Thursday, March 18, 2010

Here it is...

Here is the big news, the big change, the thing I have been waiting on and counting on for so many months now. Here is the unfolding of all the hints I have been dropping, the anticipation I have been feeling, and the releasing of all of my anxiety (ok maybe not all of my anxiety). I feel so blessed to be in this position, and I have to pinch myself daily to check if this is all real. It fell in my lap, and while I feel that this is the job for me, and I am the person for this job...it still seems too good to be true. I am now the new Council Director for Girls on the Run-Iredell County. Girls on the Run is my favorite non-profit (mentioned previously on this blog) and I am just so darn lucky to have this awesome job. So for the last week I have been moving files, and boxes, and t-shirts and all sorts of other fun things into my small home office. And while I am excited to work from home, I am also a little stressed about the amount stuff that has been coming through my door this week! Let me tell you, running a small non-profit from your own home is not exactly the most organized decision you can make for yourself! Since this is only a part-time gig until I grow the council into something greater, I have also been on the lookout for a second part-time job that would afford me the time and flexibility to commit to Girls on the Run. So drum roll please...God is Amazing! He just turned up one day...(in the form of Bob Tracy) and offered me another job that fits the criteria mentioned. God (in the voice of Bob) says to me that he is looking for a part time receptionist at his business, Dirty Boys (interesting that God would name his company that!) Pressure Washing and Detailing and is willing to allow me to work on Girls on the Run while I am there (checking emails, voicemails, etc.) Now I am not saying that Bob is God...but that God appeared to me through Bob and has blessed my decision to work for Girls on the Run. Interesting and slightly ironic isn't it that I should work for Girls on the Run and Dirty Boys simultaneously! Well, as if that wasn't enough proof that this is where I belong, I ran in to a man at the YMCA on Tuesday who had a very important message for me (probably handed down from God as well). At the moment I was in a terrible hurry to leave the Y and get home for a quick shower before work...I was in such a hurry I almost blew this man off in an effort to not be late. Thankfully, I stuck around to hear what he had to say. His daughter, a little over a year ago, had been suffering with depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and an eating disorder. She was pushing herself too hard at the gym, and not allowing herself to eat. At the time I was working for the Y, and a member reported to me that she was in the locker room upset and crying. I told her parents about the situation. I never knew the extent of her depression, but I continued to talk to her each day she came into the Y and made it a point to get to know her. Well on Tuesday the man at the Y had pulled me aside to thank me for the role I played in his daughter's life. He told me how their family had been very frightened that they would lose her to her disorder. Since that time over a year ago she has gotten significant help, and while she still struggles, she is on the path of recovery. With tears brimming in his eyes he thanked me for what I thought was just a random act of kindness, but to him meant the entire world. All I thought was how grateful I was to be in the right place at the right time. If you ever wonder why certain things happen in your life...please know that there is a reason. At the time that I got to know this young girl, I myself was unhappy that I had to switch schedules at my job and work evenings instead of mornings. Had I not been there, I may have never made friends with this young woman! I am so grateful that she is doing well and I now realize that these are the moments we live for. Whether we are indirectly or directly saving someone's life physically or spiritually, this is what God created each of us for. And God has placed me in a position to positively affect the lives of young girls in Iredell County. I am so blessed to be given this role and opportunity and I am excited to see what else God can use me for.

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations! You have such a passion for Girls on the Run and especially to impact the lives of the girls in Iredell County. They are so lucky have you and you are going to do such an amazing job. I am thrilled to have you as a neighboring Council Director. Please contact me if I can be of any assistance to you. Congratulations again.
    Sincerely,
    Jessica Otto
    GOTR Charlote

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