Time, I feel is my biggest gift and challenge this year. I’m here in Philly with 3 strangers, doing a new job that has reasonable hours where I get to go home each night and have dinner as a community. I am able to leave work at work and focus in on my community at home. I no longer work late nights and weekends. My family and friends are not a hop, skip and a jump away. My responsibilities are to my service site, community, city and self.
To break it down for you and give you a taste of who I am I decided to give you a snapshot of what my time as an AV has looked like thus far. I like to list things. My journal doesn’t look like a story book, it is full of bullet points, doodles, questions and ideas. It is how I capture thoughts, feelings and memories. I decided to structure this blog entry in a similar fashion.
Time at my service site: Achieving Independence Center, Life Skills Classes, member dinners, calling shelters to find out about open beds, case notes, member development plans, goal setting, sharing stories, asking about weekend plans, trainings, Temple tour, evaluations, referrals, numbers, copies, housing liaisons, education and employment teams, smiles, creativity, dedication, holiday parties, children, staff mediation, orientation
Time in community: Abby, Brittany, Mary Beth, dynamic, fun loving, crafting prayers, enjoying the lights, music and hammocks at the harbor park, running errands, cooking together, sharing stories, meeting family and friends, visiting squares, scavenger hunt, Reading Terminal, 7pm mass, Ms. Elizabeth, dinners with the Friars, First Fridays, Market Street, Bananagrams, Netflix marathons, recipes, mail
Time in Philly: Rocky steps, trying all the different cheesesteak places, Bottom Dollar, WaWa, free coffee from Dunkin Donuts when the Eagles win, Opera on the Mall, walking the Ben Franklin Bridge, Temple, Washington Square, murals
Me time: journaling, classical music, dancing to top hits, walking to the library, reading, reflection, self-discovery, listening, writing letters, crocheting, let go and let God
I’m getting to work with amazing people, provide resources to youth in need, develop strong connections as a community, embrace the beauty and history of the city and continue to dig deeper and reflect on who I am.
I’m thankful this year has allowed me time to devote to my service site, community, city and self. It can be tough to sit with your own thoughts and work through different challenges but it has been wonderful to be on this journey with 3 fabulous ladies full of love and laughter through all of it. Time is precious. After all, today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present.
Philadelphia, PA 2014-2015