Last weekend I saw one of those hipster graphic prints (you know, the 21stC version of Successories). Well, the print said "Work hard and be kind to people." It's not poetic or clever. There's no rhyme or play on words. It's the kind of advice a grandparent gives: old fashioned, simple, wise. I internalized it immediately. It stuck with me so I made a remark about it on Facebook. That's when my friend Noreen pointed out it was taken from Conan O'Brien's last Tonight Show. Of course! I had seen it but forgotten. Had you forgotten? If so, here's the link:
"Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen. I'm telling you, amazing things will happen."
Watching this clip over I felt a kinship for my tall ginger hero. Conan made these remarks at a time of transition from his dream job. Despite farewell circumstances that were unpleasant, Conan took the opportunity to give thanks for the many great years he had with his soon-to-be-former employer. Hmmm, rang a bell with me.
As many of you will know, I recently left STYLE AT HOME magazine. Some of you have been coming here to see what I have to say about the whole thing. So finally, here it is. My thoughts are much like Conan's. I feel lucky and thankful to have had so many fantastic experiences. What a thrill it was to help build an upstart into a contender. I feel particularly proud to have styled/art directed shoots that have graced the last 5 covers of STYLE AT HOME. I call that ending on a high note.
To that chapter I say "So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye"
Now opens an exciting new chapter.