Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Best or Nothing

First, a little context.

When I say 'the best or nothing,' I mean working my absolute hardest to achieve success, be it in my career or a future relationship.

But, let me make it a little more clear: I will be the best boyfriend, husband, father and journalist I can be to one lucky lady, period. Three of the four items I listed has not happened yet, but it will, sooner rather than later.

I have always used the motto to describe my journalism workload, but it will expand to the other areas of my life. How can I make myself better in the process?

Motto aside, I have started the year stronger than I ever thought possible. My News21 fellowship does not start in Phoenix (aside from the weekly seminar I am already doing) until the end of May, but I am already showered with commitments between school, freelance gigs and internships.

However, as I said earlier, I will continue to be "the best (I can be) or nothing." It is all about giving 100 percent, not 99, or 101.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Best Week Ever: Part Deux

What do you a call a week in which everything goes right? A best week ever is what.

The week of Jan. 28 is one for the record books.

It started Monday when I covered the Miami Heat's visit to The White House. I say it simply, but it was a remarkable experience. Before the Heat's visit to the East Room, I sat in on a press conference with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney amid throngs of national media.

Fast forward to Thursday. One of my editors texted me about an opportunity to exclusively interview Jason Derulo (video coming next week) at Turner Tech high school in Miami; the sit-down lasted about 10 minutes, as the room fixated on the questions I asked.

And it gets better.

Friday marked a double dose of journalism coverage. I had a 15-minute one-on-three interview with Nicholas Sparks, Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel concerning their new movie "Safe Haven." Two weeks earlier, I had picked up a Sparks novel, The Wedding, on a whim. During the interview, I thought "this is incredible," but that was the least of my responsibilities. 

I rode out the week aboard the Norwegian Sky on Sixthman's Mountain Song at Sea, a floating bluegrass music festival. I covered the cruise for CruiseCritic.com, a huge blessing in and of itself.

Oh, and ESPNU also offered to use my White House video for their late night show. AND I was offered a summer internship at a newspaper in Kentucky (even though I had to decline, it was a welcome experience, as I am usually on the application end of media gigs.)

One whirlwind of a week indeed. Just wait until the coverage is published! (Well, you'll see it on my social media outlets.)