Thursday, December 20, 2012

Anything Can Happen

On the subway yesterday, the unusual happened - chivalry.

A man offered up his seat to a woman who was holding two heavy grocery bags. In our push and shove society, it was remarkable to see. Chivalry is far from dead; someone just decided to take it a step further. It is that level of selflessness that I strive for everyday.

100 posts ago, I started this blog. I wanted to take my aspiring journalism mindset a step further, and I have. It has been a whirlwind of busy the last two plus years, and I have many people to thank - God, my family and all the journalism colleagues I have met along the way.

I think I can carefully say that I have hit my stride. I still have plenty of room for improvement, but I can carry out almost any journalism assignment with the same intensity as the last one.

I will throw everything I have at 2013, hoping to land a full-time job with benefits in 2014. I know the odds and the fate of the journalism industry is uncertain, but anything can happen.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Vow

At a recent holiday party, a journalism colleague had a sleep-deprived, stressed look on his face. But the level of commitment was stronger than ever.

You see, the passion in one's eyes often outlasts the initial stress of a life blessing. Shakespeare tells us that the "eyes are the windows to the soul" and I want that look of commitment. A vow that supersedes anything remotely close to an obstacle.

Until that day comes...I will think back to December 2012 as a winter web intern for Redbook Magazine. I will look for the familiar red "R" on airport stands and probably smile with the work I completed for that publication.

It will be a culture shock to say the least, curating content for a women's magazine, but journalism has no boundaries. It all starts Friday - and I am ready.

Moreover, I vow to continue to shape myself into a better-rounded person.

I have started speaking about my Diabetic experiences in front of grade school children and I have taken up learning Spanish via in-car CDs.

While I still have many more vows to experience in my lifetime, I have started small and will continue to work my way up.