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Taking a step back

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It’s been a minute–or 5 months–since I’ve posted. O_O The last thing I posted about was reaching another milestone in our journey when we received our 501(c)(3) determination letter. That process was quite the undertaking and I’m still really proud that we received it.

Oh happy day!

Funny thing about milestones, though, is that sometimes they have to be interrupted.

Temporarily.

You can get so focused, so excited, about something that you can’t see the forest for the trees.

Sometimes you need to be IN the forest.

Which is what we plan to do.

We’re going into a Strategic Planning phase: taking another longer look at who we want to serve, restructuring the brand and then coming back with a plan in Fall 2015.

But that doesn’t mean the mission will stop. Oh no. Quite the contrary.

I plan to conduct writeshops once a month at a local elementary school that has a Young Writer’s Program.

To keep my toe in the writing pool. So to speak.

I’m so jealous of these kids it’s not even funny. If only they’d had something like this when I was going to school. Oh, the possibilities.

I’m going to set aside writing YA fiction temporarily to try my hand at writing in a genre I’ve been reading since high school.

Y’know, to keep my toe in the writing pool. So to speak.

And we’ll continue to share and post writerly things on the website.

I currently work in the Marketing and Graphics dept, in what’s called the Creative Suite,  at the corporate office of a popular grocery chain. I’m a temp and have only been there for a couple of months, but I attended my first marketing dept meeting today. What did I learn?:

  • The roles of marketing and communications for this company.

  • Before going home each day, write down 6 things that need to be done tomorrow in order of importance. And put the hardest one first so I can get it out of the way and the rest of my day will be easier. Theyeven gave us a notebook to help us out. It’s pretty cool.

  • Through your losses–you should be learning something. We’re going to have losses, setbacks, opposition, and problems. Look at each other and hold each other accountable and ask WDYL (What Did You Learn?)

  • When you’re faced with a situation you’ve never encountered before (feared), say/whisper/shout these two words: Rise Up!

At the moment, my job hasn’t gotten to the point where I need to do the second bullet point (I’m not as busy as say, the graphic designers) but I know it’s something I’ll need to do for POLC when I jump back in next year. Today’s meeting was a little serendipitous…not to mention a little subtle, well-placed reminder. You know you’re working for the right company when the motto of the marketing dept is this:

 

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Huh.

I wonder if they’d let me borrow this for Page One..

POLC Milestone #6: 501(c)(3) Status

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The last time I actually posted something was back in January. A lot has happened since then, but I figured this was a pretty important step in my journey.

As of May 6th, Page One Literary Center is officially a 501(c(3) nonprofit corporation!

I received the letter in the mail today.

I didn’t scream down the apartment, but I read it twice. Just to make sure I was reading it right.

I did my own little version of the Snoopy Dance in my office.

Then I called my husband. Who had just left to go to the grocery store.

Then I called my parents. My Mom answered the phone and I asked her to put it on speaker so my Dad could hear the good news, too.

What’s funny is that I didn’t cry when I read the letter.

I didn’t cry when I told my husband.

And I didn’t cry when I told my parents. At first.

I thanked my Dad for helping me fill out the application. We went over it twice to make sure we answered all the questions correctly and provided the requested information. To be honest, I probably went overboard with the information I sent in, but my Dad said “better more, than less.”

I thanked them for donating, a portion of which was specifically earmarked for the filing fee.

I started crying when I thanked them for their support and their belief in my dream.

Granted, I have the support of my friends and my husband. But it’s not the same when it’s from my parents. It’s different, more important. Validation that everything they taught me, the way they raised me…this is the result. I was listening. I was paying attention. It may not have seemed like it at the time to them(what with all that book reading I was doing. LOL), but I was. I didn’t want to do anything to disappoint them and I just wanted to make them proud, you know?  And it’s not because they have expectations, they just want me to do well, to succeed, and just…be happy.

Becoming a 501(c)(3) is only part of the end goal. This is a major milestone for me and for Page One.

And I’m very happy–and lucky–that my parents were a major part in getting me–and us–there.

And so…we move forward.

Here we go.

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