Big Adventure Straight Ahead!

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It’s been a while since I’ve touched my blog… like… two years, a while… but here I am, jumping back on the horse to see where it takes me!

As with every January that rolls around the corner, I find myself looking back on the year-that-was and looking forward to the year-that-will-be. While cleaning up the kitchen this morning I started to laugh when I remembered an old Facebook note I wrote five years ago with great anticipation of great things to come. Here’s what I said:

January 3, 2009
To risk being cliche, I have found myself looking back on 2008, considering some of the “big events” I’ve come through. There were times of heartache and disaster, much following my own decisions, but there were also great triumphs and successes.

Just when I thought I would be stuck in a classroom for the rest of my life, only dreaming of working in the broadcast industry, reaching for something just beyond my grasp, I found myself plunked in the middle of a stage, shaking hands with the president of the college, accepting my parchment and shifting the tassel on my cap.

Even in those day dreams, I never thought I’d be working where I am straight out of college, with people who are teaching me how to survive in this fast-paced, and sometimes ugly job, holding my head high and gaining confidence with each passing day. Even more so, I never thought I’d be setting up shop in a small prairie city, surrounded by wide open fields and fierce flatland winds… but I wouldn’t change it for the world… especially because of those I’ve met. I am so blessed with the family and friends I have been given. I can’t remember what life was like before them.

But now, it’s time to look ahead. It’s the start of a new year, but one unlike any other. For the last few Januarys I have been looking forward to another year of school under my belt, another step towards completion, another move to a new city, another job interview, another set of faces to meet… but not this year. I know I am exactly where I’m supposed to be, for a while at least.

This year I’m not looking for an ending, a move, a job, or a new set of faces. I’ve found them. I’m settling my roots for a while and turning my attention to a new set of dreams… a new set of instructions.

Instead of looking in and hoping to find my way as a small fish in a big pond… I’m looking up, hoping to find a new trail to blaze in my new home.

I suppose it could be said “she’s growing up. Settling her roots and spreading her wings.” I know, sounds impossible, doesn’t it? But strangely enough it’s how I feel. I’ll call Alberta my home for a while yet, but it’s not just a stomping ground. There are very specific appointments for me here. People to meet, things to do, other places to go, all for HIS plan. I have been traveling along a path for a very long time to get here, even though I never knew where “here” was. But now that I’ve arrived, I know God has been preparing me “for such a time as this.” I’m excited for 2009, and the adventures it will bring.

There will be heartache. There will be pain. There will be suffering. There will be great joy. There will be comfort. There will be love. There will be euphoric moments of discovery. I know I will cross paths with many influential, appointed, and annointed people whom I will work with hand in hand to effect change.

2009 is going to be a key year of victory and empowerment. My hope, and prayer, is that you can be a part of it, and that I can be a part of your defining moments this year.

There will be great and amazing things this year, as the world is wide open with many opportunties. I don’t know what 2009 has in store, but stay tuned… it’ll be a wild ride!

To provide some context, I had just graduated from college and was looking to start my broadcast career in a small market TV or Radio station so I could gain some experience and then move on to the “big leagues” of Toronto or Vancouver in my “5 Year Plan”.

I moved to this small prairie city for a 3-week practicum, but when that ended, I had a feeling in the deepest part of my gut that I was supposed to stick around and see if anyone would hire me. Some people thought I was crazy, because I had originally moved here with no job, no place to live, and I didn’t know a single soul. When I asked my practicum News Director if she would hire me, her response was “I’d hire someone else before I’d hire you”. Ouch. But I felt like God was calling me to this city. I didn’t know why – the prospects weren’t looking too good – but I felt I was supposed to stick around.

Well, wouldn’t you know, someone was willing to take a chance on this young broadcaster and gave me a morning radio gig. It wasn’t long after that I found an awesome place to live (thanks Tanya!!) and made a great group of friends.

Less than two months after a I wrote this note I met the man of my dreams in a totally awesome set of circumstances, and 19 months after that we were married. It was the best thing to ever happen to me, ever!!

We settled into our home, I worked my way up the ranks at the radio station and was eventually named News Director, and I became the first award-winning journalist for our station with a mini-documentary series I did following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Life was good.

Now, five years later, I’ve left my post in radio, I’ve worked as a legal assistant, I’ve become friends with some of the most influential people in our city, and I’ve developed 3… soon-to-be 4… successful and growing small businesses to help support our family. Most recently I’ve returned to the television broadcast industry while my husband goes to school, and then once he’s done the plan is to settle in and start a family.

Looking back, there is absolutely no way I could have known just how my life was going to change in 2009 when I sat in that two-bedroom condo on a January evening, a single woman with the world at my finger tips. But one thing I did know is that there is great power in our words, our prayers and our faith. And so with that, I am claiming 2014 to be one heck of a year!

I can’t wait to see what happens for our family, our friends, our businesses and our city as we move forward this year! I am truly expecting great and mighty things filled with life, love, joy and great peace.

2014 is going to rock and I am so excited you are with us on the adventure!

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