Hello again, World!
Ashlee here… yes, I am still alive. It has been a long time since January (when I last wrote a post). I have a story to share as to why I have been absent from this blog. No, it was not because I got bored with writing… I love writing… it was because of what this blog is all about — career transitions, life transitions, family.
In a previous post, I talked about how hard it was for me to work as a case manager. I definitely experienced a lot of secondary trauma! Not that any situation got ‘really’ bad with my job, but I know my limits and I knew I had to get out of that career path. Last October I was offered a job as a HR Consultant with a major corporation, and I only had two thoughts on my mind… get out of case management (and quick) and make more money! Surely this combination will make me happy… but I was wrong.
Life is funny…
… who would have thought that the very things that I was running from were the things that I would later be chasing (somewhat)? I know, I know… you are probably thinking “Okay, where are you going with this? Get to the point already!” But the truth is, I have yet to reach that point. I know what the point is, and as I learn and grow I know I will eventually reach it.
I’ll stop speaking in metaphors now and cut to the chase. The reason I have not been on since January is because I realized that although I finished up my Masters and was prepared to work in the corporate HR world, I still was not HAPPY! Everyone’s ‘happy’ is different, and it is funny that the very thing you were previously unhappy about before could be where you find happiness later on, for me it was at a different capacity. I am talking about career happiness.
I missed the nonprofit world, I knew that is where I belonged. I began to brainstorm how to get back into the ‘business’ but at a different level. I knew I could no longer do case management – and then it happened, a truly extraordinary opportunity opened up. A local nonprofit was seeking a person to work as the development lead. I began researching development and the impact a development team makes on a nonprofit. It seemed to be a perfect match, so I applied. And yes, I got the job!
True happiness is what you make it
I have been working for this nonprofit for 3 months now, and I can truly say that I am HAPPY!! I did not need that extra money (yes, I took a pay cut, but I am still happy), I did not need that HUGE corporation (yes, my nonprofit is small – 6 employees!), and I did not need that much separation from service work (see what services my organization provides here). How truly awesome is it that I get to use my passion of writing and help create new programs for a nonprofit that benefit my community! How could I not be happy with that?
Here is to the future
I am excited to begin writing about my development journey and how my organization is making a difference is the lives of our community members. This blog is no longer fitting as a complete career change, but rather a true transitional career. I am excited to see how I transition and grow in the nonprofit world. Who knows? Maybe one day I will own a nonprofit of my own! (Yes, that is my ‘point’)