I am proud to work for a local not-for-profit in Indianapolis called Heartland Truly Moving Pictures. I had the opportunity on Tuesday to attend an awards ceremony for the Rotary Foundation of Indianapolis where we received a grant for 2011 Heartland Institute programs. The luncheon was at the beautiful Indianapolis Scottish Rite Cathedral in downtown Indy. What a beautiful venue!

I took a picture of one of many glass windows. If you haven’t visited the Cathedral, you should! This was officially the first grant that I submitted on my own for a grant that we received funding for. In my new job as Annual Fund Manager I will have the opportunity to write more grant proposals to foundations and corporations in hopes that we will receive funding but this one I am especially proud of because it is my first.

I still have a lot to learn but I feel like I am on my way to making an impact which is my whole purpose for moving from the corporate world into the not-for-profit sector…lord knows it is not for the robust paycheck!

For me, 2011 will be the year for hard work paying off. My other focus is learning as much as I can about social media and applying it to my personal and professional life while helping friends that I know want to get started as well. This is just a start in my journey so watch out!

I also have a goal of being consistent about working out no less than 3 times a week at the Y. So far so good. I am in my second week and have remained faithful, albeit not always easy (elliptical, how I loath thee!) The only way I will see a payoff is to keep at it so I am committed. I have recruited a relative to hold me accountable so that we can both keep on track. We may kill each other in the process of pushing each other but it is fun!

I have so many other goals for the year that I won’t bore you with right now and I can only be help accountable for so many things so these are the goals that I choose…

  • Expanding my knowledge of not-for-profit advancement so I can secure more large gifts
  • Create a health me through committing to no less than three workouts a week, and
  • Learn more about social media and get on the social media bandwagon!!!