Times They Are A Changing

Posted: July 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

Bob Dylan wrote these words years ago, but they still hold true today.  Sometimes, it almost feels like our lives are in a constant state of change and although that may feel overwhelming at times, change is a good thing.  In the end, change teaches us about ourselves, it shows us we are stronger than we knew, it reveals new talents and helps us to continue to grow.

Here at MADD Nebraska, “Times They Are A Changing.” It is hard to decide where to start to tell you about the big changes that have been happening at our office and in our personal lives.  Normally, people suggest to lead with bad news, but none of our news is bad, just different. So, we will start at the top, with our Executive Director. After 12 years of working to make Nebraska roads safer, Simera Reynolds has moved on to a new position with the Alzheimer’s Association. She is taking her skills and talents to make a difference for a new cause. She does though, still have a passion for MADD and our mission, she has already promised to continue to work with us as a volunteer and a mentor!

We are also sad to say good-bye to two other MADD employees, Rachel Janecek and Cyndee McCarthy. In this world of changes, they also had life changes that took them to new opportunities. We wish them both good luck in their new adventures, they will both be greatly missed.

These changes, have led to more changes in the office. Like the two of us that are still here taking on more responsibilities to ensure that the level of service you all have come to expect from MADD Nebraska does not change. Andrea Frazier and myself (Sara Magnus) are both excited for the opportunities to learn and expand our knowledge to make sure all of the current programs and services continue seamlessly.

We have also moved, less people means we need less office space. So we downsized to a office in the heart of Lincoln’s Haymarket. The location puts us closer to volunteers, to courts, to the legislature and will allow us to do more, more efficiently.

For you loyal followers of this blog, well that is changing too. And that is because now you get to hear from me instead of Sim. I know we will all miss her wit and wisdom. I hope I can do her proud and give you some new and interesting content!

Through all of this we keep on reminding ourselves that change is good.  We have to move forward to grow both personally and professionally. So we go with it. We stop being fearful and we step forward into the unknown. And in the end we find ourselves in a place that is even better than we were before, sometimes looking back and missing the past, but happy knowing that we are who we are today because of the changes in our lives.


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