The annual tradition continues — my year in review.
Since I don’t have much time, I will keep it brief.
Personal: This year flew by so fast. It was one of the best ones yet. From the various road trips, the handful of weddings, moderating two panel discussions at a national journalism convention, volunteering at church and even reconnecting with extended family and old friends from Haiti and Canada.
This year I celebrated my 30th birthday. While I don’t feel like I am 30, I do however feel wiser. If only I could tell the 10-year old version of me back in 1994 the things I do know now. Granted I am not perfect and I know there are lots that I need to improve on. Life is a work in progress.
Career: After 5 1/2 years with The Town of Tyngsborough, MA, I transitioned to the digital team at CBS Local Media in Boston — home to WBZ-AM “NewsRadio1030,”WBZ-TV and 98.5 The Sport’s Hub.
Joining CBS also meant leaving my sporadic freelance life at ABC News after 6.5 years.
After the NABJ Convention in Orlando in August 2013. I told myself: One full year to find a new full-time role in my field or call it quits.
This year the hunt to find a new job felt like a marathon, meeting with recruiters, executive producers, hiring managers and career coaches too.
In the end it was an out of the blue e-mail, conversation with my current boss that got me to where I am now. While I miss my Tyngsborough family and being out in the field for ABC (the dream job). It was time to move on from municipal government and back in the industry I love.
I came to Tyngsborough in April 2009, ready to take on a challenge: Build a media department out of nothing. At the same time, I was protecting myself from the massive layoffs and turnover in news at the time that left me burned out at the time..
The Town became a refuge but also an opportunity to learn and grow. Eventually my role with the Town grew to overseeing all Information Technology as well in addition to old role there. I can now check off that I drove a police cruiser off my bucket list.
I am excited to be at one of the oldest and best media organizations in America. I get the opportunity to interact with the same people I listened to on the radio and watched on tv as a teenager. It is an amazing honor.
This year would not have been possible without the support from my family, my girlfriend Jenn, friends, mentors, colleagues and especially the man upstairs and Holy Sprit for being on this crazy ride this year.
I pray that 2015 continues on a great note. Now to get ready to ring in the new year…at another Wedding Reception! Wishing you all all the best in 2015.