Since September, I have been trekking my way to a small office belonging to the Montgomery and Delaware counties chapter of the non-profit organization called Girls on the Run. Upon hearing more about the company, I was completely on board with their values, which I knew would make me a valuable asset to their team. Every day was a little bit of something new, and although we were all learning together it was a transitioning period that has personally taught me so much. Smaller organizations are so much work and so much fun. I know that throughout this experience, I have been an essential cog in the machine to keep things working, and have tried my best to add personal touches in order to leave my mark in the office.
Between events planning, sitting in and experiencing board meetings, offering up my own insights and even your day or two of learning new computer software- Girls on the Run was an inspiration in and out of office. I remember attending one of the practices they held with a team of girls, and it was really great to watch everything I had been working for unfold. I am so excited for Training Day, in January, in which I will be able to experience this once again. I think one of the most meaningful things I’ve learned throughout this entire experience wasn’t a skill or a talent, but an idea. Having an entirely too busy schedule, I often found myself with tons of tiny little worries on my mind when I entered the office. My supervisors participated in small periods of meditation in order to unwind, breathe, and focus. I felt so much more prepared to bring my best foot forward after doing this, and have utilized it in many other aspects of my life. It’s so valuable to see firsthand how a small team works together through their differences to create something so terrific.