It's true that I am leaving QVC after 11 great years.  I'm looking forward to opening myself up to new ideas and experiences in life, but I'd be fooling myself if I didn't admit that it's a little scary.  I've been so lucky to have a healthy family, nephews, my niece, great friends and co-workers, all in their own way who have opened up and shared a piece of their life with me.  Through a different lens, and mentally picturing myself for one day in their shoes, came the realization that I want to try other things.  That I want to value and really, really be present with my family & friends more.  Something so simple, yet so profound happened last summer.  My beautiful black lab, Piper, stopped going up the stairs.  I live alone with my two dogs (little Miss Sydney!) and I cannot express in words what it felt like standing at the top of the stairs watching my precious dog struggle and hesitate to make the climb.  And the reality is this: the choice was made for her.  Her body simply said "Sorry ole gal, but we can't do this anymore".  Sleeping without her that night was absolutely heartbreaking.  It brought up so many things about life and the unexpected things that happen, and that although we may think so, no, we never really are in control of certain things.  What we can control is how we feel about them, how we respond to them, and ultimately what we do when these unexpected and unwanted changes happen.  I bought her the best bed I could find and put it in the living room, set it in front of the fireplace.  I slept downstairs by her side for a week straight.  I was inconsolable at the time, because what happened to Piper is in it's own subtle way what will eventually happen to each and every one of us.  We simply won't be able to "make the climb" anymore.  So I started to look at things differently, I talked to my family and friends more and reached out to people I haven't seen in years.  I stepped back and looked at my life, which is not really where I ultimately envisioned it to be.  I would love to boast about my children, husband & homelife, but my picture right now just looks different than what I would have thought had you asked me 10 years ago.  I have an opportunity now to take a step, start a new journey and I'm going to embrace that.  I know that if Piper could climb up those stairs one last time, she definitely would!
 Thanks to those of you who have been so supportive and kind.  And I've loved hearing your stories onair and through facebook and emails about your children, grandchildren, sisters, friends... that's the neat part about what I got to experience at QVC.  Best wishes to all of you.  I'm off now to pack a suitcase for a little 2 year old named Finn who will be waiting for me to take him to see his Daddy tomorrow.  What's better than that? :) 
 


Laurie
02/24/2011 2:25pm

Good for you Patti! Wishing you the best that life has to offer. Seize the opportunities without trying to force things to happen.

Spent a summer with my bff as she was dying from ovarian cancer and leaving behind a 13-yr old son and her husband. Faith, family, and friends are what's important.

Keep us posted on your endeavors. We will miss seeing you on the Q...thanks for sharing your heart.

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Judy
02/24/2011 2:34pm

Patti,
I am so sad to hear this .first Lisa Mason and now you, I wish you would stay but I understand you have to do this now. I hope wherever your dreams take you, you will fly and enjoy!! You will be missed exspecially by me!!!
Judy

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Stac
02/24/2011 3:10pm

Congratulations on making the, what I'm sure must have been a very difficult, decision to expand your horizons and see where life's journey takes you! I really enjoyed watching you over the years and will surely miss you and feel like I'm losing a friend! I wish you nothing but the best and hope that your life will be filled with knowledge, beauty, excitement, love and joy!
Thank you Patti!
Stac

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Elizabeth
02/24/2011 3:27pm

Patti
I wish you the best of luck in all your new adventures. Sometimes changes are good and hopefully you will be happy and content on the road ahead.
Liz

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Ashley
02/24/2011 3:34pm

Wow! What bittersweet news. I am sad to see you leave...and thrilled that you are making strides to do something different. What a scary, thrilling, happy, anxious time for you!

Best of luck. Your smile and sincerity will be missed.

Ashley

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Bonnie
02/24/2011 3:56pm

Patti, wishing you all the best in your new step in life. You are a wonderful,compassionate and loving person. Enjoy your family and friends, they are blessed to have you in their lives. Especially your little niece and nephews. May all your dreams come true!

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Andrea
02/24/2011 4:39pm

Patti - Good luck my sweet TV FRIEND. You will be greatly missed. But yes, embrace LIFE and take this chance and embrace this change.

NO REGRETS, NO LOOKING BACK...we must all move forward and UPWARDS. You want a certain life and yes ... you must go for it NOW. I don't want you to look back 20 years from now with the what if's...what if I had left...would I be happier now...

GO FOR IT, you are YOUNG with a bright future ahead. You know when you have had enough....a high salary is not everything...being on TV is not everything....happiness and peace of MIND is priceless.... : )

GOOD LUCK, I know you will a success!!!

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Terie
02/24/2011 6:47pm

Best of luck to you Patti!!

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Trish
02/24/2011 6:51pm

Change is sometimes scary but also exciting. I wish you all the best and know you will do great things!!! Go get your happiness girl!!!

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Shelle
02/24/2011 7:08pm

Dear Patti,

I've enjoyed watching you on QVC for years, and certainly will miss you when you're gone. You made Saturday Night Beauty fun, and Friday Night, too (when you were on!).

I wish you happiness in your new journey, and hope you'll keep in touch with those of us out here who love you.

Best wishes, Patti, and lots of love,

Shelle

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lucia
02/24/2011 7:47pm

hi patti - i was very touched by your words about piper. that brought me to tears. i am also extremely close to my family, and my 2 cats. i wish you the very best, and i hope all your dreams come true. all the best to you!

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Martha Ellen
02/24/2011 7:55pm

Patti I am so sorry you are leaving the Q! I know we all need to follow our bliss and I wish you love and happiness in the future! God Bless You!

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Jo
02/24/2011 8:05pm

Patti, I was saddened and surprised to hear that you were leaving the Q. You will be greatly missed. I wish you all the best in whatever path your life takes you. May all your dreams be fulfilled.

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Jackie
02/24/2011 8:18pm

Good Luck girl! I have two puppies myself, so it's hard to work so much and miss out on things. I'm glad that you will be able to spend more time with your family, including your adorable nephews and niece.

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Susan
02/24/2011 9:05pm

Go for it, Patti. The world opens its doors to young, beautiful, smart women. There are many opportunites for you out there. God bless you, and I hope we can see you soon in your new ventures.

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Nancy
02/24/2011 9:28pm

How wonderful for you! You are embarking on an exciting new journey and you know the love of family, friends, and your so dedicated pets! Some only discover the importance of family when it is too late.

Our lives unfold mysteriously but with its rewards so never regret the decisions you've made as they've made you who you are today!

I wish the very best for you!

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Julie
02/24/2011 10:48pm

Thank you for sharing a big part of your life with all of us as a host on QVC.

I'm so happy for you for making the decision to live your life and put yourself and your loved ones first.

Best wishes, Patti!!! I promise you won't regret this decision.

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02/24/2011 10:52pm

Wishing you the best of luck on your new journey. You will be missed and I hope you continue to keep up your website and share with your "Q" fans what you are up to.

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Susan
02/24/2011 10:56pm

Patti,

I have enjoyed watching you on the Q. I will miss you. Your story about Piper reminded me of my own dog Murphy and his unconditional love. Give them both a hug from me. I wish you only the best that life has to offer. Godspeed.

Susan

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Diane Culhane
02/26/2011 9:52am

This is so beautifully written and poignant I just had to respond. So few of us have the courage to make changes to embrace what truly makes us happy until it is too late and we have lost what we most cherish about ourselves and life. Success is not always defined by money or security. I am so impressed with your insight and courage. Best of everything to you...and dogs rock! Good luck Patti!

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Karen
02/26/2011 2:44pm

Good for you, Patti, for following your heart. I did the same thing several months ago and left a job I had been in for thirteen years. In this economy, the decision was very difficult but the environment at work was so toxic and demeaning and management knew they could get away with it because everyone was scared to be out of work. Yes, it's been a struggle but I'll make it. Only you know what's best for you!

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April Loftis
02/28/2011 6:32pm

Sending You Hugs and Much Love

xoxoxo

Your "family" in Preston, CT.

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Tira Mitsutoo
02/28/2011 7:27pm

Patty,
You will be missed on QVC-you do a great job, but I pray the best as you seek to have the life you desire and deserve. No one wants a life full of regrets. You're an inspiration!!

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Cheryl
02/28/2011 7:57pm

Good Luck, Patti. We only regret the things that we DIDN'T do.
Much love to Piper.
Be well.

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Edie
03/06/2011 4:46pm

I just may follow your lead Patti! Your strength and courage to move on is admirable. So many of us feel the same way but are scared of the unknown. You have a wonderful network of support, so go get busy and 'climb those stairs' while you can. Stay natural, stay real, and stay true to yourself. All best.

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Mary
03/08/2011 7:56pm

Best of Luck with everything you do. You touched my heart and brought a few, okay, many tears to my eyes when you wrote of your dog Piper and his inability to get up the stairs. I too have three dogs and while I have a great husband, I too am not able to boast about children and understand what you mean when you write that your life isn't what you envisioned it to be. Life is short and seems to get shorter at every birthday. If you have the ability and means to experience new things in life, this is the time to do it and I wish you the best.

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Marilyn
03/08/2011 8:35pm

Patty, so surprised to hear your leaving the Q. But follow your dream you won't regret it. My family is the most important thing to me. I was saddend by the story of your precious piper, they tug at our hearts and we have to make decisions at what's best for them. I wish you only the best at your new adventure. How did you loose all your weight. You look GREAT

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Gretchen
03/08/2011 11:14pm

Go with God, Patti, and have a wonderful life. You have brought me a lot of joy. And while I'm sure you've changed over the years (who hasn't?) what struck me as I watched you with Jeanne Bice this week is that you seem exactly the same and just as excited about Jeanne's fashions as you did when you first started on QVC. Size doesn't matter! :) Thank you, and best wishes.

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MJ
03/09/2011 6:58pm

Patti, I read about your departure today. I found your blog as I searched the web to find out why. I have enjoyed watching you all these years...you certainly have that "special something". Please hold onto your amazing spirit and zest for life. All the best to you. How funny that I also discovered we both have black labs named Piper!

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Karyn
03/10/2011 2:24pm

Patti...I have commented many times on your decision to leave the Q and move forward to find your bliss. Like others, I am so impressed with your post. I have read all the comments, and WOW are people wonderful and so thoughtful. I agree with all those who have commented here. I can't beat their wonderful words of encouragement. I too love dogs, and have had many through my life...the unconditional love is wonderful. I am also a grandma, and believe me, I never knew what a great gift this would be. Having my two sons was wonderful...and now having their sons is a bigger bonus. Talk about unconditional love...nothing like a grandkid doing or saying something that makes your heart swell. I wish you success in life...professionally and personally. I hope dreams for the future includes a family of your own. You are a wonderful Aunt. Luck to you Patti, and God's blessings.

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Eve
03/11/2011 1:15am

Good luck to you Patti. I have been watching you for many years and I feel like we are BEST FRIENDS! I will miss you.

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JUDY
03/11/2011 7:42pm

WISHING YOU MUCH JOY IN ALL LIFE'S CHALLENGES. YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED ON THE Q BUT AT LEAST WE WILL STILL BE ABLE TO CHECK IN ON YOU FROM TIME TO TIME. MUCH HAPPINESS AND PRAYERS SENT YOUR WAY.

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Linda
03/11/2011 9:29pm

Patti, I am going to miss you so much! You are such a lovely person. And a true inspiration. Im honored you are allowing us into your life and inviting us to follow you in your journey. May God bless you.

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Joyce
03/11/2011 11:10pm

Patti, you will be missed. You are a beautiful, personable woman whose heart comes through to viewers like me. I feel your pain about your Piper because I've experienced that pain. I know what it's like to leave the security of a job you've been on for a long time, to seek that which makes you happy. You will do great things Patti Reilly; mark my words. Good luck and God bless.

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Sonia
03/11/2011 11:49pm

Wow, Patti, you sure handled yourself well on your last show. I can't believe how composed you were among all that outpouring of love. Great job!

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Sherry
03/11/2011 11:59pm

Patti,

I will miss watching you on the Q, your wonderful smile and laughter. I wish you all the best in your new journey!!

Your story about Piper really touched me and brought tears to my eyes. I also have a lab, a chocolate lab named Sidney and she is my world my everything. Bigs hugs to both your dogs!!

Hugs Sherry

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Maria
03/12/2011 12:20am

Good luck patti. You will be missed. Life goes by so quick you deserve all the best.

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03/12/2011 2:21am

Dearest Patti,

I must say, I was a bit hesitant to leave my own story about a QVC Host, (even if you are My FAVE) and about how You have touched MY Life! Then I thought "Ah! Go For It!" I say this because, truth be told, in no way are or were You ever "just a QVC Host"! You ARE SO MUCH MORE!! Even though I've only watched your shows, over the years I've learned that you are Down To Earth, Family & Friend Oriented, Loving, Caring, Honest and an ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS GAL!...I can imagine you are that and SOO Much MORE in person!
I thank you for turning me to the "Geller Side" not to mention helping me choose the ka-jillion other products I have purchased because of your honest testimony! It has been a pleasure to laugh with you, learn from you as well as watch you grow & I wish you a FAB Future as you enjoy a renewed life! This is not "Goodbye" but "See Ya Soon" because I KNOW You Are goin' places!

So, See Ya' Soon & Enjoy The Ride!

*Gracie.

This Message Is Sent With Tons of Love & Many HUGS!!

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Lisa
03/12/2011 10:58am

Best of Luck Patti! Change is hard, it takes courage to sometimes take that 1st step towards it! Congratulations on taking that 1st step towards the next chapter of your life journey! May it be beautiful, rewarding, filled with love & all your dreams come true!!!
Love, Lisa

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karen
03/23/2011 10:30am

Patti,
I just read your blog on leaving QVC (dated 2/24)with tears running down my cheeks. The tears started when you spoke of Piper. I find myself wishing we were friends because I know we have a lot in common. Please know that you helped me today and I will continue to read your blogs to inspire me in my own life. Best of luck to you.

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Laurene Manwarren
04/06/2011 11:02am

Dear Patti,
Congratulations for being brave and taking a risk! I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2010. I find myself questioning my life. Asking "What If?" and pondering regrets. I'm glad you decided to follow your heart. I wish you all the best.

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Shirley Herson
05/02/2011 6:59pm

Patti, I will also miss you on the Q!! I loved your style hints and what to wear with what. You did such a good job and I enjoyed you so much. You go forward, dear, and search for what has been missing from your life. I am sure it will be bigger and better than before. Have faith in God and he will help you find your way. May God bless you always Patti. Everyone will miss you a lot!! Shirley

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Linda
05/14/2011 6:28pm

Patti,

Your sparkle will be missed! You brought so much joy and laughter and fun to QVC. Now you will have the freedom to take those qualities out into the world. Your audience at QVC will miss you, though. Keep us posted, please. We still need your vibrance and your positive energy, especially in light of what's going on in the world today. I'm so sorry about Piper. You're right; it happens to us all. God bless and, again, keep us posted.

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