Where am I now?

Three years in three paragraphs

Last month, I got to write a little blurb for the Santa Maria Sun's 10th anniversary issue's 'Where are they now?' feature. As the deadline approached, I found myself reflecting on and distilling the past three years since I left working full time for the weekly newspaper. These three little paragraphs gave me hope for the future, showed me the contentment I am experiencing now, and reminded me of the past fun and challenging experiences I had at the Sun...

Where am I now? As I type this I’m standing at the kitchen counter while my 3-year-old daughter Natalie begs to watch Mary Poppins for the umpteenth time. I’m brushing her off because up until this very moment I was intently trying to fix the comma key on my laptop (which you may notice is not yet fixed). The comma key needs to be fixed because my 7-month-old daughter (who is currently napping) somehow managed to pry off the “home” key which unbeknownst to me flung a keyboard piece under the comma key. Now both keys are broken.

As you’re reading this I am probably at a San Luis Obispo park or coffee shop working harder than I’ve ever worked in my entire life. I quit writing and editing for the Santa Maria Sun in December 2006 to jump headlong and full time into motherhood. Since then I worked with baby in tow part time at my church’s office for a few months and as the Sun and New Times proofreader for a few months. When Natalie turned 1 my attention became too divided for me to continue working. In July 2008 I opened an online shop to sell a handmade paper crafts and fund my creative outlet. The following July my second daughter Naomi was born and my job as mom got a heckuva lot harder.

Since leaving the Sun I’ve focused on actively loving every minute of motherhood. It’s a challenge like no other. No college degree no internship no amount of on-the-job training prepared me to listen to my instincts to love unconditionally and to discipline and protect the two beautiful children I’ve been blessed with. Yes I have moments of nostalgic longing for stimulating conversations with other adults and of drawing upon years of interviewing and writing expertise. But mercifully those moments are growing fewer and farther between. No doubt as I’m pushing my daughters in the swings at said SLO park or sipping an iced Americano at a coffee shop I’ve just heard at least one person say to me “Enjoy every moment with your children. They grow up so fast.” Already I’m finding those words to be very true.

(Seriously I’m sorry about the comma key!)

Andrea,
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Auntie Heidi, - 08-04-’10 17:29

Beautifully written Andrea!! I’m so proud of you. Oh, I didn’t miss the comma key, but then I think your writing carries itself without the need for punctuation.
Love you tons!!


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