Instead of making resolutions, my brother-in-law comes up with one word to focus on in for each New Year.

For 2018, it was growth. I certainly did a lot of that last year.

Reporting from Saudi Arabia for DRL

I started a few new ventures utilizing my journalism degree. I became the sideline reporter for the Drone Racing League, my first foray into sports reporting.

I knew very little about drones when I signed on. Well, I knew nothing, except that they existed. Though 10 levels of competition, I’ve learned a lot about how they work and what it takes to be a top pilot in the league. I’ve learned how to phrase questions in a more concise and direct way, and to tailor them to the many different personalities.

Altruism, engage!

There was a learning curve. Red carpet reporting does not really translate to this field. My EP recommended a book called On Writing Well. It’s helped me tremendously, even with writing this journal.

Here is my first segment, featuring pilot Zach Thayer from DRL:

I also started working with Spectrum 1 SoCal, a local LA news network, producing feel good field pieces which spawned from my show¬†What’s Good?! It’s been an exciting journey to see my passion project reach a larger audience. It’s also very rewarding to shine a light on the do-gooders of LA. I truly believe it creates hope and motivates others to give back. Thanks to both of these new jobs, I’ve grown as a reporter.

On a personal level, my husband and I moved from our beloved Hollywood apartment (which we shared for 8 years) to our first home in Silver Lake. Not only are we homeowners, we are also landlords. We bought a triplex that has two rental units attached. Talk about instant growth! We’re keeping up our own property while also figuring out to manage a building and our tenants. It’s been a fun journey so far, without too many hiccups — and no disasters — yet.

Visiting the pyramids and making new friends in Giza

We got to travel to some very interesting corners of the world like Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Spending time in a culture so vastly different than your own forces introspection, gratitude and growth. I am grateful we got to visit these incredibly interesting countries.

Travel makes you realize that the world isn’t such a scary place. Yes, bad things happen, but they can happen anywhere. Our ways of life, outlook and values may be different, but at the heart, we are all the same. A fascinating discovery you can only find when traveling and connecting with people who don’t look like you.

2018 was very memorable and full of growth. But this year, we have new word to focus on: opportunity.

How It Works!

How Do-Goodery Works

Opportunities come quick. Some come out of nowhere. This year, my brother-in-law has challenged us to look for, create, and seize every opportunity. ‘Opportunity’ is an exciting word for me. If I look back on 2018, I had so many interesting opportunities come my way. I said yes to most of them. I will be looking a little harder and being a little more proactive in 2019.

For starters, our families have a long term dream of building a communal property in Canada where our future kids can spend summers playing in the river, off the grid, connecting with nature. We call it: Cousin Compound. I mentioned it to a friend at dinner on Friday; he’s a TV producer. He immediately responded and said we should put together a sizzle reel and pitch the project to HGTV. Sounds like a plan to me. Some ideas don’t have to be future plans. Maybe they’re ready to come into fruition tomorrow. All I know is that when opportunity comes knocking, I’m opening the door.

But I’m also going to be the one knocking. Are you?

 

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