Staff Blogger: Allyson Lane, Development Assistant

20160727_173844Lake Erie has always held a special place in my heart, long before I ever loved Lakeside. When I was younger, my grandparents owned a condo in Port Clinton where I made countless memories playing and exploring the surrounding area.

Unfortunately, my grandparents sold their condo when I was in middle school, and we began to visit Port Clinton and the peninsula less frequently. But to this day, coming over the bridge still feels like coming home.

Fast forward to my senior year of high school, when I was visiting Lakeside for my Kairos retreat. I was also in the midst of making the tough decision of where to attend college.

Even though I’d been accepted to a handful of schools, I had fallen in love with John Carroll University (JCU). I applied for their leadership program, and if I received the scholarship, that’s where I’d be going. At the time of my Kairos retreat, I still didn’t know what the future held.

A couple of days into the retreat, while in my room at the Fountain Inn, I received an email from JCU stating I’d been accepted into their leadership program. It was one of those moments that I just knew God had a hand in.

Here I was in Lakeside, on the lake that was such a huge part of my childhood, enjoying my last high school moments with the people I grew up with, and finding out where I’d spend my future. I’m a huge believer that everything happens for a reason and this was one of those moments I knew would stick with me.

FB_IMG_1485364249773Three and a half years go by at JCU, and I graduate early. The long, frustrating job hunt begins with so many applications and interviews that I lose count. My mom continually reminding me that when it’s meant to happen it will happen.

I took a family vacation in early 2016, and when I returned, the first job I applied for was at Lakeside. A short while later, I was accepting the job of Development Assistant in this place that already felt special to me.

As I headed to work on my first day, I thought back to that moment in the Fountain Inn, and I knew that everything had worked out how it was supposed to. I have that same “coming home” feeling daily when I drive over the bridge to work.

Lakeside has become a huge part of my life in a roundabout way, but in a way that has so much meaning. I feel so blessed to work here every day, and I’m so grateful that I get to share this place with my family and friends who have supported me through my journey.