I’ve been putting it off, but time moves inexorably, and it won’t stop (nor even slow) for me. I have to really make some careful decisions about where I want my life to go – not just for the next six months or year, but for decades.
If you follow this blog, you may know I’ve already lodged an application to complete an honours year following my recent graduation. I’m also working hard on my new social media business. I have a pro bono client who I’m very happy to be working with, and I’m confident of the future. In my main job, I work three days a week in a political office, which is where I really have been heading for a few years now. The work is challenging, enjoyable and rewarding. Amongst all of that, I spend plenty of time doing volunteer community work.
Here’s the problem: Which of the three (academia, business or politics) do I focus on?
I could easily pursue an academic career. I could go on from honours to a PhD and teach. I enjoy working with young people and helping people learn. I’ve done a fair bit of that with Rotary/Rotaract, SHYAC and other community organisations.
- Similarly, I could continue working on my business, which I also enjoy. I could pursue that business, or others. I could seek employment in the private sector and work my way through to the top, hopping from company to company seeking jobs that offer more than the last.
- Or, finally, I could stick with politics. Who knows where that would lead?
My problem is I’ve always been interested in too many things. In addition to the stuff listed above, I also enjoy participating in the arts – theatre and photography mostly. And, I’d love to do some serious traveling. And, whatever my choice, it also needs to work for Meghan.
All suggestions and comments welcome!
For the production team, and SHYAC, Grease has been about twelve months worth of work. But, it is nearly here.
The show itself looks brilliant, and our advertising blitz kicks in this week. The campaign includes the following radio ad, courtesy of local station 2ST. Check it out: SHYAC Grease Ad
On the way home from the 2011 Australian Rotaract Conference, I got thinking about the week ahead. I hadn’t quite realised just how busy it was shaping up to be.
Amongst rehearsals for Grease, work and uni work, I have a lot of stuff to do for Rotaract:
- Tonight (Monday), our club is hosting the District Governor;
- Tomorrow (Tuesday), I will be having lunch with the DG, three other Rotary Club Presidents and the local Assistant DG;
- Wednesday I will be presenting to the Rotary Club of Berrima District at their lunch time meeting and attending the Rotary Club of Moss Vale for their dinner time meeting;
- Thursday I will be on the gates at Bowral’s Tulip Time festival.
This is my mid session from uni, so I had to ask myself just what I was doing by filling it up with all these other things. That lead to the question of just what does Rotaract mean for me? It was a question posed by the Chair of Rotaract Australia
at the conference.
For me, Rotaract is about the chance to give back to my community, to meet new friends, have new experiences, gain skills and have a stack of fun. It can definitely be hard work, but members are free to commit as much or as little time as they like. The upside of it is that the more you put in, the more value you get from being part of it.
, berrima district
, district governor
, moss vale
, rotaract australia
, Tulip Time
The Southern Highlands Foundation* is the local community foundation established by and for the people of the Wingecarribee Shire in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.
I first joined the Southern Highlands Foundation as a member of the Making a Difference (MAD) Youth Committee in 2003. MAD Youth was active in encouraging philanthropy in young people. It did that by staging numerous events, holding an annual small grants round and through other activities.
I was asked to join the board of the Foundation in May 2011 by Chair Shelley Boyce. I have enjoyed my time on the board of the Foundation as it has sought new funds and restructured it’s youth programs.
*In 2003, the Southern Highlands Foundation was known the Wingecarribee Community Foundation. The new name came into effect in 2009.
Having worked and been educated in and around the Southern Highlands, I have known about SHYAC for a long time, but I have never had any involvement with the organisation until I was asked to become a staff member in 2010.
I was one of two staff at SHYAC when I joined the organisation, though Katy soon left. During my time there, I had a number of roles:
- Write and implement a broad range of new policies to guide and support the activities of the organisation. These included communications/media policies, an updated constitution, and more.
- Develop and oversee the implementation of new and existing programs, including the POD Project, several productions (Olivia, What a Knight, Grease and Seussical), the Mary Poppins project, the 2011 HSC Showcase, Comedy Workshops, and the choir Sound.
- Maintain and overhaul the SHYAC website.
- Engage SHYAC’s members via social and new media.
- Produce regular newsletters.
- Assist the financial management of the organisation.
- General administration duties.
- Support volunteers and others working on various projects.
- Support and assist the management committee.
I left my paid role at SHYAC to pursue a valuable opportunity in another job, but continued to work voluntarily as the Producer of Grease.
You can read my reflections on Grease here.