Thursday, April 2, 2015

Choices: A good thing

This is a view of the main road through Rustburg in December 2013, before the start of the Christmas Parade.

How quickly things can change! I told you on Monday that I had accepted a job with the town of Altavista. Things changed later that day.

I received a phone call about the job I had applied for and interviewed for with Campbell County. I was offered the job, and I accepted without hesitation. I will begin the job as public information specialist on May 1. I will be working in the county seat, Rustburg, which is about 20-25 minutes from my house.

Though I was glad to have gotten the job with the town, I had been having some “gut” feelings that I may not be going in the right direction.
I was afraid that I would receive an offer from the county. To me, it would just complicate things because I would have to make a choice.
Now I realize that having the choice was a good thing.

I realized that I would regret turning down the county job. And the job description? Well, it’s like it was written with someone like me in mind. It includes a lot of my favorite things to do: writing, designing brochures, updating websites, helping others with content management, providing information to the public about county issues, etc.

And I know many of the people I will be working with because I’ve covered county government for the newspaper for five and a half years. They’re good people that I have a lot of respect for.

I knew when I said yes to the job that it was the right decision. Even though I don’t start the job for another month, I am looking forward to it!

It is a full time job. But I won’t be writing nearly as much as I do now on the job, and I am determined to carve out time for my own writing. Lots of writers have to do that.

I have not applied for any other jobs. I am satisfied with what I’ve done and am looking forward to the future. My last day with the newspaper will now be April 17. I am taking a couple of weeks off to decompress.

Thank you all for your support through this very anxious time of looking for another job and another challenge. You have helped me get through this.
Now I really do feel like I can let go of the anxiety and just be for a while.


  1. Congrats on your new job! It sounds perfect for you! Have a happy day!

  2. Look at you go with your two awesome job offers! Fabulous! You will just have to blog during your lunch hour ;-)

  3. This sounds like an even better fit on the other one -- made for you. And I admire that you recognized that and pulled out of the other. Someone will be very happy to have that -- and you will be very happy at your new place. All Systems GO! Three cheers!

  4. Congratulations once again, Tina! And enjoy your time off!

  5. oh, i'm glad you are happy with your decision! well, if the town hadn't taken so long in their job offer, things might have been different for them and you. but it all worked out the way it should! congrats!

  6. You were really dancing around on this situation. I'm happy that you got what you really want.

  7. congrats on your new adventure, i am soooooo happy for you!!!!!

  8. Congratulations on the new job! Yes, choices can be a good thing. I am very happy for you!

  9. Congratulations! I'm glad you have a couple of weeks off to just relax and get ready for your new job. Happy Easter to you and yours!

  10. Congratulations, Tina :) I'm so pleased that everything has worked out for you in the best way.


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