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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Walk it off

TONIGHT I TOOK MY DOG around the block. We've got a lot on our minds these days, me and her. She's mostly thinking about naps and dog bones. Me? I'm thinking about how my life is changing faster than the speed of light (okay, so I'm exaggerating).

In less than a month I will have left my job of 10 years (gulp). I will be relinquishing what feels like an important position (magazine editor) to pursue my dream of becoming a social worker (really important job).

In approximately one month, I will begin my internship at DFCS. As a Title IV-E student, in exchange for tuition, books, insurance, etc., I will give two years of employment. I see this as a win-win. For me, it's a no-brainer; I will incur no debt, and gain experience that will prepare me for social work.

A good friend of mine shared that when he was in med school, the most coveted residencies were those that were offered in the bowels of New York City hospitals. He said he learned the "real deal" there and he encouraged me to take the Title IV-E grant for the same reason. I believed him then, and I still do.

When I met with one of the directors at DFCS the other day I got a tiny taste of what her days are like. Hectic. Full. Important. And, to me, that seemed exciting. She is a gentle soul who faced every situation and interruption with grace and patience. I have no idea what she was thinking or feeling inside, but her calm, cool exterior set me at ease.

While my goal today is to relax and chill out for a while, my eyes are also set on the year ahead. I am scared, I am excited, and most of all, I am grateful.

Whenever I feel as if I can't possibly do this, I remember what my cohort told me in the very beginning: God doesn't call the qualified; God qualifies the called.

~Ms. T. J.


  1. Is it wrong that I'm jealous of my 2 dogs ability to focus just on food, sleep, chasing their tails?  My little dog sleeps so soundly and so peacefully because I take care of her every need.  If only humans always had that peace. 

    But then there wouldn't be a need for social workers.

  2. MCFD Fathers AdvocateJuly 15, 2009 at 8:44 PM

    I truly believe that being a social worker is a calling and not a job.


  3. Jennifer Schoonmaker CandelaJuly 17, 2009 at 9:24 PM

    You go girl. I made the big switch this past year (I'm almost 40), took a substantial cut in pay to change careers, became the newbie and STILL it was worth it. My days as a social worker are hectic and emotionally taxing but at the same time invigorating and inspiring - my work has a purpose in a way it never has before. Don't look back! Namaste.  ~ Jen C. 

  4. Jennifer Schoonmaker CandelaJuly 17, 2009 at 9:25 PM

    It better be cuz we sure don't do it for the money! LOL