It’s been a while since I updated this site. My apologies. But, it always seems like this is the last place I write. My other two sites, and a third that I recently developed, have been taking up a lot of my free time.
Since I last posted, there have been a lot of new things going on in my life. Lets start with my career. Last I wrote, I was the editor-in-chief of Pet Age magazine, a B2B magazine that covered the pet industry. Not anymore. At the end of September I accepted a position as the editorial director of Healthcare Packaging, a Chicago-based B2B magazine.
Wait, from pets to packaging? What the heck?
Yes, I know it may seem like a big leap, and it was. But, it’s not because of why you may think. I had my concerns, too, but in the end I still stand by my theory that if you are a good journalist, you can learn anything, but the craft of journalism is just that, and that cannot be taught.
This opportunity was, and continues to be, a really great fit for my talents, personality and life. In fact, last week I was so happy about what I was doing, I texted my boss and thanked him for hiring me. I get to do so many interesting things and learn about/report on so many important topics.
My leap of faith was trusting another company. I’ve been burnt in the past. But, I have to say, everything is awesome, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. I get to talk with clients, come up with ideas, curate content, direct the magazine, and learn something new every day. There is a lot more stuff I do, but I don’t want to bore you.
This bring me to another aspect of the trifecta – a new outlook.
I used to think my passion was the pet industry. But, I realize that my passion is learning and being creative. If you asked me 5 years ago what I would be doing with my career, I never would have guessed this, but I’ve never been happier. Of course there are difficult, frustrating days, I mean, if there weren’t, it wouldn’t be a job, but overall it has been, and continues to be, a great experience. And, I don’t see that changing. It’s given me a new outlook on life, actually.
To round out the trifecta, lets talk about the new puppy! Meet Maddux. I met him while helping a friend at the Puppy Bowl filming and as soon as I took him out of his crate, it was over. I was in love. He came home with me for a weekend trial, and he and Toby just clicked.
I am so happy he came to live with us.