Throughout my academic and professional career volunteerism has always been a part of who I am and what I have done. I never really gave it a second thought. Even before I was a teenager I found myself helping with food and toy drives in my local community. At first I don’t think I got much out of it, other than a feeling of community. While much of it stemmed from my faith community, looking back it may have been much deeper.
I am writing probably one of the toughest messages of my short nine year professional career. By the time you are reading this, I have probably re-written it a few dozen times over the span of a month. As many of you have come to learn, I will be leaving the EducationUSA network. It is with great sadness that I received this news, and it is hard to imagine matching such an amazing group of people that encourage, inspire, and empower everyone around them on a daily basis. The past four and a half years, hands down, have been filled with the greatest experiences of my life. I am not a man of many words, but this message warrants many words.
It has finally come to that part of the year again where I take a step back and reflect on what I accomplished and where I’ve been over the last year. The last few years seem to have flown by me in the blink of an eye. I feel like I have been on full tilt since I started working in DC. My time seems to be limited and there are some times I feel a little distant from my friends. It doesn’t help that they are scattered all over the world.
I am going to use this post to go over what I have been up to, for those who want to catch up, and some outlook for the new year, you can call it my 2012 resolutions, but I am not. At work I take the review time that come around at the end of the fiscal year to look back at what I did and what I plan on doing in the coming year. This is sort of the same thing only, pertaining to my personal life, and maybe a little work.