2017 began with an intensive planning session. This would be the year to finally be debt free. A year of saving; a year of renewed health…at least that was my point of view in January. Then in early February, I got that dreaded call: my job was being absorbed into a team effort, and the team had more “writer’s” than it needed. So my role had been deemed redundant and would end on February 15th. Along with the job loss, came the loss of health insurance, meaning I was unable to follow up on the great strides I’d made physically in 2016. With that, January’s planning went straight out the window, while I regrouped to strategize my next steps. It was scary! Almost as scary as the day just over seventeen years ago when I awakened to the reality of sudden widowhood. Gratefully since then, I have a gained new a skill-set that came to my rescue!
On May 3rd (after quite a bit of ground-laying) I incorporated Victoria Nimmo-Walters & Associates LLC, putting to use the Bachelor of Science degree in Business, which I earned in 2015. The purpose of VNW & Assoc., LLC, is to assist nonprofit organizations with their fundraising, through strategizing and implementing overall campaigns, and approaching foundations with targeted grant proposals. While I would not yet call business “booming” it is growing at a rate that makes me quite happy.
In other life-changes, at the beginning of the year I accepted a position on the board of directors for Villa International Atlanta; and in September was elected as the Southeast District president of the Atlanta Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (AACCW,) which is also a board position. Both of these roles are proving to be great learning opportunities. Not being one to let things go easily, I continue to serve my parish as president of Corpus Christi Women’s Guild, and Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) Team Leader.
Within the same time frame, my health has deteriorated and my mobility is hampered by having to keep one hand free to grasp hold the cane that is now my constant companion. So it is a tremendous blessing to be able to operate my business and do the behind the scenes work required by my volunteer roles, all from the comfort of my home office!
While it hasn’t proven to be the year I initially planned, it’s been a wonderful year—filled with the love of family and friends.
To each of you I say, Merry Christmas! And offer my heart-felt wishes that 2018 will be a better year for all of us.