It looks like I am going full circle. And as sad as I am, I am just as happy.
My last day working the front desk at Vital Fit Club will be Friday, August 12. My first day as a full-time reporter with the Echo Press newspaper – a position I held from May of 1999 through February of 2011 – will be Monday, August 15.
It is always bittersweet to leave one job and start a new one, but my time with Vital Fit Club isn’t completely finished. I will continue teaching classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon through the end of August. I will continue with my summer bootcamp, which is starting tomorrow! And, I will finish out my sessions with my personal training clients (so those of you who I am currently working with, don’t fret!).
For the last two months, I was working part-time at the newspaper and I realized just how much I really truly missed being a reporter. When I left that position five years ago, I have to admit, it was a decision I often regretted. I have always felt a connection to the newspaper. I love writing. I love informing the public of the things happening in their community. I love making connections with people, hearing their stories; then sharing their stories in written words. I love community journalism. Is it always fun? No, it’s not. There are the awful things, the car crashes, the fires, the court cases. But, as with any job, you take the good with the bad. As excited as I am about being a newspaper reporter again, I am sad to say goodbye to my family at Vital.
Jon, Heather, Kayla, Cassie, Lisa, Dylan…I will miss you all like crazy. Jon and Heather took a chance on me and I can’t thank them enough for EVERYTHING they did for me. I have been a part of the Vital Fit Club family for nearly two years. WHOA! Time flies when you are having fun. And let me tell you, I had fun. The connections I made with our members is indescribable. The friendships and bonds I have made mean so much to me. I hope those friendships will continue. I have met some incredibly awesome people because of Vital. I would love to name some of them, but I really don’t want to leave anyone out. Those who I truly connected with know who they are and I will miss them even more than they will ever know.
BUT…I am not moving away. And, you can always find me on Facebook. Or, feel free to connect with me via email, I would love to hear from you (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I am looking forward to my next new (well, not really new!) adventure. The Echo Press really feels like home to me and I have to say, it’s going to be good to be back home again!