In June 2017, a friend and I went to grab a drink at a new bar in town and catch up on life. We both had been going through particularly busy seasons. She was wrapping up her final pursuits toward her PhD and I was working all the time. I shared with her my frustrations with my job because although I was finding success quickly, I knew I had no long-term growth opportunities and there wasn’t any real positive benefits from all my labor. My friend, equally passionate about creating valuable change for others through professions, could understand my frustrations since she was neck-deep in writing her dissertation and not doing much else at the time.
A few nights before we met, I was browsing the internet on my phone, falling down the rabbit-hole that is Twitter, when I stumbled upon a non-profit organization called Fashion Revolution based in the UK. I thought their work in educating consumers about who made their clothes was interesting and I wondered if they had a US branch. I get on their website, and sure enough they did! I quickly researched the members of the board who’s bios peaked my interest, and that’s how I found my consultant, Shannon, and learned about her online cohort.
Chatting with my friend, I tell her about my findings and she encourages me to pursue the program. It genuinely seemed too good to be true! I told her how I was totally game, but the real challenge would be convincing my husband.
The biggest push was that the application for the program was closing in two days and if I didn’t try, the opportunity would slide by for another year. I felt that I couldn’t put my dream on hold any longer. I was so amped! If I waited, not only would the opportunity fly right out the window, but my enthusiasm right along with it! I convinced my husband and applied just hours before the deadline. The best thing was that I found out I was accepted the very next day! And there it was, my permission to press go…