This week I embarked on a new adventure.
I was offered the opportunity to turn a long-time passion into a career — and continue writing.
For the past six and a half years I’ve volunteered with a local animal-assisted therapy program in my community. I spend my evenings in a barn walking alongside horses mounted with riders working through physical, emotional and cognitive challenges. We play games to learn. We sit on the horses backwards to stretch. And most of all, we laugh. I think the program is just as therapeutic for the clients as it is for me.
Earlier this spring the organization’s Executive Direction position opened up, and I decided to apply. I was encouraged to go for it, and now I’m celebrating my first week in my new role at the Special Troopers Adaptive Riding School (STARS) in Sioux City, Iowa.
I’m focused on educating the community about the therapeutic benefits of working with animals, fundraising, grant writing, handling administrative tasks and launching a big project that I’ll get to share in the near future!
I’m excited about this time of transition, the opportunity to continue writing in a new capacity through grant writing and ultimately to work with an organization that’s close to my heart and brings health and healing to the lives of so many people in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.
I will continue to write for a handful of my journalism and marketing clients, but on a much smaller scale. Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn HERE.
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