Six months after I was laid off from my long time television anchoring job I was hired at 1310 news to host an afternoon radio show. I had worked in radio in my previous life at CBC in Calgary. Still, I was under no illusion that it would be like riding a bicycle. Initially, I wasn't so sure I should take the offer. I had just started this blog, Local Stories-Local People, and was loving every minute of it. It was also time consuming and I worried I would not be able to juggle both. My friends and my blog advisor told me to "just do it" - move to radio and assume a new challenge and do the blog too. Now, I am fairly high energy, but I had no idea how much "thinking" and concentration radio work would take. For the first two month I drag myself home exhausted.
It meant I had little juice to give to my blog, which means I have been posting fewer new pieces than I want. I apologize - if I have disappointed anyone. I just can't afford to spread myself too thin. My children were feeling it, my health too.
That said, I am starting to get a better handle on what I am doing at 1310. It still isn't easy. I am not as relaxed talking to "myself" in a small room as I want to be. I am not as smooth and confident as I want to be either. But I am improving. My luck, I'll be doing great - just as my contract is up next May. (Irish humour)
Over the last few months I have met so many people who have changed career course later in life. Without exception everyone was happy. I am part of that growing group - forced to make a big life change only to realize it really was meant to be. We all get stuck in ruts - a comfortable job can end up being like a prison, only we don't realize it until we are "sprung." Life is fresh and new - challenging and frustrating, but at the end of the day, rewarding. Below is a video of a typical day in my life now. I shot it all myself, so please excuse my poor selfies, and please don't write me and tell me a need a makeup artist. I left that behind with the nice dresses and suits, and perfect hair required to work in television. Free at last!.