The story of why I work at Move Your Mountain comes down to the story of who I am and what I care about most.
I have always been an idealist. I saw the cup not only has half full, but I was for sure I would be the one who could AND would fill it to the top. Even as a little girl, I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer. BUT not one of those paper pushing corporate kind of lawyers – No, sir! I wanted to be the Clarence Darrow of my generation. I was going to save the world!
Ok, so things didn’t go exactly as I had planned. I did go to law school and I did practice law, but it was nothing like I thought it was going to be. I spent years trying to find a happy medium between my actual job and helping others. I strived to find a career where my education and passion for making a difference could intersect. I was never satisfied working for “the man” or trying to keep up with the Jones…believe me, I tried for many years. I discovered that I did in fact have a bottom line, and that bottom line was helping others and my community.
Working at Move Your Mountain and being part of a place where inspiration happens on a daily basis, finally feels like home. And working side by side with people who have the same passion and love for their job and community makes going to work that much more special. Don’t get me wrong, being a Mentor at Move Your Mountain has its hard days too. Majority of the fundraisers are about people experiencing tragedies or struggling to overcome something. There are many days where I want to cry at my desk. My colleague took me aside one day when I was feeling pretty low and said “this is life. We didn’t cause these tragedies, but knowing we can do something to ease their pain or hold their hand HAS to be what gets us through this.” This is what I tell myself every single day, sometime multiple times a day…because it’s the truth – horrible things happen all the time, its life. But knowing you are not going through something alone or that there is a light at the end of the tunnel may be the only way for people to pull through certain situations.
Every day is different at Move Your Mountain and I have the opportunity to wear many hats and play many roles. I get to be a friend when someone just needs a shoulder to cry on or lend an ear to listen. I am a confidant and advisor to another individual who needs help expressing their story. But most importantly I am the person who others can count on no matter what.
I’m often asked, why don’t you want to practice law anymore? And it’s not that I don’t want to or that I regret that part of my life. My story and my experiences are what have shaped me to become the person I am today and I believe they are what is going to help make me a great Mentor.
And who knows maybe one day my journey will take me back to the legal world. But no matter what I will always answer the same way – What I really just want to be is someone that can close their eyes at night and feel good about who I am and what I do… I sleep very well these days! #MoveYourMtn