The Making Of A Jawn: My First Year in Philly

aundrea_cline_thomas-0213-copySeptember 28th marks one year since I joined NBC 10. I’ve met Sylvester Stallone, my boo Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson as they promoted their movie Creed at the top of the steps of the Art Museum. I watched Bill Cosby walk into the police department to get booked on sexual assault charges. When someone asks me where I was the night the first woman accepted the Presidential nomination from a major political party, I can say I was in the Wells Fargo Center watching it live! I now honk liberally when I drive, but thanks to the Parking Authority I prefer to walk. Legit snow pants are a part of my wardrobe as I was quickly reminded that the winter winds and snow can be downright disrespectful. I’ve racked up 2,428 Amtrak points taking practically monthly trips home. For the first time in YEARS I spent Thanksgiving with my family.

 

So many people have asked what’s different about this experience when compared to others. My answer…EVERYTHING!

This has also been a true 365 days of transition. My first month was impacted by protests, literally an employee strike! Some days conversations with friends went something like this:

(Ring, Ring)

Them: Hey
Me: I’m drowning

It’s bootcamp, my friends recently reminded me.

New levels require new ways of being; new ways of thinking and a new normal. It’s fitting that in Philly you can’t be lukewarm about anything, especially when it comes to who you are and what you bring to the table. There’s always room for improvement. After all that’s what this opportunity was about. However, for a number of reasons my approach was to abandon a lot of what I had worked so hard to develop and start over, completely from scratch. The weight of that meant putting on hold some of what I loved, including writing this blog. I learned the hard way that’s not the best approach.

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So I’m BACK YA’LL!!! I need this outlet more than ever. I have so many stories to share with you.

A 12 year old football player with no arms and legs reminded me about what it means to be resilient. Meanwhile a 102 year old woman I interviewed during the Democratic National Convention shared wisdom that I will hold onto forever. My inner child did a wall slide when I met Michael J. Fox who was so thoughtful about his relationship with Muhammad Ali. There are some key places in Philly, mainly to eat, that just take me straight to my happy place!

I don’t have it all figured out. The transition isn’t over. But I could do a serious praise dance thanking GOD that this First.Year.Is.OVER!

More than anything I’m very grateful for the kindness of strangers, the support of friends and the encouragement of family. I’m better prepared for whatever lies ahead!

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2 Comments

  1. Miatta Tucker-Zaza
    September 29, 2016

    Congratulations Aundrea! Glad you made it through the first year😊 Wishing you continued success and many blessings.

  2. Always, MUM
    September 30, 2016

    I am so very proud of you. I have watched you grow in all aspectsof your life.
    Keep on keeping on. Love you dearly, MUM!!!
    Always remember the following:
    The road to success is not straight. There is a curb called Failure, a loop called Confusion; speed bumps called Friends; red lights called Enemies; caution lights called Family. You will have flats called jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination; an engine called Perseverance; insurance called Faith, and a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success!!
    ****Author: unknown

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