“Every ending is a new beginning…”
Madison’s Goal for the Month: Celebrate victories, big and small.
The end of our service year is upon us and graduation is coming very soon. First of all, congratulations to all of you who stuck with AmeriCorps, though it might have been tough at times or personal things came up that made carrying on that much more difficult. It is a huge accomplishment and you all should be proud! And that’s what I want to focus on this month; and the months going forward.
Sometimes, I have a difficult time taking ownership of my victories. For whatever reason, it’s much easier for me to see what is going wrong rather than what’s going right. But I know it would serve me well to pay attention to what I am succeeding at, not what I’m failing at. From this point on, I want to take ownership (and maybe even toot my own horn a little bit!) and acknowledge that this year wasn’t always easy, but I’m still here. Here I am, after pushing through all of the little personal hurdles I’ve had this year, after encountering occasionally stressful situations at my center, after feeling like I couldn’t keep going. Here I am; a success in and of itself.
I made it! WE made it! I hope you all can acknowledge this victory for yourself and celebrate all of the hard work and determination you put into this year. You deserve to celebrate yourselves!
For you new Jobseekers…
Here’s a great resource Ann shared for all of you that will be seeking employment come September!
Kalen’s Team Meeting Reflection: Self-Care
“Last month’s team meeting was on self- care. My definition of self-care is taking the time out to care for yourself and putting yourself first. Sometimes we are so busy treating for others that we forget to treat ourselves. It is important to take at least one day out of the month to treat yourself!”
Ways to treat yourself:
– Spa Day (nails, hair and massage)
– Go to the movies
– Indulge in a delicious treat (smoothie, cupcake or pie)
– Take the day off or even a couple of days to either relax or go on a mini vacay!
– Buy yourself something nice (clothes or jewelry)
The I. Q. Corner
(Inspirational Quotes that energize you to “get things done” this year) by Tracey
“There are 3 kinds of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened.”
“You gotta step out to find out.”
“The key to having it all is realizing you already do.”
Until next time…….be inspired!!!
From Ann’s Desk
“The end of the 2016-2017 Access Workforce Development AmeriCorps program is here and it seems like the year has zipped by. We have an awesome team of eight members and, along with several who have left for great opportunities, these members have completed and surpassed all the goals set out for them. I’ve seen members through some difficult times and seen challenges bring new and expanded awareness of strengths. I’ve seen simple acts of kindness towards each other and towards customers that I will remember. We’ve had a lot of fun together in team meetings and in group service projects and I am grateful that I have been able to learn and expand my understanding each and every day, and I hope that all of the members reflect on the unique value in the year that is ending for each of them. I have found a wonderful group of women in this group and cherish my time with all of you.
Our members have reached out in our community and touched the lives of many people. Your expert assistance has helped many to achieve employment, for which I am sure they are grateful. And, your ability to listen, really listen to your customers and to each other is a skill that will carry you throughout your lives. We all seek this–to be heard and acknowledged for who we are. It is a great gift to give to others. Several members have plans in place, some are looking for their next step. My wish for all of the members is to remember the lessons learned in this year, the partnerships built and friendships nourished, and to continue your efforts to build a strong community for all people to flourish.”
Congratulations on a great year of service!