I received this beautiful card from my boss who is retiring and it brought up a lot of memories that I wanted to share.

Katie, my how you’ve grown & changed! That isn’t just a phrase to a young kid. In your case it describes the blossoming of an insecure individual into a competent and confident woman. You’ve come a long way, Katie Butterfly. It’s been a pleasure to see.

Many don’t know how my journey at the library began and it’s quite a story.

I struggled with severe mental health issues from the time I was a teenager. It got so bad that I was in and out of psych hospitals – fighting for my life. I wanted to try working again and so I started with ODC to help me find employment. It was a lot of hit or miss but eventually I found my place!
I first wanted to go into daycare. So I tried that. I didn’t really like working with the kids and so I moved over to Companion Day Services and volunteered with the elderly. It was a perfect fit. I loved it but there was no job openings. We then thought about working in a book store since I loved books. My ODC case manager tried to get me a job trial at Book World but we struck out again. She then thought of the library. She talked to the director and I started doing some stuff there (paper shredding etc) and then the supervisor in Circulation offered to let me try the page work… and the rest is history! It’s been quite a journey and I’ve fought hard to get to where I am today. But, I’m so grateful to the people the given me the opportunities. I didn’t just find a job but a family!

So my Wisdom is this. Don’t give up. Sometimes life stinks but it always has a way of working out the way it’s supposed to!

Thanks for reading! ❤ KatieButterfly

One comment

  1. Beautiful Katie Words of Wisdom for any day. I’m happy you fight so hard to, go forward in life. An old but true cliché,“ the best is yet to come so enjoy every day, as a new day for to grow stronger. Look every day for the good and be grateful in the beautiful things.

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