It seems like my life revolves around my National MS Society events. My yearly time line or yearly starting point begins October 1 (the start of our fiscal year). It is a slower time for our non profit from October - December. We do planning for the coming up year and it is just a time where you can have a little room to breathe. We try to take a lot of vacation during this time.
Then January hits. I begin working hard on recruitment of new Walk MS participants and cultivation of past Walk MS participants and working with the eight Walk MS committees across the state (Bentonville, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Little Rock, DeWitt, Texarkana, Hot Springs & Jonesboro). It is a busy busy time. This lasts until the end of March.
APRIL is Walk MS month...nothing else. No TIME for anything else. We hold eight Walk MS events over the course of four weeks in 2010. IT IS BUSY! We are trying to raise over $190,000 in 2010.
May is wrap up month and I start working on Bike MS.
June - August is full force Bike MS. Recruitment & cultivation resumes for my Bike MS cyclists.
September is Bike MS month and it is a logistical BEAST! A good awesome amazing BEAST but a BEAST none the less.
Then WHAM...October hits again. It's the circle of National MS Society life. I love what I do. I know many people can't say that.
I try to weave my personal life in there somewhere. For example, when we found out the first round of IVF worked we were so very excited; however, I was due April 5th. Remember, April is Walk MS month and nothing else. LOL. I have wonderful volunteers that would be able to make all of the Walks happen (they always do) but it made me sad that I wouldn't get to see all of their hard work unfold. It is bittersweet now, I can be at the walks.
We are in a holding pattern right now. I am trying to still come to grips with losing our baby and with the fact that one of my good friends is in the fight of her life. It has been such a devastating time. God is a BIG God...and as I have said before, He is bigger than the hole in my heart.
That is my story and I am sticking to it.