School has started and from the window of my house I can see the red brake lights of cars lining up to drop off their precious cargo. The teachers have, more than likely, been there for weeks setting up their classrooms and have been in school this morning for an hour or more, after getting very little sleep the night before. This is the first year I’m not there too.
I wondered how I would feel today.
As the new business begins to get a little busy and the nonprofit begins to take shape, I can say that I made the right decision. I’ll miss the kids today. Some of them knew they would have me as a teacher this year and I think they will be disappointed. Some of the students that return to tell me how their summer was, or show me that they grew into young men or women, will wonder where I am. I’ll miss some of my colleagues too. I’m going to need to create a new work community as I also try to stay in touch with people I have known for years.
Deep in my heart I know that I’m doing the right thing. I have something else to do in this life and in the infancy of this nonprofit I am creating I can see it taking shape. It’s the meshing of all I’ve done before coming to together. I continue to meet other woman that have started nonprofits in the oddest ways. I pick up just the right article or book. I mention what I’m doing to a person who knows someone who can help me. It’s just all falling into place. It feels right.
So there is a bit of melancholy, but more so an overwhelming feeling of having made the right turn in search of my mission. What a relief!
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
As you leave one room, I’m glad you are finding a groove in the new one 8)
You’re following your heart, Maureen, so I’m sure things will turn out beautifully! 🙂
Thanks for the encouragement. I think you’re right!
I would imagine it is bittersweet – but knowing in your soul that you made the right decision is also thrilling!! Good for you Maureen!
I’ve been meaning to ask – what is the nonprofit you have started?
The focus will be helping women living below the poverty line start businesses so they can become self supporting. The way I see it eventually we’ll offer classes in business development, ESL, computer programs such as Quickbooks, legal advice, other classes, support groups and grants and micro lending. It will be self supporting initially because each transcation from my for profit business has a percentage built in as a donation.Eventually I’ll need to fundraise too. It should take about a year before it’s really going. I’ve dreamed of doing something like this all of my life and I’m really excited. Thank you so much for asking.
Wow that sounds amazing. Good for you for following your dream. I’m so proud of you! I believe in empowering women to so it resonates with me. FYI, I’m a fundraiser – tell me when you’re ready for me. 😉
I really have a feeling we will do something together one day. I’ll keep yu posted. Thanks.
All the very best. I bet the kids will miss you!
The Universe does conspire to line up all you need for the new chapter in life and boy what a great new beginning! Here’s to aligning yourself to the big picture and may everything fall into place beautifully! Proud of you. Sharon
Thank you, Sharon. Your kind words really mean so much to me.
Took guts Mo…anything worth while always does. Here’s to making the world a better place, one empowered woman at a time. Good for you!
Thanks Rhonda. Keep your fingers crossed.
You won’t need it, but done!
That is one of my favorite quotes and I believe it with all my heart. Congratulations on making that difficult first step!!