I fell in love with journalism my junior year of high school, but growing up, I always knew I wanted to be a writer. I even like the physical act of writing – taking notes was the best part of school! But after 10 years in news and seven in TV news, I made the decision to step away from that life and go back to writing.
I mean, honestly, one can only take so many tornadoes, school closings, shootings, local serial killers and local crises that become national ones before burnout begins to set in.
In my high school and college journalism career, newspapers were in. I loved everything about it – the writing, editing, layout – but things have changed drastically in the last 10 years. Everything is on the internet now and newspapers are used more for training puppies and putting under paint cans.
So, when I had to choose an internship, I picked TV and asked to work in the web department. One thing lead to another and pretty quickly, I was running the show.
I was now the person in charge of all things digital – 24/7. Text alerts, apps, social media, posting nearly every story to the website, breaking news, weather warnings, live streaming, school closings, sales, promotions, digital strategies – you name it.
That’s when I found yoga. It became the only thing that kept me focused on the moment and grounded. Mindfulness, if you will. It saved me from a few meltdowns and prevented me from leaving my job a lot sooner.
But writing? That never gets old. I love – strike that- live for, the written word. And if I can make people smile or teach them something new with my words, my job is done.
I honestly could write all day, every day. As long as there is time for yoga.