I finished the last of my Christmas cards Saturday and have them ready to go into the mail. My laundry is in its last spin cycle and, with about an hour to go before I pick Mom up for church on this cold, snowy Sunday, I should be able to at least have the sheets dried and back on the bed before I head out the door.
There still are other weekend chores to do this afternoon, including clearing the inch or so of snow that will have accumulated on my driveway and sidewalks. And, I hope to watch some NFL football games before the day is over and it’s time to think about another work week.
Those of you who know me well, know that I’m a checklist and to-do list person. No list ever ends, really, we just keep adding to it as our work lives and personal lives keep flowing.
During a week off in late October, I took home a bunch of newspapers that I’d set aside in a work desk drawer because I thought they might have something in them to consider entering in the Nebraska Press Women communications contest. I hope a few might be judged worthy to advance to the NFPW contest.
I’ve done the “maybe” and “no way” sorting, but that pile has sat on my couch for weeks as other more urgent tasks have been on my checklist.
However, now that most of my modest Christmas preparations are done, I intend to look more carefully at those tearsheets and make some selections. Then, I’ll seek some help from colleagues at the Kearney Hub who are more familiar with our archives to find pdfs or Internet links to stories and photos.
I admit that I’m a little nervous about preparing for our NPW and NFPW online contest system for 2014, mostly because I’m old and old-school. I like to handle paper entries. So, I plan to get digital versions of my entries set aside in a folder as a step I can take now to be ready to enter when the time comes.
Such preparations aren’t necessary for many NFPW members who are more Internet savvy and maybe have entered an online contest before. But I hope that all of you are starting to think about the many wonderful things you’ve done in 2013 that should be entered in the contest.
Better yet, think about someone you know – a colleague, a local journalist you know does good work, a public relations specialist who has impressed you, a student with tons of potential – and encourage her or him to join your affiliate and NFPW, and enter the contest.
It is difficult to launch a project as huge as an online contest and we will have some bumps in the road, but don’t let the challenge keep you from sending in your 2014 membership now to qualify to enter some things.
Hey, if I can do it, I’m pretty sure anyone can.