At the end of last year, when I decided to end my food blogging life in order to spend more time volunteering in my community, I thought it would be easy to find my place. At my age, with my experience and available time, I thought I'd be able to walk in any door and get to work right away; after all, who wouldn't be happy to have a volunteer like me? However, the landscape for volunteering has changed with the growth of corporate groups and schools that promote community service, and an individual has to work harder to find volunteer slots. My strategy? Start with issues that are important to me, and go from there.
With my sights set on literacy programs and working with immigrants and refugees, and with an open heart and mind, I'm beginning to build the volunteering life that feels right to me. From time to time, I'll write here about my progress as the pieces fall into place. Some already have, and others have sent me in unexpected directions. And if you, too, are thinking about refocusing your life, I hope some of my experiences will help you.