I wish everyone at Action News Jax the best of luck and much happiness. The station will go down in my history book as the one place I worked at the longest since starting my job adventures back in high school. About 5 years, wow!
Anyway, upon hearing about my departure, people have been asking me a few questions. They are actually the same questions over and over again from everyone so I thought I would answer them here just in case you were wondering, too.
Are you staying in Jacksonville? Yes, I plan on living in Jacksonville, it's hard to move away from our beautiful beaches.
Will you miss weather? Yes and no. I've done it for 15 years so, yes because it has become such a big part of me and who I am. It's my identity (which can have a downside). I will miss relating to people on that level and how easy it was to strike up a conversation after someone established a recognition. And funny enough, people are more impressed hearing "broadcast meteorologist" over "running a nonprofit dedicated to the environment, animals and health." Oh well, such is life and it's my goal to make people care more about the latter.
And then there's the no. I won't miss the local news environment. It's pretty intense. I don't want to be intense about weather anymore. At least not all the time. During life threatening situations, yes, but not every time there is a thunderstorm. I'm not saying it's a bad environment, it's just not for me. I no longer thrive in how news' markets function. I'm at odds with it, but I guess people are responding to its current formula because it appears to drive ratings which drives content and the cycle goes on. I'm ready for a different challenge, completely different, and I'm ready to focus more on my passion which is making a positive difference in our community and beyond. I can't do that delivering a forecast full-time anymore. If I'm going to succeed at my life's purpose, it needs to be a top priority.
And let's face it, I'm a rabble-rouser. I've walked a fine line many times with my morality clause listed in my various contracts from market to market. I have a voice, I'd like to use it, but often my causes conflict with my employer and their advertisers. How? I'll share these stories AFTER my last day, ha. I don't need to get canned a week early, ya know. But, feel free to let me know which one you'd like to read about first by taking the poll below. I definitely have some juicy stuff to talk about.
Then, I start telling people, "I'm going to work a bit more for my nonprofit - The Girls Gone Green and organize events and campaigns." I kind of get a blank stare back. So I choose not to add, "Oh, and I'll be growing more of my own food, creating blogs and videos about natural living, getting outside, slowing down, living in the moment, nurturing friendships and just trying to rediscover myself and my place on this planet." I doubt they want to hear any of that so I just say, "I don't know, we'll see." I also don't like to disclose anything that is in its beginning stages just in case it doesn't work out. Mainly because someone will ask you 6 months down the road how that new project (which is now dead) is going and then you have start explaining why it failed, doh. Yep, lesson learned about the documentary slip, but it's on my list of goals so it'll happen.
Besides, what they really want to know when asking that question is, "How are you going to make money?" I'm not sure if they are asking to see if it is something they can do, to test my mental stability or if they are genuinely concerned. But, wow, we really do revolve our lives around the dollar. We have to, right? Here are a couple of quotes I like to read that help me keep things in perspective:
“Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need.” – Tyler Durden, Fight Club
"When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us." – Julia Cameron
"No man's fortune can be an end worthy of his being." - Francis Bacon
"I've always thought anyone can make money. Making a life worth living, that's the real test." - Robert Fulghum
I'd like to hear from you! In the comments section, let me know what you would do if you could leave your job tomorrow? And why?