When you dream about your future, what does it look like? Are you envisioning a tangible reality or a fantasy that would've only been possible if you'd won that billion and a half dollar lotto? Do you think about your life in five years or twenty? I've always been one to just prepare in the present for the best possible future. I don't think I can anticipate what life will look like in a year, let alone a few decades from now. But for the past several years, I've had a very clear idea of what my retirement would look like. I'd be a consultant. I'd work with organizations that are doing good things, and just need a boost to get to great. I'd do a little bit of everything, and every day would be different. I'd be able to help my community, which is always a part of my dream. Consulting has been my "someday" job, that thing I've been shooting for if I could do anything.
Except that recently I decided, why wait for someday? Why not today? The answer, for me, was that fear was the only thing stopping me. Fear that I would go from a secure position where I was making a tangible difference to having to start all over -- and as a small business owner.
Because life would be so boring if we let fear make our decisions, I've taken the plunge. Today is my last day as an executive director. I am now the owner of Eos Nonprofit Consulting. I've already secured a few clients, including the organization that I've resigned from. My goal is to work with organizations to identify small changes that can make big differences. I'll be doing a little bit of everything, including grant writing, marketing, board and leadership development, fundraising and program development.
It's big, and it's scary, but it's a dream come true. I'm looking forward to serving my community in a way I've never been able to before. And that's thrilling, and totally worth the risk.
In addition to the servicesI'm offering, I'll be blogging about the world of nonprofits weekly. I promise, most of my posts will not be all about me, as this one has been. My hope is to share some knowledge, spread some information, and start some interesting conversations.