I can’t believe it’s already been two weeks since I mentioned that I had found the place to do my summer intern for school! If you’d like a refresher on what Women Helping Women/Men2Work does, or for those of you stopping by for the first time, you can click here and find my previous post which details all about what this wonderful non profit organization offers.
Today was my sixth day interning at WHW and as usual I left at the end of my shift feeling exhausted and elated! I remember the first day I started I was so nervous because as I had mentioned previously I would be doing something so completely different from what I do for a living, which is work as an Office Manager/Project Admin for a Steel Contracting company. Not to mention that one of the main things I would be doing at WHW is being a Personal Shopper for the women and men that come in. For those of you that know me well you will understand what a huge change and challenge this is for me. I don’t really consider myself very fashion savvy. I admire how my mom and most of my female family members and friends have such a knack for choosing the cutest outfits and matching accessories. The only accessories I always wear are my silver watch, engagement/wedding ring, and my pearl earrings, and on top of that I am not very creative when it comes to matching color clothes. I usually stick with the basics that work and then add a nice colorful top to an outfit. That being said I was still super excited to start with WHW because one thing I do love to do is interact with people and feeling like I’m helping someone out.
In the six days that I have interned at WHW my cup has truly runneth over. God led me to the place that I needed to be and thankfully to experience something so absolutely wonderful. Over the years I have gotten some nice praise at my job for the work I do and yet I am sitting here right now fumbling for the right words to describe how amazing it feels to help a client at WHW and know that little by little we are putting the pieces together and finding that beautiful interview/work outfit in which our client will feel and look confident, professional and successful. Although I am there to help them out and I am giving of my time, in truth I feel like I am receiving so much more in return. Nothing I have ever been praised for at my job compares to the joy I feel when I have a client tell me how much she appreciates what we’re doing and how helpful this assistance is to her and seeing the smile on their faces when they see the results of the clothing items we’ve chosen together. I had one client break down in tears of joy after I showed her around the place and explained everything we would be putting together for her and as I gave her a hug and she cried, my heart just filled with so much compassion for her and I thought to myself, this is someone’s mom, sister, daughter, friend and I realized that this is the kind of act that makes my heart soar with gratitude, understanding, compassion and appreciation.
The more I am in this kind of environment the more I realize that I need to be in a place where I can feel that I am giving back to someone and helping people out and I feel like slowly God is guiding me in that direction.