This month marks my 15th year working at the Times-Review. Fifteen years. Wow.
It’s hard to believe all that has changed in the time since I began working here in 2007.
A fresh college graduate, Dale Gosser took a chance hiring me as the features editor. At 22, with no real life experience, I admittedly had no idea what I was doing. As I waded through entering the world of bill paying and being an adult, I immersed myself in Cleburne and Johnson County.
I have so many people to thank for taking me under their wing and helping shape my life here. Mary Ann Wheatley and others helped me get involved in Relay For Life of Johnson County, which I participated in several years until I had children and life got too crazy to help.
The late Pam Masters brought me to the Cleburne Lions Club, where I made lifelong friends who I look forward to visiting each time I can make it to a meeting.
Through Leadership Cleburne at the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce, I met more people, many who have since moved on to new careers. Others, however, like Dora Vasquez, remain friends today. She and two others even threw me a bridal shower when I got married in 2010.
The first event I ever attended in my first two months on the job was the Black & White Gala. I’ve only missed two since, both times when I was pregnant. Sadly last year’s event was cancelled because of the pandemic. I can’t wait for this year’s, which will be an entirely new experience. More details on that to come in the next few weeks.
And I’d be remiss not to mention the countless number of coworkers I’ve had over the years, those who are still here and those who have moved on.
As some moved on, I was able to make my way up the ranks. I became news editor in 2011 and the managing editor in October 2019. Because of my newest role, I’m not out in the community as much as I was when I started but I’m thankful for those who have kept in touch with me with and made sure we were aware of what’s going on in our community.
Personally, I met my husband in the singles group at our church. We were married in 2010 and have since been blessed with two gorgeous daughters. They attend North Joshua Elementary School, and we continue to embed ourselves in the Joshua, Cleburne and Johnson County communities.
I’ve enjoyed spending time on various boards over the years, from Lions to United Way to Joshua Area Chamber of Commerce and everything in between.
I’ve enjoyed watching the growth of the Cleburne Railroaders, from a cotton field to a competitive independent baseball team.
I’ve enjoyed getting to know those who live in our community and I look forward to meeting more over the next 15 years, Lord willing.
Monica Faram is the managing editor of the Times-Review. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.