New Year, New Job!


Not only is today the 4th night of Hanukkah, but it’s also my husband’s last day as a full-time staffer at the CBC after 9 years of dedicated civil service to public radio! [And not to trump that, but it is my mother-in-law‘s last day at the CBC after over 25 years of being there! She’s amazing, and crazy I know, they are retiring from the CBC on the same day.]

I wanted to take this moment to really stress to my love, and anyone out there contemplating a career change, that I think it takes real chutzpah to leave a job you are comfortable at to follow a different path/dream. I admire it, I envy it, and I encourage it.

On top of that, this may seem obvious, but here are 3 important things I want to say to my husband (and fabulous mother-in-law, and anyone else out there who is moving on from their job that they’ve been at for what feels like forever – which for anyone in Gen-Y is more than 5 years):

1. You are really good at what you do. – There will be times when freelancing or a new gig is rough, but please, please, PLEASE never doubt your abilities. You are very skilled, and will be paid for those skills.

2. I support you in this big life decision. – You are not in this alone (financially or emotionally!). All your friends and family are behind you every step of the way.

3. I’m proud of you for taking a leap. – Complacency is easy, change is hard. There will be night sweats, fears, lows, and freak outs, but I’m proud you are going after what you want.

On that note, Happiest Holidays all! I hope the new year brings adventure and growth to you and yours, and catch you in 2015!

PS. And Chris, here are a few gems from your early days at the CBC. I love you, no matter what length your hair is at or what job you are doing, and I can’t wait for what the future holds for your career and our life together:

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Chris hosting the Mint Records Christmas Party in 2006 – featuring special guests Nardwuar and Franz Ferdinand

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Chris and CBC host, best pal, and mentor Grant Lawrence

Lily Allen, Critical Mass, Apples 021

Chris after interviewing British my-space sensation Lily Allen in 2007

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Chris interviewing festival famous Ice Cream Man at Sasquatch 2006

9 Responses to “New Year, New Job!”

  1. Shaun

    Happy Chanukah Lauren and Chris, hopefully you got my card in time:). Chris best of luck in your new job, in the New Year give me a call, I’d love to hear more!
    Shaun Z

  2. Jo-Ann

    Dear Lauren,
    Thank you for the advice. I know I will need it.
    Thank you for coming here to be with me as I turn off the mic for the last time.

    Love Jo-Ann

  3. Steve Pratt

    Congrats, Chris! It is awesome to see your first ever CBC Radio 3 interview with the Ice Cream Man in the photos. To echo Lauren, you are an exceptionally talented guy who is going to thrive in whatever you do. Very excited to work with you again – I think we are going to have a lot of fun! (And congrats to you, too, Jo-Ann! Best of luck with the big show today and the party this weekend!)

  4. Amanda

    This post is adorable and so applicable to all things in life. I love the solidarity. I will re-read in times of strife, career and otherwise! Congratulations to the Kelly family!

  5. Colin

    I’m going to be THAT guy….dude on the far right of the first photo is Ross Jarmin, drummer for the Cribs. The Franz Ferdinand guy was producing the album they were recording in Vancouver at the time. And since they became friends with Nardwuar, the Evaporaters opened for the Cribs the last time they played here!

    Anyway, congrats Chris and Jo-Ann!!!

  6. Anne Gillis

    Transitions, transitions and more transitions. What an interesting a journey it all is. Here’s to the past, honour it. Here’s to the future – welcome it. And here’s to today – it’s all there really is – so enjoy it fully. Congratulations.


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