It is very rare that an opportunity comes along that has the power to completely and instantly change our lives.
This would be one of those moments.
Remember when I told you all about my cool job?
Well, a couple days ago I did something that I never actually thought I could ever bring myself to do. I put in my two week's notice. I know people are going to think I'm crazy because more often than not, when I tell people what I do, the phrase "dream job" always enters the conversation atleast once. And up until this point in my life, it has been my dream job. I mean, who else gets to watch their favorite teams play and get paid for it? Who gets on-field access to every major sporting event in the Bay Area? Who gets to interview Clint Eastwood on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach? What are once-in-a-lifetime opportunites for most have been my livelihood for the past 5 years. And now I am saying goodbye to it.
It seems unimagineable right? I mean, a career in sports is what I always wanted to do with my life. It's what I went to school for. It's what I did all those years of unpaid internships for. It's what I've done my entire adult, professional life. But, as with every great thing, there is always the fine print.
When I first took this job in sports, the general manager gave us an inspiring speech, and something he said never quite clicked with me and my priorities in life. He said that the sports television industry "isn't a job, it's a lifestyle". To this point, it's been a lifestyle that has been challenging, but worth it. I could somehow rationalize every milestone missed, every holiday worked, and every normal night lost. But not anymore.
I am a family person. Those people mean more to me than anything on this planet. I don't want to miss anything anymore. I don't want to leave home to drive 2 hours to work on Sunday when they are all hanging out, and my mom is cooking a family dinner. I don't want to work the opposite schedule as Corey anymore. I want to be there when my first nephew is born, and I don't want to feel bad about taking 2 or 3 weeks off for my wedding. I have grown up enough to know exactly what I want in my life...and this new opportunity will give me just that.
I have been offered an amazing job at a Public Relations firm that will eventually bring me back home. It allows me to still challenge myself professionally, while letting me be fulfilled personally as well. Is it a little bit out of my comfort zone? Absolutely. Am I looking forward to the challenge? More than you can imagine.
After years of working nights and weekends, I will finally have the "normal" life I have only dreamed about. I will be able to work my butt off at the office, then go home to cook dinner with Corey and watch Wheel of Fortune and not have to rely on tivo to catch all my favorite shows. These may seem like extremely mundane activities, but to me, they have always been a luxury.
I am so thankful for every opportunity and adventure I've had in sports television. I will never forget stepping foot on a major league baseball field for the very first time, or the pride I felt when my family would gather round to watch the t.v. debut of one of the shows I produced. But this girl is ready for the next chapter...
2012 started with the monumental purchase of my very first iPhone...and continues with this life-changing opportunity. I knew I had a good feeling about 2012!