A Personal Update: One Month Later

I met one of my best friends for lunch yesterday. It’s hard to believe, but we’ve both been so busy that this was our first chance to see one another since my last day at Channel 2. I had to laugh when she saw me. As only your best friends can do, she carefully looked me over from head to toe with a loving but skeptical eye as I walked in to the restaurant and said,

 “You look good. I’m hearing good things. I’m reading good things about you… But tell me…how are you REALLY doing?”

Ha! It’s hard to believe a month has passed since I last saw you on TV. Like my dear friend, so many of you have stopped me (and e-mailed me and twittered me and facebooked me) to check on me. Thank you!

I assure you… I am great. Actually, I’m better than great. I’m super.

So far my leap of faith has been everything I hoped it would be… and more.

So what have I been doing?

Snoozing! One of my biggest goals this month was to get some rest. I have made good on that promise. Adjusting my schedule back to “normal people” hours is still taking some getting used to. I still wake up around 2 each morning, but I am able to turn over and sleep some more. I have yet to sleep through the entire night, but I know that day is coming. Even sweeter than not getting up at 2am is staying up past 6 or 7pm. I now get to watch TV and have dinner like the rest of you. I am also learning to hit the snooze button. Would you believe that during my time at the station I NEVER hit snooze? Not once. (The reason is simple: FEAR. I was afraid I would over-sleep or accidentally turn off the alarm and fall back to sleep. That would leave no one to do the weather and that was my nightmare.) So now, I rest easier and I even hit snooze once in a while. Instead of climbing out of bed hours before sunrise, I make myself stay there at least until 7am. Without a doubt I’m more rested, but I still have a long way to go. One month hardly makes up for years of sleeplessness. There are still some zzz’s to catch up on and I look forward to catching each and every one.

Embracing my Freedom. To be honest, as ready as I was for this change, I really dreaded the first days of my freedom. How crazy does that sound? It’s true though. I was pretty confident I would be an emotional train wreck for a few weeks or months after the big leap. Leaving your dream job, even by choice, in search of other dreams isn’t an easy thing to do. It takes guts. However, when I woke up the “day after” and the day after that and the day after that, I felt the same. Each day was just that, another day. I am still the same girl I’d always been. I expected to feel this huge loss. What I didn’t anticipate was the amazing fullness of life that would take its place. Your job does not define you. Your character does.

Same Girl...Same Smile:)

Helping Others. Sometimes a great day isn’t about making your own dreams come true, but helping others achieve theirs. In order to do that, you have to get yourself out there. So, I make it a point to have at least one meeting a day. Some of these are job interviews, some are networking lunches or coffees. Some days I simply schedule in time to reconnect with old friends. I’m also doing some freelance writing, consulting and speaking around town. ( I have many big things also brewing and I will fill you in on those once they get inked in.) Each day is a new adventure, and each day I learn of new opportunities. Some of these opportunities are perfect for me, and others are perfect for people I know. (I’m amazed at how many of you are also undergoing or considering change this year!) The only thing more exciting than finding your own perfect fit, is finding a perfect fit for someone else. This has been energizing. I love making those matches, connections and introductions. The way I see it, hours and rest aside, my life really hasn’t changed much in the new year. I spent the past decade analyzing information to make decisions about the future. I’m still doing much of the same but the emphasis has now shifted from a daily forecast to more of a long-term outlook for both myself and others.

Forecasting for my #1 Fan.  Weather still and will always remain one of my passions. I’m just taking a break from making a living at it right now. However, you might be surprised to learn, I still deliver a forecast every morning. My audience has just changed. It’s much smaller. Now it’s just me and an audience of one. Yes, my husband and I talk about the forecast each morning as he gets dressed. I look over the model data and forecast just for him. So, if you see him around town and he isn’t dressed correctly for the day, then you’ll know I might have missed that forecast… or perhaps I hit the snooze button one too many times that morning:) Life like weather is always a work in progress.

Sunset in Tulsa on January 31, 2012

So, January 2012 has been a great so far. It’s been a month of rest, rediscovery, reaching out and reconnecting. This has also been one of the top 10 warmest January’s for us on record. The weather has been delightful. As we turn the calendar page to February, we are reminded that we still have a lot of winter to get through. Without a doubt some twists, turns and uncertainty lie ahead. I’m confident we’ll weather it all, and from where I sit, the future looks bright.

Shine on!

15 thoughts on “A Personal Update: One Month Later

  1. I glad to see that you’re doing well, Julie. I’ll admit, I was a bit concerned as to why you were leaving something you love doing so much, but suspected that your personal life needed to take priority. Be happy and continue to be our favorite ray of sunshine in these parts. 😉

    • Thanks Tony. Yes, I loved the job, but I needed to have a better balance in my life. I wouldn’t say I’m done with TV forever, but just for now it’s time to re-organzize and prioritize a little differently:) Thanks for reading:)

  2. Sweet Julie… This post makes me smile… The Sunshine Stand has delivered! Love you and I’m happy you are taking this new journey and documenting it all for us to see!
    2012 is going to be a remarkable year for you! Can’t wait to see what unfolds!
    Lunch ladies forever!

  3. From the smiling picture attached to this blog for this period it appears “retirement” is doing wonders for you. It will only get better as tme goes by.
    I am so glad to see by your smiling face that you still possess that “special” look you always demonstrated while on TV.
    Whatever, keep doing what you are doing. It works!

  4. This blog helped me as I was laid off for so long and have only recently landed a fantastic job. But you are right. Your job doesn’t define you, your character does. Come to think of it, this is a great way to look at all life’s challenges. My successes and my failures don’t define me. It’s how I’ve handled them. Thank you for your words of encouragement for a single mom on the constant go. You have and always will be inspirational in my book.

  5. Julie so glad to hear all is doing well with you and you getting some rest. My family has had to make a leap of faith as well. Praying that God Blesses you richly in this new year, miss seeing your smile every morning but take comfort in knowing your doing well.

  6. I just knew you would shine…no matter what you do or where you are!
    Live life… remember, no one lies on their death bed wishing they had spent more time at work! Love today!!!!

  7. So thankful things are going so well. I still think of you everyday and miss your smile but know I can come here and see you daily. Praying for all to continue to go well for you and your Husband.

  8. The beauty of you is that you truly are sunshine in so many lives. You have a gift of inspiring and making people appreciate the weather in their own lives. You are a great example of discipline, perserverance, passion, and loyalty….but positivity is what we all really want at the beginning and end of everyday. It is so good to see your journey in finding balance. Teach us…please! Thank you for your generous spirit.

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