My Next Chapter
There is so much I want to share but in order to get there, I have to start with this. March 21st is my last day at WCCO Radio. If you are feeling a little déjà vu, you’re not alone.
In November, I approached management about taking time off to go to St. Thomas to volunteer with All Hands & Hearts. It wasn’t something they were able to accomodate so after sitting down and figuring out what was most important to me (there were a lot of lists), I put in my two weeks notice. The trip was something I needed to do and if that meant returning to Minnesota without a job, I was willing to take that risk.
While I was preparing for my trip, some stuff happened behind the scenes and I ended up coming back to WCCO Radio on December 27th. That’s the less-mess version of the story and the only details I’m going to share publicly.
I’ve enjoyed my time at WCCO Radio. I’ve learned so much and can truly say I’m leaving with more than I came in with. I think the world of my colleagues and I’m so excited to see what is in their future. There is some serious talent at this station and I’m a better broadcaster/producer/reporter because of them.
Change is scary. Taking a risk is scary. I’m scared that walking away from this job might be the end of my career as a broadcaster. I’m scared I’m going to wish I had stuck it out just a little bit longer, that I’m going to regret taking this jump. I know I’m going to be sad, angry when the next person gets their big break. The one I had been working for. And it’s not easy to admit that. It makes me question my skills, my talent. It makes me think that maybe I’m just not good enough. Maybe I’m just not what they wanted (isn’t insecurity the best?).
But even with all that fear, there is so much hope. So much excitement about the opportunities I am going to create for myself. See what I did there? The opportunities I am going to create for myself. I’m excited to invest in myself, to pursue projects I’m passionate about. To find something that brings me joy.
I’m still going to be pursuing everything I was doing while at WCCO Radio. Cooking demonstrations, television appearances, more radio. I’m going to start releasing my podcast on a weekly basis. I have big plans for what’s next. And it wouldn’t be possible without all of you. Thank you for supporting me, for pushing me to want more.
Cheers to the next chapter!
“For what it's worth: it's never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”
--F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button