With only a handful of private events booked over the holidays, I am truly excited to spend the last half of November and all of December being the type of mom that will happily deck the halls, joyfully bake gingerbread men and willingly send out holiday cards. It’s been a few years since I’ve had the time or patience to do any of that, and the girls really deserve it. So do I.
I can do these things this year because I have a new j-o-b, which has afforded me a solid little piece of peace in my life. My new role at Buffalo Spree, our area’s premier glossy mag, means I have more focus and breathing room on many levels in my life. And since this month is the time for giving thanks, I intend to do just that.
Above is a photo I took at the very beginning of my editorial career. It was selected as the cover image for the December issue of Buffalo Rising’s print magazine. That was in 2006. It feels like it was a hundred years ago. I had taken less than a couple of hundred photos in my life at the time. It being chosen as the cover provided me with much-needed validation. This recognition by the magazine’s designer or publisher (I don’t know which) convinced me that I innately possessed some of the abilities required to do my new job well. And, perhaps more importantly, the knowledge that if I worked hard, I could maybe even do well with the opportunity I was so fortunate to be granted. At times, it is hard to admit that we need validation, but it can be a very crucial factor in the growth process, especially when we are doing something for the first time. I will never be able to thank Buffalo Rising enough for giving me just that, even though 98% of it came from the readers and other writers I met during my time there.
I hope that I have provided similar validation for the many talented people I have encountered in my life: trainees, interns, proteges and employees. Each of them deserved it, even if it was the kind of validation that helped them see how their strengths were different than they thought, or that they may be happier in another field. So, in honor of them and the season, I am giving thanks today, as I am thankful for the peace and pleasure of my new job, appreciative of my old job for the validation and support I received while there, and infinitely grateful to the many, many people who I have had the opportunity to work for and with over the last four or five years.
What a ride it’s been. I can’t wait to see what’s next!