Where to begin?
I started a new job in late August 2019. The transition was rough, to say the least, and I fell off the wagon with the blog that I co-founded with my dear friend, Liv Coiro, called Sparkles and Sports. The year 2019 was a blur in itself, as my husband and I had welcomed a new baby boy to our family, I had taken maternity leave, returned to work, and then - of course - relocated my family for a new job halfway across the country.
But to be honest, the joy I'd felt when working on the S+S site had been waning for a while.
It's crazy to look back on, because we were really chugging. The staff -- Anastasia, Kristina, Candace, Bridgette, Hannah, Erin, Adrienne, Danielle, and Morgan had put so much time and effort into producing quality content for the site. And Jen, our editor, who carried the load when we needed her most; the site would have honestly crashed and burned without her. But collectively and wholeheartedly, the entire staff had such great ideas and truly wanted to make an impact on women working in sports. I loved every moment working with such incredible women, and it's what made saying goodbye the hardest.
Though I know Liv would agree in many ways, I can only speak for myself here. And co-managing a blog, as a new-mom, living in a new city, working a new job, quickly became too much. And if I'm being really honest with myself, I think it was a bit too much before all that happened, due to my own personal issues, as well as the fact that we were all overworked, underpaid, and spending whatever spare time we had either working on the blog or networking in other ways.
So it was at this point last year that we said goodbye (for now) to Sparkles and Sports. Looking back, it feels like yesterday while simultaneously feeling like a lifetime ago. The goal was never to leave it forever, but I think that now, almost one year and a thousand grey hairs later, plus COVID and all the other sh*t going on in the world, it's time to officially say goodbye to what the site once was.
To the staff, readers, and, of course, the anchors that kept the whole ship steady -- Olivia and Jen -- thank you for everything. Your support and love meant the world.