Tammy Fisher of Curiositeej, LLC & In The Doll World Media, LLC explains her new decisions and priorities.
Today, Georgette announced I have left In The Doll World (ITDW). I actually left in December. I think it was hard for both of us to make the announcement that's why it has taken so long to do it. After Georgette shared her most recent interview and introduced herself as "the" host of ITDW, I think we both felt the need to make the announcement.
People are asking why I left. Georgette told the truth. I left because I wanted to spend more time with my family and on other projects. I, like over 8 million Americans, have used this COVID time to reflect on my life. What I found is my priorities were out of sync, and they did not reflect who I AM.
I spent the majority of my day doing ITDW work. Please don't take this the wrong way. I am not complaining. I am just stating a fact. It is also a fact that I CHOSE to spend the majority of my day on ITDW. I started devoting more-and-more time to ITDW and less time to other things. It was what some people refer to as "scope creep". Without having clearly defined deadlines and deliverables, it is easy for a project to expand and almost take on a life of its own. This is what happened with ITDW. I LOVED ITDW! I LOVED WORKING WITH GEORGETTE! ITDW brought me a great deal of joy! But, the joy was costly: it was something I couldn't seem to get enough of. I also have ADHD; so, I can focus like a magnifying glass. I can work on a project non-stop for hours without realizing how much time it is taking. This was the case with me and ITDW.
I got up in the morning and went straight into my office to work. Sometimes, I wouldn't eat until lunch time. My family has developed a tradition of stopping around noon and having lunch together. It is one of those silver linings in the COVID cloud. After lunch, I would go back into my office and work through dinner. I was living and breathing ITDW. I created and updated the social media accounts and the web site. I found the majority of the guests. I developed relationships with the guest. I created the celebrations. I wrote the press release and the articles that appeared in the magazines. ITDW was my world.
One day, one of my children said to me: "You talk to Georgette more than you do to anyone in this house." It was eye-opening. We were not having an argument. We were having a simple conversation. I realized my kid was correct. That's when I decided I needed to evaluate my life and time to see what was going on. What was going on was ITDW! I enjoyed my work. I met wonderful people. I spent hours watching fascination and entertaining doll-related videos. I am blessed to have the time to do this work. Many of you know, I joke about having been on maternity leave for over 20 years. Though I said it jokingly. I recently realized, it wasn't a joke. I was living my life like I was waiting for the REAL part of my life to happen. I helped launch businesses. I helped people expand businesses and organizations. I feel proud of my volunteer efforts. I think the world is a better place because of my work. I think the world benefits when any of us does a loving act to support our siblings. I also realized those who I love and cherish the most were getting the least of me.
FUTURE: I'm not sure what the future holds. I am currently in the early stages of a collaboration with Smarty Pants Academy. Our goal is to create an educational environment the supports young children and their families. I am super excited about the collaboration. I am also entering the collaboration remembering to focus on my family.
DOLL WORLD: I will always be part of the doll community. I have developed life-long relationships with other doll lovers. Part of the collaboration with Smarty Pants Academy includes dolls. So, I will still be here.