As you might have noticed I have been a little silent in the blogosphere the last few months
Mostly because July and August were a crazy time of :
“omg my vista year is ending and now I have to figure out what I am going to do with myself?!?!?”
Which to be honest wasn’t as hard of a question as I thought it was going to be.
For those who don’t know. I have decided to stay in Huntsville at least for the next year. (because I only have the ability to look at things one year at a time.)
I have work, It may not be exactly what I thought I would be doing at 26- but it pays the bills and I actually enjoy going to work. – and that is always a plus.
This past year was way crazier than I thought it was going to be. Living the life of an Americorps VISTA is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. But in all honesty, I wouldn’t change the experience for anything.
Yeah I spent the last year broke, stressed and constantly worried if I was going to have to choose between paying my bills or eating dinner that night-
But also in that same year. I did some great work with the United Way, Autism Resource Foundation and NAMRC, I got to get out of the little bubble that was my safe place of New England, I learned the wonders of Ke$hmas, I became addicted to the world that is southern food (even if it has made me a little fat), and I have made friends with some amazing people that I never would have met if I didn’t take this job.
I am very excited to see where the next year leads.!
Every now and then I feel like I just cannot take another day of sitting in my windowless office.
This urge has gotten stronger now that the weather has gotten much nicer.
Lucky for me (or unlucky depending on how you look at it) I worked a bunch of extra hours last week and I am not allowed overtime.(#nonprofitlife) BUT I was able to do the next best thing, which is fixing my schedule so I don’t go over my hours.
So I decided to take a day off, randomly, in the start of the week.
Many people are probably thinking “why didn’t you take a Friday off” or “Man it sucks you just can’t get paid extra”. But to be honest, I really like having the opportunity to just take a day off when I have the hours. And yes a Friday off is nice. But personally I never end up doing anything on that Friday off besides preparing to go out later that night.
So this week, I took off Tuesday, grabbed a friend (who also had the day off), packed a bag and spent the day hiking and enjoying the weather. Best choice I have made in a while.
Apparently this is my “OMG I’M SO EXCITED TO BE IN NATURE” face.
I don’t photograph well..
I would like to just live here..
Downside: You will feel SORE the next day while sitting at your desk. All while wishing you were back outside
For the past month, I have been working on a health and wellness curriculum that the United Way can use in schools and after school programs throughout Madison County. I have researched, written and re written this curriculum focusing on health lifestyles, fitness and food alternatives. With the help of my friend Ellen we have put together every aspect of this program down to creating the pre and post questionnaires based off of ideas that have sprung into my head over since I worked at St. Stephens.
I like to call it my Brain Child.
Today I got to sit down and present my brain child to the CEO of United Way Madison County and I swear I almost threw up. I don’t think I have ever been so nervous in my life. My mind was running at a mile a minutes and my hands would not stop shaking.
Yet I pushed through it and presented her the program with all the same excitement as I have every day when I come in to work on it.
SHE LOVED IT!
Yes it needs some more work and tweaking. (It is only a brain child after all ) But I now officially have the green light from the higher-ups to continue developing this curriculum with the hope that we can get the test group out in the spring of 2014.
After feeling pretty useless at my job the past month… This has been a great day and has the next 9 months here really starting to look up!
With my first full month as an AmeriCorps Vista coming to an end, it seems fitting to give a little update of the things that have been going on in my world. For those who do not know. I am working for the United Way of Madison County. I work mostly with their Youth Leaders Council and with the Healthy Children’s Initiative, but sometime I get to help out at really cool events.
United Way Kick Off Party:
This was one long and hot Saturday filled with all of the Partners of United Way, some Board Members and a TON of community support. This event was a great way for community members to get out and enjoy the nice weather while learning more about United Way and the programs we help fund. Each of our Partners set up a table with information for community members and activities for the kids. There was a ton of awesome food, a GIANT cake, and the coolest activities. Like a bouncy house (pictured below) that sadly I was not able to play on because I am a “grown up” and had to be working. #lame.
Vista Members From Big Brother Big Sister and Myself
Autism Resource Foundation: Golf Tournament Fundraiser:
I also had the chance this month to help out with the Autism Resource Foundations Gold Fundraiser. This allowed me not only to DRIVE a golf cart but to actually figure out some of the rule of golf. I only stayed for about half of the event but from what I saw it was a huge success and helped to raise a lot of money for the foundation and the work that they do.
“They see me rolling”
Other than work and work events, life is pretty normal. Since it is now officially fall, I am getting SUPER excited for “scary” movies, PSL, Apple Cider and Pumpkin Spiced EVERYTHING, and of course HALLOWEEN. It may not feel like fall outside, but that does not mean it is not that amazing time of the year. And I won’t lie- I’m really enjoying that it is almost October and I can comfortably wear sandals still. 🙂
I apologize for the lack of posting, and also that this one is going to be pretty short.
After a crazy month of packing, planning, heart-filled see you laters (goodbyes are to permanent sounding) , and one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen… The day has arrived. Today I pack up the last of my things and head to the airport for Atlanta for my Pre- Service Orientation and by Thursday night I will be in Alabama. Part of me still cannot believe this day is actually here. Or that moving to Alabama is something I am really doing. But I guess we all do some crazy unexpected things in our 20’s. I’m looking forward to meeting new people, experiencing new things and over using technology to keep those important to me close. So Beantown.. I’ll see you at Christmas.