In 2020 I started painting rocks with mandala designs as an outlet for stress and mindfulness. Everyone in my family got a rock that year for Christmas. Two years later, I am moving on to another artistic outlet that I stumbled upon – peace poles – in an effort to slow down and be mindful. What is a peace pole you ask? The Peace Pole Project was started in Japan by Masahisa Goi, who dedicated his life to spreading the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” Peace Poles symbolize the oneness of humanity and our common wish for a world at peace. The Peace Pole Project is an official project of The World Peace Sanctuary, a nonprofit sanctioned under the United Nations.
My dog Banjo was sick recently. It came on gradually, so the signs were subtle and, individually, seemingly not a big deal. But something just didn’t seem right. Erring on the side of caution, I called the vet (thank goodness they are open on Sunday!). Upon hearing all of Banjo’s symptoms, they suggested I immediately take him to an emergency vet hospital. As it turned out, my sweet pup had an intestinal blockage and was whisked into surgery within two hours. He then spent four days in the animal hospital before I could bring him home and needed another few weeks to get back to his former spunky self.
Being part of Armstrong McGuire offers me the opportunity to meet so many people and immerse myself in new (to me!) and varying nonprofits. I love learning about the different challenges and opportunities organizations face, and the things that many of us are going through together in this sector. There is a common theme I am hearing from our clients for the type of person they are seeking for leadership roles: collaborator, relationship builder. I hear those words echoed in job seekers as well.
Many organizations across the country are wondering when the Great Resignation Period will end. I left a 19-year career in the nonprofit sector in this era to join Armstrong McGuire and I’m happy to share that it was one of the best personal and professional decisions I have made. However, many others who have transitioned before and during this period want to go back to the organizations where they were previously employed. These folks are being called “boomerang employees” and I see this as a potential opportunity for the nonprofit sector.