Good Morning! (It is always morning somewhere) My Name is Erin Tooley and I am lover of tea, elephants, mountain air, beach sunrises and exploring new places. I am the oldest of 11 (6 boys and 5 girls) so family life is never boring. I graduated from North Carolina State University (Go Pack!) in 2016 with a degree in Social Work. Upon graduating, I worked the thrilling life of three jobs. I was a Site Coordinator for the YMCA in the morning, a Program Coordinator for The Carying Place, a transitional housing program for homeless working families, in the afternoon and a recreational gymnastics coach in the evening. I finally landed a full time position as a Human Resource Generalist for a data tech company, Nimble Storage. However it was acquired in 2017 by Hewlett Packard Enterprises.
After being given an end date of June, 30, 2018 due to the Acquisition, I started job searching. But wasn’t finding anything I was truly excited or passionate about. On top of all this, I was slowly coming back to the Catholic faith. At some point in the process, I said the fateful prayer of “thy will be done” and everything turned upside down. Looking back now, I realize that if I hadn’t been given an end date, or experienced other life happenings, I wouldn’t have looked into returning to the field. Thus reinforcing my belief that everything happens for a reason.
Honduras has always held a very special place in my heart. I previously did mission work with the Missioners of Christ in high school and it was a life-changing experience. I went down for the High School Youth summer missions in 2010, ‘11 and ‘12. My favorite memories of Honduras include visiting the patients at San Benito, the local medical clinic, and spending an afternoon playing soccer the boy’s orphanage. After looking into various other Mission opportunities, I knew I was being called back to Honduras and for a much longer length of time then a few days.
I am so excited for the opportunity to embark on the Extended Term Mission. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers during this time. I know that it will be challenging, but it will be challenging me to grow in my faith and become a better version of myself and for that, I am grateful. Please follow my journey here! I will be posting periodically as well as posting photos. Please forgive me in advance as grammar is not a strong point and I tend to ramble. Just know it comes from a place of love.
“I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.”
– Mother Teresa
Photo from 2011 Honduras Trip 🙂