As part two of my goodbye–I wanted to share the note I sent out to my KWWL colleagues. (Photos: me at my desk on this last day at KWWL! Gifts from my terrific co-workers.)
So yes, the time has come. It feels a little like your last day in school–you’re filled with every emotion, but mostly excited for what the future holds. Crazy as I am, that meant I woke up at 1 a.m. after battling to go to sleep and wrote out this farewell message to you. So here goes…THANK YOU—each and every one of you! Whether we’ve spent all three years of my time at KWWL together, just a few months, or maybe even a couple of days, all of you have helped make this place what it is, and that’s pretty special because looking back, I know KWWL has helped me become not only a better journalist, but a better person. Thank you managers and producers for your guidance, trusting my judgment and quality of storytelling enough that you only tweaked my scripts and didn’t freak out too much when my packages ran “a little long”! Thanks, also, for always graciously respecting me and my work. Thank you fellow reporters and anchor teams for always stepping up to the plate: being great at what you do and pitching in however you could to make this the best news team I’ve been a part of thus far. Thank you editors and photographers, directors, control room folks–all of you behind the scenes folks for running a good ship to make the product look seamless day in, day out. A special ode of gratitude to “my photog” and friend, Dylan. His incredible work is far too undervalued sometimes. He is gifted at his job, gives 110 percent always, and never says “No” when anyone (myself included) panicked in the edit bay or needed a special editing trick done that he’s such a pro at! I’ve met some incredible people, told some amazing stories, and formed some fantastic relationships in both my professional and personal world these past three years. I wouldn’t change a thing. (not even climbing up in the Wapsipinicon Mill at 7 or 8 months pregnant!) Iowa will always hold a near and dear place to Floyd and I because it’s here we welcomed our first born, Drake, into the world. He is a treasure, and I’m so grateful to have shared part of our journey with you, and through my blog. So I leave you with this…Never forget the power of what you do in this business. It has more impact than you probably give yourself credit for. (I could tell a million stories about how I’ve learned this!…) Know God is with you, charting the course and will always steer you the right way. Trust your instincts. (now I feel a little like I’m writing the “Sunscreen Song” –remember that circa 1999??) Anyway…So I say colloquially not goodbye, only see you later. Because as we know in news, and heck in life, there’s a good chance our paths will one day cross again. Stay tuned with the Masheks @ Kera Mashek WCHS on Facebook and Twitter. Take Care Guys & Stay Classy! With love, Kera ________ I would add this for you readers: When I started this venture, I meant it to be a look into my world, with thoughts that might somehow leave an example or advice or guidance from my own experiences, successes, and failures. I wrote in my intro: ”If anything I write is even the least bit helpful or insightful, I’ll consider this venture worthwhile.” And as I leave you, that’s how I feel. I hope you’ve enjoyed being part of my “Happily Ever After” story. Live each day to the fullest. Trust your faith, and let it guide you. Godspeed and may each of your stories have a “Happily Ever After” too!
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This post was written by kmashek on May 29, 2013