Mondays With Marta G – It’s a New Dawn

Birds flyin’ high you know how I feel, sun in the sky you know how I feel

Breeze driftin’ on by you know how I feel

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me…and I’m feelin’ good…

I’ve spent this day with Auntie Nina humming to me this little diddy and meditating on four tiny little words that seem so small but have completely redefined my identity…

I quit my job.

There’s still a little disbelief behind the reality that this thing just happened. And here’s the thing. I loved my job, my students and the wonderful people who worked with me in supporting an organization that I hold in a special place in my heart. And yet, that didn’t change the fact that it was time for me to step away from that role and into what comes next.

See, for some years now I have felt the pull to build out a dream called Youngblood and Associates, LLC. That’s not the first name that I have used for the business but it is the one that my partner and I settled on some eight years ago. We both agreed that it was important for us to have something that was wholly hours that we could grow and shape into a business that allowed us to make a mark on the world with all of our talents and skills. We also knew that we would have to work at building it while working full time, benefitted jobs and fit it around graduate programs if we wanted to stand a chance of nurturing this notion to a certain point. Three weeks ago I knew something had shifted in me and that it was time to make the leap. What has surprised me is how peaceful I have felt since I made the decision to begin consulting full-time through my LLC.

There’s something about the BIG birthdays, in my case I’m on the slide to 40 now, that serves as catalyst and makes you take a real hard look at where you are and assess whether you are on track to meet your goals. At this particular turning point it became clear to me that THIS was the time to make the leap of faith into doing this business full time. I am so excited to now have the time to work with groups and organizations that I believe in to help them with acquiring resources through grant writing and resource networking. I am thrilled to be in a position to do a lot more workshop training and development. I have missed the energy that comes with having direct contact with people eager to learn a new skill that can enhance their professional development. In my heart of hearts, I am after all an educator and descended from a long, proud line of educators.

I know that I have good, hard work ahead of me and I am ready for it. And you may all expect to see a lot more writing from me going forward so stay tuned.

Marta C. Youngblood is a writer, education and social entrepreneur based in Little Rock, Arkansas. For more information on her current projects visit

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