Saying goodbye is such a strange thing. It’s always been weird and awkward for me. And I’m terrible at it. Definitely much better at hello.
I’m not ready to give a lengthy “why” about the reasons I chose to leave TV. That will come soon. So for now it’s the simple fact that this decision is by and large about my kids, my husband and our family.
This is also a little tricky because I’m not ready to talk about my next adventure… but I CAN say I am all kinds of super, crazy, excited for the future.
I also have so many thank yous…. to viewers who let me into your homes when I was a wide-eyed 22 year old, fresh out of college and desperate to make a difference in the world. You trusted me to tell meaningful stories and dig deeper to find and talk about the real issues in our community. I hope I’ve done that.
My job allowed me to forge an insane number of friendships in this community, many people I’ve grown to trust and admire. I owe a huge thanks to them as well.
I’ve also made SO MANY friends at WSBT, including colleagues past and present who relentlessly pushed me to be better, work harder and give just a little bit more (they know who they are).
Want to know a secret about news? This might seem basic but a lot of the time (especially in breaking news situations), getting information means staying calm, knowing who to call and knowing what questions to ask.
Being a reporter made me tougher than I ever thought I could be. I did some happy, uplifting stories from time to time but I also saw the “worst of the worst” situations and sometimes had nightmares because of it. But what often kept me going was knowing I brought those terrible (and sometimes sad) issues to light. Informing the public. Holding people accountable. I got so much satisfaction out of that.
Isn’t it kind of ironic though how I can be tough enough to knock on the door of a criminal, yet an exasperating day with two irrational toddlers and an infant can push me to tears? I guess I am human after all, huh? Ha!
But right now it’s those little people who need their mommy to be around more, because you know what? They’ll never be this little again. I’ll never, EVER get this time back… the hilarious things they say and do, the ability to be superwoman in their eyes (no matter what) and the chance to truly live in the moment.
I’m not becoming a stay-at-home mom though… I’m not THAT tough! ;)
So here’s to my leap of faith. Leaving my comfort zone and doing something new because I truly feel it’s the right thing for me. Your love and support means so much more than I could ever put into words and I thank you for that.
Merry Christmas to you and your family. Cherish the people you love. Live without regrets. Say fewer goodbyes and more hellos.
BE YOU. AND DON’T APOLOGIZE FOR IT.
I'm a mom to 3 beautiful, spirited, elementary school-aged humans, I'm addicted to running + strength training, I have no filter & I work full time in the corporate world. But behind the scenes of all that is where it really gets interesting...