[Announcement] A beginning.

….how my desk looked once.

Now’s as good a time as any to announce publicly that my days at the desk to your left – second row, second from left in the Port Richey newsroom of the Tampa Bay Times – are numbered.

After working for five years and three months as a staff writer for the Tampa Bay Times, formerly known as the St. Petersburg Times, I am resigning.

And I definitely bawled when I broke the news to my editor.

But this is not an end, as much as it’s a beginning.

The beginning of a new phase of my relationship with the Times, for which I wrote freelance for three and a half years before I joined the staff in 2007, and for which I’ll write freelance again.

It’s also the beginning of professionally doing the other half of what I do. I’ll work my regular schedule at the Times through Fri., Nov. 9 and beginning Nov. 13, I’ll work full time as a counselor.

I’ll also write still.

And study for comps (the exam I’ll have to pass in order to graduate).

….how my desk usually looks.

Write some more.

Finish a book proposal.

Write more still.

And cherish the memories I made while working at three different Times desks (one in Tampa, one in Wesley Chapel and one in Port Richey) in five years.

Memories I’ll share in another post sometime next week. Stay tuned. 🙂

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Good luck on your next adventure!

  • Congrats, Arleen! Happy for you!

  • New beginnings are always exciting! Best wishes.

  • Maria S

    So exciting! Happy and excited for you!

  • heather w

    Congrats Arleen! Where did yoiu be working as a counselor?! I’m very excited for you 🙂 It is a special job;)

    • Thank you! I’ll be working for a non-profit organization, with adolescents.

  • Congratulations! This is why I love reading blogs–it’s like I’m privy to the best novel AS it’s being written. Good luck on your next adventure! I pray it’s everything you’ve dreamed it’ll be. 🙂

  • Awe! Congrats! I know new stages in life can be emotional (even when they are positive), my shoulder is available should you need to cry.

    Whatever happens, never forget that time at the end of some semester long ago when we sent our backpacks up the Mass Comm building elevator while we raced to the top via the stairs laughing hysterically.

    • Thanks so much, Abby! 🙂

      And LOL! I just told somebody that story the other day. It still cracks me up. What a great memory.

  • Terry W

    Blessings to you. I trust the God will use you in a great way in your new adventure.

  • Hi Arleen,
    congratulations on your new job. good luck on the comps. (no one ever fails the comps…twice) 🙂 I am going to be professorial with you and ask what theory of counseling are you going to be using? 🙂 You can curse me out in private messages if you prefer! lol

    • Thanks so much, Randy! And LOL. I am actually using a lot of solution focused motivational interviewing this semester. Will email you details shortly.

  • Aww! This might be a better sweet decision for you I think. It is well.