Even a charismatic changemaker like myself struggles during the changing seasons of transition.
I’ve always been one to embrace change for the exciting growth machine it is, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t painful in the process. I have been reluctant to share about my current journey…where I’m completely flipping my life upside down. I am leaving all that I’ve known behind for the great unknown. A truly exciting and terrifying time.
I could wait and share a retrospective once I’d navigated the bumpy road of transition. But I think it is important to share the pain along the way.
So much on the internet is falsely beautiful and perfect, when we all know life is often messy.
A recent Social Entrepreneur podcast with Cheryl Dorsey, of Echoing Green on finding “meaningful work” talks about uncertainty and “falling into” careers. One of the biggest takeaways for me is that the journey from one career to the next is never easy. It might make sense in the end, when you’re telling the story. But it never feels that way during the transition.
Riding the waves of change.
I’ve shared a bit about my recent discomfort with comfort. I feel at my best when I am constantly challenged and being pushed to grow and adapt.
The past year of restlessness with my career…and personal life, had lead me to start exploring alternative paths. Spending 6 months of interviewing with absolutely tremendous organizations, which would offer both growth and prestige in the world of non-profit fundraising – nothing felt right. I had opportunities that could be characterize as “career making” for a young social impact professional, but there was no excitement, or fear.
Not once did I wonder: “could I really do this?”
I was forced to confront the reality that I had not been thinking big enough.
Subconsciously I knew that a year in I’d be itching for change again.
It was time to take a risk, and embark on an adventure I had always longed for.
So last week I said my bittersweet good byes, after 3 tremendous years as the Development Manager at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast. An organization, and a career, I have deeply loved. I’ve worked with the most impassioned, talented and entrepreneurial colleagues and board of directors.
Don’t let anyone tell you non-profits aren’t for the business-minded. Find the right leadership and you’ll be challenged to learn and grow daily.
Although the decision to leave was not easy, I am extremely proud of the impact I have had and I know the Club will continue to thrive.
Venturing into the Unknown
As I look to the next chapter, I cannot say what it will hold, but I know I will be thrust into deeply challenging situations which will bring new heights of growth.
In June of 2017 I began a global leadership fellowship program with the Moving Worlds Institute, focusing on international social impact. This fellowship program will expose me to world-class leaders and allow me to serve an organization overseas as an “experteer.”
Comfort Zone Be Gone
As part of this experience, I will be heading to Nairobi, Kenya in September, where I will undertake a 3-6 months pro-bono consulting project, working on a multi-sector collaborative initiative focused on urbanization issues.
In preparation for this next adventure I have turned my life upside down, completely untethering myself from the comfort of my previous life. I have sold my furniture, slowly started downsizing and packing up what belongings will fit into suitcases.
Uncharted territory here I come.