May 18, 2010 by Shannon
As the saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” So I must have had a total blast in the past year, because this anniversary has totally snuck up on me.
A year ago today, I was a walking bundle of nerves. I launched this blog not knowing what kind of reception it would get, or whether I’d have any readers. I worried about bursting into tears during my final newscast. I agonized over having to say goodbye to my friends in the newsroom. I wondered whether I’d be any good at the stay-at-home mom thing. And the most nagging fear of all? Whether I would lose my talents and abilities. I knew it was an unfounded fear – I mean, why would I forget how to plan and execute a one hour newscast just because I wasn’t getting a paycheck? Still, I fretted about it. I was terrified that I would regret leaving my job.
But I don’t regret it. Sure, I miss it. And I miss the extra income. But the benefits of my decision far outweigh the bad. I treasure the time I have with my son, helping him learn right from wrong and encouraging his development. And overall, I’d say my family is more connected. We have more time together, and we have more FUN together. I am deeply grateful for that.
As for my professional talents – they’re still there. I was lucky enough to have an opportunity for an encore performance at my old job about three months ago, and I had a FANTASTIC time. I could still write a handful of 30 second VOs (TV-speak for “voice over”, a short story within a newscast) in about 30 minutes. I did not forget how to read a teleprompter. I could still put together the lead story of the newscast. And I loved every second of it. So I know that if I do choose to rejoin the news field again, I can pull it off because I haven’t lost my news instincts, and I doubt I ever will.
Besides my brief stint back at Fox 12, I’ve also done a few odd jobs, such as some voiceover work for local ads and some writing for a now-defunct local magazine. I’m not sure what the next few months will hold for me work-wise, but that’s okay. Right now, getting our household moved and having a baby are plenty of work.
So my thanks to you, for helping make this blogging job a total delight. I love hearing feedback from readers. And while AnchorMommy isn’t getting the time and attention I wish I could give it right now, it’s certainly not going anywhere and I look forward to where the journey takes me from here.
Here’s to the year to come!