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“Here’s a giant block of whatever is most difficult for you to carry, and trust me on this, you’ll carry it more times than you can count, until you decide that’s exactly what you want to do most, and then it won’t weigh a thing anymore.”

– Brian Andreas

Mark bought me a collection of Brian Andreas’ Storypeople years ago. And I read this one every day for months trying to figure out what it meant. I even emailed Brian – the artist – and told him this was my favorite and I wasn’t really sure why – but it spoke to me.

Brian emailed me back (I was thrilled) and told me that after reading my blog and checking out my website that he thought I was a cheerleader for passion and commitment, and that’s harder than being ordinary. Sometimes it feels like a curse.

Next month I celebrate 31 years in the credit union movement. There were times when I would get so frustrated with the wacky name changes, unnecessary mergers, political b.s.,  I just wanted to bail and work for Starbucks. Credit unions have become my family, albeit a big dysfunctional family. And like family, they continue to support me and love me, and accept my foibles, and let’s face it, like the Mafia, it’s hard to leave.   

So, I decided to embrace my gift and to go back  where I started – working for a credit union.

I am excited to announce that I am the new VP Marketing for Del Norte Credit Union in Santa Fe, New Mexico!!! For those of you who’ve known me forever, you can appreciate the magic of those two things. To live in the Land of Enchantment full time and to have the opportunity to work for an amazing credit union – developing their brand and fine tuning their target audience…well, it doesn’t weigh a thing anymore.

My Nana told me that God gives every child a gift and it is our duty (and here she pointed her finger at me) to figure out what that is and to give it back to the world.

I hope my Nana is watching.

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May 2011