One year ago I was trucking along, serving my clients, fresh off the win of my GPC (Grant Professional Certified) designation. I had my AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) chapter presidency to look forward to. The wind was at my back and I felt like I was poised for great things in 2017. Then, the hammer fell.
One year ago, my husband and I learned he had an aggressive form of prostate cancer. Last May — five months after learning of his diagnosis — he passed away.
I have spent the last several months dealing with the shock and grief of losing Bob. I feel like a different person now, but a better person. I definitely discovered a level of compassion in me I never knew existed. I discovered deep empathy, and that sugar coating has become a brand of thinking I don’t practice anymore. I feel like what has happened to me has made me a better grant writer and fundraising professional. My writing — and my thinking — is more dynamic, succinct, and decisive.
I have been getting used to this New Normal, and after a long hiatus, am now “opening the spigot” again. I am accepting new assignments from those I subcontract for, and beginning conversations with prospective clients. I feel lucky for all the time I had with my husband, and don’t regret a second. But now, I am embracing this new chapter, and look forward to what comes next.
I hope to see you on my journey.
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