The security of having an Apple laptop, work cell phone, emails coming in by the minute, people needing to get a hold of me everyday to tell their story. I was needed 24-7.
Then at 10:45 Wednesday night April 8, I RIPPED the security blanket out from under me.
I don't truly care about electronics nor the price tag of those items, they were just apart of my life, always by my side, for nearly four years.
I smiled as I signed off the air for the last time, "Liz Bryant. 2News Works for You," but then a split-second later it hit me "what the hell have I just done?" I wanted to throw my hands up in the air and say "forget about all this! It was just a joke, let's all go back to normal now."
While I float around, not at all feeling like myself, I rely on this phrase wrapped around my wrist: "Let your faith be bigger than your fears."
My slim silver Rustic Cuff will stay with me my entire trip as I trek North on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Jill Donovan, the owner of Rustic Cuff, wrote me a note that said "I love you friend. I believe in you". Jill is a role model who allows you to truly believe you can achieve your dreams.
In the last three years, Donavan has gone from a tennis socialite and lawyer, to a universal sensation with her stylish cuffs worn by every celebrity imaginable.
In March, Rustic Cuff came full circle when Oprah mentioned the Tulsa-based jewelry line in an issue of O Magazine. Back in 2004, Jill appeared on The Oprah Show after her mother-in-law caught her re-gifting. The etiquette experts called Jill "classless" for her thrifty habit, so she went home and emptied out the re-gifting closet.
Find out what she filled that same closet back up with by watching my exclusive interview with Jill from July 2013.
Jill is a prime example that you can pour your heart into something foreign yet still build an arc to sail smoothly away to someplace new.
As for me, I think I created a false sense of security in being on television. Like all the sudden I'm not relevant because you don't go to bed watching me nor can I respond "yes, I am that girl from TV".
I received this text as I drove away from Channel 2, that puts this transition into perspective: “For last year’s words being to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” - T.S. Eliot