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Whew...It's Over!

That was one of my thoughts when Kathie Lee and Hoda thanked me for being with them on the TODAY Show and then moved on. Of course, another thought I had was, “But wait, I didn’t get a chance to say this. Or this. Or this.” But I have to admit that I felt incredible relief that my first appearance on national television was finally over!

I’ve spent the last few weeks thinking over and over in my mind about what they might ask me, how I might respond, how I could keep the conversation focused on the main points I wanted to make:  How honored we were to be part of the toy drive, how magical the journey of creating something that means something can be, especially for those who are struggling and going through difficult times, and what an amazing company Stampin’ Up! is and what an amazing group of people make it all happen. I’ve fallen asleep almost every night thinking about it, and then started thinking about it again as soon as I woke up the next morning! 

And then it was over!

All of that for such a short amount of time!

I’ve watched the segment a couple of times (check it out here) and can think of several things I would do differently, but at the end of the day, the things that stand out most are how honored I am to be part of a company that is involved in this toy drive and in other causes that make a difference, how privileged I feel to be invited on the TODAY Show, and how overwhelmed I was by the show of support and encouragement that came from so many people! (Loved meeting a few demonstrators afterwards who had come to show their support!)

I can’t even begin to tell you the number of texts, e-mails, and comments I received on Wednesday from family and friends and on Facebook telling me they were thinking of me and wishing me well. I was so touched and grateful--Thank you all for cheering me on and letting me know you cared!

It really was an amazing experience. I get nervous when I speak at convention or demonstrate on local and cable TV shows, but this was totally different! The night before the show while Mom and I were walking around NYC, I couldn’t focus. Nothing interested me, not even shopping!  I just wanted to get to the hotel and go to bed. 

Then right before the shoot, I couldn’t breathe, and I’m sure my blood pressure was off the charts. It’s impossible to really describe, it’s so intense! And then when it’s all over, you say to yourself, “Really? All of that for 30 seconds?”

A few of you have asked what I was holding in my lap. I had hoped for a few seconds to talk about actual Stampin’ Up! products, including some great ways to package gifts. I was holding some Kraft Boxes, our Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags, and some Sweater Trim, which you can use to make great gift packaging in under a minute or two—seriously. Of course, as you noticed, we didn’t have time for that. 

One of the things I was most excited about—and knew we wouldn’t talk about on air—were the gifts we always take with us. Every year we give the producers and hosts and others involved with the show a gift made from Stampin’ Up! product. I really enjoyed being involved in designing what to give this year. 

We came up with the idea of a package of hand-stamped note cards along with a marker and linen thread, a coordinating MDS journal, and a Basic Black Stampin’ Spot and personalized name stamp for each individual that said, “From the desk of. . . “ One of our incredibly talented concept artists took those ideas and ran with them, and I have to say that the final gifts are amazing!  Hopefully the recipients will love them as much as I do, enjoy them and use them—and invite us back again next year! 

And how would I feel about that? Well, it really is an honor to represent this great company and all the people I love who make it so great—but I’m definitely glad it’s a year away!

So that’s my side of the story—check out my mom’s perspective here

Sara Douglass
Advisor to the CEO


  • patti

    Oct 17

    sara you did a great job with the interview. but darling what was on your head? it resembles a bird nest...please , please change your hair creation. not to insult you but to enhance you!!!!!

  • Dona S.

    Oct 17

    Wow, what beautiful notecards! I'm inspired. You did a great job on the show which always has a blazing pace. When things slow down Kathi Lee generally does something really crazy, so count yourself doubly successful. Congrats all around!

  • Alice Zeck

    Oct 17

    Sara, you were great. You made all of us who are part of Stampin Up proud. You were as poised and gracious as your lovely mother.

  • Debi Pippin

    Oct 17

    Sara you did great and I am glad you are taking on a big part of being a spokes person. Couldn't think of a better person to represent us demonstrators and our company

  • Katharina Keays

    Oct 17

    I would love to see you come to Canada and be on 'Canada AM'.

  • Michele Zygmunt

    Oct 17

    You did fabulous with the few seconds given to you. My first thought was she isn't finished - don't you see she is holding something?! I'm so glad you shared on your blog what was in your lap as well as the awesome gifts you took for TODAY staff. Happy Holidays!