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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Pinch Me, I'm Dreaming....

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
--Seneca, Roman Philosopher

It has been one of the most unbelievable weeks for me: this week, a dream, a BIG dream came true.

This week, I was informed by Sundance Catalog that 6 of my designs--YES 6!!!!--will be part of their Fall 2010 catalog. I can't believe that after years of thinking about it, daydreaming about it, inspired by it, that it has actually materialized before me.

I can only believe that this journey--although years in the making--is setting sail today because it was meant to at this time of my life.

Many things leading up to the news has made me believe in small miracles that set the stage for even bigger ones. About a month ago, I had sent samples for another catalog's Fall book, only to get all of the samples back with no note, no "thank you", really no acknowledgement that I had made the investment of money and time! I was bummed out, to say the least, that my hard work didn't bear fruit. But it actually had--I just didn't know it at the time.

I had a pity party about the catalog's rejection for an hour, then dusted myself off and went straight into my studio and submitted all of the images from my fall line to Sundance's online submission form. I figured, "what have I got to lose?"

The next day the buyer called, asking me to send about 15 of my samples from the images she saw online. I was floored.

Had I not gotten all of the samples back from the catalog, I would not have been able to send them to Sundance. I had made a rookie mistake: I only made 1 set of samples!!!! So, if I hadn't been rejected by Catalog #1, my dream opportunity would have knocked and I'm not sure I'd have been able to answer as quickly as I did.

So here I am, poised to see where this journey takes me. I can't wait. I am so proud of myself I can't hardly stand it. I did it--Just me! And that feels damn good for a change.

What's holding you back from the opportunity of a lifetime? What door is waiting for you to open? Take a deep breath, stand at the edge of the cliff and feel the wind whipping in your hair. Close your eyes, extend your hands and jump into the light. You never know where it might lead you.


  1. oh my gosh...THAT IS AMAZING!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!! I worship Sundance catalog (my nightstand drawers are FULL of their catalogs). Way to go, Carrie! You're such an inspiration : ) Go celebrate, although I'm sure you're already on it! - Janell

  2. Thanks so much Janell. I am celebrating tomorrow night, actually! :-) I am still in awe of the whole thing, but so excited. I can't wait to see what's next. Thanks so much for your kind words and support!

  3. You deserve it. Your work is breathtaking!

  4. many congrats! sundance is awesome...and now you are part!

    i love what how you realized a closed door opened another!
    i am inspired!

  5. WOW!!!! This is soooo awesome!! I'm so very proud of you too!!

    You totally deserve the biggest pat on the back that anyone could give. You go girl! :D