Since April 2010 I have been living in my childhood residence with my mother and brother. I have appreciated returning home and becoming reacqainted with this community I left decades ago.
In the last year I have come to realize my passion is community service and that I have a rare ability for coming up with ideas, finding the right people to make them happen, and connecting the people up. It is an art that feels like a calling.
I am so excited about these community projects. Of course, you know about the , but there is more coming down the pike. For example I have been working with a small group to establish a community garden. Land has not become available, but when it does, we have the right team with the know-how and experience to make it happen. The other project is building and organizing neighborhood teams trained as Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers to assist the community after a disaster until the first responders arrive. You will hear more about this in the coming months.
It is now time to move on from my family home and set out on my own. Living here has been worthwhile in providing a place to realize my calling, but the hero's journey requires I press on. I am thankful to my family for housing me and playing a part in the good work being done. Had they not done so, However, there is much more to sow, and my new living arrangement is designed to assist me in a more productive planting.
Since it is this community I feel called to do my work, staying here is critical. The question arose how it is possible to stay? The only feasible option is long-term live-in house sitting. I have had the good fortune of finding folks in other regions successfully living this way who have given me advice and guidance, so it is do-able.
The beauty of house sitting is that while I will serve individual households I also will meet more community members in the variety of neighborhoods I stay than I ever could living in one place. The ability to connect with ever more people means the potential for increased community input to expand or invent new projects. This ability to attract the right people everywhere I go is a gift, and so occupying more places enables exponential increase in the power of this gift.
I don't know if this house sitting venture will fly in this community. Many people I know here are comfortable leaving their homes vacant for months at a time. However, perhaps with the rise in home break-ins, having one's home unoccupied is a security risk not worth taking. In addition, if a disaster were to strike, who would be there to immediately turn off the gas or assess the damage? My training in CERT may be one of my best credentials going for me.
Perhaps you might refer me to house sitting clients whenever possible. Although you don't know me personally, by following my posts I surmise you have a positive assessment of my character and competence. I have a list of personal references through my community work should you wish further assessment before referring my name. I also welcome any conversation about these and other community projects underway should you have a passion to get involved or are curious about the work being done.
I am a community servant at your house sitting service, but by employing me, you will be serving your community as well simply by living a life that occasionally requires time away. I plan to focus on bringing lovely things to this community, so when you return, not only will you be happy to be back in the comfort of your home, but you will enjoy the fruits of the work done during your absence. It could mean the pleasure of joining a community garden or feeling more secure in knowing that when disaster strikes, capably trained community members will be nearby to provide aid to you and your loved ones .
I hope we might have a chance to do business or connect on some community project. It is my honor to be serving your community, and perhaps one day your home.
If you are interested in my house sitting services, see my email address on the uploaded image. Feel free to save the image as a digital business card.