Meet Me in Louisiana!
My mom always wondered why I never had a burning desire to go shopping with her on Sundays. Instead I watched endless hours of football.
And I mean, endless.
It wasn’t just New Orleans Saints games. They usually played Sunday at noon in the 1990s and early 2000s, so there were two more games on afterward. That meant I was watching those too … after I vented my frustrations in a unique way.
I wrote postgame commentary in my own spiral notebook, perhaps foreshadowing a career to come. It was like therapy after some pretty painful losses of the pre-Sean Payton days! River City Relay in December 2003 comes to mind as I write this. I dreamed of one day covering the Saints. It’s all I talked about.
From 2012-15, I actually did. I worked at NOLA.com and hosted two daily video shows, “Black and Gold Today” and “Talkin’ Tigers.” I’d found my groove.
Until I got laid off.
That was a devastating September day. I thought I’d be a sports journalist forever. But then I realized God had other plans for me, including marriage to my husband, Adam, a second move to Lake Charles, and pursuing a master’s degree.
My excitement for sports – and more importantly, my zest for life – hasn’t faded. Sports will always be a part of my life in some way, whether it’s going to Saints games (Section 257, anyone?), tailgating at Adam’s alma mater Louisiana Tech, or one of my favorite summer traditions – watching Wimbledon on TV.
But my graduate school journey in public relations has led me to discover my true purpose in life, to serve God and others. I hope to be a mother one day, and there’s nothing more important to teach my future children than that message.
Faith is my guide through every twist and turn I face in life. And there certainly are many. As we witness societal challenges like rising crime, it’s easy to question where God is.
I’ll never forget Tim Tebow’s words at my Florida commencement in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. He called us graduates to chase “significance, not success.” A life of success – money, pride, things that don’t matter – is bound to leave us empty. Success is just about us. A life of significance, on the other hand, is about other people. That’s how Jesus lived. What a challenge.
So what’s next for me? My dream is to work in communications & marketing at a nonprofit organization, agency, or a Catholic school/church. I might try my hand at being an adjunct professor at one of my alma maters as well.
What did I say, it’s all about service!