In this day and age, it's a rare thing for someone to work at the same place for so long. Longevity and loyalty is good. Being too comfortable isn't. I do my best work when I'm challenged and learning new things. After three decades I decided it was time for a major change and new challenges. I needed to shake myself out of my comfort zone and move on.
I'm excited, nervous, intimidated and honored to have been selected as the Executive Director of a local non-profit, Family Counseling Service of Northern Utah. After serving on their board of trustees for 3 1/2 years, I've come to know the organization and their work well. I'm thrilled about taking on a role that allows me to combine my professional and volunteer experience with my personal passion and commitment to access to affordable mental health services and mental health awareness.
Looking back on the last 30 years I mostly marvel at how quickly the years have flown by. You know the Kenny Chesney song "Don't Blink"? It's true. One day you're a shy, quiet 17-year old. Then, you blink and you're 47-years old and leaving your job of 30 years. Mixed in with all those hours, days, weeks and years spent working, I graduated from high school, then college, got married, divorced (more than once!), had a child, volunteered on countless boards and committees, laughed, cried, loved, lost, struggled, triumphed, learned to juggle working full-time and single parenthood, and raised an amazing daughter!
It feels a bit like I'm jumping from the nest. Several weeks ago I was talking to a friend about my apprehension over making the leap from comfort and security to risky and unknown. He gave me some good advice. "Go ahead and let go of the edge of the cliff and drop the inch you're going fall." He was right. I let go. The fall wasn't bad at all.
A Career (and hairstyle) Retrospective
|1st Day of Work|
|My Project Coordinator days|
Riverdale City flood clean-up
|New branch ribbon cutting|
|2 weeks before giving birth!|
|Management Seminar 60's Night fun.|
|Hangin' with Donny Osmond, Orrin Hatch and Michael|
|USU Ladies Football Clinic|
|I was paid to attend hundreds of banquets and eat |
lots of food over my 30 year career!
|John Walsh, my bestie, Dennis Haysbert and me!|
|Annual Food Drive|
|Another year, another Ladies Football Clinic|
|Only one of us could kick a field goal like a |
champ, and it wasn't me!
|Lakeview Elementary Warm the Soles party|
|Warm the Soles|
|Just another day at work.|
|Halloween 2016, which is the ONLY time I ever |
wore a Halloween costume to work.
|Dropping off Backpack Bonanza donations |
to Catholic Community Services.