As we start 2012, I can’t help but think back to this time last year — when I started an amazing new chapter in my life at ELLE Canada. My internship started the first week of January, so lately I’ve been thinking a lot about all of the wonderful opportunities I had during the 8 months that followed…
1. My first event. It was my sixth day of work, and, despite all of my initial anxieties, the event went so smoothly and I had a lot of fun. It was such an honour to know the team trusted me to do a good job (and not embarrass them).
2. My first designer interview. Post-Golden Globes, all eyes were on Canadian designer Romona Keveza (stars including Christina Hendricks and Julia Stiles wore her creations to the event). When my associate editor asked me to interview Romona for our 10th-anniversary April 2011 issue, I was floored.
3. ELLE Canada‘s 10th-anniversary party. I was really happy to be included in this once-in-a-lifetime milestone. I remember the excitement growing as party plans were discussed around the office. The entire night was surreal.
4. LG Fashion Week. It was a super exciting moment when my LG Fashion Week pass landed on my desk. It was my first time attending Fashion Week, and I went to some of the biggest shows including Pink Tartan and Joe Fresh.
5. The July 2011 cover shoot. When I started my internship, I’d hoped and wished for an opportunity to help out on a photo shoot. I ended up on set of our July cover shoot in early May. I had so much fun running around set helping with whatever needed to get done. I really got a taste for what goes on behind the scenes.
6. My first feature. Editor-in-chief Noreen Flanagan herself asked me if I would write the Yves Rocher “Women of the Earth” piece for our September 2011 issue—and it was definitely an offer I couldn’t refuse. I was able to interview some amazing and inspiring women that are helping to change the world.
7. Lunch with the editors. I went out for a few lunches with the editors, and it was always a great opportunity to chat with them on a more casual level and get to know each other. Whether it was a full staff lunch or just a smaller group, I really felt like a part of the team.
8. Fact-checks. You may be surprised by this one, but I’m actually a huge research nerd—and a stickler when it comes to attention to detail — so I loved doing fact-checking assignments. Nothing felt better than when that last email comes in, you place your final Post-it note on the pages, and you hand it over.
9. Editorial planning meetings. Early in the summer, we spent an afternoon pitching ideas for the fall issues and planning for the September re-design. Being a part of the discussion and then seeing these changes and ideas come to life was a great experience.
10. The finished issue’s arrival at the office. Every month, when the latest issue arrived in the office everyone gathered around in excitement flipping through it page by page. There’s nothing more fulfilling then seeing the finished product, and I looked forward to this day every month.