The Truth

Ansley Ansley
Hey guys, so a lot of stuff has changed recently with Eden. I'm sure all of you are more than aware that I decided to resign my position with the company.

First, I need to say that I admire and have so much respect for Fred. What he is trying to accomplish here is so unique and innovative there is no blueprint for it. In business, you try things and sometimes they work out and sometimes they don't. This makes it seem like Eden is volatile when really it is just adaptive. At the end of the day, the company is still a for-profit organization and when necessary things have to change.

I was given an opportunity to do something really amazing, that I had never done before (I have a background in administration with e-commerce, but I was always an assistant to a VP, never directly managing the social media side of things) and I have learned so many awesome things. I will forever cherish those moments.

As a leo, it is in my nature to bite off more than I can chew and I was trying to manage a household, a marriage, and Eden all at the same time and Eden and my marriage kept colliding. After a series of quite unfortunate events which are personal and details I wish not to share, I was given an ultimatum: my marriage or Eden. And we all know how that worked out.

My husband is not a complainer and he has never given me an ultimatum before so I knew he was beyond serious. After losing his mother this year, he has regrouped his priorities and is more demanding of my time than ever.

I took on my role with Eden with gusto and pride, not because I had to work or needed a paycheck, but because I believe in this company, its mission, and its potential.

I will continue to be a part of the community (as long as you all will have me) and now I can enjoy the fun stuff again - writing reviews (hey maybe I'll finally hit my first milestone), contests and those kinds of things that I couldn't do as staff.

So in short - I love Eden, I stand behind the company and the changes that were made, it was not any one thing in particular but a series of things that led to me having to make a choice. I feel no ill-will toward the company or the community and I am so very, very blessed to have worked with all of you for the last year. I'm going back to being a housewife. Wooohoooo!!!
03/25/2013
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Kindred Kindred
Ahem, since you have so much more free time, I think you still owe me a review as a student. Just saying...
03/25/2013
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
We will miss you at the helm but I am sure that Fred already has an amazing person lined up to take over and you will have the opportunity to enjoy your marriage and being "just" a housewife!

Now then get on with the milestone making!
03/25/2013
PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
So glad that we were able to hear from you about all of this. It's good to know the truth, though I'm sorry that this is how things turned out. You made the absolute best choice given your circumstances and I admire you that much more for knowing what you had to do. You will be (and already are) greatly missed as a staff member, but I look forward to seeing you participate in all the activities as a contributor!
03/25/2013
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Kindred
Ahem, since you have so much more free time, I think you still owe me a review as a student. Just saying...
Hehehehe

That I do. Just might be for the James Deen...god that thing is fantastic!
03/25/2013
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Airen Wolf
We will miss you at the helm but I am sure that Fred already has an amazing person lined up to take over and you will have the opportunity to enjoy your marriage and being "just" a housewife!

Now then get on with the milestone making!
Yes milestone making! There's a part of me that's really sad that I won't be the author of those things any more but there is also a part of me that is super-relieved. Sort of like being let out for recess, ya know.
03/25/2013
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by PropertyOfPotter
So glad that we were able to hear from you about all of this. It's good to know the truth, though I'm sorry that this is how things turned out. You made the absolute best choice given your circumstances and I admire you that much more for ... More
Thank you so much, now I get to build more one on one relationships and that kind of thing and I'm sure I'll still be bugging the admins with "but if you do this...", it's just in my nature. Wild horses couldn't drag me completely away from EF. I even started looking for my first potential assignment, which is something I haven't done in like six months. I'm excited, to be honest.
03/25/2013
BG529 BG529
We will miss you!!!
03/25/2013
PassionCpl PassionCpl
Whatever the full, personal reasons are, I think you made the best choice and I'm sure if the roles had been reversed your husband would have done the same for you.

Good to know you're still going to be around as 'one of us'. As an Admin, you'll be a tough act to follow
03/25/2013
Kindred Kindred
Quote:
Originally posted by Ansley
Hehehehe

That I do. Just might be for the James Deen...god that thing is fantastic!
Now I know what you were busy doing all weekend. Or rather, who you were busy doing!
03/25/2013
Gary Gary
It was very cool of you to share your reasons for leaving with the community. Thank you for that! I hope you enjoy your time hanging out and reviewing!
03/25/2013
Hazeleyes2012 Hazeleyes2012
We understand family always comes first! When one window closes another door opens!
03/25/2013
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by BG529
We will miss you!!!
I'll still be around. Promise!
03/25/2013
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by Kindred
Now I know what you were busy doing all weekend. Or rather, who you were busy doing!
And it's alllll your fault. Hubby says thank you, btw. With a huge freakin' grin on his face.
03/25/2013
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by PassionCpl
Whatever the full, personal reasons are, I think you made the best choice and I'm sure if the roles had been reversed your husband would have done the same for you.

Good to know you're still going to be around as 'one of us'. ... More
Thank you! I think whomever takes on the position will be fantastic. That's the cool thing, we're all allowed to retain a bit of our personalities as admins and we get to put our own flare on things. Who knows, she might dazzle you with Northern Lights when all I had were a few fireworks up my sleeve.
03/25/2013
Ansley Ansley
Quote:
Originally posted by Gary
It was very cool of you to share your reasons for leaving with the community. Thank you for that! I hope you enjoy your time hanging out and reviewing!
You. You I miss most of all. Such an amazing opportunity to work with you and I had the best time brainstorming ideas. You're an awesome boss and you have a fantastic outlook on everything.


OKay, I'll stop gushing. Just starting to get a little emotional here...
03/25/2013
indiglo indiglo
Glad to hear you'll still be around! That makes me very happy.
03/25/2013
Jenn (aka kissmykitty) Jenn (aka kissmykitty)
You most definitely didn't owe anyone an explanation, but nevertheless, I'm sure we appreciate knowing, and are most importantly glad to know that you are okay. <3 It'll be nice to still see you around.
03/25/2013
November November
Thanks for starting this thread to explain what happened. Now all the rumors will be put to rest.

I think you made the right choice and that you won't regret it, like Hazeleyes2012 said, family always comes first. I look forward to reading more reviews from you and seeing you around on the forums. So glad you're sticking around.
03/25/2013
SneakersAndPearls SneakersAndPearls
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Originally posted by Ansley
You. You I miss most of all. Such an amazing opportunity to work with you and I had the best time brainstorming ideas. You're an awesome boss and you have a fantastic outlook on everything.


OKay, I'll stop gushing. Just starting ... More
I'll miss you most of all, Scarecrow, I mean, Gary.

(I'm so sorry. I couldn't resist and it was right there.)
03/25/2013
Gone (LD29) Gone (LD29)
Given your reasons, I think you made the right decision. So glad to hear that you're going to remain a part of the community even if you're not here in an admin capacity anymore. You know we would all miss you terribly!

03/25/2013
edeneve edeneve
thank you, Stormy, for sharing your truth w/ all of us. this will stop all the rumors and guessing. we all have to do what is right for ourselves or all hell can break loose in our lives. you obviously have your priorities that work for you set in place.

I want you to know how much I appreciate handling all my many questions when I first came to EF. and I do mean 'many'. and I want to thank you for referring me to, js250, who became my mentor shortly thereafter, to help with my questions.

you've been wonderful, informative, friendly, prompt, and patient w/ me since I've been w/ EF. and I want everyone to know how special you are. I'm looking forward to your community participation and reviews. and I hope we can stay in touch.
03/25/2013
SneakersAndPearls SneakersAndPearls
But in all seriousness (and I meant to post this 20 minutes ago but am easily distracted. You know how I am), I think you made the right decision and I respect you for it. You were awesome as staff and I'm sure you will continue to be awesome as a community member.
03/25/2013
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Whoa weird Chrome hiccup!
03/25/2013
P'Gell P'Gell
We'll miss you as an Admin, Stormy. You were very kind to me when I was having stuff going on, and I really appreciate it.

Your life with your husband is paramount. Go enjoy him and enjoy your life doing what you love best.

03/25/2013
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
So happy to hear you will be sticking around. Sometimes you just have to make the right choices in life. Also thanks for letting us in even if it is only a little bit.
03/25/2013
Missy27 Missy27
Stormy, thank you for your dedication and contribution and your willingness to help at all times. Looking forward to seeing you as a community member.
03/25/2013
Sammi Sammi
Yes, more reviews from you!
03/25/2013
KinkyKatieJames KinkyKatieJames
I'm sorry things were rough for you, but you definitely made the right choice. I wish you and your husband all the best!
03/25/2013
Bme Bme
Best wishes in your future. Choosing your marriage over a job is the right thing to do. Even if it is a great job that you love, Your job will go on without you but your spouse will not.
03/25/2013
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