Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Things Continue to Change

A year ago today marked a huge change in my life. At the time, it was an ultimate low point for me. I felt completely destroyed, confused and wounded and because of all that I couldn't see the good in tomorrow. I didn't think I would ever recover. Unfortunately, I'd endured some major hardships in my life before this one, and I kept reminding myself that if I made it through those things in the past then I could make it through this, too.

Somehow I did make it through. My friendships grew stronger, my lifestyle became healthier, my faith was more relevant, and ultimately, I was happier. On Aug. 18, 2008, I stepped off the roller coaster. I was raw with the people closest to me. Expressing my faults and asking for their support

It's amazing to think it's been a year. When I get anxious about a decision or when I feel eager about the future, I think about a year ago today. I think about how far I've come. I realize there's nothing to worry about. I stepped off a nowhere path and was flooded with blessings.

It's a coincidence that today, on the anniversary of this big day, that I am announcing another big decision. I've decided to leave SB for a marketing job with a large company in Minden. Shreveport is my home and I want to spend my life here, raising a family one day. But I worry that journalism will one day leave me empty handed in this market. I've been so fortunate and blessed to have the amazing opportunities I've had, but for the longevity of my career, I think this transition is best.

Maybe my byline will find a place somewhere again someday. Maybe once I get settled into my new job, I can do some freelance work on the side. We'll see. But today I simply want to celebrate. Not only the good stuff to come, but the good that has already come.

9 comments:

Kate said...

Congratulations!

Bloggy Todd said...

Print, radio, TV... all are the most unstable businesses around. I know that radio will one day leave me, but I keep holding on... hoping that the business side will turn around. I pray I make it through. Great story Stephanie... and good luck!

misti said...

Congratulations! Sounds like your hard work hasn't been in vain :)

Stephanie Netherton said...

Todd, it's tough being a media person these days. I figure why not apply my skills to marketing while I'm young enough to pick up rather easily.

I hope you make it through too Todd. You work hard, and that always pays off.

melissa said...

Congrats!!! I am so happy for you! Good luck! I know you will do great!

Mandy S said...

well, wow!!! congrats! love what you do and live life! we wish you the best in your new job adventure!!

Stephanie Netherton said...

Thanks for the kind words, guys!

Lois Lane II said...

Oh, wow!! That's great, Stephanie! Will you commute to Minden or are you making a big move?

Stephanie Netherton said...

I'm going to be a commuter. There's no point in moving, I'd come to Shreveport all the time anyway.