such a fabulous attitude and such monumental talent & presence that you'll be scooped up faster than you can believe!

On another note, please email me at caroline@canadiansink.ca - I'd love to hire you to come present at a Stampin event I'm hosting this fall. Canada would LOVE to have you!!!!

all the best from Toronto :)

jaimey said...

Jaron, thank goodness we have Miss Sandy to keep us together. :) Thank you for your post. Your strength is inspiring, and it made me weepy. :) I will dearly miss having you at work to laugh with and talk with and carpet skate with. (Oh, and of course, to work with. ;) ) You are beyond talented and so generous. And you, I know, will do very, very well wherever you end up next. Love you, Jaron. :)

Julie Anderson said...

Never met you but have to let you know, you are a class act. You have acted with dignity and respect at a time when you could have responded with anger and resentment.

Continue to enjoy the journey, do not waste time or energy on bitterness and squeeze those cute kids of yours.

With all the wonderful feedback you are getting, I just know that you will be fielding offers very soon.

Julie Anderson
SU! demo

Nan Goerlitz said...

Jaron,

I don't know what to say. I echo so many others who have already commented. Thank you for being so respectful during such a tough time. Thank you for always being positive & accommodating (especially to a stalker like me who has made sure to get a picture with you at every event I've attended).

I wanted to share one of my favorite memories of seeing you at an event. Oddly, it was not when you were presenting. It was at the pep rally night one convention. My friend/downline & I ran into you and of course had to get a picture. While we were posing with you, we commented on how unusual it was to see you in a WHITE shirt and KHAKI pants. You became very animated - saying that you didn't even OWN a white shirt & had to buy it just for that night! LOL It really seemed like you may have been breaking into hives wearing such "pedestrian" attire. :-)

Thank you for sharing so much of yourself & your family with us all over the years. You will be sorely missed. And I do hope our paths will cross again in the future.

If you're ever in the Chicagoland area, let me know. I could definitely use some help with my room!

RoStamps4Fun said...

Jaron,
Convention will not be the same without your wonderful personality,
and talented workshop wows.
I have always enjoyed your talent for making us all feel apart of your life. Even if we do not know you personally. Just being around you, makes us all feel so welcomed.
And if you can do that with so many of us....just think how you must touch everyone around you without even realizing it.
I wish you nothing but the best in your future endeavors.
You know that you are already blessed, just look at those wonderful faces around you.
May God bless you with another job that you will love and prosper in like you did at Stampin' Up!
All my best thoughts and prayers, Jaron...you are just the tops in my book! Most sincerely,
Rose Mary

StampingSelene said...

Oh my goodness! I could use some help with my stamp room!!! Will you still keep in touch to spot me for my next big diet?? Hugs to you in this difficult time. I pray that you are starting a bigger and more amazing journey. You are so talented that it wont be long till a very lucky company comes and scoops you up (if they are smart).

Karan said...

Jaron- as your new facebook fan club states- you rock! You have energy like I have never seen before- and I'm not just talking energizer bunny stuff either. Your talent, wit, and energy will be sorely missed at any future SU event's!!!

Now, next time your in sunny Santa Cruz, CA- I'd hire you in heart beat to help me with my stamp room :-).

Very big hugs, you have touched more people than you can possibly imagine.

Wendy Todd said...

Jaron, I was shocked (and very sad) to hear this morning that you had been laid off. I've been a huge fan of your work since seeing you stamp at the Sydney Regionals in 2007. I just wanted to say, I think you have a HUGE amount to offer Stampin' Up! Demos and I wonder if you would consider continuing to train us through your blog (like, offering paid stamping tutorials and business training, etc). I guess I'm thinking something like what John Sanpietro does for us, but you would be offering us so much more because you can stamp! I'd love to continue enjoying your work and the knowledge you have been sharing with us. I'll be an avid reader of your blog now that I know it exists! Thank-you for all you have done for us and may God bless you richly through this very sad time. My prayers are with you and your family

Twila said...

I don't know what to say, I just can't believe it, that you are actually gone. I went to convention last year and really enjoyed your presentations you gave. Also got a chance to meet your family out in the hall. What a lovely family you have been blessed with! I hope you find a job that you truly love as I know you did working at SU. I'm sure you will! Praying for you.

stampinadmin said...

I don't think I could say anything that has not been said. :) So I'll just say THANK YOU - you are too talented and something bigger and better is in store for you! Peace be with you...

Barbara V said...

Jaren, it has always been such fun seeing and hearing and watching you at any SU event! It is heartwarming to read about your "kid-ventures"...after all, what could be more important than family? A job...yes, but I think your priorities are in the right place for now. I am sure something marvelous will come your way. Remember..."life is what happens when you're making other plans".

Laurel said...

Jaron, I just want you to know that I live in NYC and attended the Convention last year for the first time. Your scrapbooking presentation was so helpful to me as a new demo and I have had several successful scrappin' classes based on what you said. Our entire team loved you and will miss you at Convention. SU! is losing a really wonderful presenter in you and we were so sad to hear about what happened. Our best wishes are with you and if you are ever in NYC please look up the Gotham City Stampers! Sincerely, Laurel

Laurie said...

Aww Jaron. I'm so sorry this has happened to you. You are such a class act and I am one of the many who stalked you (I mean tried to find you) during convention to get my picture with you each year.

I still have the email you sent to little ole' me thanking me for the card I gave you at convention last year. I saved it on my computer because people couldn't believe I actually got an email from the infamous Jaron Winder!

I have an idea: I think that Stampin' Up! should hire you for our entertainment this year at convention. You can now get Independent Consultant fees, which are always higher than regular pay! What do you think?

You will always be at the top of my list of favorite people, Jaron.

Take care,
Laurie

conductorchik said...

Jaron,
I met you for the first time at Convention 2008. You were the first thing I saw when I went in the Main Hall. Thank you for everything you have done for SU!
I wish you much luck in your future, and I agree with Terri E. The three of you should take your act on the road. I'd pay.
Either that - or a career in music or music theater!! You have a gift. Much love and hugs to you and your family. We are all thinking of you.

Lynne said...

I have to admit that this is the first time I've read your blog, but it definitely won't be the last.
I've seen you at two of the east coast regionals, as well as at the last convention. I have to say that of all the people there, you always seemed to be the highlight. Your wonderful personality just came out. Some of the wonderful ideas I've gotten from you include the adorable bear with his arms waving up and down, and those wonderful scrapbooks you made, talking about a list of things about your beautiful wife.
I am so sorry tohear that this happened. This economy just really seems to be hurting so many people. I have a son ready to graduate college, and the prospects are quite grim. I was surprised to see that you have only been with SU for 5 years, and guess that that means that you've been successful in other jobs, so I know that you will come through this landing safely on both feet.
I am a teacher, and near the end of my very first year, I was excessed, being low man on the totem pole. I cried and cried, much as you did, but it turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me. I've been happy in the job that followed for the past 28 years. I wish the same for you!
Enjoy having some time with your kids. I'll be checking your blog to see how things turn out.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness - YOU ROCK! That truly is an awesome post. What a truly wonderful attitude. Best of luck to you. I know you will do amazing things in your future.

Aimee said...

Jaron,

I was so shocked to see that you were one let go by SU!... I so enjoyed every presentation I feel lucky to see you do both on the SU website and at the Two Va Beach regionals I was able to go to. I wish you all the best... Thanks for all your innspiration.

prbert66 said...

Jaron,

When I received a call from my dear demo friend Adrian telling me what had happened I just couldn't believe it. What the world was Stampin' Up! thinking?? I have worked in Corporate Ameria for the last 12 years with two different companies and have been exposed to corporate layoffs. As I read your post my heart just broke for you.

You have been such an amazing inspiration and asset to me as a demonstrator. I always learned something from the presentations and demonstrations you did.

This is a very sad day in the history of Stampin' Up!.

I wish you well and please know that you and your family will be in my prayers.

Convention/Regionals will not be the same without you.

On a side note, my stamp room is a DISASTER. Organization is not one of my better qualities...hehe.

When you look back on this in the months and years to follow you'll see that when God closes a door He will open a window.

Good luck and God Bless you and your family.
Pam Bert

Vanessa Webb said...

I cried throught most of your post as I read it Jaron. I still remember your fabulous demo at regionals in Sydney, Australia 2 years ago. You were such an inspiration to both me and my hubby when I went home and shared the day with him (he stamps too ;) One thing I know is that you will always have your passion for creativity to share with others and whatever is out there waiting for you I know it is going to allow others to share in this who haven't yet had the opportunity to do so. Love and prayers to you and your family.

Kim Williams said...

Jaron,

I was so saddened to hear of your lay-off from SU, but I want to just say you are handling this with great fortitude and grace. I can't imagine how you feel right now, but I hope you know that you are loved by every demonstrator that ever had the pleasure of watching you work at regionals or convention.

I will continue to pray for you and the others that lost their jobs, and know that God is in control and His plan is a perfect one. If you are ever in Austin I would love to have you come help me with my stamp room! You are the best, and you have a beautiful family. I can't wait to see what you do next!

Mommy Shar said...

Thanks for the good cry buddy. So sad you are gone but hey SU wasn't the same without me right? :) OH LOL jk... anywho you are super uber talented and you will move on to bigger and better things and when you do watch out world. I think I will now go to your carpet skating videos for a good laugh. Keep in touch! Shar

Claire said...

I so admire the amazing way you are handling this Jaron. I can't even begin to imagine your pain. Nothing taken away can ever take away the essence of who you really are, and from the way you have written your post I have a lot of respect for you. I will be praying for you and your family and wishing you comfort and peace and the job of your dreams just around the corner.

Claire Daly, SU Demo
Australia

Kathy Anthony said...

I just found out about the loss of your job. WE too knew it was coming, but NOT YOU!! I have loved you from the first and had my pic taken with you at Leadership in Jan. You have inspired me with many of the projects and ideas you demo'd over the years.

I would have to clean my stamp room to even let you in to clean my stamp room. So just let me know when you are coming to Des Moines and I will work on it first!

I'm glad you were able to vent to your wife, tell us wht you are feeling here, and that the job meant enough to you that you shed some (lots) tears.

Remember God is sovereign and nothing happens by chance.

Holly said...

I can't believe what I just read! OK, so new plan for the summer! Load the kids up and bring them to a baseball game in MN! Jaron, I can not imagine an event without you! Your class was the one class I would always look forward to attending! GOD BLESS YOU and YOUR FAMILY!!

Kimberly Mott said...

Jaron, I highly doubt that you will be unemployed for long. You and your team were really the only thing that I looked forward to at regionals (other than the swap, and my free stamp set-smiles!). You are highly talented and an excellent presenter. Keep up your spirits. I admire your positive things that you have to say about SU. Enjoy your time with your family...and remember, everything happens for a reason. Maybe you just needed a well deseved paid (don't forget to file for unemployment...) vacation with your family. God bless you...enjoy your time off...I am sure it won't be for long. Any company would be greatful to have you.

Anonymous said...

I am shocked and saddened that you will not be a part of SU....I want to cancel my convention registration. :(
Best wishes to you in the future!

Ruthie Schow said...

wow, I am in shock!!! I remember I heard you present at your first convention (I think you said you were hired just that week before or something)...and I thought to myself, this guy is going to do great things! You had such enthusiam and charisma and such a natural I knew you were going to be one of my favorites! And I was right! You will be greatly missed. May great things be brought your way! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Best wishes.

Stellar Stamps said...

You are one classy guy! Your personality will surely make your transition to a new adventure (read in "job") much easier than for a grouchy, boring person ;-) I hate to sound cliche but you are a young, vibrant guy and this window closing has got to be a step towards a bigger door opening for you. There's this quote I use a lot and it goes "change is often painful but is absolutely essential for growth". You probably cannot even imagine, at this moment, how this change can cause growth but it will. Something will come up and you'll say "wow, had I still been with SU, I'd never have seen this opportunity" and all will be OK. There may be hurdles until then but simply KNOW that things will work out for you. Bless you at this time of change in your life from Stella MacKay (SU demo).

Lisa Schmid said...

WHAT?? They are crazy! Everyone loves you and you are an AWESOME presenter. That's it. I'm done! (Just kidding...sorry!). I am sooo sad and know I will miss you very very very very very very VERY much! Boo Hoo! Should I call Shelli and get your job back for you? Hugs to you Jaron!

Lisa

Becky Elfert said...

I'll miss you Jaron. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Jaron,

You are a very special person. In a crowd of people you absolutely shine, and I know you will find another great job. God is good. He will provide for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Jaron,

Stampin' p! won't be the same without "U" Truly....your talent in so many areas will get you thru to anther venture soon...

CM

Vanessa said...

I will miss all the hilarious stories that Shannon would share with me. But don't worry, I'll still continue to stalk your blog!

Leslie said...

Jaron, you rock! Not only do you only have wonderful things to say about SU! but for all of us who you have touched through the years. I am pleased that I have had the chance to meet you a few times. Thank you for all that you have done and shared with us. your creativity is a true wonder!!

Prayers and hugs to you and your family!!!

p.s. I could use you to make my stamp room all that it should be. How you feel about CA???

Ann said...

Jaron,

What can I say that others have not. :( It's disheartening to hear the news & not understand as a Demonstrator the complete thought process behind the decision.

I was very fortunate to go to my one & only convention in SLC the year that I started with SU & saw you in action! I never had a chance to meet you in person due to all your groupies! LOL! But I loved everything about the convention! I was like a deer in headlights when I attended. :)

You know that your following will not wain, you don't need to be associated with any particular company. You are your own brand!

How about taking a show on the road visiting cities that have not been reached before, or the obvious - start your own company.

I'd love to see you come to the Windy City (Chicagoland)& the suburbs here! I know your roots are in Utah, but you can come visit us any time! I'm sure a "Jarod" convention would be a hit & followers would be there from all over the country! OK, I'm really not trying to sound creepy, but it's true & you know it! You have a great following & I don't think it will end with your job at Stampin' Up!

Hey, how about "Jarod's Creative Room Organization to the Rescue" show. You could be like the show "Clean House" where you help organize & declutter gals or gents spaces. Mine isn't dirty, but it definitely needs to be organized. I'm great at buying things, but organizing all of my purchases is another thing! My room was built just for me & I really would love to have you come & help me organize it! You could tackle my room as your first challenge! :) Or what about a show on HGTV or DIY called "Jarod's Creations".

You have such a following that anything you do will be a hit! Your family is so lucky to have you as a wonderful Dad & husband! As you spend time with them, get those creative juices flowing & think POSITIVE about what your dreams are that you might have put on the back burner.

As many have said when God closes a door he opens a window. Maybe it is your time to shine in your own venture!

I hope that you will continue to keep your blog open & share your thoughts & feelings with all of us.

Know that we are here to listen & support you & your family!

Stampin' Smiles from Ear to Ear,
Ann :)

Kelly A. Swienton said...

For those of us who were lucky enough to hear you sing at convention, you certainly would do well on Broadway! You have amazing talent Jaron and I can't believe they let you go -- definitely our loss! Thank you for making your classes so funny and interesting; I always signed up for your classes that took place after lunch because I knew I wouldn't fall asleep! LOL I wish you the best in all you do; you are a wonderful father and friend to all, so hold your head up high and know that there's a better plan ahead! Best of luck Jaron and thanks again -- you will be sorely missed!

Bev said...

Jaron,
I cried when I heard the news about you & Linda Hansen. I am sad for the others but you are the only two I have met personally. I have a picture that was taken of us at convention last year. Convention will never be the same without you two. I was getting sad that I couldn't go until I heard the news. Now I'm glad I can't go. Good luck in the future. I know you will accomplish amazing things with your incredible talent. You will be sorely missed. I was just watching some training videos to get ideas for future classes & now I am crying again.

Michelle said...

I don't know if you actually get to read all these blog responses, but I guess you've got time now...(just kidding-this is what I tell people since I lost my job a month ago...)
I so enjoyed meeting you and watching you present. My first convention was Better Your Best and you totally knocked my socks off! You are very talented. I wish you much success.
On a good note, now Teresa doesn't have to share you with 6000 other women!

sherri said...

Know you will be very missed and I will be praying for you! I'm sure you will find a new job very soon. Your personality is captivating to people.

Amy Beaman said...

Jaron,
You will be terribly missed by so many of us! You continue to inspire and motivate us. I can honestly say that you made me a better demonstrator and encouraged my enthusiasm. I especially looked forward to your training at events.
I pray that you will find peace as you press forward through what currently feels like a trial. I hope that you are able to eventually look at this as a stepping stone to bigger and better things.

April C said...

I am so sad to see you leave! You are such an inspiration!

Loree said...

Jaron,
I am going to miss you at convention SO MUCH! You are such a HUGE highlight and I was totally shocked when you were included in the layoffs. You make me laugh, you are so adorable and so very talented.
I hope that one day you will be back, in some capacity. We will all miss you tremendously! The next company that gets you, is lucky indeed!
Hugs,
Loree

Anonymous said...

I'm so very, very sorry, Jaron. I am a 10 year demo'r and I can't imagine a Convention without you. You will truly be missed and I wish nothing but the very best for you in all that you do. Please know how much you are admired and respected. And yes, we ARE your demos *Ü*

Renée said...

I was SO upset to hear the news!YOU were the reason I traveled to Utah, YOU were the reason I went to every regional near me, YOU were the reason I dragged my husband to Orlando in January! You are a wonderful person and I wish you the best of luck!It just won't be the same without YOU!

Bev Dahl said...

Thank you for being YOU.
You have been an awesome inspiration to a lot of people in the few short years you were with SU. You, Linda and Lori WERE convention. I know others that are talented will be there and will proudly pick up where you left off and continue on: inspiring us all to create to the best of our ability.
But you 3 especially, will leave a void in the experience.
Thank you for all you have done and if all of us Hobbyists get up and start working our business more wisely maybe you can be back sooner!
God be with you and your families.

Billie Jean McGinnis said...

Jaron,

Remember the Atlantic City regionals when you were sick? I am the demonstrator that brought you cold medicine.

I am very sad to hear of your news. You are my favorite presenters and I will miss your smiling face on stage. Maybe every once in a while you could send me a video of one of your projects? A little dose of Jaron is good every now and then.

I wish you luck in the job search. Please know that you were always a highlight of any SU event. My prayers are with you and your family.

Dawn said...

Dear Jaron,

I have tried so many times over the last few days to write this post and every time I just start to cry and cry and cry. I am overhwhelmingly sad beyond words my friend....my heart is truly broken. You have helped me more than you will EVER be able to know in my business. You have given me opportunities, courage, wisdom, inspiration, many laughs and above all friendship and for all those amazing gifts and the many more I can not even begin to list here, I am so very grateful.

I will be in touch soon, but for now I want you know that I love you more than all the emblishments in China!!

Dawn Rapsas

Linda said...

Jaron, you are an inspiration to all of us and you will be missed emensely! Thank you for all your hard work throughout the years at SU and for always making convention my favorite time of year. Good luck to you and may God smile down upon you and your family.
Hugs,
Linda Daley, NJ

Alise said...

Jaron,

I admire the way you stayed so positive even though I realize how tough this has got to be! I have always loved how enthusiastic you were on stage when you demoed! I hope things go well for you in the future, and just wanted to let you and your family know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all through this difficult time!

Jeanelle said...

I was at the Seattle event on Friday and our table cheered when we saw you (and Linda) on the convention video. You obviously know how highly you're thought of based on all of these comments so check back here often if you're ever feeling down.

You brought so much light and fun to every SU event and you will be sorely missed. Come clean my stamp room anytime you want - I'll provide treats and unlimited diet coke!

Mary said...

I'm so shocked to hear of SU letting you go. I've been out-of-town and arrived back home to hear this upsetting news! I can't imagine convention or regionals without your cheerful, funny and helpful techniques. You're so creative and such an "entertainer", you've made a lot of boring classes, really exciting. While no one likes to lose a job, especially at SU where it seems you REALLY make friends, I'm sure given your talents and caliber of person, you'll find something another exciting job! I pray God will place something in your way quickly and alleviate your burden. Thank you so much for enriching my life! Mary Cargill, Reno, NV

Cindy Major said...

God bless your little heart for finding a positive outlook in a sad and sucky situation. Your incredible personality just shines through your blog and reminds me of why you were such a pleasure to be around at SU! events. It was so nice to find your blog and read some news about you! (Wish I had found it way sooner, but the upside is that I now have a lot of nice reading material to keep me busy and smiling!)

I hope you get to spend some quality time with your children and then find a job worthy of your talent and that you will enjoy.

Oh, and I can definitely make a mess out of my stamping room if it can get you here in Quebec City! It's such a beautiful city, you should really take a vacation here with your wife and the kids, I'm sure you would all love it! I could show you around and talk YOUR ear off! haha! (As far as I know, we were never lucky enough to have you here for an event - well, Montréal, but Qc City is way prettier!! ;P)

I'm sending you all my best wishes and hope this turns out for the best for you. Bonne chance!

One of your many fans,
Cindy

Debbie Seyer said...

I need a stamp room reorganization. Can you come to Arnold MO? Just kidding. I am so sorry about the SU job but can't help but think there is great things on your horizon! God never lets us down!! Good luck and thanks for all you have done to inspire me!!

leanna_griffon said...

Jaron, I am just 10 minutes south of Arnold, Missouri so you could catch two birds with one trip! Actually, I could probably set you up with three or four more in the area! Seriously, I was so disappointed to hear about your departure from SU and admire you for the way you are handling it publicly. It just shows what character you truly have. I know with your talent and personality you will land on your feet with something great that is heading your way! Please continue to post so that we can follow your wonderful family and career!

wandaclasen@msn.com said...

Jaron,

Best Wishes to you. You will truly be missed.

You have touched my life by sharing your humor, creativity, and talent.

I hope our pathes will cross again.

All the Best,
Wanda Clasen

Lisa said...

Hey- I missed you in Seattle. Your Blog brought me to tears. I haven't made it up to the third floor today, I just don't think I can take it, maybe tomorrow :( Good Thing Shannon came to my desk today.

Just like Shannon I am jealous of who gets to work with you next. Thanks for making me laugh!

Aimee said...

Jaron,

As you can read on my blog (Under the pic. that is always displyed of you and I) you're my favorite SU! employee, so I'm sooo sad that you won't be around anymore. I hope SU! will ask you and the others back after things improve, but I know you'll land another job. You're an amazing, energetic person and surely a fantastic worker. I wish you and your family the best. Sometimes things that are at first horrible become a blessing. Maybe you can focus on a singing/acting career?!
Who will I stalk at SU! events for a picture now? haha I have 3 of the two of us!
Good luck, Jaron!

:) Aimee
aimeeg18@aol.com

brandi said...

Jaron,
I am so sorry to hear the news! You will definitely be missed, by so many! Wow what a tough time to go through, on so many levels. All my love to your cute family. Thanks so much for all the fun working with you! I truly need a stamp room re-organization!! How much to come to Pleasant Grove? Hugs, hugs and more hugs!
-Brandi

Anonymous said...

Jaron, I saw you recently at the Minneapolis regional seminar and loved your presentation! I am so sorry that you are laid off but you have so much talent and such a great personality that some lucky company is bound to hire you soon!

Anonymous said...

Jaron,
I am praying for you to find the next step in your career. I have found that the next step is even better than the last, and so I hope it is for you. We demos will miss your funny banter, your goofy mistakes during presentations, your salesmanship (we all own those darn ribbon cutting scissors because of YOU, you know...). God speed your way forward!
J. In IL

Jen Barrett said...

You, Linda, and Lori will be SO missed! I hope you continue your blog so I can "keep in touch". You have no idea how much I've enjoyed your demonstrations, your positive attitude, and YOU over the last several years that I've been a demonstrator. You and your family will be in my prayers daily!

mcnette said...

You will do just fine. You are a talented presenter that will be in great demand. Remember you excel at a skill that most people are more scared to do than die. My paying job (SU demo is my spending job) is in the software biz and there is a lot of transition. Thus I have experienced serverl lay-offs. They always lead me to a better place. Enjoy some time with your family. Check out my friends site www.evenanerd. com. She is a talented public speaker that turned a lay off into a new career.

Andrea said...

Jaron,

I just learned this evening that you were laid off from SU. It took me a little while to locate your blog and I am so glad that you have one. I want to let you know that you made the last 5 conventions I attended a WONDERFUL experience. You are so funny, so smart, so talented and BRAVE for getting up in front of a bunch of women and stamping your heart out. We will miss your creativity, humor and really cool outlook on life, stamping and things in general. I wish you all the best. I am sure that whatever you do, you will be tremendously successful. I am happy that you are able to spend time with your "chickens" they are so lucky to have a dad like you. On those rides home, crank up some Donny Osmond I remember you saying his music made your spirit lift! Hang in there. You will NEVER, EVER be forgotten. Fondly, Andrea in Denver

Anonymous said...

Jaron-
I have seen you at Regionals a couple times and even had my picture taken with you at the last one. I hope that you know how many people you touched the lives of while working at SU! You are so funny and positive and I hope that you continue to do well with whatever life gives you. Thank you for EVERYTHING!! My prayers are with you and your family!

kathleenh said...

Jaron, I will surely miss you at all of Regionals, Conventions and product videos! I remember the first time I saw you at a Stampin' Up! event. It was a break out talk at the Minneapolis Regionals. You had recently been hired and you had us laughing from the get go. I love your witty presentations, fabulous projects and enthusiasm. You were my favorite presenter at Stampin' Up! events. I am in denial that you were dismissed from Stampin' Up! I keep hoping there is a way for Stampin' Up! to hire you back. I event wrote to them about it. I wish you the best in whatever you decide to do with your career. God bless you and your family.

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