Updates

“Always be learning” = not always fun

Note: I wrote this in December 2016 but wasn’t sure if I should publish or not. Let me know if you’ve had a similar experience. My personal mantra is “always be learning” and I generally experience learning in a positive, fun, invigorating way. In 2016, though, I came to understand that learning isn’t always fun. … Continue reading “Always be learning” = not always fun

My AmeriCorps story

About 9 years ago I was working my first post-college job as an educator at a science museum when I heard that layoffs might be coming. One of my coworkers was applying for AmeriCorps and encouraged me to look for a position as well. While browsing the AmeriCorps website one day, I found an open … Continue reading My AmeriCorps story

Saying yes and trying things

Elisa Kosarin from Twenty Hats interviewed me back in May 2016. My favorite part of her post is this: And then sometimes, through what Liza calls “a series of yesses”, we start to take our work more seriously and see volunteer management as a profession and not just a job. Reflecting on this now, I … Continue reading Saying yes and trying things

Re-committing to Volunteer Engagement

​That was the statement I made on December 3, 2015 as part of a Thoughtful Thursday (#ttvolmgrs) Twitter chat. This chat has been a (mostly) weekly event for several years, engaging leaders of volunteers throughout the world on various topics. This time, the challenge was to create a personal slogan. Now, a bit over a … Continue reading Re-committing to Volunteer Engagement

A brief note on volunteerism, democracy, and privilege

Volunteering is a privilege. Not everyone can afford to spend their time working without financial compensation. Not everyone has time to give outside of work and family responsibilities. Not everyone has access to transportation to a volunteer site or can work during the hours that are offered. Not everyone [fill in the blank because there … Continue reading A brief note on volunteerism, democracy, and privilege

My Self-Care Journey: Part 1

Over the past several months I've had multiple people tell me that I should do more self-care. I’ll be honest; I cringe whenever I hear the word mindfulness and I generally think of self-care of something other people do who are kind of woo-woo. (That’s the technical term.) But those “other” people seem to enjoy … Continue reading My Self-Care Journey: Part 1

Stepping Up, Aside, and Out

Stepping Up As of July 1, I'm the new Marketing Chair on the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Portland board and I couldn't be more excited! I've been on the Marketing Committee for the last two or so years, primarily managing the Twitter channel. This group of changemakers has had a significant role in my … Continue reading Stepping Up, Aside, and Out

Catching Up & Looking Ahead

What a busy time of year! Work, life, non-work work (aka professional development), friends, family, fun... This time of year has it all for me. To get myself back on track, here are a few updates. 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference This conference was such an amazing experience and I was honored to be on the … Continue reading Catching Up & Looking Ahead