Currently I am investigating volunteering opportunities with organisations for which I would like to work. Surprisingly, not many responded to my e-mail requests, except one in which I am already involved.
Along the way, I found another organisation which runs conventions, so I am now volunteer in a local education and technology conference coming up early in June. It is actually quite exciting, as I will meet a new industry of people, since it is normally fitness industry volunteering.
My positive response came from the national body of a group where I take part at the local level. The good thing about them is that the executive committee people respond within 24 hours when I have an enquiry. It is very impressive.
Yesterday, when I was up two hours earlier than usual, I received an e-mail which had me on the short list for being sent to Finland at the end of June. I was in awe of these people. They are the international group and I am volunteering for the national group. It makes sense to offer something when I really do receive so much positive reinforcement and space to grow in return.
In the long run, this fits with my aim to complete a PhD. It will be an exercise in writing my job description. So I may as well start working with the industries which have previously been my escape from the world of paid employment.
Ultimately, I will hope to blend the two – the jobs I can do with wages and the ones I also do to stay on a more even keel, even if I am just paid petrol and lunch money. This will be the theme for the next three to four years, so I may as well start doing something about it.
At least the family dog will be happy. Being able to organise my day usually starts with our morning run, lots of doggy pep talk from the dog, wagging tails, happy bounds, dragging me up hills and down dales and of course having doggy time for him to roll in the dewy grass. Oh, what bliss!!!!