Mentee Spotlight: Jackie Magnuson

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Jackie Magnuson, an EDGE mentee of more than four years, recently found herself at a crossroads with her career. Here, she shares about how her mentor's guidance helped her come to a decision:

I've been in EDGE for almost four and a half years, and during that time, I've developed meaningful relationships with my mentor and fellow mentees – who continue to impact my life on a daily basis.

 Jackie and a few of the girls from her EDGE group volunteering at a Burst Event

Jackie and a few of the girls from her EDGE group volunteering at a Burst Event

That impact was even clearer a few weeks ago, as I was struggling to decide whether I should accept a new job offer. I sought counsel from a lot of different people – including my parents, friends and coworkers. But it wasn't until I called and talked to my EDGE mentor, Linda Hajduk, that I was able to confidently make my decision.

After chatting for a while and going over the pros and cons of the new position, she asked me, "What's holding you back? I think you know what you need to do." In answering that question, I realized the real reason I was afraid to make a career change, and I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders.

I could write countless stories about how Linda and my fellow mentees have shaped my life, but this particular experience shows how God is using EDGE to help me be a better decision maker, draw closer to him and live my life embracing community.

 Linda (center) with her mentees

Linda (center) with her mentees

The really cool "God part" of this is story is that I wanted to share my conversation with Linda to promote EDGE, to help people see the value of having a mentor, and to share about the impact that mentors can have on your life. Linda and I talked on a Wednesday, I prayed about sharing the experience on Thursday, and on Friday, EDGE reached out to me about sharing my experience on the blog.

I was blown away by God taking care of all of the little details, and it gives me a great confidence that he's working in my daily life and will take of care every detail with this new job. I can't say enough how grateful I am for EDGE Mentoring and the impact it has had on my life!


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