Are you busy giving away your time, skills and experience for free ALL the time to family, friends and community organizations?
I remember, being in a board meeting and a member saying, “If you need something done. Ask Shemika!” As mentioned in my last blog, I have always been active in my community and volunteered tons of hours, skills, money and projects to each organization I volunteered with. My volunteering started in middle school, 8th grade where I joined the JFK Library Corps in Boston, MA and continued in high school, college until recently in my 30s.
Since, starting my volunteer work as a youth, I have helped found 3 organizations and volunteered on at least 8 Board of Directors for community organizations in leadership roles; along with any work activities I volunteered for. So, I know about giving away your skills and experience for free all the time, which kept me busy. I have over 20 years experience of volunteering, more than my work history! Wow!! Scary. :) Many asked, “How do you do it?” It’s just in my nature and part of who I am. But, recently I realized the impact volunteering had on my life…
I am that woman who will help you with any cause, goal, business or project you desire to achieve or create! I’m that person if you tell me, “I would like to sale ice cream to cats”… I would be excited and figure out how you can do it and help sale ice cream! Haha! Sad, but true! I’m a giver and will help anyone achieve his or her goals to the best of my ability. That includes you selling ice cream to cats.
My say “YES-game” is too strong! But my "NO" improving greatly. How many of you can relate to this?
I recently was talking a sister-friend and we realized how much time I had been giving away to great causes that I did not get paid to do. She mentioned, how hard I worked to get my Master’s in Business Management and building of my career, how as women we don’t get the salary wages we deserve, but we feel the need to still give away the same skills and education we fought to achieve.
Just think about it, I could have been giving that same amount of energy and time to my business and probably created many others businesses by now which would have increase my income and bank account. Believe me, I have no regrets and met some great and amazing people from around the United States and world while volunteering. But our conversation, made me think about how much is too much volunteering of my time? I now know my limits and empower you to figure out yours. I will probably volunteer again but with a new mindset.
Your problem may not be volunteering with community organizations. You may be giving so much time, money and energy to family, friends, girlfriends, boyfriends, spouses and others to help them achieve their goals, passions and dreams.
Who are you giving too much of your time to that causes you to not to focus on giving to yourself?
So, if you are the same types of volunteer like me, who gives with thinking twice! I want to encourage you to balance your time because we cannot save the world and give back when we are struggling ourselves. Take some of that time and energy to invest in you, your career and personal life. Make sure you aren’t giving away all of your skills, but know your worth and ask to be paid. When you ask not, you will never know if you can get paid for the skills you worked hard to develop!
I would love to hear about your volunteer projects and experiences.
Get busy doing
the things you love
and your destiny
will find you.
Until next time,
Shemika L. Moore, MBA is a energetic, detail oriented, compassionate, creative and committed leader with over 15 years’ experience in Employer Engagement, Retention and Career Coaching along with strong analytical and exceptional communication skills. Seeking to help organizations meet its goals by developing employees who are confident and skilled individuals optimizing their contribution to the organization. Passionate about helping individuals who not only seek to achieve career success, but looking for more joy and fulfillment.