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A blog by Louise Gallagher

A new job. New beginning. New everything!

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Today I begin a new adventure. Today, I join the team at Inn from the Calgary, a not-for-profit whose vision is to build, “a community where no child or family is homeless.”

I feel excited. Nervous. Curious. Calm.

I am excited to be returning to the front-lines of homelessness. To be moving away from communicating from the ‘system planner’ perspective to being able to tell the stories of the amazing work the Inn does that has direct impact on children and families experiencing homelessness in our city.

I am nervous to be meeting new people. To be connecting with a new team who do not know me, and with whom I have had very little contact. I am nervous about ‘what to wear’ for my first day. About the little things that once the threshold is crossed, become commonplace — but until then, create fissures of unease, uncertainty because they represent the unknown. Parking. Coffee. Lunch. What will my office look like? Should I take all my stuff today, or wait a day or so? (You know, the photos and paraphernalia that make a space ‘mine’. 🙂 )

I am curious to be taking on a new role, to be discovering what makes the Inn tick. What makes it such an exceptional place. What creates such passion amidst those who work with and for the Inn.

And I am calm. Whatever will be, it will be what it is. As long as I stay present to my intentions of being open, curious and humble, as long as I stay centered within my core self, as long as I am committed to being and bringing the best of me with me, I have nothing to be nervous about.

Life is an ever flowing river. It moves and changes and bridges opportunities, new experiences, different perspectives. It constantly brings with it interesting ways of engaging, learning, becoming aware of what I don’t know, while also becoming aware of how to apply what I do know in new ways.

I am going back to work tomorrow after a two week ‘break’.

It has been two weeks filled with creativity, with opportunities to take a break and moments to get fully engaged in the wonders of what fills my life today.

And, in the process, I have passed an anniversary of sorts once again — only to discover — I had completely missed the significance of the date — until FB Memories pointed out that on May 21, 2013 I had written a post that marked the date called — Ten Years. I am Grateful.

I am so grateful for time. It moves with the flow of life’s river, carrying us further from one moment to the next and in its flow, we leave behind the moments that no longer serve our journey.

In my case, forgetting the significance that Sunday was May 21st is a gift. It is a blessing. It is a testament to how I continue to flow into life’s healing waters, immersed in the joy and wonder of all that my world is today.

I start a new job today. The work I know. What I don’t know, yet, are the people I will be working with, and the people they serve. What I don’t know, yet, are the stories. Of those I will be working with, and those we serve.

What I don’t know, yet, is how much I don’t know…

And that’s what makes me excited. I like to know before I leap.

Tomorrow I leap knowing I have much to learn, much to offer and much to share in and with.

I am excited. I am a story-teller by nature, and at Inn from the Cold, the stories I will be telling all begin at that place where families find themselves at home.

Namaste.

 

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Author: Louise Gallagher

I believe we each have the capacity to be the change we want to see in the world, to make a world of difference. I believe we are creative beings on the journey of our lifetimes. It's up to each of us to Live It Up and SHINE!

19 thoughts on “A new job. New beginning. New everything!

  1. there are two elements I think; telling a story, at which you excel. And, making the story – at which you also excel, through your influence, your experience and your skill at facilitating the nuances, competing values and conflicting opinions of others. You are a piece/peace maker, but also you are a leader. Leaders lead. So, go lead. Get to work. The new job is the welcome mat, CEO is the real job and you’ll be there sooner than you or anyone else expect. I’m not saying that is your ambition or plan – just suggesting it might be your destiny … not because I want to be prophetic, but because people like you stand out, stand proud and stand tall … and usually, when the dust settles, they stand on top. You go!

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  2. I’m so happy for you Louise! I think the Inn and you will be very good for each other. Congratulations!! ♡
    Diana xo

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  3. Have a wonderful first day. They will love you.

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  4. Hope your day is going well! Enjoy the learning curve and new peeps 💕

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  5. You will do wonderful because you come across as someone who gives a damn and is willing to try and help

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  6. All the best to you, Louise. This sounds like an exciting new chapter for you. You’ll be a wonderful addition to the team.

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  7. Go Girl! Take each day as it comes – the challenge will provide the impetus to keep your creativity at its optimum. I look forward to hearing about your first months this fall!

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    • I like that through Iwona — that the challenge will keep my creativity at its optimum! Love it. And you. Thanks! We’ll have a glass of wine or two and share stories. I hear you have changes afoot too! ❤

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  8. I love the work you’re doing. I left my last role end of last year and am yet to find a new one… Will enjoy hearing about yours!

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  9. Much love to you Louise as you start this new adventure! ❤

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