I took a whole new chance by deciding to take the job as reporter for the Nisqually Valley News in Yelm, Washington. Anytime there is a career change, I would think that it is a risk because I was leaving a sure-fired guaranteed position for life.

But considering that commuting from Puyallup, where I live with my future wife and her son, it was too much of a burden on my gas. Instead of leaving the love of my life, I decided to make a career change. I was secretly searching for a new job for about two months while still working a 50 to 60 hour workweek in Shelton (oh, and no overtime since I was paid via salary).

Thank the Lord, because when I walked into my new office (yes, I have my own office), with a view of Mount Rainier (when it's not raining), I just felt it was the right decision.

I've been welcomed by the staff and the community. That's not to say it was the complete polar opposite in Shelton. The community in Mason County gave a lot of support when they heard I was engaged and when I announced I was leaving. As for the publication, I can say I'm thankful for the opportunity to start my journalism career.

The next chapter of my life and career is just starting at the first page.