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Vicker: Stepping out of the comfort zone

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 10:53 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 11:06 a.m. CST
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(CNA photo by SCOTT VICKER)
Pictured is a model of Hogwarts castle used for exterior shots in the "Harry Potter" film series. The model is displayed at the end of the Warner Bros. Studio – The Making of Harry Potter tour in London.

Hello again.

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a column in the Creston News Advertiser. That’s something I hope to do a better job of here in 2017.

Between trying to keep up with all my new responsibilities as managing editor and (almost) constantly being short-staffed in the newsroom, time to write a column hasn’t been easy to come by since taking over in this position back in May.

2016 saw me step out of my comfort zone several times to try something new. I hope those experiences will help me grow even more in 2017.

Of course, the biggest step out of my comfort zone came in May when I left the sports desk and made the transition into news as managing editor.

When I first returned to Creston in December 2011, I came back as a news reporter. My background at that time had always been in sports.

While I had done some news writing, I was much more comfortable with sports writing. It was in my blood.

I was able to craft a news story, but it didn’t come as naturally to me as sports stories did.

When I moved to sports editor in spring 2012, it came as a relief. I was back to doing what I was comfortable with.

I never wanted to leave the sports desk, but when the opportunity to become managing editor came along, I knew it was what was best for my future career. I knew it would help me grow as a journalist and expand my skillset.

It hasn’t always been smooth sailing. At times, it’s felt like the ship has been taking on water at an alarming rate.

But, I’ve survived to this point. I know I’ve improved as a news writer and have gained invaluable experience in a leadership position.

There are still plenty of improvements to be made. I look forward to becoming the best version of myself in this job.

The other big step out of my comfort zone I took in 2016 was leaving the country for the first time.

Oh, I’m plenty comfortable traveling. I’ve traveled all over the United States, first as a student-athlete at Saint Louis University traveling places for cross country and track meets I probably never would have visited otherwise, and since traveling to concerts and sporting events across the country.

But, I’d never left the country until my sister and her family moved to London in August.

I was lucky enough to be the first person to go visit them in October, spending a week across the pond. It’s a week I’ll never forget as I fell in love with life in London. The trip broadened my horizons.

My sister has always encouraged me to try new things. That continued in London.

Some of the highlights of the trip included learning all about the Tube from my nephew, seeing the London Eye lit up at night, touring the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (Wimbledon) and visiting Warner Bros. Studios – The Making of Harry Potter.

Having grown up with Harry Potter dominating my childhood and teenage years, seeing all the movie props and sets not only transported me to the world of Hogwarts, but also brought out the inner child in me.

The whole London experience was fantastic, and I can’t wait to go back. I’m already saving up to make a return trip as soon as possible.

As we start 2017, I’ll be looking for new ways to step out of my comfort zone and grow as a person.

So here’s to 2017 – may we all find a way to experience something new, grow as human beings and live lives full of kindness and love for one another.

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Contact the writer:

Twitter – @scottvicker

Email – svicker@crestonnews.com

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