The world is full of people doing things they feel they have to do... they are obligated to do... maybe you are one of them. I know I'm one of them at times.
Many of us may not have the choice to quit our job or not do laundry. So, make sure when it comes to where you spend your leisure time and your volunteer time, it is something that brings smiles and joy.
This past year, I have been able to step down a bit from Troop Leadership with my older girls. I'm blessed with a co-leader who encouraged them (or maybe she just told them) to plan their own meetings, be responsible for their own things, and figure out what they want to do. She has also, for the most part, taken over organizing and getting everything together for those meetings. I still round up supplies, offer advice, remind them about events, and work on the ongoing communication struggle. I also do record-keeping of who has earned what and service hours and such.... for the most part I do administrative stuff.
With the Daisy's, their meetings are simple. I don't want to downplay the importance of Daisy leaders and I don't want to scare anyone off from continuing, but seriously... Daisy meetings are simple! They don't require as much work or thought. You can get by on a pretty low budget, too.
So, I've been able to free myself up to think about where I see myself in 5 years. This is the last year with the Daisy's. Their parents are taking over. Five years is my timeline, because the Cadette troop will graduate in 5 years and where does that leave me? Where do I feel I can be of best use and... more importantly... what do I WANT to do?
That's the cool thing about volunteering with Girl Scouts. There are so many choices. You don't have to be a Troop Leader or Assistant Leader. You don't have to be the Cookie Mom. Though, all those roles are desperately needed!! You can volunteer at a Service Unit level, Regional level, Council level. You can organize events, plan series, help out with administration, or simply choose an event or 2 each year that you want to do. Think about it. If you could do ANYTHING... what would it be?