Friday, April 8, 2011

Full Circle

It has been a long while since I last posted on this blog. I was busy with several changes in my life.

Last February, I had to decide to leave Glimpses and return to my first employer on island — Marianas Variety.

It has been four long years and I am glad I returned. Laila Younis Boyer welcomed me back as well as my editor and former colleagues. It seemed I had not left and I only went on vacation.

In 2004, Abed Younis, Laila's father, responded favorably to my application for a position in his paper—the longest-serving paper in Micronesia. There were challenges in the beginning as I tried to fill the big shoes of my predecessors in the paper who had to leave the paper—either for good or temporarily—for reasons I was not privy to.

Of course there was the adjustment to my writing style that for a time appeared lost. But I did appreciate the patience of my editor and my publisher who understood that I was in a transition stage and trying to find my style and my place.

In spite of their patience and generosity, I had to decide to leave for some reason. Lately did I realize that I had to leave to find my lost passion for writing and to grow as a writer/reporter.

Experience was and still is my mentor. Four years hence, I am back at Marianas Variety's newsroom armed with the new skills I learned and newly found passion that experience over the vicissitudes of four years have taught me.

It feels good to be back.

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