Monday, October 5, 2009

40 Under 40

I had a few minutes to ponder and in doing so I realized I haven't shared some of my latest good news. Let me disclaimer this post by saying I never win anything. I'm not highly competitive, so I don't really sweat it much. But in being not-so-competitive, I'm not driven to a "win or else" attitude that seems to help a lot of people win a lot of stuff.

In the sports arena, I have few awards to show. Everyone gets a trophy in church league softball. I wasn't a homecoming queen or sweetheart of any sort. However, I have celebrated some minor professional awards. Two "Best of Times" awards from my former co-workers at the Shreveport Times and one runner-up "Favorite Journalist" SB Award before I worked for the magazine.

Last week I received a "Congratulations!" letter from the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce saying I'd been selected for this year's 40 Under 40 class. I'd been notified of my nomination several weeks before. Even though I never imagined I would get the award, I filled out all the requested forms and assembled reference letters. I had to try, even though I might not be selected.

The Chamber describes 40 Under 40 as "Northwest Louisiana's outstanding entrepreneurs, executives, managers and professionals in public, private and nonprofit sectors." Honorees are chosen based on achievement, experience, innovation, vision, leadership and community involvement.

Considering all that, I was so surprised to be picked! I'll be profiled in the November issue of City Life, along with 39 other young professionals. And Ty and I will attend a gala in December to celebrate. How much fun!