Hey friends! I'm excited to get back to our "Amazing Women I Know" series. It is so empowering to learn from other women in my life and to listen to the wisdom and experience that they share. Today, I have the privilege of highlighting my friend Becky.
Becky is an amazing reporter. True story, when we joined the same life group that she and her husband were in, I was SUPER nervous to meet her because I'm a big fan of her work and all that she does to help others through her career. Of course she is the kindest, most down to earth person I have ever met and I love that we have kiddos close in age and can swap stories about the joys and craziness of toddlers.
I was blown away by her responses to the questions below. They are wise, thoughtful and full of encouragement. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I did.
1. Name: Rebecca Ryan Collett
2. Hometown: Summerville, South Carolina
3. Occupation: Investigative Reporter at WCBD NEWS 2 in Charleston, SC
4. When did you know you wanted to be a journalist? All of my home movies as a kid are me reporting from Christmas to church youth camps. I would have my cousin pretend she was different characters (like the Queen of England) and interview her. I started anchoring the morning news on my middle school program, WDMS (Dubose Middle School) in the 7th grade. I read the lunch menu and lead the school in the Pledge of Allegiance on the school TV program every day. This is the only career field I ever thought I would do. Sometimes I'm stunned I actually get to do it.
5. How has being a mom made you better at your job? Being a mom makes everything better. I found I'm more sensitive and caring toward people I interview. I also find myself being a better leader because I feel more confident in myself. Being mom also puts every other task in perspective. Now I'm less bothered by hiccups because I know they aren't that problematic. I feel more agile because teaching two little people how to be humans makes everything else seem easy to navigate. [Editor's Note: Ain't that the truth!]
6. Work-life balance, does this even exist and how do you separate the two? I truly believe the Lord has made a way for be to find balance in my work and home life. The station allows me to work flexible hours, and that's unheard of in this industry. That means getting up earlier and working late nights, but I get to spend a large chunk of the day with my boys. I have also found myself being more intentional with my "yes" and "no". I seriously value my time and how I spend it. To me, time is my most valuable commodity, and I'm very strategic in how I spend it. The house may not be as clean as I'd like and I don't spend time lazily sipping coffee, but I love doing my dream job and setting the example to my boys of prioritizing goals.
7. What is your source of inspiration these days? I'm constantly asking myself how I can be part of God's redemptive plan through my job. Some times that means shining a light on wrong doing. Sometimes that means praying for or with people who are hurting. Some times that means using my position in the media to help people right situations when they were scammed. Whatever story or task, I'm asking myself how to be salt and light. I'm not perfect at it, but it's what drives me. [Editor's Note: This is beautiful and why I love Becky!]
8. Name your favorite family tradition. My family eats dinner around the dining room table nearly every week night. It's the most important part of my day. We stop. We sit. We pray. We eat. And we enjoy time with each other. Everyone stays at the table until we've all eaten. It's so important to me to create that space of time for my boys and my husband to connect as a family. [Editor's Note: I LOVE that!]