My Point of Heu
7/1/2014 34 Comments
Why I left the news biz
As many of you may already know...every seven years the body undergoes a complete metamorphosis, or change. Humans experience an emotional, mental and physical transformation when compared to seven years prior. Cells in the body renew and after seven years you are a new person, a whole new person. Some call it the seven year itch others may not know exactly what is happening in their lives, but a change is a coming or has taken effect already...whether you like it or not.
My most recent decision to leave the television news industry comes exactly seven years after I started as an intern... and then was eventually hired as a general assignment reporter. My desire to find a new challenge and a new career path was inspired by a need to feel a better sense of positivity, a nurturing environment, support and an overall sense of consistent goodness and happiness in my life. As you may notice while watching the morning and nightly news, a lot of what is reported and investigated has to do with negative events. Many times people would ask me how I dealt with stabbings, rapes, murders, brutal car crashes, children struggling to fight cancer and other tragic events...I would make every effort to separate myself from the human aspect and the emotion of the event. I never brought my stresses and feelings home and I always tried to offer comprehensive, unbiased and thorough reporting.
After seven years on the job, I can honestly say I loved what I did, I felt I was in my element being on the morning news, which was lighter and provided more opportunities for optimism and happiness, at times. But, looking at my career I accomplished everything I set out to do there and was looking for another challenge. I feel that when something becomes monotonous and repetitive you never really have a chance to grow and change. I decided to force a new change and new beginning by changing things up.
I set out to find a new career path, something that I enjoyed and something that made me happy. Ultimately, I had already had this path cutout and needed to just direct my attention away from broadcast and toward working with people, businesses, non-profits and others. Since the age of 6 I have been selected to emcee events, I have always been the planner of the group when it came to my friends and family and for the past ten years I have been immersed in social media, back to the Friendster and Asian Avenue days.
For the past 15 years I have been preparing for this next step in my life -- and I felt it was only natural to close the door on television broadcast and begin a new chapter as a business woman, entrepreneur and to be my own boss. Nothing feels better than to wake up when you want to and make your own schedule, I have quickly learned. Yes, there are some stresses about making enough money to make ends meets and knowing how to file my taxes properly, but all of this can be taught and I am learning as I go.
When I first set foot into the newsroom, I didn't know what I wanted to be. I was unsure about the path my life would take, but now I know everything happens for a reason and my happiness is the best excuse to make career and life choices that will impact my daily activities and motivations. I don't regret anything...however I do appreciate the viewers and fans for bearing with me over the years as I learned and grew on the air with them. I do hope they can see that I made a decision that was aimed at perpetuating what I have been telling people for years in my motivational speaking and advocacy --- if you believe you can achieve, always set your sights and your goals high, don't ever limit yourself, if you don't try you will never know!
Goals in my life have led to me to where I am today: starting with graduating high school with honors, moving to Honolulu from Kauai, being one of the few in my family to graduate from a University, winning the title of Miss Hawaii 2004, writing a 157 page thesis, finishing Grad School and earning a Masters Degree, becoming an award-winning journalist, becoming a news anchor...and now a business owner. www.olenaheu.com for more info on Olena Heu Communications.
I wanted to end my last day/show on a high note, I wasn't sad and I didn't want anyone else to be sad either. So a bunch of friends, Wake Up 2day contributors and supporters joined me and the crew for a final song. I selected "Sweet Caroline" so we could end together with smiles on our faces and love in our hearts -- plus everyone knows the words to this song, the chorus anyway.
Here is a little clip my friend Jermel-Lynn shot with her phone, only 2 seconds or so aired that day 6/27, so this is what it looked like behind the scenes.
Mahalo to Jai and Ron for writing amazing farewell stories for me as I bid aloha and Bruce for editing them together so nicely. Also a big thank you to Chanel for coordinating such an amazing show that really made me feel special. And to everyone else -- Jenn, Emi, Lance, Moose, Carlson, Justin and Adam, it was a blast saying goodbye in style.
Ultimately, this is not me saying goodbye - this is me saying see you later. I will still be around, posting, commenting and sharing. I will still offer news alerts, insight and opinions and of course great pictures of food and sunsets. The only thing that has changed is my life path, but its headed into a direction that is focused on positivity, love and appreciation...and I thank all of you for your support!
7/2/2014 04:49:25 am
7/2/2014 04:59:01 am
Olena, Congradulations on our next step into the future! You are on the mark by describing your life change after seven years. In the past, the years for life changing experience was eight years. I have experienced this through out my career, if people stay committed for this time period they will not look for challenges. Good luck on your future as you are inspiring
7/2/2014 05:27:51 am
You are such an amazing person! I so enjoyed every aspect of you on the news & your reason for leaving is yet another reason why you are so phenomenal, always taking risks, which not everyone can or will ever do in their life! Though Iʻm sad I wonʻt see your beautiful smile & fun personality on the news, Iʻm happy for what lies ahead of you! Maikaʻi loa & imua!
7/2/2014 05:44:47 am
Nicely done! Fantastic photos I might add.
7/2/2014 06:20:31 am
Time can only move forward, so it's only natural that you move forward as well. No fear, only determination to succeed. And if you fail, learn pick yourself up, learn from your mistakes, and move on.
7/2/2014 06:29:01 am
ALL THE BEST TO YOU OLENA!
7/2/2014 06:38:52 am
Your a strong and a very independent woman with a Awsome personality, I'm sure you will strive in your own business. Lmk if there's anything I can do to help in your new journey. I see you around. ;-)
7/2/2014 06:50:16 am
Mahalo for sharing. I wondered..... I totally understand and see where you're coming from. You definitely will be successful in whatever lies ahead for you. We will miss that beautiful person & smile ~Aloha~
7/2/2014 07:57:41 am
Best wishes to you, Olena! Mahalo nui for your coverage of children's issues and Project Kealahou.
7/2/2014 10:04:44 am
Olena, you're a class act. I will miss you on air, and for being that rare reporter who still wanted to get GOOD NEWS on the air. Our people should be allowed to know about the good people changing lives in Hawaii for the better...at least one story a day. But there rarely is interest. Sad. My own news departure was nearly 7 years to the date of your's. It does feel terrific to be surrounded by goodness..and trying to spread it. Love to you!
7/2/2014 12:10:12 pm
You are inspiring! Welcome to the club of "formers" ;) xoxo Maliks
7/2/2014 01:23:51 pm
Congratulations Olena... You are an amazing person that I am lucky to have crossed paths with back in the David Paul Days before Miss Hawaii & your Journalism Career! I wish you many successes & a healthful life! Take care!
7/2/2014 05:24:35 pm
Much love + success to you, Olena. I enjoyed our interviews together — your sensitivity, intelligence and humor made our chats so much fun. :)
7/2/2014 05:32:10 pm
You're such an inspiration! As the saying goes "You Go Girl"!
7/2/2014 07:25:38 pm
I enjoyed doing the Love Your Pet segment with you. Your love for animals made it so fun. Best to your new company and future success. Mahalo
7/3/2014 01:12:14 am
Aloha Olena! I miss your warm smile and personality each morning as I start my day. Thank you for the opportunity of including two of my British Shorthair kittens on " Love Your Pet". You are such an inspiration to others who find that they need a new career path or life style change and strive to make accomplishments in life. Best wishes to you always on your new path!
7/5/2014 06:05:21 am
Beautifully said...I will miss your warm smile, caring heart, positive attitude and comforting words. Much success to you. I will forever be one of your biggest supporters. Enjoy every step of your new adventure and chapter in life.
7/8/2014 02:33:54 am
So happy for you. Very inspiring as you head into your new adventure. I am totally fueled now to take my journey to the next level. Thank you for sharing your spirit so openly. You are a true Angel helping us all to our next moment of Joy! Aloha mai!
Bruce Allen Barham
7/15/2014 02:16:16 pm
You Are A damn Fine Human Being
7/26/2014 07:42:22 am
Great things come with change, and I'm so happy and inspired at the same time for You and OH Communications. You did an awesome job with a story on my nephew TJ. Our family can't thank you enough for sharing with the world his experience and his short but blessed existence here on earth. His passing taught me to address matters that I myself or on hold. I went back to school in the Fall after his passing, and I'm very proud to say that yesterday I got my certification for my AA Degree in Liberal Arts from WCC. I'm continuing on to UHWO pursuing my BA. Crazy how things work out. Thank you Olena for your amazing spirit of service to our state. I am certain that in this short period that OH Communications has existed, You have already made a lasting impression and Your mark has already placed on/in our universe. Much success and blessings always.
7/26/2014 07:49:32 am
Will miss refreshing personality
7/26/2014 08:07:47 am
What a wonderful new oath you are taking bless you for taking this road. May you succeed in all that you do. I was fortunate to see you compete for Miss Hawaii and happy for your win. I am just as happy for you to be moving on now. Aloha Olena
7/26/2014 09:12:56 am
Olena, We watched you each morning as you were the sunshine in our lives - it started our day perfectly with your smiles, laugher and kindness and interest that you showed to your guests. We also enjoyed seeing you eat all the wonderful treats. We focused on you, not the bad news, as your attitude made the bad news fade into the background - You will be greatly missed. Aloha, Lynn & Leo
7/26/2014 06:23:43 pm
Aww you are an Iconic Hawaiian Jewel ,that will be... truly missed by everyone !
7/27/2014 05:56:30 pm
Thanks for the repost! Stepping toward the light... Good times never felt so good (SO GOOD! SO GOOD! SO GOOD!).
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