Honoring Longevity: 25 Years of Awesome!

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Today we want to recognize a very special anniversary: It was 25 years ago that our dear friend Karen Morris signed up to be a demonstrator for a direct sales company called D.O.T.S., Jeanette Lynton’s stamping company that later became Close To My Heart. Her intention was just to earn a little extra money to help pay for Christmas for her two children. From that modest beginning has grown an impressive legacy of achievement, service, and inspiration that has made a profound effect on Close To My Heart.

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Karen’s list of achievements spans every area of the business, including reaching Presidential Director, the highest title at Close To My Heart. She has been the recipient of multiple personal and Team sales awards, Team building awards, and service awards, and has earned her way to many of our incentive trips to destinations all around the world.

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She has been an integral part of Close To My Heart in many other capacities as well. As a frequent presenter at national events, Karen has trained thousands of Consultants on how to build a successful business like hers. Over the years, she has been a member of multiple Advisory Boards, has been featured in various advertising campaigns and videos, and has even been one of our guest bloggers!

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In 2011, Karen received the company’s highest honor, the Spirit of Close To My Heart award, in recognition of her years of service and her countless contributions to the Close To My Heart community. At this year’s Convention, we recognized her 25-year anniversary onstage by presenting her with a scrapbook filled with pictures from her many experiences, friendships and achievements, some pages of which you can see here.

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Anyone who has met Karen knows she has the biggest heart; she has a gift for making people feel special and important. Karen also has the best sense of humor—and a pretty impressive shoe collection! She is a devoted wife to her husband, Marty, who has been by her side through her entire Close To My Heart journey. She has also filled the role of mother to her two children, Ashley and Trent, who learned to help in the business from an early age, and who have benefited in many ways from their mother’s hard work.

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We want your help in showing our appreciation to Karen on this special anniversary. She has touched the lives of so many, and we want to return the favor! If you know Karen in some way, please share a brief memory or story about how Karen has influenced you in your Close To My Heart business in the comments section. For those who don’t know Karen personally, feel free to simply congratulate her on her 25 years with us. Next week, we’ll randomly select 25 comments—one for each of Karen’s incredible 25 years—and send those individuals the Sangria paper packet, which is the featured paper collection for October! Again, congratulations to you, Karen, for all your accomplishments over the past 25 years. We’re so lucky to have you as part of the Close To My Heart family!

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203 thoughts on “Honoring Longevity: 25 Years of Awesome!

  1. I remember seeing Karen at conventions and was awed by her status. So when I went on my first incentive trip, I was amazed at how gracious and welcoming she was! My husband and I were invited to go out to dinner with her and some other couples. I got a chance to really talk with her and it has been a privilege to call her my friend ever since!

  2. I was honored to serve on the 2012-2013 Advisory Board with Karen. One of the highlights of serving was get to know Karen better. She is a beautiful person—inside and out! I had been inspired over the years by her creativity and her business sense, but getting to know her personally, I have been inspired by her love of others. She exhibits the TRUE Spirit of Close to my Heart and I am blessed to be able to call her my friend! I love you Karen!!! Happy 25th Anniversary! xoxo

  3. I am proud to be part of Karen’s fourth line. I was lucky enough to meet her at my first convention two years ago, and was taken by how warm and welcoming she was. She was as gracious to the new kid who came over from the upheaval that was CM as she was to consultants with long and illustrious CTMH paths. It is a treat to know her and to call her “leader”. Congratulations, Karen! – Fawn Carriker

  4. Congratulations Karen. I am proud to be on the Dream Team. You are an inspiration. Thanks for being so kind to me. Really enjoyed the meal you invited me to at Convention 2015 and the encouraging and helpful information we received. Thanks Netha Carouth

  5. Wow, so proud to be part of your Dream Team. You are one of the many reasons CTMH is such a wonderful company!

  6. Karen has always been an inspiration to me. I have a pic with her from convention 2013 in Dismey World that I love.

  7. I have only met Karen in person once, but I am so happy to be part of her Dream Team. She is the most genuine and nice person, and she truly cares about helping people – not just helping her own bottom line.

  8. My first memory of Karen was attending my first convention, Las Vegas YEAH! She was in a video being shown and her words and that video inspired me to grow my hobby into the business it is today! Congratulations on 25 years Karen!

  9. Congratulations! You are truly an inspiration I’m lucky enough to be part of her 2nd downline under Julie Reynolds! I love the flexibility this company offers. This month is my 21st year with CTMH!

  10. Congrats! When I grow up I want to be just like Karen! I have been blessed to be a part of her Dream Team. It didn’t matter to her that I am way down the downline tree…. She is always soooooo helpful and has such a kind heart! One time, she was sick in bed and she got up to check to see if she had an item I was asking the FB group for. How great is that????? Love her!

  11. Karen has been supportive and a true inspiration for me. I’m proud to be a part of her down line. Congratulations to Karen! Happy 25th!

  12. dearest Karen, I just started but can’t wait till I met you at some time ,in the future. love all those ideas thanks.

  13. I had the pleasure of meeting Karen and her Dad at a craft fair in Las Vegas, they both were delightful. So I went over to the table and did a make and take. After taking the clear acrylic stamps in my hands that was it…. Getting to know Karen each time we had a meeting of the Dream team was so much fun and I would learn so much. Just couldn’t why more people didn’t come and have fun with her and Kim. Marty is a hoot he is always there to greet us and help us if we need to bring things in or get our computers up and running. Together they are a team….no one could possibly do all this on their own without the support of a great spouse and Marty is there for Karen just as she is for him. They have the same health issues, family passing, grand kids being born no matter what I always see a smile and a Happy outlook on things. She doesn’t wait for things to happen she makes things happen. She is always learning and teaching us new tricks to do with our product or if someone else comes up with ideas she is always quick to share. Wife, mom, friend, consultant , teacher and a sister to many of us, all with Love who is close to all of our Hearts…God Bless you sweet one!

  14. I have known Karen for several years. I went to her monthly scrapbook class. I have moved to Arizona but still try to make it to her class as often as I can. She designs the best layouts and I enjoy seeing her. We laugh and tell stories and have a great time. She is a very special person. I miss not going every month but the time I do share with her is great. I am proud of her and all of her accomplishments. I would expect nothing less, she is just that type of person. Congrats!

  15. I know Karen by going to her classes! I have been going to her workshop classes longer than I can remember, but more than 10 years. Karen is a great person, a great friend, an even greater demonstrator! She keeps my interest in stamping active with the creative juices flowing. I love just being around Karen as she’s a very positive up beat person! Love you Karen.

  16. I’ve seen Karen at Convention but have never met personally. Your a huge inspiration to many, congrats on 25 years! Keep up the great work.

  17. I had the pleasure of meeting Karen at last years convention. Her smile and attitude welcomed me with open arms and made me feel so welcomed. Congrats on 25 years! and Thank You!!

  18. Congratulations Karen! You have always had a warm smile and kind word every time we’ve crossed paths.

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  20. What a wonderful tribute to a truly wonderful & beautiful lady! I feel extremely blessed to know Karen! Thanks to CTMH for bringing us together. Close To My Heart has truly changed lives for the better. Karen — thank you for always having that warm smile and contagious laugh. You truly represent what CTMH is all about. Best wishes going into the next 25 years!

  21. Congratulations to you! Proud to be part of your team. We’ll see you at convention in 2016. Keep up the good work and with the beautiful smile.

  22. Karen’s smile lights up a room! Congrats on 25 years and I am proud to be a member of the Dream Team! 🙂

  23. Congratulations on 25 years with CTMH, Karen. What an inspiration you are for other consultants like mine, Keeley Kirwan!

  24. Karen is such an inspiration! With a smile on her face and a willingness to help others, she is truly a great leader. I’m so fortunate to be part of her team. Congratulations!

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