Here We Go Again!


Happy New Year!

It’s 2011 and wow, am I excited! If you are one of the regular readers of this blog, you’ll know I started this whole thing as a sort of knee-jerk reaction to getting laid off. And, because my life-changing experience happened at the same time our entire country was devastated by a plummeting economy resulting in bad news, bad news and more bad news, the theme of this blog was good news.

And even in the darkest of times, with unemployment climbing, house sales and spending in general plummeting to historic numbers, there has never been a shortage of good news to report: from the cast away, two legged puppy miraculously learning to walk upright to Wishing Star recipients teaching us about the real superheroes to others in our community staunchly determined to look for the good around us, and finding it.

I took a soul-searching trip back to my roots and took all my readers along in my pocket, sharing the guilty pleasure of the lip-smacking, never-to-be-replaced-by-the-Colonel Chicken Mary’s (or Chicken Annie’s) fried chicken, the exuberance of my dog Payton’s leap into one of the few remaining Kansas strip-pits and the simple joy of rekindling old friendships and revisiting the past.

I told you about my disappointments, how it felt to be laid off, unemployed, one of hundreds of applicants for each and every job posted. The agony, worry, dashed hope; hours spent searching, dreaming, writing dozens of resumes, hundreds of cover letters. I created my own company, took on part-time, temp jobs, worked on projects and freelanced for magazines and newspapers.

Today, I am sharing some more good news: I have landed a job. A real job, the job that seemingly was made for me, one of those Mary Poppins jobs, “practically perfect in every way.” Starting tomorrow, I will assume the duties as Special Sections/Project Editor for the Idaho Business Review.

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am, but maybe you already know. I keep pinching myself but with each re-reading of my SIGNED offer letter, the words sink a little deeper.

I.Have. A. Job. THE job.

Practically perfect in every way.

Thanks for tagging along with me on this journey. I hope you will keep the good news faith. I’ve got a feeling there’s going to be more where that came from.

And, of course, I have a gift or two for you. Here are a few of the more popular First, the Good News Videos from 2010 and 2009.

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