Changes afoot…

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It’s official, sports fans.

My permanent part-time position is transitioning to a permanent full-time position effective next Monday, with my new position as the new multi-media journalist for Stettler and Castor.

The only real changes between what I am doing now and the position is that the new position will be more focused on Castor and Stettler, with less less regional writing. Also, instead of working out of my home office, I need to work out of the Stettler office three days a week.

I know the job will be challenging as I will essentially be doing my editor’s job and my old freelance job, without the extra body. I have been maintaining okay so far, but if I am not as productive as they would like, due to cover meetings, etc, impacting time time to write, I hope that is taken into consideration. I’m told that the company is planning to hire a part-time regional reporter, to replace me in the position that I am vacating, which will definitely help with that though.

I’m looking forward to the challenge though. I know it has taken a considerable amount of time and effort, but I know I have brought the Castor paper a considerable ways in the past four years. I know that given the opportunity, and the time, I can make similar inroads in Stettler as well, though I know that it won’t be a quick change.

What does it mean for school, my photography, and volunteer commitments?

In the short-term, my goal is to get my current English course done. Once I have it done, Lynn has suggested, respectfully, that I take a pause in my studies for a month or two while I get myself situated in my new position, which admittedly seems a reasonable request. I’m hoping that once I’m on the job, and established into a routine I can pick up courses again in fairly short order though. I’ll start by picking up one at a time, and go from there.

As for the photography, if I can find the time, I want to take some time on weekends to get back into wildlife shooting, but that has always been more of a sideline. As for picking up clients and events, they have never been a huge money maker for me and if I can keep picking up the handful a year I usually do, I’m content with that.

For the volunteer commitments, some changes may need to be made. I currently sit on two boards, soon to be three, as well as serve as the visual historian and videographer for the weekly devotional videos. While the visual historian position is not a huge time suck, the devotionals do take up three to four hours a week. We normally film on Thursday of the one week for publishing on Friday the next. Given my current schedule, can I still find time to film and edit? Yes, but we are going to have to make some changes. Fortunately B seems on board with it.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. I have a lot of balls in the air right now, and the last few times I’ve attempted to go back to work full time haven’t exactly been stellar successes. Then again, those were five years ago, and a lot has changed since then. While a small voice in the back of my subconscious is questioning my going for this, asking “what if I fail?” another part of my mind is asking “what if I don’t?”

That change is huge for me, and tells me that I am ready to try taking on this challenge. I want it to be successful, I love what I’m doing. I love what I bring to the table, and I think this can be a a good thing. That said, even if the success is eventually proven unsuccessful, I would rather try and fail than not try at all. And honestly, based on how the last three months have gone I don’t think I have anything to worry about.


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