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A Reflection of My Life, 2013!

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As I sit here at my desk today, I am reflecting on all that has happened this year.

I left a “career job” I had had for 22 years, not knowing what the change would bring. I can say wholeheartedly that it was the best decision of my life. I loved my former job, but for a few years, I had really been thinking a lot about a change, not knowing what kind of change I would want or need. Joining Assisted Transition has proved to me more than I never imagined! The ‘coincidence’ that this job opportunity came to me on the first anniversary of my Mom’s death, was Divine Intervention. Not by accident!

 

In the past 8 months, since I left The Club, I can honestly say that every day I have been able to help at least one person. Sometimes it’s just answering my cell phone at 10:00 at night to talk to someone who is in crisis. I have been told I am a good listener and have the experience to give some advice, love and compassion to the person who called me. A lot of the time, all I’m doing is giving reassurance, offering some of my personal experiences or giving a free referral to someone who can help with what they need. All of my ‘clients’ have been personal referrals from my relationships and friends. I have done absolutely no advertising to get connected with these people in need. This is an awesome feeling, and proof that what I am doing is absolutely what I am supposed to be doing.

 

I’ve been able to successfully help 17 families in the short time I’ve been doing this, and every single one has turned out amazingly well! I’ve been able to find assisted living communities (and everything that goes with extra senior help) for those in every financial situation, and the more time I’ve spent cultivating relationships with the administrators in these communities, the more they have been willing to work with me on price, and services. Most of what I do is just for the sake of doing something good for someone, with no expectations of making a dime. These are my most rewarding experiences and have made me a happier person. I have been able to create personal and friendly relationships with all sorts of people…hospice, home health, caregivers, elder law attorneys and people who can file someone’s VA paperwork for free. I am the human version of ’the living yellow pages’ with a personal touch. Most people who call me have absolutely no idea where to begin, or if what their parent or family member is exhibiting physically or mentally is normal old age, or something more. I’ve learned so much in these past 8 months that I am finally beginning to ‘know’ the answers without having to look things up! Most of this came from all the years I spent caring for my Mom. What a great feeling to be at that place in my job!

I’ve received thank you cards, tearful phone calls, testimonials for the website, have done speaking engagements (which, if you know me was something I would never do for a million dollars), am the Vice President for The Christian Business Partners in Rancho, and a member of some amazing networking groups that help me grow in so many ways. I have definitely come out of my shell and have finally found the reason I was put here on Earth. I couldn’t wish for more.

As this new year approaches, I can only hope that next year will bring as much joy to me as it has for the families I have helped. I will continue to do all the free services, knowing that every person I can help will only make me a stronger person myself. I will strive to do as much good as I can for the seniors in our area, and plan on continuing with the Senior Santas program I began last month. With all of you, as a community of friends, we can make a huge difference for residents living in Memory Care Communities, Assisted Living Communities and small Board and Care homes. Selfless acts make us all better people, and the response I received with Senior Santas was living proof. People are good!

I’d like to thank all of you. Friends, coworkers and family, who have helped me ‘jump head first’ into this new phase of my life and let you know I couldn’t have done it without you. Starting anything new (especially for an old broad like me) can be, and was terrifying, but looking back, was the best thing I could have ever done.

As always, if you (any of you) ever have a question about your parents, neighbors or loved ones, know you can call me at any time.

Happy New Year!

Laura

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