EDITOR’S DESK: The accidental extrovert comes alive in Crestview

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 02:44 AM.

And that was evident for those six years I worked in the Daphne shop.

When Alabama's journalism opportunities temporarily dried up in 2011, a friend (who, of course, I met online), turned me to insurance. She and I did it together for awhile, and I stuck it out for year.

Anyone who's sold insurance knows that a year is an eternity in that industry. Plus, you leave your comfort zone. A typical work day involves driving four to five hours from home to set 15 appointments, knowing only 10 would be at home and probably two would buy. So you knock on doors, talk with strangers and learn how to be social really fast!

I'm sometimes shy, but thankfully can rise to the occasion every time, and can carry a conversation with no problem. It's just the introduction — the most important part — that always stumped me.

Insurance was successful, and they were even considering me for the leadership team because I could sell and communicate effectively.

But it wasn't my passion. And that was evident because, despite being able to pay the bills, I still edited for national publications on the side to keep my resume up. Which meant there was a social life at work (with clients) and isolation at home, although I hung on to that close friend I mentioned.

Anyway, flash forward to 2012 and a wonderful opportunity in a smaller area much like my hometown opens up in Crestview, Fla.

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