Thursday, June 7, 2012

Reflections: 4 Years!

This week marks my 4 year anniversary working at my agency! 

The Lorax! Great message <3

I don't normally write about work. Not because I don't love what I do, but because this blog is just an escape for me to think about other things during non-work hours. Also, for confidentiality reasons, I can't really talk about it. 

For those who don't know, I'm a Masters level social worker working in foster care. I went into this profession for many reasons, none of which include hopes of making the big bucks ;) That's okay- financially, I knew what I was getting into. What I didn't know was the range of emotions I could feel about a job. The amount of learning I could do in 4 years, and the amazing people I would meet along the way. I didn't anticipate the level of disappointment I could feel and the heartbreak I could possibly experience for children I work with. Some days (or weeks) are so difficult and I just wish I picked an easier profession. I stick with it, though, because even after 4 years I feel like I can make a difference.

Social work :)


No, maybe not a huge difference like my idealistic just-graduated-from-college self thought when beginning this job. It's the little differences along the way that add up. I am a stepping stone in a child's life and if I can help them even just a little, that's good enough. My coworkers are so supportive of each other (most of the time!) and we remind each other of this constantly. We make a good team!

I'm so thankful for my supervisors who have helped shape me into the social worker I am today and push me to keep learning and improving. I couldn't have imagined a more supportive environment. Yes, things haven't been easy over the past 4 years but I wouldn't change anything!

Took this from my awesome boss Nicole! :)
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Sorry for the picture overload, but those are some of my favorites :)

To learn more about foster care and adoption, visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway or AdoptUSKids

Thanks for letting me share something a little different today :)


6 comments :

  1. Ooo I didn't know that about you! Happy 4 year anniversary. What a job, that has to just be so emotionally exhausting

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    1. thanks! somedays it is, but I love it. I liked reading about your job too!!

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  2. Happy 4 years! It takes an amazing person to be able to do that and anyone who does care does make a difference! Keep it up!

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    1. that is really nice of you to say- thank you!:)

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  3. I am so proud of you, Alyssa! To see you grow and blossom is incredible! I love you!

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    1. thanks Mom, of course if it wasn't for you I wouldn't be doing this job so I owe a LOT of it to you! You are the best and I love you too!

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