New Kid on the Block
Written by Lysa Christopher
Each new year brings changes and new beginnings. Such is the case for Parenting OC magazine and, in particular, me. I am the newest member of the Parenting OC team. My actual first day was Tuesday, January 10, 2012. It was a good first day as first days go. I filled out all the required paperwork, got an office tour, attended a staff meeting and most importantly learned how to make coffee.
As I sat at my desk familiarizing myself with my new surroundings, I was instantly reminded of fourth grade. That was the year we moved and I started a new elementary school. I can remember vividly being very nervous about attending a new school. Let’s face it getting off to a good start and not being deemed a “weirdo” is vital to any kid entering fourth grade.
As I anxiously walked into my new school, a zillion thoughts swirled through my head. What if nobody talks to me? What if I don’t make friends? What if someone makes fun of what I’m wearing? What if nobody eats lunch with me? What if I get lost? Ironically, I was consumed with those same thoughts the day I walked into my new office.
A lot older and a little wiser I was able to steady my nerves. I remember the advice my mom gave me on that frightful first day, she said, “be yourself.”
So here I am at Parenting OC magazine, a long way from fourth grade. Aside from starting a brand new job, I am single mother of two amazing boys. I’m constantly trying to perfect the delicate balance between work and family, so I welcome any and all suggestions. Although I’d like to tell you I’m new to the industry (to diminish my age) I am proud to bring over twenty years of publishing experience to the table. However, I cannot do this alone! Producing a magazine is a team effort and I welcome your suggestions, story ideas and comments. You can always reach me at email@example.com and I will do my best to respond in a timely manner. The bottom line, I love my new job!
Speaking of love, it’s February, traditionally the time for chocolate, cards and cupid. This month our theme is romance and relationships and our two feature articles explore the gamut. Central Coast Cupid offers romantic travel suggestions guaranteed to stoke the love fire in any relationship while How Not to Divorce has experts weighing in on the topic of relationships.
Looking ahead, we have some very exciting changes planned at Parenting OC (hint, Web site). We’re growing and I’m truly honored to be a small part of this fantastic new direction.
Finally, we are currently in the process of planning our annual Parenting OC Jamboree and Spelling Bee coming March 17, 2012. This year the Jamboree will be held at the Great Park in Irvine, a new venue for us. I’d like to invite all of our readers to come and spend the day with their family and enjoy free on-stage entertainment, 75 exhibitors representing everything from summer camps to the latest products on the market and even a cute kid contest. Check our Web site www.parentingoc.com for entry forms and the latest up-to-the-minute news and information.
So, with my first weeks successfully behind me I leave you with this … When you follow your heart there’s no telling how far you’ll go.