Thanks so much for your well wishes everyone - it worked! Along with 29 other fantastic folks from around the world, I have been selected as a Graphic 45 design team finalist.
I admit I checked the post a couple of times, just in case I was imagining my name on the list. (Wait, let me check again... oh, there I am at #19!) My foot is really in the door and now I have the opportunity to WOW 'em with 3 projects in their hot little hands. This is an immense honor and I truly appreciate it.
I have to send a special thanks to my big sister for being such an inspiration in life and a rock through this process. L - you affect my life in positive ways every single day. Thank you!
So, wish me luck!