As a volunteer, it starts to become difficult to put others before myself and truthfully it can be exhausting. I honestly sometimes dread volunteering and often think to myself “I’m getting nothing out of this.” I find myself resenting my volunteer work and wanting to focus on me, me, me! So, as January 1st lurked around the corner this year, I tried to think of a way to use this flaw of mine to my advantage.
I work as a volunteer not only with SFU’s ENGAGE blog, but also as a writer for Her Campus SFU and two separate independent publishers. Needless to say, my schedule is a little full. I’ve been volunteering since I was in high school and find a lot of fulfilment in my work, but it can be exhausting.
My 2011 New Year’s resolution is to appreciate my volunteer work. It truly is a blessing to be in the position to help other people who are less fortunate than me. I know that volunteer work feels like a task most of the time, but it is helping those around us for the better good and providing opportunity in return for us volunteers. I aim to remind myself of the needs of others and to genuinely enjoy my work and the benefits that volunteerism provides.