Journal Day 1

I’ve never been a journal/diary girl. I’m a list maker.

Over the years I’ve gone in and out of practice of writing to WRITE. This place is probably the largest collection of my words. Well, not including my Inbox ;)

When one of my favorite blogs, Sometimes Sweet – brought back her Journal Days I felt like I needed to participate. As much as I love sharing stories and Monthly updates about Riley – my life is more than just those moments. And I should be true to that stuff too.

On Sundays she posts the weekly prompt and Thursdays we share our responses.

Here’s this week:

Everyone has a time in their life they view as a crossroad. Sometimes you can see it as it’s happening, and you’re able to choose one way or another. Other times you may not realize you’re there until you look back, and see what a turning point it really was. This week, write about a time you view as a marker in your life; a distinct place where things changed, for better or worse. 

I’m sure I’ll find myself at several crossroads in my life, but the big one that I’ve been thinking about lately was back in 2010. I had been working as a temp at Walt Disney studios for a few months, and the Executive I was working for at the time was interviewing to hire a full time Assistant. I had a good relationship with the department I was working in, and I felt like I was a good fit for the position. I had talked to him about staying on, but I also expressed that I would like to explore the idea of going freelance and working on a Feature Film. We were in the beginning stages of prepping the movie, PROM. We had been interviewing and hiring crew, and just starting to lay the groundwork for getting the movie off the ground. My experience with the Studio helped me greatly with knowing the ins and outs of who to talk to about what.

I decided to take a leap and really focus on working freelance. I was making the choice to leave the comfortable life of health benefits and “regular hours” in favor of getting to see filmmaking from another side.  I was fortunate to be hired at the Producer’s Assistant on PROM where I learned  real hands-on skills.

Another benefit? I met my husband on that movie.

And taking that freelance job, led me to my next job, and my next job and my next job.

I have this life now, because I made that choice back in 2010. I fully believe that everything happens for a reason, and there’s a whole other crossroad story Merfman could tell…but our lives intersected at a very specific time on a movie set that summer. I don’t think I was in control of my life as much as I wandered down one road and not the other. Would Merfman and I have met some other day? Maybe. But it was all part of the plan for us to meet then, so we could have this life now. Bonus: we made a tiny human too!

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