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Starting Over

This Thursday begins a new job adventure for me, and I'm really nervous (and really excited!) I wish there were a time traveling device that would fast forward me straight past all of the Getting to Know You's, the Finding a Routine's, and the Figuring Out What I'm Supposed To Be Doing's. Starting over is scary!

I have to keep reminding myself that this is a dream job for me at this point in my life. I'm going to be the Child Advocate at a transitional housing program for homeless families, so I'll be responsible for making sure that all the kids in shelter are emotionally, physically, and academically doing well. And while this is exactly where my skill sets are and exactly what I want to be doing, I'm still biting my nails over this transition!

Any of you have "starting over" stories to share with me (positive or negative)? What inspired you to make a change, or start a new job or a new project? Where did you find the courage to leave behind the comfortable and charge toward the unknown?

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Peggie Reyna's picture

starting over

Peggie Reyna, Project Director
Peace Over Violence
Deaf, Disabled & Elder Services
"lovemenot" Anti-Stalking Project

Rebecca, I do hope your new job is going great. I once started a new job as the Outreach Coordinator for a shelter program. Arrived at the office to find it locked, a note on the door telling me to go to a local health fair where I was to staff our information table. It was my first day and I had not had any training on issues of domesttic violence at that time. I "acted" my way through the day. That was in 1986. Today I am a nationally recognized expert on domestic violence and violence against persons who are Deaf or who have a disability. Passion carries us through.
Peggie

Rebecca's picture

Thank you so much for your

Thank you so much for your kind words. My new job is slowly but surely falling into place! I can't say that my first day was quite as bad as the one you described, but like all firsts, it was not something I care to repeat! I'm glad to be slowly figuring out what I'm doing...and I hope that I get to stop "faking it till I make it" sooner rather than later!

I would love to read more about your work (maybe in a journal post!) I'm sure I could learn a lot from your expertise and experience!

Peggie Reyna's picture

Creating Space

Peggie Reyna, Project Director
Peace Over Violence
Deaf, Disabled & Elder Services
"lovemenot" Anti-Stalking Project

Hi Rebecca, Thanks for responding. I have been ill but back to work now. My work, like yours, is very rewarding. I truly do still learn something new everyday. I specialize in services to persons who are Deaf or who have a disability. No 2 days are ever the same. I have written several articles and will post some to my journal soon. My daughter, Rebecka, (see her on my voice page, is majoring in cultural anthropology and you may find you also have much in common with her.

The one thing I will say is create your own space in your work, as you do in life, and others will be drawn to it. Let it reflect all that you are and desire to be.
Peggie

Jennifer Ruwart's picture

My favorite starting over

My favorite starting over story: 28 with a very corporate job in Chicago that paid well. Quit. Sold ALL of my belongings. Said goodbye to friends and family. Joined Peace Corps Mongolia. Met my husband on the 1st day at orientation in Seattle. Challenged him to darts and lost. Flew to Mongolia via Beijing. Lived in Gobi Desert for two years - that experience could not have been more different and challenging than anything I'd ever encountered before.

Why? There was not a day that went by that I didn't think, "There has to be more to life than this." Looking back, I realize that there was nothing wrong with my life, but all paths lead somewhere. I was just ready to change direction.

Solaris's picture

Hi Rebbeca

Claro, vivo en el municipio, yo vivo en muy buenas condiciones pero muchos de los habitantes no. Pero me gustaria enviar fotografias de hoy en día y dentro de un año para que pueda apreciar los cambios, pero si usted quisiera venir será bien venida pero avisenos con tiempo para preparar algo para recibirla.

;)

Solaris's picture

Hola de nuevo Rebecca.

Valle de Chalco Solidaridad, es un municipio con muchos problemas, se han documentado los casos de 13 mujeres asesinadas violentamente y en la entidad en la que vivo, mueren mas mujeres de forma violenta, que en Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua.
México se ha convertido en tierra sin orden y podemos culpar tanto a la pasividad del Estado, como la el miedo de la sociedad. Siguen esperando un salvador para mover sierto tipo de cosas cualquier cosa que quieras conocer de Valle o del País Puedes preguntarme, conosco mucho.

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