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Jan 10

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The miracle of unexpected opportunities

I need to get out of the house. This is what I decided last month – because I work from home, I’m inclined to not get out nearly as often as I should. I started thinking about ways to get myself out of my chair and into the world. What could I do that would give me some accountability? I decided to find a place to volunteer a few hours a week where I could learn something that I wouldn’t be learning otherwise.

I’ve always been interested in newspapers, but I’ve never worked on one. It has so many elements that I find intriguing and that, on a good day, I’m quite good at – writing, editing, physical layout (well, I don’t know yet if I’m good at that last one, but I’m betting I will be!)

Black & White, chic, and perfectly coiffed

A guy that I went to high school with is the editor of the paper a few towns over, so in December I contacted him and asked what I know was an unusual question – if I came in to volunteer for a few hours a week, could you find a place to put me?

His first joking response was that I could have his job if I wanted it…and his second response was, “Yes, of course!” With the intervening holidays, we scheduled an appointment far out in the future, which ended up being today.

I walked into that meeting thinking that a few hours a week would be a great way to get my feet wet. If all went well, perhaps someday they’d offer me a paid position and I could finally fulfill that long-held fantasy of being a real newspaperwoman. You know – the ones from the old movies in black and white with the pencil skirt and the perfectly coiffed hair?

We had our meeting today and I walked in expecting to volunteer and walked out with an offer to work there part time. I guess I’d better get my pencil skirt and my hairdo ready. How to show up in black and white still has me puzzled though…

About the author

Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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