We all have our daily routines. We wake up, go to work or school, have chores and responsibilities, find time to eat something, go to bed, and then do it all over again the next day. It's a weird feeling when your routine is suddenly headed for a change. How do you embrace it?

You may have heard earlier this morning on Bruce and the Kennel Club Show about my leaving. I have been with 97.3 The Dawg for some years now and have enjoyed my time tremendously. However, I feel it is time for me to say my goodbyes and head a different direction. You may have noticed that many of my posts on our website are recipes and focus around cooking. Cooking is my passion. I find it therapeutic and it truly makes me happy to cook for people and create things in the kitchen. I remember when I entered college I thought, what am I going to do when I am finished? What do I want to be? I didn't have a clue. I was somewhat envious of the people who automatically knew they wanted to be a doctor, nurse, engineer, etc. I just felt like I was going to college and doing what was "expected" of me.

As time passed and I matured a bit, I started cooking homemade meals in my apartment. I didn't think much of it at the time except for how much I enjoyed eating a hot, home-cooked meal rather than fast food for dinner. Growing up, I am fortunate that my mom always had a hot meal on the dinner table pretty much every weeknight, so I wanted to continue that tradition, even if I was just eating by myself. I would watch the Food Network to learn extra tips and tricks in the kitchen and think to myself "Wow, that looks like such a fun job."

My freshman year of college, I bumped into a friend who told me about an exciting internship going on at the radio station (then Regent Broadcasting). I figured "what the heck," I could give it a shot. I had to meet with Bruce and Jude before the internship began and instantly I thought how much I would like these people because they are weird and crazy just like me. The internship wasn't very long, maybe a semester. I was still pretty immature and not ready to take on very many responsibilities so I thought the whole intern experience was "ok." A year passed and it was now my junior year of college. I woke up one morning and thought about my old pals back at the radio station, so I decided to go bring them coffee and catch up a bit. The rest is history. I started working at The Dawg again and this time, I really enjoyed myself. The opportunities I have been given are amazing and I wouldn't trade the learning experience for the world.

Unfortunately, most good things must come to an end. It is completely my choice to end this chapter of my life and begin a new one. I feel in my heart and soul I am being called to explore and try new things. I am anxious, overwhelmed, scared as hell, but most importantly, excited. Ever since I graduated college from UL this past December, I have had a pretty tough transition trying to figure out what I should do next. After a few anxiety attacks, I believe I have finally figured out what is best for me at this point in my life.

So, what is the point of this novel I have written? It is my chance to say thank you. Thank you Bruce, Jude, Michael dot Scott, Stephanie, Townsquare Media, and you, Acadiana, for giving me such amazing experiences and teaching me things about myself I did not know before. Sure, there have been times I wanted to pull my hair out working with two men every single morning, but I couldn't imagine waking up and doing anything else. They have taught me to enjoy life and not take things too seriously. I am sad to be leaving all of my friends and coworkers, but happy to grow and learn more about life. I plan on combining my Public Relations degree with a Culinary degree and see where that takes me. Life is too short to not take any chances. I will definitely stumble and fall along the way, but it will all be worth it.

Until we meet again...