Tag Archives: Development

Make a List

There’s something exciting about watching projects starting to take shape, but there is also something difficult about recognizing progress when nothing’s finished.  Last night, I sat down to do a write up of my work this week.  An hour and half later, I had 3 page memo, and I realized that I had actually accomplished something.

As a planner who usually makes a list before I get started, it felt good to finally have something written out.  Just this time the list came afterward.   Last Tuesday, I started working without any short term goals and tried to envision the skeleton of database, which has already grown to 45 pages.  While most of the information I was importing came from other spreadsheets, let’s just say it was sufficiently complicated.  Ctrl + c and ctrl +v just wasn’t going to cut it.  Tedious editing and formatting in excel leaves you without much sense of accomplishment, at least until you realize everything else that you were able to do because of that detailed administrative work.

The best part about finally having a list, albeit a completed one, is that it puts me a place to make the next one– a to do list for this week, and mind you, a to do list with much more exciting projects because the grunt work is more or less done.  I have volunteered myself to build two websites (an exciting but mildly intimidating task for a girl who just learned how to blog), but I have some good ideas.  I’ll master html emails this weekend and create newsletter template by Monday (or something like that).  By the end of the summer I might have to officially forgo my tech illiteracy title and start fixing my own computer problems.

It’s been a good week.  It all feels slightly less overwhelming now that I am officially moved in, the carpet is finally being put down, and I know how to find my way home.  A couple days ago, I went on a long walk near my apartment and for the life of me I could not find restaurant/shops/people.  I found out last night that I was suppose to turn left, not right at the first stop, which apparently makes all the difference in the world.

As a extroverted people person, I quiet and solitude I get during the work day and evenings is starting to get to me a little bit, but I know that this won’t last for long.  I’ve been given the names of a couple of groups I can connect with this summer, and on Sunday, I’ll meet some folks at church and hopefully connect with a small group or something.

I think my problems are about to quickly shift from not being quite sure what to do next to having too much to do next.  All and all, I think I’m in a good place for this week.


Departure and Expectations


Tomorrow commences the beginning of summer, which is always an adventure.  I put all my stuff in storage a few days ago and have one ginormous suitcase sitting on an empty floor, ready for what will undoubtedly prove to be a rather uncomfortable train ride from New Haven to New York City.

So happy it doesn't have to be <50lbs

This summer I will be working with NewYorkIsCalling.  I will be overseeing the ministry’s development with some long-term goals in mind.  Over the last seven months, I have watched plans for this position come together in surprising and extraordinary ways.  My family and I have been praying over this position since October, and despite other plans and opportunities in another city that I have long-since planned on pursuing, I am confident that New York is where God is sending me instead.

NewYorkIsCalling connects leaders, families, and students who love New York City and are committed to loving New Yorkers the way Jesus does.  The ministry does this by coaching leaders, tutoring children before placement exams, serving the homeless, working to alleviate sex-trafficking in the city, and doing whatever else it can do to meet the needs of communities in practical ways.  My primary responsibility with NewYorkIsCalling will be to put together a long-term funding strategy that will allow the ministry to pursue its mission in even bigger ways.

I will do my best to keep this updated, so you will know how it is going.  I’m not sure to tell you what to expect, because I’m not sure what to expect.  I suppose that’s why they call it an adventure…

What I know is this.  I’m here because of God and whatever comes next is up to Him, so with that in mind, I’ll just take it one step at time.