It’s funny how one small item can trigger a range of memories.
That’s what happened when I looked at this 13WMAZ mug in my kitchen cabinet this morning.
Before I start to write in my journal, I typically pour a hot cup of joe into one of my favorite mugs. I’ve developed a collection of sorts.
But this morning, before I even sat down to write, that old 13WMAZ mug triggered moments of my early reporting days.
It made me smile.
Back at 13WMAZ, I didn’t wear heels. I didn’t wear fancy boots. I didn’t wear my hair down.
I rocked pumas to work nearly everyday, and usually, a pony tail or bun in my hair.
The pumas eventually got worn to the ground.
But for me, those pumas were practical.
Black, simple, light, and barely seen under my long, black work pants (my go-to in those days).
And they helped me get the job done.
At one news conference, I remember a politician who was under a line of questioning from a room of reporters and then, abruptly walked out of the conference. A four-minute news conference. It was odd. Thanks to the pumas, I moved quickly, grabbed my camera and chased after the politician— before anyone else in the room. I ended up with exclusive footage and a story that went viral.
As a multimedia journalist, I was typically armed with TV equipment.
Like the other 13WMAZ multimedia journalists, I carried my own camera, tripod, notepad as well as editing laptop, while driving around central Georgia to meet my interviewees. Many new journalists have to be one-woman shows, and those well-worn Pumas helped me get through long, hard days.
Later in the work day, I would try to pull over in a mall or busy shopping area, review my footage and write my story. Heading back to the station typically was not an option– because the deadline was too tight!
So in the midst of a blazing hot Georgia afternoon sun, I would begin editing my story together, cranking it out for the evening newscast.
Maybe sweat a little too– the nerves and the southern heat were real.
The clock would tick.
And back then, the internet at random malls or shopping centers were not reliable– at all. (I would send a quick prayer that all pieces of technology would actually work).
Needless to say, it was always interesting.
My days at 13WMAZ were a grind! But I learned so many skills that I still use today— and tapped into my love of working with video and writing in-depth stories.
I’m thankful to have worked with excellent journalists and mentors, who helped me take my skills to the next level.
This morning’s coffee mug, reminded me of how much those individuals helped me get to where I am today.
I hated to throw out those old pumas too (those soles ended up being the butt of my coworkers jokes! haha!)
Do you have things that make you think back to moments, successes and challenges… along your journey? Don’t let the moment pass by you! Please share it below in the comments.
Take a moment to exhale–acknowledge how far you’ve come– and who helped you get there.
Celebrate. Trust the journey. Give gratitude to those who helped you.