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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Invest in yourself

Greetings Social Workers-

The responses to my last post make me feel like I am with my "peeps," or my "tribe," as a therapist once said. "You'll know when you are in the right place because you will fit in with the tribe," she said.

Thank you.

You all (or y'all as we say in the South) reminded me of another wise woman from my past. She explained to me, when I was contemplating leaving a job to take a less stressful one that paid less money, that I needed to make an investment in myself -- and my future.

I was getting stuck about the money. I had a belief that I should never take a job that paid less than the one I had. Never mind that the stress was bearing down on me. Never mind that the new opportunity was really appealing.

I followed her advice -- and my heart. I never regretted it. And before long, my salary was equal to, and soon surpassed, the former one.

Thanks for reminding me that I am, once again, investing in myself and my future. I'll stay the course, and I hope you'll stay with me.

--Ms. T. J.

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