Elaine Frosch

Elaine Frosch

 

To all readers of The Kaufman Herald, this week’s edition is a bitter-sweet one for me. At the close of the workday on Friday, July 25, my time at The Kaufman Herald will come to an end. I have had the best year and two months working here at the Herald; however, I have accepted a position at Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative at the Media Content Specialist where I will further my communications studies and grow in many new areas. I am very excited to embark on this new journey that life has presented me, but it goes without noting that I would not be in the position I am today without the opportunity I was given by my friend and boss, Amy Fowler.

On top of the opportunity I was given to work at the Herald while still being a full time college student, I was also allowed several opportunities to cover events that gave me priceless memories and an abundance of networking opportunities. It’s not always an easy decision as an employer to take a chance on someone straight out of high school that has no college degree. However, I am forever grateful a leap of faith was taken on me to showcase my skills and tell stories of Kaufman and surrounding areas.

In the famous lyrics sung by Elton John, “Just a small town girl,” a strong meaning for me is held. Growing up in a small town is one of my favorite parts about my life. I grew up with many memories of our townspeople coming together on Friday nights at the Kaufman football stadium to cheer on our boys of fall, running up to teachers at the grocery stores to give them a big hug, buying a neighbors’ meal at La Pradera and much more. I don’t think I could have been raised in a better town than right here in Kaufman, Texas. I, as a small town girl, was so used to having everything so close and at my disposal and remained comfortable in my stance of staying a small town girl. The only fault in this stance I have grown to see is that staying a small town girl forever won’t allow me to grow into the professional young woman that I want to be. If I want to understand more aspects of my industry of choice, explore the world or create relationships outside of the ones I have now, I must step out of my comfort zone. A famous line that I live by is “take chances, and make mistakes,” from the infamous Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus videos I watched endlessly in science classes during elementary school. Not every choice or step I take in my life will be perfect, I must accept that. But I would rather live my life taking chances and making mistakes to learn and grow rather than clinging to my comfort and limiting my growth at an early age.

I have already begun this process of taking chances and making mistakes. I have networked with intelligent media entrepreneurs, spoken at a conference in front of college students, explored new areas and dabbled in thought of uprooting my life for new experiences. Change and exploration can often be uncomfortable but sometimes we need the push of the unknown and uncomfortable feeling to bring out our true talent and colors.

I say all this to say, though I am taking another position in this beautiful place I call my hometown, it came from me not limiting myself to certain boundaries. So don’t be afraid to push past the comfort and seek out the unknown because with that exploration, there’s no telling how far you’ll go.

If you have thought of switching careers because there is a job you’ve always dreamt of pursuing, do it. Have you always wanted to move to another state or country for an experience of a lifetime? Do it. Live your life fully and live it for you, no one else should decide the life you live. Of course, Kaufman is the final living choice made by many due to family, friends, community and career … a really good choice we all can relate to.

As I sign off for my final opinion piece, I have one last message to relay to my readers. Thank you for your acceptance, support, encouragement, ideas and your time. It warms my heart to be called out by name in town by readers that tell me how much they enjoyed my article, how they related to something I said or just telling me what a great impact I am making on the history of Kaufman. I am truly grateful to each of you for taking the time to read my stories, thoughts, and opinions.

Remember readers, always be kind, love one another, and adjust your focus.

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