Burnout looks different on everyone. For some, they may have just outgrown their position. For others, they have taken on too much - whether in their lives or their current role. For me, I just became tired. Exhausted, really. The thought of doing anything - from writing an e-mail to going to a party - just exhausted me.
Can you imagine walking into the office and telling people “I have so much free time?” Free time is something that we all dream about. But deep down, we are afraid of having too much of it. It’s like when we were teenagers, we wanted more freedom and wished our parents wouldn’t be so strict. But after we actually moved out on our own, it’s nice to be back at the parents’ house and feel taken care of.
Non-profit professionals are on the ground doing the work that serves the most needy and vulnerable in our communities. They are advocating for those who face the challenge of homelessness, substance abuse, domestic violence and more. Non-profit professionals have a heart of service but they often find themselves working for lower salaries and without consistent raises. While non-profit professionals are working hard for others, they may often find themselves struggling financially. This is especially so for the young professionals who are now faced with paying off student loans and are living in high-cost areas like New York City.
Danielle Preiser, survivor and founder of a special needs advocacy nonprofit, shares how she found purpose through her fight for her life.