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For more than five years, I've been waking up for work as most of the world is going to bed. The midnight to 2 a.m. alarm clocks have been manageable, mostly because I love the work I get to do every day. From the NBC 5 morning team in Dallas - Fort Worth, Texas to Wake Up Washington and Get Up DC with WUSA 9, I am so thankful for the people I have been able to learn from along the way.
As I inch closer to a decade in the TV business, I've been able to figure out more of where my passion and purpose lie. And so it comes with the most joyful heart to be able to tell you that on Monday, August 19th I will be starting my new role as co-host of Great Day Washington, alongside Markette Sheppard and Kristen Berset Harris.
I could open up my journals from the past three years and show you where I wrote working on this show as a career goal of mine. To see that dream coming true... I am incredibly grateful.
Look for new lifestyle content on all of my social media pages and check out the show which runs daily at 9 a.m. on WUSA 9.
Thank you all for being part of this journey. It's time for the next chapter!
August... the month of transition. I've been feeling it lately, have you? Our vacations are wrapping up, our last few days before the school year are ticking away, everything at work is about to ramp up... This month can end up feeling like a loooong Sunday evening. What do I mean by that? You know that feeling on a Sunday night when you are facing a busy workweek ahead? Sometimes dread, sometimes anxiety, sometimes overwhelm... It can feel like that as you anticipate the entire year ahead.
Two tips that worked for me this weekend as I've been preparing for a big change in my own schedule: (1) focus on the joys of the new season + (2) take it day by day.
It started with me getting lost in football preseason photos this weekend. Those photos led me to daydreaming about football returning and all of the feelings that surround it. i.e. Having the games on all weekend long, a warm meal cooking in the Crock-Pot, blankets, layers, and candles burning... that slower, cozy pace sounds really nice right now.
More than that though, it showed me that day by day, we will charge forward through the new season. It only seems overwhelming now because we are caught in a holding pattern. We are soaking up the last moments of summer, but not fully able to relax anymore because the future is calling on us to get started.
Don't you worry, it's nearly time to take that first step of the next chapter. Instead of feeling dread for all that is sitting on your plate, focus on what you love about the changes coming. Know that the details will work themselves out in time. Your future is so very bright.
For many years, I waited for someone else to tell me I was ready. I waited for other people to provide me with the resources, the confidence and the permission to get started. But last year, as I entered a new decade, I realized there were so many more dreams I had in my heart, but no one was opening the door for me to get started on them.
So in my 30th year, I just went ahead and did it. I stopped looking around to see what other people would think of me if I took some crazy chances and I simply got started. I started my own business, I started writing (and then eight months later published) my first book, I started living life on my own timeline instead of comparing my journey to everyone else's, I started asking for a new role at work (stay tuned for that!), and I started approaching everything I did and said from a place of love.
It turned out to be an incredible year - the best yet by far - and I thought it would be impossible to top. But just four days into turning 31-years-old and life is even sweeter. I've come to realize that once you get started on your dreams it just keeps snowballing into something even better. You put yourself on a course for happiness and success, and despite the ups and downs as you are figuring it all out, life just keeps getting better.
So what are you waiting for? Why are you looking to your right and left hoping someone else will give you a chance to get in the game? Put yourself in the game. Be your own cheerleader. And go get started today.