Thursday, September 30, 2010

The New Column Writer

I've been slacking on my blogging skills because I have been so busy writing columns for Gladney's website!

Recently, I have had the experience to read stories, e-mails, and powerpoints in order to reformat them into articles. But, these are no small stories. The staff at Gladney is so well-rounded and diverse that I have been reading a range of subjects from child psychological development to the adverse effects the rain has on adoption in Ethiopia.
One of the other articles I worked on was about how to cope with the emotions from infertility. It's about how to answer questions your friends and family may confront you with. The articles are all very interesting, and I'm not saying that because I wrote them, the articles are helpful at any stage of adoption you may be at. It is important for us all to be aware of other factors that may not effect us directly. For example, the article on infertility may help you empathize with a friend experiencing this change in life, or the article about Ethiopia may help you realize the drastic weather conditions these children have to live in.

Learning is a skill that truly helps us grow as individuals. Now is it time for you to grow?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Can't get rid of me yet!

It has been a while since my last post partly due to an illness, school starting again, and trying to get back into a regular routine. When the summer ended I was not sure if I would be able to keep interning at Gladney. Luckily, my schedule worked out so I can come in once a week! For those first few weeks of school, I missed the Gladney work environment and getting to read the sweet placement stories that are shared throughout the week. Now that I'm back it's great to see everyone and work on projects that ultimately help create forever families.

Be sure to check out the Gladney facebook page for relevant information and opportunities to get involved with Gladney. Each country has a facebook page, so be sure to 'like' those and receive updates! Here are links to the different pages: Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Nepal, Russia, Rwanda, Taiwan.

Last week I spent time archiving photos. This will speed up the search for photos that Gladney employees have taken during trips to various countries and any pictures of Gladney families and kids. The process has taken some time because there are so many  pictures, but it will make a huge difference when trying to locate that perfect picture!

The interns are still working on the Orphan Sunday event, trying to get things finalized since November is drawing closer. I'm sure you'll be hearing more about this in the coming weeks!

I am so glad to be back at Gladney and I can't wait to see what fun projects I'll be working on this Fall.