Friday, 24 February 2012

A Year Ago Today

A year ago today I was excited.

A year ago today I was nervous.

A year ago today I started a new 'job'.

I say 'job' rather loosely. I don't get paid anything for the work I do but I absolutely love it.

My little corner of the charity world
Yes, can you believe it? A year ago today (well, okay, officially it's Saturday this year but let's not be picky) at this time I started volunteering at my local Save The Children shop every Friday. I honestly don't know where the year has gone - I've loved every moment of it. Volunteering gives me such a buzz and I love being able to help out and also share my experiences on my blog.

I was only supposed to volunteer between 9.30am and 1pm every Friday but most of the time I'm there until 4pm when the shop closes. I love the people I work with. I love the customers. Did I mention I love it?

My day can vary so much. Most of the time I'm customer facing - working on the shop floor sorting merchandise and working the till. Sometimes I'm upstairs sorting through donations and even steaming clothes (considering I very rarely get the iron out at home this is quite something!). There is always so much to do and no two days are ever the same.

I'm almost 35 weeks pregnant right now and my last official day at 'work' will be Friday 9th March. I'm gutted. I love that shop so much that they are even mentioned in my will that I made last November.

I am going to go back as soon as I can but it will be difficult for a while. I will continue as much as I can doing good through this blog and that will have to do for now. I'll have an update on that soon.

For now, I'm going to enjoy my last few weeks 'working' and feel ever thankful that I followed my heart and decided to volunteer.


HonestMum said...

What an inspiring read. Well done you x

Emma said...

Yes Well done Heather, not many busy mums would give up their time like that. You are an inspiration to us all. xx

Lady Estrogen said...

That's fabulous! Can I be in your will too? (Kidding. Maybe)
It's not long now, eh? Wahoo!!

Glenda Gee said...

Really inspiring post. Made me think that when I finally retire I may do this too. Hope all goes well with the rest of your pregnancy and you enjoy putting your feet up for a little break.

Donna@MummyCentral said...

Good for you. Maybe that's what I should look into doing. Can't get a paid job til both boys are at school - can't afford the childcare. Volunteering while little one's at nursery might just be the answer.
Hope the rest of your pregnancy is restful. Can't wait to read about your new addition - the next adventure xxx

Northernmum said...

and I just like you even more now x x x

bod for tea said...

You are just awesome Heather. Good for you for giving up your time to help others. Now enjoy some rest before baby arrives Mrs! :D


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