I had a great job at Target, but have minimal interest in retail. Eventually I left Target because I found a position at a high school. Thank you! That lasted a month or two.
see his website here) moved immediately and stayed with my parents while we scouted for our own property. I moved up to Iowa after a two-week spell of living alone in Kansas, having been with my husband only over the internet.
Once in Iowa, I was depressed. I knew the para-educator position was a gem. I love helping people, love teaching and felt like I had finally found the best position for me and my soul. Thanks to the generosity of a previous manager, I was able to find temporary work at an old high school job, Subway. It was a long shot from education and community-centered roles but I was willing to take anything to get by.
I began to wonder if we would ever find a place of our own, have jobs that we both loved in the same town (harder than it sounds) and how long I would be stuck at Subway. None of these events made sense to me. It didn't feel right.
Luckily, William met a fantastic woman who is now my supervisor at the local YMCA. We were still living with my parents up to the end of 2012 but moved in to our new home just before new year's. My job at the YMCA is an associate position at our after-school program. I love it. Working with kids, changing lives and being there as an advocate for these kids and their families.
Not only did I get right back into education and community, I started meeting people from other non-profits in the area and am in the works to be a counselor at another local non-profit when I'm not assisting the after school program.
So I have a two-position career in my scopes and am thrilled. I'm so blessed to be at this point in my life. I'm able to help others, be a voice for the unheard and more opportunities are on the rise.
Volunteerism is near and dear to my heart. Now that I'm settling into work and know I can create a sustainable living situation at this income, I'm free to start looking for volunteer opportunities.
Tomorrow I'll be meeting with CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) to discuss becoming an advocate for children in courtroom situations. I sincerely hope I am chosen for this opportunity because I can only imagine how badly these children need an understanding, loving person nearby in what would be a truly terrifying experience in their life.
If CASA doesn't work out, there's hundreds of other opportunities to volunteer and make a difference. I'm sure I'll find where I belong.
Dots on a Page
"Do you ever read the Sunday comics? Well, when I was a little kid, I use to put my nose right up to them. And I was just amazed because it looked like this mass of dots, and none of it made sense until I pulled back. Life looks like that mass of dots to me sometimes. None of it makes any sense, but I like to think that, from God's perspective, life, everything - even this - make sense. It's not just dots. Instead we're all connected, and it's beautiful and funny and good. This close we can't expect it to make sense, not right now." - Latter Days (2003)
This quote is the foundation for this blog. I heard it and suddenly realized that all the little events in my life were certainly dots on a page and someday, I would be able to pull back and see how everything was connected, beautiful, funny and good. This post is no different. The mess before the blessing made no sense to me, but everything happens for a reason - I truly believe that.