Have there been moments when you faced a very tough decision and it led you to a better and healthier you?
I'll tell you my story. In the winter of 2002, I was living in the sticks of Southeast Louisiana and working at a small-Parish newspaper. Things were very tough. Although there were many people I considered friends and loved ones, I was in a funk. My relationships with local family became toxic. My work environment became toxic. And I just wasn't cut out for a small town.
So I gathered the strength to actively seek work in northwest Arkansas. I knew it was an amazing place to live, I had great friends there, and I would have support and be able to work in a booming and exciting community.
I worked hard to get interviews, and after several months of persistence and worry, I got a calll from the editor of a newspaper I'd applied for. He had me drive for half a day to northwest Arkansas, put me up in a budget motel room, and interviewed me the next day. I got to meet the staff. I got to share them a copy of a story I had just won a Louisiana Press Association Award for. And I was hired on the spot.
I was amazed. My life in Louisiana – although there were many parts I loved about it – was extremely hectic. I knew it was time to go and call a new place Home.