From Jeanette: It All Started With a Stamp…

Yesterday we observed one of my favorite celebrations here at Close To My Heart: Lynton Burger Day. This was our sixth annual Lynton Burger Day, a day for me to thank the incredible employees here at Home Office by feeding them burgers as big as their faces—or nearly anyway!

This year we had some special guests join us for the festivities. Australasian Managing Director, Brian O’Callaghan, and our new Canadian General Manager, Pierre Gelinas, were both in town this week for an international coordination meeting. Lynton Burger Day provided a nice break from the long hours of meeting and strategizing.

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As I looked around at my employees and our special guests during this celebration, it was a powerful visual reminder of how far this company has come from when I first got into the business over thirty years ago. It sometimes catches me off guard, and I am filled with gratitude. Walt Disney liked to say that “it all started with a mouse.” Well for me, it all started with a stamp. An old-fashioned wood and rubber stamp that I just knew held so much creative potential in it.

It’s only fitting during this National Stamping Month to think back to those early days. In the beginning, I was drawing every stamp design myself—I prided myself on being a professional doodler! But I didn’t stop there. I also made the stamps myself, working late into the night to cure the rubber in the oven of my kitchen. The smell was terrible! I remember my children complaining that the smell would get into their clothes, and I would send them to school smelling like cooked rubber.

Jeanette archive picIt was a one-woman operation back then, and I did it all, which was both exhilarating and exhausting. Thankfully, we don’t operate that way anymore. We have grown so much that there is no way I could do it all myself now—and that is truly something to be grateful for. Now I have teams of talented, dedicated, intelligent individuals, each doing their part to carry this company forward. Our focus is to support our thousands of Consultants all over the world, who are an integral part of our success. Working together, we inspire others to embrace their creativity, to celebrate cherished relationships, and to make the world a more beautiful place.

That’s what I love about Lynton Burger Day—it celebrates the blessing of teamwork. It may have all started with a stamp, but it has grown into something much, much more beautiful.

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