It seems as if it were only yesterday that we were trying to train ourselves to write 2016. Now that transition is happening yet again as we dive into 2017. And, speaking of transitions into the New Year, I always look forward to new beginnings and the fun exciting shifts that can take place as a result of end of year reflections, with the hope of living the life we envision.
As you are aware, there are some new and exciting transitions happening here at The Windham Eagle. Michelle Libby has moved on to follow more of her writing dreams and has, with great care and guidance, handed over the reigns of managing editor to me.
I feel honored to have been chosen and am thrilled to begin this new adventure. But exciting transitions and opportunities come with a little trepidation, too. Yes, it’s true. I have some pretty big and amazing shoes to fill. I will be stretched beyond my comfort zone to keep up with Michelle’s amazing work and manner that has been a contributing factor to the success of this newspaper.
But sometimes, astonishing things happen in life when we take risks and push ourselves just a tad further than we think we can manage. In fact, it was just a year ago I took a chance and approached Michelle, asking her if she might be interested in featuring a monthly article about the life of a newbie beekeeper. Although I had some minor publishing experience, I had never published my work in a local newspaper and that was my new year’s goal. Luckily for me, Michelle liked the idea and the rest, as they say, is history.
So, as we all begin this New Year together, may you reach a dream or two of your own. And, if I can nudge you just a little, let fear be your friend and a motivating force. Often, surprising doors can be opened to you if you trust yourself enough to take the plunge into the unknown.
I look forward to meeting and getting to know everyone in friendly, collaborative and supportive Windham/Raymond community.