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Need Some Inspiration? Reach Out and Touch Someone

I hope you were inspired by the eclipse this week! In Boulder, we enjoyed 93% totality. I know it’s not the same as 100%, but it sure was impressive nonetheless.

Wherever you were, I’m sure you have stories about the crescent-shaped shadows, the traffic jams, the eerie change in light, and of course, the silly glasses. I loved how everything stopped for a few minutes and everyone came together to share the awe of the moment. It’s something we’ll always remember, right?

For me, I’ll always remember the eclipse because it marked the beginning of a road trip to drop my youngest son off at college.

Yes, my husband and I are now empty nesters!

It is the end of an era and beginning of a new one. Of course, as parents, we never stop parenting. But, now that both my boys are “launched,” I feel like my role in life is shifting and I will need a little time to figure out exactly what it looks like.

This kind of life transition is a lot like leaving a long-held job and starting a new one. How is my role different? How is it the same? What do I want to achieve? Who can help me make a smooth transition? What exactly do I do first?

Thankfully, I’m not the first person to go through this ‘job change’ and I’m certainly not alone. I can look to other empty nesters for inspiration and encouragement and understanding and a good laugh or two.

As fundraisers, the same is true. We’re not alone as we take on new challenges and find ourselves in different roles. We’re all in this together.

I encourage you to reach out to your colleagues – through Facebook and LinkedIn Groups, at conferences, over one-on-one coffee meetings, through professional associations – to receive and provide support as much as possible. I promise, you’ll get new ideas and build a stronger network. It’ll make you better at your job.

I challenge you to do one thing today or tomorrow to bring yourself closer to the community of fundraisers outside your organization.

Call and set up a coffee with a fundraiser you admire and want to know better. Join a professional association. Make a comment in a Linked In conversation. Retweet an article you like.  Write a guest blog sharing your expertise. Ask for advice from someone.

Let us know how it goes.

Leslie and I started Front Range Source almost 10 years ago precisely because we believe so strongly in the power of sharing and supporting each other in this work. We’ve just launched a new website dedicated to these principles. I hope you’ll check it out and download some of the free resources in our toolbox.

And, as always, please consider us part of your network and connect with us when you need ideas, inspiration, or just a fresh eye on things.

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