I’m finishing out 2009 with a series of six posts about career and money from the point of view of a low-level nonprofit worker. For some reason I hear little about it in nonprofit land. The bottom line: if you don’t read The Simple Dollar, start now.
It’s a simple question, but not everyone can answer it: What is it that you want?
If you’re not sure how to answer that question yourself, I’d recommend looking at The Simple Dollar’s series “31 days to fix your finances” or this post on setting goals even if you have no idea where to start or where you’d like to go.
These are my goals:
- I want to have joy and understanding in my life.
- I want to have a healthy relationship with my job, one where we both get something out of it.
- I want to make choices, not have them made for me.
- I want to have enough money to be flexible and generous.
- I want to have time for the people I love, and also time for people I’m lukewarm about.
They’re pretty general, but there’s something extremely helpful about having 70 words sum up who I am and who I’d like to be. It helps me focus on what’s important and gives me confidence that I am indeed on the right path.
I’m not looking to amass money as quickly as possible so I can retire as early as possible. I’m not looking to pile on the stress in order to stay on my toes. I’m not grabbing for as much power as I can get so I can finally put things right in my own eyes.
My current job is actually completely aligned with what I’m looking for. I love being a coordinator. I have a modest degree of autonomy, I get to work directly with volunteers and students, and I have the free time and the emotional energy to spend with people who are important to me.
At risk of being shocking, I also have enough money. More on that soon.