Dreams and Callings

A college buddy and I were on her couch, talking about the plateau that a mid-career woman can feel. With our feet tucked underneath us like we were those college kids from decades ago, we discussed the next steps in our dreams as if we had just graduated. What struck me is that neither one of us was talking about the same dreams that we had right after graduation. At one point, I asked, “If my dreams aren’t the same, did I lose my way? Did I miss my calling?”

Want to read the rest? Click on http://www.kelliworrall.com/2019/05/23/dreams-and-callings/

Thank you, to author and friend, Kelli Worrall, for posting this guest blog.

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You Are Already a Mentor

Thanks to the Grant Professionals Association for publishing this blog about mentoring.

“Katie was more than a great grants professional, she was my mentor. She pushed me to seek something bigger than myself. She asked how I had moved my vision forward. Katie connected me with other grant professionals, suggested tools to incorporate into my work habits, and provided a listening ear when a proposal got derailed.

Who in your life sounds like Katie? We are all mentored in life, whether it is a brief encounter that sticks with us or someone who intentionally asks us the questions that compel us to action. Mentors hold us accountable, challenge us, and bring us greater clarity on our values and purpose. Transformation occurs through the inspiration of another person. Are you ready to be that person?…”

Click here to read the entire article.

Your Work Matters

This blog post was recently posted at 4wordwomen.org. Click on the link to read the full post.
https://4wordwomen.org/your-work-matters/

“Your community plays a role in how you perceive your personal identity. That may not be an earth-shattering notion, but it is one that we may not take seriously…until it’s too late. Dr. Mollie Bond lays out evidence of how those around you play an instrumental role in building you up or keeping you down….”

The New Academic Styling of Dr. Mollie Bond

The word, “new” can encapsulate many types of beginnings. For example, I have expanded my writing styles to include academic writings.

Most recently, a strategy paper titled, “How Can I Be a Better Mentor in the Grants Profession? Best Practices in Mentoring” shows my passion for mentoring and for the grants profession. It’s good information for anyone who is a mentor (yes, that’s you!).

To read the paper in it’s entirety, please visit:
https://www.grantprofessionals.org/rc_files/690/Strategy_Papers_Volume_6_Issue_1.pdf

Thank you to the Grant Professionals Association, who has trusted me as the chair for the Mentor Match program for members, as well as publishing this paper.

Boundaries

“This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.'” Isaiah 30:15

Boundaries can be different depending on your season of life. At one time, I was involved in nine different organizations–too much to sustain. And yet, a lack of boundaries led me to say “yes” to one more activity, one more leadership team need, one more volunteer role. It was easier to say yes than face other’s disappointment, or a missed opportunity, or wondering if I had “missed my calling.”

I was living out Isaiah 30:15. God told me in rest, quietness, and trust is where I would find Him, and that if I’d only stop and listen…oh! What I might have actually accomplished. Instead, I “would have none of it” (Isaiah 30:15) and pushed to burnout, again.

In this podcast, Work Love Pray, I talk a little about what has helped me in the recovery process. It’s a journey, no doubt, but one I am willing to take. Perhaps some of the tips will help you, too, if you struggle with boundaries or work-life balance.

https://4wordwomen.org/work-love-pray-podcast-ep-6-dr-mollie-bond/

Beginnings

“Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.” Job 8:7

A new beginning…

As I closed out the last post on this blog, I mentioned that I choose a word for the year, and try to embody that word as much as I can. In 2013, the word was intentional. There have been other words since then…moments, margin, redeeming the time…and in 2019, “beginnings.”

Many beginnings are occurring in life right now. A new home. A new writing project. A new focus on this blog.

Since the last post, I’ve earned a doctorate in nonprofit leadership, with my area of research in mentoring women of Generation X. If you are looking for my full dissertation, you can find it here: https://opus.govst.edu/capstones/332/ Click on the title to see the full .pdf. I’ve learned a lot about women in the workplace, mentorship, and generations. This new beginning is meant to share with you what I’ve learned and experienced.

Other more “academic” style writings will appear on my LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drmolliebond/

And, as so many have asked, I am available for nonprofit leader consulting, mentoring program consulting, and fundraising consulting. Email me at MentorMeMollie@gmail.com so I can hear how I can help you.

Of course, there will be stories, Bible verses, and smiles along the way. Join me for the journey. Let’s start this new beginning together.

“Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.” Job 8:7

Intentional

”…a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away…” (Ecclesiastes 3:6).

Intentional. I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but at the beginning of 2013, I had a resolution. I wanted to live one word fully all year, and I chose the word “intentional.” This means many things, but mostly, for me the definition was to be present in the moment. Now, as 2013 closes, I can say I did live this year with the word reflecting in my actions.

I was intentional about making friends. I listened without thinking of a retort. I withheld from giving unsolicited advice. I laughed. I prayed. I loved.

I was intentional about my volunteering. I said no to good things, to say yes to better things. I grew in wisdom of when to give, and to withhold because giving became enabling. I learned how to let go.

I was intentional at work. I chose to work as hard as possible, giving my talents, when I was at the job. And then, at home, I was at home; Intentionally not at work, not thinking about work. I learned how to use my strengths, and how my strengths are my greatest weaknesses.

I was intentional about building margin. As a driving achiever, it’s hard to slow down and to keep a schedule open for “whatever.” I gave up the feeling of obligation, and chose to do things I wanted to do. Even at the cost of inconvenience.

Did I live well? Yes, but I didn’t always get it right. I didn’t have intentionality for every moment in 2013. However, I recognize that living this was has blossomed some seeds that had been in hiding for a long time. The season was right.

Along with living with intentionality, I ended up having to give up some other things. One of those was writing. For a season, my time and efforts were focused elsewhere. You might have noticed!

So for the time being, this blog is on hold. I’m still writing, but with the intention of focusing my writing for Hope for Haiti. Feel free to check out my latest writing adventures at www.emevi.blogspot.com. Or, find a broader repertoire at www.hopeforhaiti.ws.

Thanks for reading, and traveling with me. There’s still hope one day I’ll get a book published, just not in this season. I can’t be intentional about it.

There’s a season for everything, and the season of intentionality is closing. For 2014, I think I’ll choose a new word. Got a word for you? Got a suggestion for me? I’ll be reading comments if you’re willing to share.