I realized something today - I have been doing it all wrong.
You see, up until this point, I used to answer "because I liked seeing my name in the paper" with regards to how I got into journalism. That is partly true, but its ultimately the passion of waking up every day and having no clue what will happen.
For example, in one week in New Orleans I was on a movie set, riverboat and at a charity softball game.
I have learned that I will do things solely out of love and faith, not comparing myself to other journalists, but finding ways to bolster my God-given attributes. That means working not for a byline or photo credit, but for sheer passion. I believe I am blessed with the journalism skills needed to tell the stories of others. And part of that is working the hardest I can.
So I will, in this new direction, remove myself from "competition" or looking at what others are doing. This is what I do because I love it and am blessed with it - period.