I love hats. Fedoras, baseball caps, running hats, any chance I can wear a hat, I do. Which is a good thing because life after news has me wearing a daily mix of hats that put me in pure hat heaven!
I get to wear a driver hat now as my son’s personal chauffer. From baseball practice to baseball training and any place in between that he needs to get to, I’m the driver. I still can’t decide which is more fun – getting the front row seat to watching him play or the fun chatter we develop while getting from one place to the other, just the two of us.
I’ve dusted off my chef’s hat by cooking not one but four meals last week: Jambalaya, lasagna, spicy shrimp tacos – and I even cooked spaghetti squash! I don’t know which was more exciting, the family actually liking the food or discovering how to navigate my way through the grocery store in less than 15 minutes.
My wife hat looks significantly better on these days too now that I don’t have to wait until the weekend to wear it. My husband calls it refreshing to come home from work and find me there and I enjoy being able to help carrying some of the load.
But that does not mean my outside work is done. As I’ve said many times before, it’s not in my DNA not to work. So I’ve also added boss hat to my collection. That’s the one I get to wear as the owner of my own media business, 4Hearts Media. For the last three months I’d wake up in the morning before the kids or stay up at night after everyone else was in bed, putting the pieces together so that my business baby would be ready to go after I officially left news. I always intended to keep using my skills to do meaningful work in the community. Through this new venture I will help businesses and nonprofits tell their stories in a visually impactful way. I will speak to groups and organizations about the positive transformation that can come from life-changing events – even the tragic ones. With media training, I’ll be able to use my 25+ years as a TV news anchor to help others learn how to better present themselves in front of a camera. I guess you could say I’ll be doing a little of a lot, but with family first – because no hat looks as good or fits as perfectly as that.