I'm a big-city girl in mind, body and soul.
I was born and grew up in Phoenix and went to college at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
I love almost everything about big cities. I love the noise. I love the activity. I love the lights and fast pace. I love the shopping and the night-scene.
I knew moving to a small town would be, at best, an adjustment and, at the worst, a complete disaster.
But I love challenges and I was willing to make a move to begin my career as a journalist.
As a child I traveled through Payson several times en route to Show Low with family. I remembered its tranquility and beauty. I also remembered how it couldn't have been further from a big city if it tried.
I heard good things about the Payson Roundup from instructors at the University of Arizona and knew that this would be a great first job right out of college -- a job where I could write, right away.
After coming to Payson for an interview, I was impressed with the professionalism and integrity of the Roundup staff and operation. I felt like Payson was where I was supposed to begin my journalism journey.
Although everything I've known and the reality of my future in Payson are in a bit of a contradicting whirl-spin, I wouldn't change the decision I made to come here.
Payson is a wonderful place to live. I haven't been here two weeks and I realize that this forthcoming period of my life will be one that I will always look back on with a smile.
The people here are relaxed. They've looked me in the eye and smiled, genuinely, when I met them. They've gone out of their way to make me feel comfortable and haven't hesitated to compliment me about my stories when they've seen fit.
This big-city girl -- used to speed-walkers, self-serving agendas, and people wholly absorbed in their daily routine -- was pleasantly surprised by that.
There are a million stories in this world worth telling and they don't all have to do with political scandals, celebrities and blockbuster business deals.
The best stories are about people.
I look forward to everything this opportunity in Payson will bring to me.
I look forward to meeting everyone in and around Payson and hearing all of their stories.