This is Just the Beginning


Monday, 12.13.2010

When I memorized the alphabet, I was 2. I sat in my aunt’s kitchen in Plano, Texas with my grandmother watching over my shoulders, making sure I was doing my work.

When I first learned to read a complete sentence, I was 4. The sentence was from a book about a black cat.

When I first won a writing award, I was 6. I wrote about how best friends are the type you share chocolate chip cookies with.

When I first read copies of Vogue, stolen from my mom’s shop, I was 8. I especially remember a cover with a very pretty-looking Tyra Banks in an orange sundress.

When I got my first subscription to Seventeen Magazine, I was 12. My whole world changed as I felt the influence an article or a profile or even a picture can have on my entire teenage girl view.

I am now 23 and the first  Audrey Magazine that I worked on as assistant editor just arrived in the mail for me. (Subscribe here.)

Inside these pages, I am reminded of all the amazing opportunities I got to experience through this gig, whether it was chit-chatting with talented individuals for interviews…

Or getting to attend amazing events whether it be fashion shows, movie screenings, charity balls or musical performances.

Someday.

Someday when I am right where I belong, somewhere I’ve always dreamed to be, as someone I’ve probably never envisioned myself to be. Someday if I become jaded or downtrodden or tired or lost or big-headed, let me remember this moment.

Let me remember my humble background, my excitable start, my early days. Let me remember all the building blocks, all the stepping stones, all the walls I scaled, all the mountains I’ve climbed, all the people who’ve lent a helping hand. From a girl whose world was getting flipped upside down by an article in a teen magazine to a young woman who was trying to do the same to others with my own writing, this is just the beginning.

And man, I can’t wait for the rest.

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posted by Janice | Comment: 12 | Category Job, Magazine, Uncategorized, Writing

12 Comments to “This is Just the Beginning”

  • EK December 13, 2010 at 11:48 PM

    …when you become big-headed? ;)

    Congratulations on the first issue with your fingerprints on it!!!

  • Rolo December 14, 2010 at 12:02 AM

    /like

    =)

  • KelB December 14, 2010 at 12:32 AM

    I am so proud. You take nothing for granted and recognize the true value of everything earned and given. I know that’s part of your rising success and the reason why I hope you’ll have a million more moments like this (which you better continue to share with us, your readers). Congratulations, girl!

  • Evelyn December 14, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    AWESOME! now how do i subscribe to audrey? are there coupons inside? hahahah

  • EK December 14, 2010 at 1:12 AM

    my comment erased itself :(

    congratulations on your first issue though :)

  • Jessica December 17, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    yes jie. you are making it. i loved reading every article you wrote.

    i know you can do anything u set your mind to, and im sooo proud of your many accomplishments! keep going for it, because i know you’ll be great.

    loveee u

  • Jessica December 17, 2010 at 8:57 AM

    ps: the world wont know what hit them :D

    btw: ur happiness pack…made me very happy

  • Carmen December 20, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    janice!!! so excited to have been a part of this with you. i’m ready for you to take over the world already :)

  • Enid Ballard December 25, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    janice!!! so excited to have been a part of this with you. i’m ready for you to take over the world already :)

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