31 Day Reset: Day 30 – My Eulogy

I’m participating in the 31 Days to Reset Your Life program at Happy Black Woman. The program is designed to help you evaluate your goals and priorities and think of them in the context of your life today and how you might be able to refocus on what’s important. Read on to learn about my experience with the challenge!

Yes, it’s as it reads: Rosetta has asked us to write our eulogy. Not as though we died tomorrow – as if we died at 77, leading a full life. She’s asked us to write what we’d like our eulogy to sound like.

I keep going back to my personal mission statement for these challenges. I have the feeling this statement is going to make a big difference in my life.

Here’s my eulogy! Sorry it’s on the long side!

Chapin was born in the bay area and grew up in Palo Alto, California. She moved to San Diego to attend UC San Diego, graduating with two B.A.s in Literature/Writing and Sociology. Chapin was one of the founding students of the Alternative Breaks @ UCSD program. The program is an opportunity for UCSD students to travel nationally or internationally to do volunteer work and cultural immersion on their spring or summer break.  The program grew exponentially in its early years, from one trip, to two, to five, to ten, and there are currently more than ten trips that go out each year. Hundreds of students go through the program each year. Her involvement in this program and others at UCSD led to her receiving the Alexis Montevirgin Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service, an accolade she held very close to her heart.

After spending nine years in San Diego, Chapin moved back to the bay area. She received her Masters in Nonprofit Administration at University of San Francisco. She worked in the nonprofit sector in various capacities, as a development staff member at many agencies and even a CEO. After working for nonprofit organizations for years, Chapin put her experience to use in her consulting business, where she provided services for nonprofits and those who work at them. Chapin is survived by a large family, including her husband, children, and grandchildren. Chapin’s passion for empowering others, helping those less fortunate, and always encouraging others will be sorely missed. She was very open-minded, empathetic, and kind. She was a role model by acting with integrity, being compassionate and generous, and showing quiet conviction. Chapin has left a lasting legacy the way she wanted to – through her work with people.

-N.C.

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