For anyone that knows me personally working at The Weather Network was always my dream. I recall saying it consistently when I was at school at Niagara College. In April 2012 that dream was realized. Entering the building that day I never imagined the moment I would make the call I did on March 1st, 2018. The moment I submitted my resignation.
I know I know. Why would you ever leave a job that you love. They say all progress takes place out of your comfort zone. Apparently my life theme is to visit that zone on the regular. I must have some sort of gravitational pull to it. That's really all I'll say at the moment.
Let me give you some context on how I got here.
After interning abroad at Canterbury Television in New Zealand and traveling the world working on cruise ships it was time to get to work on nailing down my TWN dream. I applied every 4 months.
The approach worked and eventually I started my career there as a traffic reporter. I still remember my first live shift. In reality, I never made it to the green screen that day and did my first scheduled shift. Can you believe a friend took me out for a celebratory meal the night before and I got a nasty bout of food poisoning. I had to call my poor boss at home in the middle of the night. What a way to start.
From that point though I have had more experiences in my job than I feel some may accrue in a lifetime. The role was far from a 9 to 5. I’ve never known what it was like to work in a cubicle. My days ranged from getting my face sand papered by a raging blizzard, to paragliding off a mountaintop in the rockies, capturing the Aurora at 36 000 feet, bobsledding in Whistler, celebrating the summer solstice at the Arctic Circle, standing on the worlds largest non polar ice field, hang gliding in Orlando. Honestly even writing it down makes it sound like someone else's imaginary life.
I would like to point out that none of that fell into my lap. I spent years as an on call employee. Like any on call type of work that meant your shift amounts could be feast or famine. I applied to jobs I didn't get. I got laid off from a station once that went up and went down in 4 months. There were many obstacles. I appreciate every single one of them.
Without those obstacles I never would have had the abundance of gratitude when the going was good. One of my most rewarding career highlights at The Weather Network will always be that it allowed me to move my life to the west coast in Vancouver. It was a terrifying move at the time, but the benefits have been exponential for both myself and my family. Family meaning my dog and husband. We miss our friends and family in Ontario often, but luckily Vancouver is an amazing place to visit (hint hint).
The biggest learning that I could give to any other individual is to embrace fear. I find that fear and excitement are such closely linked human emotions. If you push past fear you will discover something that ignites your life. Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will.
So this brings me to my departure. After 6 years I can tell you there has been all sorts of fear associated with leaving the creature comforts of my job. I have experienced a roller coaster of emotions with this decision. However, I can't let fear stop me from this next stage in my career journey. I'll share more with you on this in the coming days. Now is not the time.
For now I want to thank each and every one of you that have supported me so far. The ones that have believed in me when I'm known as the wild dreamer that always seeks to make them reality. There are a whole slew of incredible people that I have worked with over the years. Mentors. True inspiration. Kind souls.
TWN houses the best people. There is so much involved in the behind the scenes that you all never get to see. I have worked with the most supportive and encouraging bunch. So much love to all of them.
I also have to thank each and everyone of you reading this. You have been a part of this journey. You have taken an interest in what I do and allowed me to share tidbits of my life with you. I truly feel we are all looking for human connection and I think we live in such an exciting time where it is literally at our finger tips.
I will have more to share with you in the coming days. In the meantime I'll still be with my weather family until mid March.