There’s a saying I have heard before. You never know what tomorrow will bring. Until this last year, I never really had cause to think tomorrow would bring anything other than another day with my kids and my husband. Life was good and I was happy in my place as stay at home mom and classroom volunteer at the elementary school where my kids attended.
Ten months ago, my family and I found out the universe had other plans for us. In May of 2011, my husband was diagnosed with Valley Fever, a very serious fungal infection which has been known to take lives when it isn’t caught early on.
Scary? You bet it was! But when life presents moments like these, all you can do is step up to the free throw line and take your best shot. That’s exactly what I did. I went back to school after a long absence. My goal became finding an area of expertise that would allow me to use some of my creative talents and provide the income necessary to keep my family afloat until my husband recovered from his bout with Valley Fever.
Now you are probably asking yourself how in the world I ended up at the Chamber of Commerce. Well, I pursued certificates in Administrative Assistance and Bookkeeping/Accounting Clerk through Cuesta College, with the goal of finishing both within a year’s time.
The class that actually brought me to the Chamber of Commerce was Cuesta College’s Computer Applications and Office Administration Internship Class. The purpose of this class is to provide students with practical training with the skills obtained through the certificate and degree programs offered through the college.
While discussing possible internship choices with my advisor, she mentioned there was one internship offer she wasn’t sure she was going to be able to fill. I asked her what is was and she explained it was with the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce and required someone with good writing skills. With my love of writing and past experiences in journalism I felt this might be an internship I could really enjoy. So, I was off to interview for the internship!
After two months writing press releases and learning my way around the Chamber, I knew this was a job I could grow to love. As it happened, the staff at the Chamber was ready to expand and I was offered a part time position. That part time position has grown form sixteen hours a week to thirty, which is just the right amount for me to balance being with my family and finding fulfillment in the workplace. My objective of finding a job that would help support my family while my husband recovered from Valley Fever had been met!
The real happy ending to this story is my husband has fully recovered from his illness and returned to work while I have a job that allows me to use my talents in a creative environment. I look forward to meeting the challenges of my new position and am excited to be a part of such a great organization.
Now I know it is absolutely true you never know what tomorrow will bring, and I am thankful for each and every tomorrow that is healthy and happy for me and my family. I have discovered new confidence in my own abilities and the determination to help my family has led me to a new and wonderful place in my life. What a difference a day makes? I say what a difference a year makes!
Written by Amy Farris