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Proud to be doing what I love

Published 1:34pm Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Today marks my first year of employment at Tallapoosa Publishers.

I’m finding it hard to put into words how blessed I feel to have spent a year with this company and in this community.

I had a rough start here, for different reasons, and some days I wasn’t sure it was going to work out. But something told me that if I could stick out and get past being the new girl, it was going to be worth it.

And it has been.

The first “article” I ever wrote as a high school student was one I assigned myself. I wrote a story about the VBS we were going to have at church. I made up all the quotes, and I guarantee I didn’t use any kind of accepted journalistic style.

But I just wanted to test myself and decide if journalism was something in which I really was interested.

And it was.

From the day I decided to major in journalism, this was the job I pictured myself doing.

I pictured myself at elementary schools, taking pictures of fall festivals.

I pictured myself at city council meetings, getting the latest on everything from new businesses to street repairs to whether or not the city should have Christmas lights (OK, I didn’t anticipate that specific detail, but you get my drift).

I pictured myself interviewing people, learning their stories and sharing them with the world.

And that’s exactly what I have been given the opportunity to do.

For the past 260 or so days, I have met you, talked with you and learned what makes you tick. I’ve learned about the good, the bad and the ugly of Alexander City, Dadeville and the Lake Martin area.

I’ve worked my dream job for those 260-some-odd days. I can’t tell you how pleased I am and how fortunate I feel.

And I have to hand it to the newsroom at TPI. Every day I spend in this office I become more convinced that the co-workers who surround me truly care about people and about the future of our community.

They have made me feel that no job I might ever have in the future will be able to compare with the start I’ve had here with The Outlook and The Record staff. I’m so proud to be a part of this team.

There are days when I become so overwhelmed with joy in my career that I can hardly stand it. I don’t know many people who are lucky enough to say the same.

I hope this doesn’t sound like a goodbye column because I plan to be here awhile yet. This community is going places, and I want to go places with it.

I want to continue to learn and grow as a journalist and to continue doing what I love.

James is a staff writer for The Outlook.