“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” -Marilyn Monroe
As of June 1, I am no longer working in my position as special needs adoption coordinator for Adoption Advocates. I had been in the position for six years and pretty much started and built the HIV+ adoption program in Ethiopia for the agency. I helped advocate for and find families for over 150 children with special needs. It was a demanding, rewarding, stressful, time-consuming, heart-wrenching, and wonderful experience that I gave much of my heart and soul to (gladly).
But things changed in the agency's staffing recently and the process changed in Ethiopia, and my position was eliminated. I was given a position doing something I had no experience with, and that combined with some other elements led to me resigning after a lot of discussion and prayer with Josh.
We are not really in a position to give up any income and so it was a difficult decision to make, however we both feel at peace about it and believe it was the right choice. I am hopeful and confident that I will find new opportunities, and with the way things have been going, I don't think it will take long.
First, I am volunteering to work with Project HOPEFUL, whose mission is "Educating, Encouraging and Enabling Families Adopting Children with HIV/AIDS". This is an organization that I helped start years ago and served on the original board, but then when I took my job with AAI, I stepped down. Carolyn Twietmeyer, the Founder and Executive Director, became a tireless advocate for HIV+ and special needs children after she adopted a sibling group from Ethiopia (that included an HIV+ child) that I had advocated for. She and her husband were one of the very first families to pursue adopting an HIV+ child after I started educating and advocating for these kids, so it is great fun to be working with her again. And as she said, things have come full circle! I am excited to still be able to help advocate for and make a difference in the lives of orphans with special needs.
Project HOPEFUL has a team raising money and running the Chicago Half-Marathon in September! I can't be there in person but I will be there in spirit and will be cheering them on from WY. :)
And the other news is that I am now a USATF certified coach! I plan on continuing my training and education to become a higher level coach, and I am really really excited about this. As I was taking the courses I kept saying, "I love this stuff!"
I am hoping to find some beginner/intermediate runners that are looking for a coach to help them -
- get started as a runner, or progress from where they are at
- with advice, help, support, and encouragement in their running/training
- train for a race (5k-marathon distance)
- stay motivated and accountable
- improve their times in races of various distances
I am extremely well educated when it comes to running and I know what it's like to -
- be in the position of knowing I am unhealthy and need to make a change, but am not sure how to get started
- be a brand new runner and not be able to run 2 miles without feeling like I am going to die
- be the slowest runner in a group and wonder if I will ever be able to keep up with everyone else
- train for and finish my first race
- train for and finish races from 5k-marathon distances
- deal with injuries
- change to a healthy diet/lifestyle
- run high mileage
- make huge improvements in speed/pace
- run competitively
- find ways to make it work and find time for yourself while being a busy mom
I personally have benefited GREATLY from having a coach. I love having someone to learn from, to give me my training plan, to give me advice, to give me feedback on my running, to encourage and support me, to watch over my training, to push me, to help me reach my goals, and to be a mentor and friend.
If you or anyone you know are interested in having me coach you, you can contact me at fullhousemom at g mail dot com
Tomorrow is the last day of school for my kids (and it is just a half day) and we head to Utah on Friday morning. Only THREE days until race day. Woo hoo!!! My post on goals/hopes/dreams/plans for the Utah Valley Marathon is coming soon. Happy National Running Day!