Tag Archive | non-profit

Filling a Gap

This venn diagram is super!

I think I fall into the ‘Lacks Passion‘ part of the equation. 2 for 3… Not bad!Β  Trying to ebb into the 3 for 3 ‘Sweet Spot’!

I’ve got a few directions to go now and I’m pretty manic about them. No worries, tho. I embrace some of my crazy. Better manic that depressed πŸ˜‰ I will certainly share these directions after I completely commit.

I hope to get on-board with some career coaching, even. Does anyone have a reference or does this sort of thing? Please contact me with your rates. I see no reason that this can’t all be done on-line these days. So, it doesn’t matter where you are.

To that end, my posts and visits to your blogs will become a bit more sporadic, due to the focus I must place on my journey. I will certainly share posts about Horticulture Therapy, as I have always been a writer and can’t completely disappear πŸ˜‰ I also learn so much when I write posts, not only from the research while writing, but from the comments section also! Writing about HT will just strengthen my knowledge.

Chase your dreams!!

Β© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Time Keeps on Ticking, Ticking, Ticking…. Into the Future

imageHello, faithful friends of Midwestern Plants!!

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that autumn brings less and less topics to write about, let alone that season of white groundcover! =-O It is time for me to hibernate to a three posts a week schedule. It’s a sad situation for me, as I do truly love to write.

I have kicked around starting another blog, however the topics I want to write about are a bit more sensitive than plants. I follow so many ‘upbeat’ blogs about being happy, and how to change your life to be more happy. Yes, they’ve helped me somewhat. However, I feel the need to rant!! I’m not totally sure about this, however I feel that if I could get things off my mind, and there are possibly folks out there that feel the same, I would feel better. The topics would not be happy ones or following the norm.

I’m not going to make any mention of this other blog on MP, as I don’t want to get a ‘cross-contamination’ of followers… ‘Trolls’ are what I’m talking about πŸ˜‰

Otherwise, my life has been filled with wanting to find a different career. I religiously (nightly) search the job offers in the non-profit field and can’t find anything over $10 an hour. I GET IT! It is non-profit work, and it’s not money that brings you to this field, it’s wanting to make the world a better place. However, I make well more than that now, and can’t take that huge of a pay cut. I’m still looking and I’ve also signed up for more intense grant writing classes.

Another passion would be writing. I look for those job offers, however making $2 per blog post is fruitless also. There are so many scam websites out there, it’s hard to weed through all of them. Getting there. Do I write a book then??? Hmmm.

Worst case, I ask my boss for a raise and an ‘official’ promotion. After our designer died in 2013, I’ve been doing her job, for the most part. We have a contracted landscape architect, who draws the plans in AutoCAD (I use DynaSCAPE), then I tell him what plants I want. I don’t get to visit the site, I use Google Earth and other photos of the area, which is LUNACY! I recently got to go out and ‘set’ plants, because the original design got a bit off because of how the hardscape was laid out. It was a lot of fun, however the exposure (sun/shade) was completely off from what I was told (deep shade). I don’t feel our clients are getting the amount of service they should be getting for the price they are paying. This may be a HAIL MARY for me. As if he tells me he’s not willing to do this, well, then I may need to leave. I’m sure he knows I’m underpaid for this position, I should be getting another $15,000 a year for the job I do according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Otherwise, life has been pretty good to us this past year. We got to do a lot of camping at new and interesting places. By far, Door County was our favorite trip and we’ll be back there next 4th of July. Most of our trips have focused on areas where we could kayak. We even had fun at Merrick State Park, where the freight trains, about 100 feet away, would blow their horns (and sometimes shake the camper!) as they traveled by every hour. Kickapoo State Park near Danville, IL was a fun trip, because we were able to kayak every day we were there. Nice! Even better, I had read last summer that the park was doing to be closed, due to Illinois broke-ass status. Welp, money must have been found somewhere, as I just looked at the statuses of the forest preserves here, and many are not closing! Yeah!!!

My husband just told his boss he was free to work every Saturday in November… hmmm. That might mean I’d be free to do that 50,000 words challenge (NaNonFiWriMo) National Nonfiction Writing Month.

I’ve also been looking into all the ‘free’ college courses that are popping up as apps. EdX is one in trying now. Hopefully, going to learn some CSS styling πŸ˜ƒ Neither of these activities could be done if I was posting M-F.

On a sad note, a close friend of mine died this last Sunday of lung cancer. He was only 51. A few weeks ago his doctor told him he only had a few more weeks, so throw a Par-Tay! And a party he did throw! He’s part of a group of musicians that travel to different churches to play, so a stage was set up in the garage and everyone rotated up to play. It was awesome and sad at the same time. I would think because of his faith, he didn’t have much to fear. He knows he’s going to the good place =-)

Lastly, I’d really like to thank all of you blogging buddies that make writing here such a pleasant experience! I looked into many other blogging sites available (Blogger, Weebly, Tumblr… ) and felt WP was the most friendly and easy to use. I think we chose wisely!

So, on that note, I will leave to you continue on through your reader =-)

PS – IF anyone in the non-profit sector would like to throw me a bone about getting involved, please send me an email!


Β© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

A Day in the Life of Me

Before Spring Sprungs, I have to visit nurseries to look at the quality of stock I’ll be ordering. I used to do this in fall, however I don’t know how bad the winter is going to be and I don’t want to chance stock not surviving. Many nurseries don’t want to drive in their fields when it’s this wet. I know it seems silly, but there is so many things bad with driving in a farm-like setting like this. Soil structure is lost, compaction, pests and disease is spread, flooding, possible irrigation accidents, causes future driving issues… the list is endless.

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Of course, this kind of stuff doesn’t mean a thing to pushy clients or money hungry bosses. They wonder why I wasn’t out there last month tagging. Hmmm, lets see. A sleeping tree looks the same as a dead tree in winter. Unless you want me testing it by scratching the bark and bending and snapping twigs, maybe you just want to wait until Mid-to-Late April and see if they bud??? Just a thought from a professional horticulturist. Remember, I’m here for the betterment of the plant, not for you, evil human.
imageOne nursery didn’t care about all the above mentioned disasters and welcomed me for my own, personal mud derby! I hung tightly to the door that I felt was surely going to fall off the hinges at any moment. The ride was actually quite fun as Juan knew his routes and could keep the speed above 25 MPH. He actually had to gun it a few times to make it through the flooded ruts. Wheee! Mud everywhere!! Because the mud was sucking my calf-high boots off my feet with each step, I really slacked getting the photos I really needed to show my boss. I did have to get out for the spruce though. They are my bosses favorite.

Look! I can see my feet! This spot that wasn’t that bad!

 

 

 

Β© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl