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3 years, 3 titles, and 3 lives

May 1, 2016

These days, my life, my time and my attention are broken up into three categories: NH Children’s Trust, teaching yoga and my personal life – all of which I pour my heart and soul into. But, this wasn’t always the case.

In my 26 years of life, I’ve been through fluctuations of apathy about school or work, but the past three years have been much different. In January of 2013, I was hired at NH Children’s Trust as a Program Assistant and left my newspaper editing job in hopes of filling a passionate and philanthropic hole in my heart. And I did. I filled it up to the brim, and in 2014 I was promoted to Communications Coordinator and the next year, Director of Public Relations.

The shifts in titles were an honor, but the work was better. Every day I came to the office or had the blessing of working from home (aka my bed with an enormous mug of coffee on the side table) and tackled my never-ending to-do list with deliberation and tact. At a nonprofit, there is never a lack of work to be done, and in my head, there is always a way to make it work.

In the past three years, I’ve become a more effective listener, a better empathizer and a fierce believer in unity bringing better health and happiness. I’ve learned when to push through and when to ask for help. My job was 1/3 of the reason I’ve reached those moments of clarity.

My family, friends and community held me and additionally, the teachings and community of yoga helped me grow from bulb to flower much quicker than if I were alone. NH Children’s Trust helped me have resilience through the tail end of grieving the loss of my mother. NH Children’s Trust taught me prevention methods while healing from an emotionally abusive relationship. NH Children’s Trust instilled in me of the importance of social connections and building a community of people who support you no matter what.

The Trust was more than a job to me. And, it is with bittersweet emotions and a full heart that I resign my position as Director of Public Relations. With my new-found sense of grounding and support, I feel ready to begin combining my three “lives” into two.

This May 2016, I take on a position as Member Outreach/Assistant Manager at a local health club where I’ll continue teaching yoga – and of course share the Protective Factors with the parents in my classes. I will be diving deeper into creating yoga classes and workshops for any and all people needing to calm the fluctuations in their mind. I feel incredibly grateful to do so and to serve the community in which I live.

Thank you to NH Children’s Trust for building me into a better employee, a resilient woman and, one day, a strong parent.

I hope to keep in touch with my coworkers and my network of peers. If you’d like to reach me, I’m happy to take emails at my personal email address, [email protected]. To keep up with my whereabouts and where I’m teaching classes, take a peek at my personal website/blog.

It would be an honor if you could please donate a few dollars using the form below to help NH Children’s Trust continue their vision of helping all children thrive in safe, stable and nurturing families and communities.

Smiles, 

Janine Mitchell