The purpose and the planning
After seventeen and a half years working for the same company, my employment ended officially on Friday, February 1, 2019, but my last actual work day on-site was Saturday, January 26. It was a strange, emotional day, one I had known was coming for six months, when notice was given to me and my department-mates that our jobs would be coming to a conclusion. Walking out the door that last time, leaving my ID badge on my manager’s desk, felt a bit like I was leaving a piece of myself behind.
I knew that, after working for so long in one place with a team of people I had come to love like family in many cases, I would need some time to recover after it was over. That is how #OperationTakeAMinute was born.
My friend and #FirstEverWorkHusband, Martin, was the first person to suggest a road trip. I had never even considered such a thing. I am not the person who does any of the driving when Sweet Pea and I take vacations. For years I couldn’t even stay awake when we traveled by car. But after thinking about it, talking to my sweet husband, and getting ideas from some friends, I began to think that a road trip would be a great chance to clear my head and get some rest. Truth told, the last six months had left me feeling much more beaten-up than even I realized, and the despair had taken hold more strongly than I wanted to admit.
If this thing was going to do me any good at all, I reasoned, I would need to do some of the things I never had time to do because I was always rushing to get back to work. Well, rushing back to work was not really an issue at this point. So I talked to my “choir boss” at church and asked for a little time off from singing responsibilities there, and he was most gracious and accommodating. We sat down with a calendar and determined when would be a good window for me to be gone. Then my planning began in earnest.
I started deciding my route and stops, who I wanted to visit, places I might like to see and photograph along the way. The more the path and its timeline took shape, the more excited I became. A forward momentum was happening that I had been missing for a long time, and I was starting to feel…hopeful.
In the television industry, time is truly of the essence. Not just hours and minutes, but seconds—and every second is divided into 30 frames of video. Since 1994 when I began my first television job in master control, time has dictated much of my existence. It seemed only fitting to name my road trip adventure #OperationTakeAMinute. A minute, to catch my breath, recover, and prepare for the next chapter of my professional—and personal—life.