Last week was a week of lasts. The last time I would walk into my office at Penn State after working there for a decade. The last time I would drive the carpool. The last time I would fill out my timetracking report. And the last time I'd say "see you tomorrow" to some of my favorite people.
My team threw me a "Goodbye Kitty" party, an homage to my love of Hello Kitty. Almost everyone wore pink in my honor. These people don't need an excuse to party, but this was a pretty good one.
Why is it that in order to take on new challenges and grow personally, we need to give up things that we cherish and people we love?
|My Favorite Creative Team|
|Me and my Mentor|
Following my Heart
It seems insane to me to want to leave such an amazing group of people, yet I know that it is time. In fact, I've known for a couple of years that I needed to shake things up, but I was too comfortable to really do anything about it. When I started my sideline business a year ago, it helped tremendously, but I still found too many hours in my day where my soul wasn't invested.
With the help of some long conversations with my friend Stacy, I set my intentions for what I wanted to put into my work and what I wanted back out in return. I created a desk shrine, which I wrote about earlier, to remind me of those intentions: Creative, Spiritual, Joyful.
During this time of soul searching, I applied for a single job: the Director of Marketing at Saint Francis University, a small beautiful Franciscan university in Loretto, Pa. The institutions goals matched my personal goals. Six years ago my husband left politics to work there and calls it "life-changing."
Goals of Franciscan Higher EducationSo to make a long story short, I've finished the chapter on my Penn State career, and now I am writing a new chapter on my days at Saint Francis University. To all of you who supported me along the way, please know that I am carrying a piece of you with me in my heart.
* A humble and generous attitude toward learning
* Reverence for all life and for the goodness of all humanity
* A global vision
* Service to the poor and needy
* Respect for the uniqueness of individual persons
* A community of faith and prayer
* The spirit of simplicity and joy
* Franciscan presence