“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
— Walt Disney
It’s not every day a person gets a second chance at a dream job, but that is exactly what happened to me when I became editor of Tex Appeal magazine.
I knew I wanted to be a writer from a very early age. But when, as a young adult, I first realized I wanted to take the career path of a journalist, I was hesitant. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to write the hard news stories; however, I knew I wanted to write good stories about everyday people making a difference in other people’s lives.
I paid my dues and wrote the hard news and discovered how much I enjoyed being on the front line of what was happening in a municipality. I learned about plats, sewers, acquiring right-of-way, and imminent domain. I developed professional relationships with the politicos and first responders in the community I served and was given first call on breaking news stories. I’ve chased down wildfires, followed police to drug busts, and sat down with officials for a Christmas dinner served in the conference room of a prison, with the meal made exclusively by prison trustees.
In between the hard news, I had the privilege to write in-depth personal profiles on people of all ages and backgrounds whose contributions made a difference, not only in their community but, in some cases, globally.
Now my dream has led me to Tex Appeal, and I am committed to continuing the tradition of bringing good stories about the people, places and events that are essential to Central Texas readers.
Speaking of dreams, this month we feature brides and their dreams of the perfect wedding day. Follow our cover model and bride-to-be Sheneka Jefferson (page 33) as she prepares for her big day with fiancé Frederick Miller.
Travel with us to honeymoon destinations designed for newlyweds with various budgets, from the economy honeymoon at Hill Country state parks to the villas of The Vineyard at Florence and the historic Driskill Hotel in Austin (page 51). Then learn the secrets of a long union from Evans and Rose Washington, who celebrate 58 years of marriage this month (page 38).
Remember to never give up on your dreams, no matter what stage of life you are in.
Tex Appeal Editor